Oof, I feel swamped. This isn't supposed to happen in the summer.
And the thing is, what I feel swamped by is not research. That, at least, would feel productive. Instead, I am swamped by the task of creating the course readers for my two fall courses.
Damn me for not using textbooks, really. In fact, in one of the courses, I'm using three texts in addition to the course reader, but the bulk of the material will be in the reader. It is ever so. This is the fourth June in which I have been consumed by doing course readers. In 2004, I had a little assistantship with my PhD supervisor, and I did some course design and course reader organizing for her. Then, for the next three summers, I've been doing my own readers for my own (multiple) new courses. When will it ever end??? I suppose when I'm established enough to have a paid grad student assistant to do stuff like this...Or when I decide that I can teach an entire course with a textbook (which will be when hell freezes over).
It's all the nitpicking...filling out this copyright template that has to list the ISBN and the number of pages in the work...and when I don't have the book in front of me, trying to track down that information online through a university library. (Yesterday, I was using Duke, just for the hell of it.) Then it all has to be photocopied, or printed out from online if it's a journal article. I am sososososo sick of this.
In fact, I had a brief dinner the other night with my favourite student from this past year, who is moving to Home City, and even suggested that I hire her to do some of this work...Even though I'm jobless this month (my contract at Dream Uni ended May 31, and my new appointment doesn't start until July 1), I'd pay to have some help with this!! The worst part is, the course I've just finished doing (save for the bloody photocopying) is the easy one. The other one is going to be an infinitely more complicated task. And there's this crazy deadline. Sigh...That's the thing that's stressing me out the most, actually - deadline stress is giving me fits...
So that's where I'm at. The good news is that tomorrow morning I'm leaving for New York for four days. Well, I stay in Cold Spring, on the Hudson, while I'm there - with my lovely friends Susan and Charlie - but I will be in the city on Thursday and Friday. I planned this trip because there is an exhibition on right now about exactly what I am working on in the first bit of my book project!!! So exciting. And also to see Susan before I move far away. It shall be lovely - I shall see inspiring project-related things, walk around and eat yummy food a lot, have martinis with Susan...If only I could forget about the course readers, all would be well...