A rational exuberance swept the nation yesterday. People poured into the streets to share that emotion outwardly in the public square. It was a day where shouting huzzah on the internet alone would not do for the moment at hand. It was without question one of those shared moments that resonated with a tremendous block of people.
Today I’m back over writing in Google Docs instead of Microsoft Word. It was only a short one day trip back to using the stand alone Word application. I’m apparently happier writing in Google Docs and that will have to stand. No sense in using an application that exudes sadness and blocks the way to fun fulfilled writing sessions of frantic word creation. Right now this block of writing times includes a few minutes before breakfast. I should be able to capture a few thoughts and really dig into what needs to be done today.
Overall the one thing that I have to return to routine is drafting and writing academic papers. One way to help make sure that happens would be to commit to attending (virtually probably) academic conferences. Previously I have found that making those commitments helps put the pressure on to write the corresponding academic article or at least take one from draft to complete. Something about having to stand up in front of a room of academics helps motivate having a finished paper to defend. That is certainly one way to go about getting the academic paper working process going. It looks like a few different requests for proposals and papers have come into my email inbox in the last 30 days.
I’m starting to work on a new machine learning related presentation. Over the last couple of weeks I have settled on a topic and the writing process will have to start shortly. Generally after the process starts it will flow to a conclusion. It is generally problematic if the writing process does not start. Outlines and some whiteboarding generally begin the process in earnest and what follows is more traditional. That is where my head is at right now and it seems to be a good place going into the last two months of 2020. For the most part, this has been a lost year in terms of my writing output and productivity. That fact alone puts a lot of pressure on to build out a lot more content in 2021.