That easy-to-write conference paper I was happy about in February? On looking over the rough draft, it appears that the real issue is more or less the opposite of what I was trying to argue . . . and what the on-line abstract says my paper will do.
Of course it's not the first time a scholar will go in and say, "So, this paper changed direction since I wrote the abstract," and it won't be the last. But dagnabbit anyway. I thought that paper was more or less in the bag, and a good thing too, since I have another one that is not going so well. Now I have to revise the one extensively while figuring out something (anything!) to say in the other.
The good news . . . I wrote 2500 words today. The bad news . . . they're all comments on student papers.