- Get an e-mail from the editor soliciting authors for some last-minute entries.
- Think to self: "Self, writing about movies featuring the devil sounds fun! Having already done entry on Antichrist, how hard can it be?"
- Write back to editor offering to write entry.
- By reply e-mail, find out the word count. Realize that you have volunteered to write a five-page paper on the subject.
- Hoping to motivate self not to let project drag into next semester, and not wanting to tempt editor to assign an early deadline by suggesting something months from now, e-mail back offering to submit entry by Dec. 30.
- Let project lie fallow until Christmas.
- Spend a day researching early history of devil in film, movies where souls are sold. Make exhaustive list of seventies horror films involving Satanism.
- Spend two afternoons writing one- and two-sentence descriptions of the films research turned up.
- Spend an afternoon grouping sentences into thematic clusters and writing introductory, concluding, topic, and transition material in order to turn those groups into an essay.
- Count words -- approximately 2250. Rejoice.
- Send off to editor late on Dec. 30.
- Feel a sense of unrenumerated accomplishment along with a rather sudden expertise in Satanic cinema.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
My methodology for completing a 2000-3000 word entry on "Devil films" in 17 days: