So I finally got some good writing done. Lots of holes to fill, but most of those have to wait for ILL to get here. I more or less know where I'm going, and how to get there. And I can pull chunks in from other work I've done, so that's all good. I figure at the moment I'm probably looking at - raw stuff - 15 pages. Need close to twice that much. Before 1 March.
It's a bit rough going though, and the uncertainty is irritating. It seems the issue I'm focusing on hasn't been done from the side of the cats, just the camels. And camels don't see things the way cats do, or have the same socialization. And, I argue, that makes a big difference when said camels and cats are of the same household, but don't get along at all. I know the cat side pretty well; and have ignored the camels except when they poke their heads into the house and disrupt the cats. The ILL stuff is all camel-related, and camel husbandry is a whole different thing that cat tending. This makes me reluctant to tell the camel types what they've missed, as they're quite happy with cameling, and even I can see the utility of camel-tenders. My problem is that they tend to see the camels as the dominant beasts in the ecosystem, and in my particular part of that ecosystem, camels are very useful and even necessary, but not the dominant life-form. Cats aren't either, and I see that very clearly. It's everywhere in my archives.
The big problem is that the decision makers in the ecosystem don't tell camels, camel tenders, cats or cat scholars why they make the decisions they do. So when a decision is made, it's rather like reading tea leaves. When one cannot even clearly identify X as a decision, it gets... rough.
Meanwhile, on the departmental front, we're still waiting for the PTB to make a decision on Ms. M. She may have an opportunity in Neighboring State But One, and if they make an offer I hope she takes it - and have told her that. It would make my life more difficult in the short term, but hers far easier and more secure. And it would demonstrate to the PTB that prompt decisions save time in the long run. Star still won't let go of the departmental stuff, and the dean still hasn't talked to him about it. Men.
Still feeling a bit wonky from last week's dog bite and resultant ickiness. The grumpiness is long-standing and more problematic. Gah.