The other day GF expressed to me her concern about my summer of work. She said, “I’m just worried that you’re going to spend all your time blogging and you won’t get any work done.” Oh my. I told her I wasn’t worried, and that if I’m not, she shouldn’t be.
The funny thing is, I think part of why I signed on to this whole blogging deal was because I was reading the blogs of very productive academics. I could feel their (your) productivity, and gain a picture of my own life as an organized and industrious writer. I need that; after all, this is my first summer post-PhD, and I am finding, as they always say, that the real pressure has just begun. I’ve had a tendency to procrastinate in the past, though I got through the dissertation quickly. All of you out there with plans and schedules inspire me to stay on track – especially Flavia, with the Plan that she just posted today. In fact, I’ve had a very productive couple of days, though I’ve been so immersed in the errands required to re-orient myself in Home City, and mundane work-related tasks like final grading, that I haven’t been able to write yet. But the writing/research will start tomorrow, and I’m excited in a way I wasn’t before I started blogging. Go figure.
Bizarre as it may seem, y’all are the ones who, without even knowing it, are going to help me meet my self-imposed deadlines this summer: By the time I leave for five days in New York on July 6, expand and submit for publication an article I hold dear, and finish planning and writing syllabi for my fall courses - and send off the reprotexts. By Labour Day, finish another article and decide whether to turn dissertation into manuscript or move on to a fun new book project I have in mind, fun being more appealing…Having written that here, to my smattering of readers, will help me make that real. (And I think you won’t be surprised to know that my overly anxious nature means I always hold myself to deadlines, when I have the guts to set them.)