While I don’t want to redo the entire year, there are a few things that need re-doing before this year’s work can begin. It sucks, but there it is.
One of those redos is a manuscript I’ve been working on now for about a year. I got back my second set of reviews from a second journal in mid-November. They weren’t terrible, actually pretty constructive, but they pointed out a major flaw in the manuscript. The framing of the work I was writing about, and its theoretical underpinnings, just didn’t cut it. My co-authors and I were trying to sell apples as oranges.
Last night I called my co-author K. After getting the reviews, she too was having second thoughts about how we were presenting our work. The story was how we developed a set of tools to fit a complex situation and allow for adjustment to future uncertain conditions – at the request of a community. Not that it was an educational intervention. Chalk it up to another learning experience. I sooooo want this manuscript off my desk.
Meanwhile, another manuscript in a similar situation sits in my filing cabinet awaiting similar treatment. Well, at least I won’t run out of writing projects anytime soon. Way to ensure that I’ll keep my new year’s resolution to write more.