Oddly enough, it turns out that writing a book with a rambunctious toddler in the house is a much slower process than writing a book pre-toddler. Imagine that.
Anyway, as I did during the writing stages of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, I thought I would post occasional updates on the progress of writing Book 2: What to Tell Your Dog About Einstein. In addition to letting my readers know what I’m doing instead of blogging a bunch, it will help remind me that progress is being made, even if there are days when it feels like I’m not accomplishing anything.
Chapter 1: Relative motion and Galileian relativity
Chapter 2: Historical background: Maxwell’s equations, Michelson-Morley
Chapter 3: Time dilation
Chapter 4: Length contraction
“Revision” here refers to the number of times I’ve read through and line-edited the whole thing (and for Chapters 1-3, I’ve also gotten comments from Kate). The count for Chapter 1 is a bit low, because I wrote the full text for that out as part of the book proposal. I added a section since then, but it wasn’t that major a change. The count for Chapter 4 is just one, because I haven’t quite finished the first complete pass of that yet. Evidently, I have about 500 words to go.
The projected final number of chapters is around 10. I have four more dog dialogues already written (again, as part of the proposal), and while the Chapter 5 dialogue doesn’t exist yet, I know what it’s going to be. The contract calls for 70,000 words, so 10 chapters would be more or less right on target. I’m sure I’ll think of some way to inflate that by 30-50%, though, and cause myself some panic toward the end of the process…