I'm writing a conference paper this weekend. It is giving me some stress, but then again, they all do. I have twenty minutes, which is good. You have room to fill in some of the background to your discussion in this time, and draw a few different strands into your argument. Everything still has to be tight, though. No tangents or waffling allowed. Nobody likes it when you go over and cut into coffee, lunch or (worst case scenario!) home time.
What is my paper about? Here are a few hints...
In other news, I should be updating a few more history posts soon. All going well I think Victor Hugo will be next, followed by Théophile Gautier. Lots of good people still waiting for the Groteskology treatment.