I’m such a dope. After being terrified for three weeks about what was left to do on this Intro, I looked at the section that I was still working on when last I left it, and it was pretty darn good. So, I spent the afternoon and early evening working on it, and finished it. All that is left on the Intro now is to write one final concluding paragraph, to weave the narrative, significance and chapter outlines together (when I say weave, I mean cut and paste, of course), and flesh out the footnotes (by which I mean do them all completely from scratch).
The upshot is that I had convinced myself that there were miles to go on this introduction, when really, I’ve got about a day’s more work to go. Which I will start on Thursday and probably finish on Saturday, thereby enabling me to send out the Intro to my friendly readers by Sunday morning and making it possible to see my professors sometime next week. I know it will need revision, but that’s not the point — the point is that I had convinced myself that I was in a deep rut with the thing, when really, I wasn’t. Imagine that. I feel like such a chump. But, a very happy chump.