22 July 2007 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 5 comments

I’ve been suffering from a severe case of motivational deficit for months now. I just haven’t felt like writing all year so far this year. So far this year, I’ve written about 15 pages worth of new material all year. We’ve had so much disruption in our lives that I just haven’t had the motivation to write. I’d come home from work with the best of intentions, and then, when it came time to pull the trigger and try to be productive, I just haven’t been able to do it. I’ve been content to post here, read a bit, and then just hang out.

Making a deal with Ted Savas for the publication of our retreat book finally got me motivated to start working again. The original version of the retreat manuscript was written three or four years ago, and since that time, J. D. and I have both acquired a great deal of new primary source material over those years. I plugged most of my stuff into the manuscript over several nights last week, and now J. D.’s doing the same. I located some more stuff after I sent the manuscript to J. D., so I still have some more material to plug in once J. D. finishes.

For the first time in ages, I feel like writing and being productive again. When we finish up with the retreat and send it off to Ted, I will then finally get going on the Boyd article in earnest and will finally finish the thing after setting it aside for months.

It feels good to be productive again.

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  1. Ray Todd Knight
    Sun 22nd Jul 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Eric

    I imagine you’ve probably seen this before, but if not and since you are working on something about the retreat from Gettysburg this link is to my ancestor’s brother’s rememberances of those events twentysome years later that was published in an Ohio newspaper. He was in Co G, 1st WV Cav
    Thought you might be interested


  2. Sun 22nd Jul 2007 at 10:26 pm


    Thanks a bunch for that. I actually hadn’t seen that article, but it has lots of really good stuff in it, and I added several quotes to the manuscript from it.


  3. Sun 22nd Jul 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Welcome back friend. Good to see you back in the saddle… and what better distraction to take your mind off of the Phils than another critically-acclaimed book on G’burg.

  4. Don
    Sun 22nd Jul 2007 at 11:57 pm


    Glad to hear the motivation’s back. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of all of that productivity!

  5. Mon 23rd Jul 2007 at 10:47 am


    Thank you for that link! Very interesting stuff indeed.


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