A brief update: Co-Author gave the Librarian a revised version of the chapter today and was supposed to give one to the Head of School as well. Actually, she was supposed to give the revised chapter to everyone in our editorial group ... but I got left out of the distribution! The only reason I got the chapter was that the Librarian made a copy for me. Intentional slight on Co-Author's part? A simple "oversight"?
The important thing, however, is that the new chapter is still not good. It's definitely better than the first version, but it's still just not that well written. This is a sad sort of relief, of course, since at this point the rest of us are hoping to get her off the project and move on with things. The Head of School was hoping to read the chapter at her leisure over Memorial Day weekend, but I'm hoping that the Librarian has convinced her that we need to move faster than that, that the group sans-Co-Author has to meet this week so that she can meet with Co-Author next week. Hanging over my head is that I'm hoping I will get the second half of Co-Author's payment for this year's writing (what with her not having actually written anything we can use) and get out of my summer school gig, but the clock is definitely ticking away on that possibility.
Librarian is struggling with whether to give the Head of School the hideous original version of the chapter as well, just so that the choice between the two authors is that much clearer. Of course, the original version wasn't supposed to go to the Head of School, so it would probably be unethical to give it to her, but at the same time Co-Author said she would be proud to give it to her. Hard to know what to do. Fortunately, it's not my decision, and I'm really trying to stay focused on my role as author and not take on the worry of managing this project.
And yet I'm finding it very difficult to settle down and get much of anything done while all of this is up in the air. I've had a nervous stomach for two or three weeks now; I'm really hoping for an end to all of this soon!
In fact, I've given up on getting much of anything done tonight, so I'm going to go mow the lawn instead. That's at least productive work that doesn't take any real thinking.