On January 7th, Jason Goldman of the Thoughtful Animal and this year's Open Lab Editor, announced the finalists for Open Lab 2010, a yearly anthology of about fifty of the best pieces of online science writing.
Magically, out of 900 posts, two of my IVF posts made it: My IVF story: pregnancy and My IVF story: conclusions, to be made into a single essay.
I know. Holy crap! I'm excited, pleased, proud, and surprised. I was a reviewer for this year's edition,* so I know it was time-consuming work -- I can only imagine how much more work for Jason himself. I really appreciate how this anthology is produced by the community, and reflects the best thinking of a large group of people, and how many selfless volunteers put in work.
Unfortunately, I'm also a little harried right now. The deadline to turn in my revision is January 21st, but on the 20th I have an NSF proposal due, as well as the papers for my probationary review (that's the review tenure-track folks get every year). I'll be away this weekend for Science Online 2010, with my kid, and classes start next week.
I want to combine these two posts as thoughtfully, and seamlessly, as possible. I have a few different ideas about how to do this in a way that reduces the total size of the essay, rather than lengthens it, but I also thought: why not ask my readers? Maybe you read the posts and had questions or felt like things were missing from the original version; maybe you felt elements of it were redundant. I'd like to hear what you think! This will help me when I carve out time to revise the two posts into an essay.
To sweeten the pot, I'll send a little present to each person whose comments I use when I make my revisions. Maybe some origami sticky notes or a titanium spork? I'll also make sure to acknowledge each of you on the blog.
*Obviously I didn't review any of my own stuff -- each reviewer only got a small portion of posts to read each round and I didn't even know who the other reviewers were until the end.