I thought I’d give you another update about how things are coming along with A Brief History of Stigma. This is one of two cover concepts I’m flip-flopping back and forth between. Both involve the cage idea, but the other one is about leaving the cage rather than being in it.
The skeleton of the book is there, and I’m just going through it over and over fleshing more things out. That is definitely not a strength for me as a writer, especially right now with especially slow brain. Who knows how long it will end up taking me; it may not be done until next year.
I’ve covered a lot of breadth, but I may end up pruning out some of the bits that don’t go into enough depth. Or I might choose to do some more research so I find more things to say. Or I may waffle about it for an extended period of time.
I’ve got a lot of references. My reference list is currently 17 pages long, although some I’ll probably cut where I have sources saying the same thing. That whole situation is going to be a pain in the ass, and the reference manager software I have from when I was in grad school won’t play nice with my current Mac OS. I don’t want to do full in-text citations, so I will probably create a numbering system that will end up being a hot mess.
It’s all chugging along quite slowly, but I’m not in any hurry. I like that it’s a project to work on, and finishing faster doesn’t help anything in that sense. Really, it’s the learning that I like more than the actual writing itself, so I could rather contentedly just carry on researching and slowly adding more on for the next two years.
There don’t seem to be that many books out there that do what this book is trying to do, which may mean there’s a little corner in the market it could fit into. But I have to keep my royalty income low to avoid giving the government an excuse to decide I’m not actually disabled after all, so I don’t necessarily want it to have a market anyway.
Anyway, that’s about it. Just a quick this-is-what-I’m-writing check-in.
There’s more on mental illness stigma on the Stop Stigma page.