I long ago learned about the mathematical fallacy in this paradox, since Zeno didn't know about modern calculus, the equations of motion, the convergence of infinite series, etc. However, what interests me here has nothing to do with mathematical equations, and only to do with Achilles' inability to ever catch the tortoise as a metaphor for my inability to finish Thomas Sackville and the Shakespearean Glass Slipper. I seriously can't believe that I haven't published this book yet! All the main research was completed by 2008, along with much of the writing, and I have left a trail of hopeful blog posts here at this website over the last year and more announcing that I am almost finished with the book. Which I am, just like Achilles is always about to catch the damn tortoise. It's a miracle to me now that I ever finished Book 1, The Apocryphal William Shakespeare.
So I find myself once again at a hotel this weekend, sent away by my loving husband for a couple of days, to complete final book edits. I continually have to fight the temptation to do a major rewrite. I even spent a couple of hours this afternoon making radical edits to the book, before undoing them because they would have taken too long to incorporate. Instead, I have promised myself that I will next undertake Book 3: a short, popularized argument on the complete case for Sackville as Shakespeare, and for William Shakespeare as the main author of the apocryphal plays and Shakespearean bad quartos, based on my strongest arguments from Books 1 and 2.