I have done alot of my writing at night--the last thing of the day, a kind of wrap up of my thinking. Always gives me more than enough to write about. Trying out an early morning post today because I sat down and coulnd't decide: do I keep reading Kress' s Literacy in the New Media Age or do I keep working on my paper. Obviously neither : )
I should probably go with Kress because I probably do need to work him more fullying into my paper / argument if I am going to successfully locate McCloud within the context of ongoing discussions about visual literacy, or literacy, or ...
I can see that writing in the morning results in elipses and short, under-developed thoughts. I definitely feel a little foggy and not quite ready to take on the work of either sustained academic writing or reading.
I woke up realizing just how far my paper has drifted from what I have proposed to present on at Computer and Writing, although I don't think that is going to be a huge problem--my presentation is pretty straight forward and something I should be able to pull together effectively enough. My paper is drifitingn increasingly towards a detailed theoretical argument, and that might be a good thing. I can probably think about shifting the paper away from a pedagogically focused paper and therefore away from needing IRB approval. I might be able to tie my discussion into AFW's ad analaysis, although I McCloud is clearly not the guy to repair the form-content split. He might be the guy to provide a counter to Kress because he enables a broader vision of words and images than Kress.
Okay, go with Kress today, be ready to get fully back into the paper tomorrow. Try an outline, look at the multiple possible arrangements. Try a comic book.