There's nothing like a solid deadline and a clear sense of audience to spur along a writing project, so yesterday I spent some time scrolling through page after page of calls for papers, hoping to find something to motivate me to finish my sabbatical project. I found a few conferences on topics tangential to my research, most of them in ho-hum cities, and I found a few more promising CFPs with expired submission dates.
BUT--I also found a CFP for an edited collected of essays on a topic perfect for my work--AND the deadline is near enough to motivate productivity without being downright scary. Sweet! Give me an audience, a purpose, and a clear deadline, and I'm off and running! (Er, writing.)