Esther’s Space- journey through my life

June 26, 2008

Back to Work (as if I haven’t been doing anything)

Filed under: Rant — Tags: , , , — estherspace @ 11:13 am

Wow, I can’t believe how long it has been since I’ve blogged. I’ve intended to, of course, but you know how these things go.

While I’ve been world-wide-web silent, I’ve been busy, I assure you. This summer I have a Fulbright application to work on (so far, nothing), a paper to polish up (a lot) for a conference in the fall (my first one, and it’s in London, so I’m more than a little apprehensive), and I’ve begun my advanced research project (this is the one I’ve made the most progress on, despite the fact that it has the latest due date).

On top of academia, I’m working, I’ve volunteered to be on a planning committee for a women’s conference, I’m spearheading a volunteer project with OCF, and working on coming up with some innovative ideas for the St. Herman’s Conference in December. But, I have found time to watch movies, which is wonderful.

So, I suppose I’m using this post as a sort of to-do list that will help me get focussed and figure out what to do first

For the Fulbright, I need to get some ideas together and get in contact with someone who is in the know on the sort of things I’m interested in pursuing.  I’m going to be honest, I have a fear of people gleaning my ideas for their own use, so nothing more until I have something concrete and very much my own.

Conference paper.  Topic:  linked short stories, Tim Winton, and white Australian search for identity. I’ve got the nugget, but I need some serious help focussing and narrowing.  I’m exploiting my student status as we speak.

Research.  Hmmm.  There’s so much I want to attack, that I don’t know where to begin.  I want to think about Peter Carey & the Booker, but I know that it will be a challenge to write that well.  But, anything else feels like a cop-out right now.  And, I cannot believe how expensive these books that I need are.  E-mail the ILL peeps.

Starting  next week, I only work (officially) 4 days/week, so it’s time to get serious about this stuff.  And help plan St. Seraphim’s.  Sounds like a vaca to me.


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