Today seemed like a good day to renew my Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) membership. Over the last decade I have elected to present papers at the MPSA annual conference. That conference occurs at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. Renewing my membership today helped provide me with a reminder that now would be the time to start writing a new academic article for submission. Writing academic articles is always an interesting part of my year. For the most part, the process involves keeping 3 open articles at any one time. Imagine either 3 actual folders on my desk or 3 digital folders on my desktop. Throughout the year I strive toward completing each of the three articles. Sometimes I ended up focusing on something new and pushing it from start to finish. Most of the time I have ended up tinkering with an articles over the course of several months.