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Can you write 4,500 words in a day?

Yes you can. I just did.

Today, I wrote the shitty first draft of a 1 hour invited seminar paper I am giving on Tuesday.

4,250 words if you don’t include the paragraph I deleted on Foucault, Turnitin and surveillance.

I’m no longer anxious that there will be NOTHING to present on Tuesday. It may be a ‘work in progress’, it may be unpolished, but I will have something to say and some rudimentary research to help me back it up.

Tomorrow, I can do more research, edit it for flow, time the speech, check it makes sense.  Research and writing is iterative.  I can’t edit till I have something to work with, and now I do.

I’m now cross-eyed… but so what?

Cross-eyed opossum Heidi is pictured as

I do believe I will sleep tonight.

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