ilona the pest

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Monday, November 27, 2006


i'm staying up way, way past my bedtime finishing the last round of substantive edits for my law review article. i'm sitting in bed with my laptop on my lap and a stack of cases next to me, eating a bowl of chocolate ice cream (and writing to you, dear reader) in a desperate attempt to keep myself awake.

these edits are due "today," which means by midnight in california, right? i am such a terrible procrastinator. but i'm going to get it done. as painful as it is right now, and as much as the poor editor who has to review and input all these edits is going to hate me, i'm doing a really thorough job, and the article is going to be much improved.


  • At 8:57 AM, Blogger wt said…

    But once it's midnight in California, the editor is probably already asleep or just not going to do much work on it tonight.

    So really you have until 8 Am *tomorrow* morning.

  • At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wait a sec, you're still editing for law review even after you graduated or are you being published? If being published, why are you editing? You know that's what law review is for. I was an Articles Editor, I had to seriously edit, spend 2weeks editing articles. Is this a Note that your own law review is publishing and you want to make life easier for them? If so, your notez & comments editors are still going to edit it so nothing embarrassing gets through... I hope you guys had reading days too.

  • At 12:07 PM, Blogger ilona said…

    1) wt, is that you? last night i was reminiscing about last summer when we were both in DC, trying to finish our final papers for that seminar, frantically researching & writing til the very last possible minute... that was the first time i really appreciated the benefits of the three-hour time difference.

    2) i'm being published, and i took the (last) opportunity to edit the piece because i want it to represent the best i can do. anything less would be embarassing. i think the law review editors (bless their hearts) did a good job, but they were a little too respectful & gentle in their edits. i rewrote 1/3 of the sentences, added some recently decided cases, and took out an entire section that had been plaguing me since the beginning. i didn't do it for them - i did it for me.

  • At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    But it's a note, right? They'll still look at it again. You of course probably realize you always need fresh eyes when reviewing stuff. You miss stuff in yours other others will pick up. What's the topic? I had my note on cybersquatting published. It was kinda flattering when people cited me, even though I'm a clueless idiot, some professors would actually cite me, and actually would write a "But see" and a paranthetical, treated me like I'm some kind of expert or something! It's also neat to know it's probably gonna be in every law library in the US, and you kinda get some immortality out of it. I doubt I'll ever be published on anything again, unless I write a book about how boring my life is.

  • At 3:05 PM, Blogger ilona said…

    i'm telling you, this was the last round of editing. all that's left now is proofreading.

    topic: why title vii's prohibition on sex discrimination covers discrimination against transgender employees.

    citations to my article (er, "comment") would be super-exciting. i hadn't thought about that!

  • At 3:35 PM, Blogger wt said…

    Getting cited is like heroine on top of meth on top of snorting glue. It's awesome. Sadly, I can't claim much of the credit for my citations, since I coauthored the piece with John Yoo, who is obviously better known than me.

    Just remember to keep searching for your name on Westlaw once it's published.

    Summer 2005. Boy those were some times dude. When are you coming to Albuquerque?

  • At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well cites to mine have gotten me many a woman's phone number. I'm a terrible liar :( Do you talk about that sex change doctor in some town in Colorado?????

    Oh, Will, some Note cited me, and referred to me as a "legal scholar" haha. It's evident on the face that it was a Note, and I was a student, not a scholar. It still made me laugh.

  • At 6:55 PM, Blogger ilona said…

    wt: i'm pretty sure that nothing short of an interview with a 10th circuit judge would get me to albuquerque. :)

  • At 6:56 PM, Blogger Sam said…

    Title VII is an analogue for Title IX. And I've rather cut my nads off and feed them to a starving Bangladeshi than do Law Review.

    Sam, driving the 550, getting drunk, straight C student.


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