>Cheap thrill for today? Finding out that both my entries about going to conferences (Conference Cruise I and II) from Academia 101 have been linked by Michigan State University (here). This makes me absurdly pleased because I’d been lamenting (on the inside…) that I hadn’t pimped the blog very well or widely. I wasn’t sure how to do it. It isn’t a formal ‘how to’, and I don’t think some of it would go down well with more conservative types…so I was hesitant to tout it on general academic lists. Also? Didn’t want to look like a self-promoting diva – how does one offer these suggestions and hints without doing this? Have pondered and thrown hands up about this before.
The special issue of Journal of Australian Studies that Jacqueline Lo and I are guest-editing is almost done. I’ve just re-worked the (hopefully penultimate) version of our critical introduction and will have some last-minute collation to do next week. Can I just profess my undying appreciation of RAs (research assistants) here? I don’t know what I would’ve done without them in recent times. I find myself over-committed on too many fronts (and, yes, this is the same lament you heard at the beginning of this year. I’m still wearing all the hats I complained about. Go, me!).
Things coming up on the horizon:
- Fieldtrip to north Queensland,
- Panel presentation at University of Sydney,
- (probable) Paper and attendance at InASA conference in Brisbane in late Nov,
- Submission of collaborative grant proposal (with colleagues here at Monash),
- (probable) Applications for Future Fellowship and QE II (end of Oct 08 and Feb/March 09 respectively),
- (ongoing) journal editorship, research network convenorship, list moderation/bulletin compilation, fellowship writing, ARC project background/contextual research (and planning for fieldwork in 2009).
That’s all I can think of at the moment, and it’s already enough to make me mope.
We’ve been hearing from K. and C. while they’ve been poncing around Japan and China. No sympathies here for their blisters and sore backs from trekking through/around Tiger Leaping Gorge! I’ve turned into the kind of person who looks forward to weekends and bemoans the arrival of Mondays. I swore I’d never do that (cos, in that shiny time, I would only be doing work that was utterly fun and satisfying, natch).
Here are some other things I swore I’d never do (and have done):
- Get married.
- Say ‘those people’.
- Become a parent.
- Watch a Steven Seagal movie again after Glimmer Man.
- Fly JetStar.