Some people who wrote me a year ago about a web page I made in like 1998... about its subject I mean... about an interesting diarist... just wrote me back to say that they did indeed make real plans to publish it all and would I write them a quick 500-word introduction to the book?
Mixed feelings... on the one hand it would be fine with me and I shoudl be able to spend an afternoon digging into that book and writing something. On the other hand I have not thought about it, gave the book to my dad, and would want to go find it in the library and read it all over again and think about it and read MORE about it before posing as any kind of expert introduction writer. On the other other hand, such a last minutey project that doesn't even find a real expert on the subject but asks a random person with no credentials off the internet who never even finished the original project.... well...
But no matter how half assed anyone else is or I was in the past on the project I am in a mode now where I want to produce as good of a "thing" as I possibly can and so the temptation to overdo it is high.
For right now I already have 2 deadlines - the translations & the article with Q.
So i should probably say no... or just make up my mind to grit my teeth and toss off something very quick for that introduction.