In a change that surprises me, I actually like this chapter. It’ll need re-writing, but perhaps not as much as the others. I’ve decided to follow Richard Poss’s model for art history in archaeoastronomy. I have little empathy for art history for various reasons, so this wasn’t the most inspired chapter. However, working through Poss’s model helped underscore why I don’t find a lot of the speculation around the Nebra disc satisfying. I agree with everyone else that it looks astronomical, but I tend to find everything after that a bit too speculative. Sitting down an working through it gave me a better insight into what I need to do with some explanations of my own.
Regardless of whether this actually gets to publication, I can now point how the process has now helped with some future papers I’d like to write. That makes the next week a nuisance.
I have a lot more work coming in. There’s a press release that needs to be written for Annals of Botany. There’s paperwork for UNESCO that needs to be done. There’s a meeting I need to be in Leicester for, which will torpedo the whole day as Leicester is quite distant from where I live. My schedule says Ethnography live on Tuesday and Calendars on Thursday. That’s not going to happen.
I have nothing for Ethnography. The Art chapter has persuaded me that I can do something better than I had planned for Ethnography, but I can’t do it in two days. It’s only half-way through the month and stopping now because of that seems a bit of a pity. So what I might do instead is skip Ethnography and move on to Calendars. It means the final first draft will be missing a chapter, but at this stage it’s the process that matters more than the product. I’m not ruling out that getting the motive chapters down will change my mind about how some events work. That would be useful to have before writing the paper I want to write in December.
I’ll admit I have been letting other things distract me too.
As for distribution, much to my own surprise I’ve decided that if/when Smashwords gets submissions by ePub working then I’ll distribute with them exclusively for a brief period before releasing Kindle versions of the books. The ability to offer discount (or even free) coupons with downloads in both ePub and Mobi seems like a better deal for readers. With Smashwords I could set up a coupon that works for a month before full price kicks in.
While I’m delighted if you do download the draft and comment on it, I’d be grateful if you didn’t re-distribute it as it is work in progress. The book is initially copyright with all rights reserved while it’s a draft, but I’ll discuss what I can do with a Creative Commons licence once the draft is complete.