Step #1: make the to-do list

FullSizeRenderFirst things first — figure out what needs to get done. I went old school with pen and paper, avoiding those fancy to-do list apps and hacks and what not. It’s a bit daunting and I suspect this revision-publication process will take longer than I hope (+/-6 months). Time will tell. The list is transcribed below.


1. Respond to comments and reach out to readers who contacted Ships on the Shore since March 2011

2. Update “About,” “Dissertation,” and “Links” pages.

3. Review and update “Blogroll”

4. Connect Ships on the Shore to new Twitter and LinkedIn (sure I want to do LinkedIn too?) accounts

5. Post with some regularity

Book: (yes, that’s right book — no longer dissertation!)

1. Print out copy and notate with suggestions from defense

2. line edit chapters 1, 2, and 5

3. separate third chapter into two chapters

a. Expand primary and secondary research United-States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) and federal activity on the early nineteenth-century coast

b. Expand primary and secondary research on the development of American coastal tourism

c. Draft, revise and edit chapters 3 and 4

4. Expand research on T.A. Scott and incorporate into marine salvage chapter

5. Rewrite introduction and conclusion

6. line edit manuscript

7. get help!! Plead/beg colleagues to read and offer suggestions on manuscript


1. learn something about the whole publishing game

2. find potential publishers

3. submit manuscript

4. wait, pray, learn, read

And we’re off…



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4 responses to “Step #1: make the to-do list

  1. dad

    looks like your in a good place right now. go for it!

  2. Jamin –
    Glad you’re back on line. Sounds like a daunting to-do list, but I’m sure you can do it. I am especially intrigued toward the end of the list with the intent of publishing your efforts. I wish you all the best.

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