They are on two unrelated writing projects. They say:
+ Cadena would say race does not exist in LA as it does here, but how was THAT idea produced given that thinking about race is so prevalent there?
+ Look at Piedra.
+ I may be able to figure this out if I forgive myself for not having been able to figure it out yet.
+ Material circumstances matter and the exhortation to “rise above them” is idealist. The whole Professor Zero blog is about this. PZ used the blog to combat depression and procrastination that did not have to do with spiritual attitude or poor work skills but with material circumstances and material projects.
+ I am looking at the Boice book, Professors as Writers, on this. It is about writing and he is perfectly correct on every point. But he does not address what I would address. Those are things like: are you following advice or guidelines you know are not correct? do you really like your project, as in, you would like it even if it were not the “practical” thing to be writing? if not, is the reward for it (i.e. getting to pass a course, getting to stay in a graduate program you want to stay in) attractive enough?