Hello dear readers; long time, no write.
The thing is that this semester has been crushing me. Between my teaching load, the dissertation stress, the extra side-jobs I do (I reviewed four shows in a week the other week… four…. Shows….), and a few personal/familial obligations, I’ve been slammed to the point of sheer exhaustion. The funny thing about writing is that, while I don’t believe you always need a spark of creative genius to sit down and write, you do at least need a
tiny bit of energy. While you can sometimes work a miracle and produce something from nothing, you can’t always write through the fatigue.
I’ve always considered this blog to be my stretching and training regime. The dissertation is the marathon. But if you want to successfully run a marathon, you need to train well, train smart, and train often. If you hit burn out, taking a break is a necessity or you’re just going to strain something.
So I took a break. Since this is a self-directed project designed to execute skills which I know serve me well in my career (self-discipline, a scheduled writing regime, and writing in general), I can also guide my time on/time off.
The time has come to be back. So here I go; back in training. But now, since I’m actually in the throws of writing the diss as we type, it’s serious.
That doesn’t mean I intend to get over-serious here. I’ve done some thinking about how I want to reshape the blog as I move forward in my graduate and (knocking on wood) post-graduate career. For a long time, this has been a sounding board where I am able to discuss issues/observations about the PhD process. It will continue to be so, but since dissertation writing is mostly done in the isolation of my own tower, I need some further fuel to ensure that I can keep writing at a good clip.
So I’ll be expanding the content here slightly as my fingers wind up in more (and different) pies. Yum. Pie.
Thank you, friends, for continuing to stick with me through this process. It’s been a long bumpy ride, and I have no delusions that it will become anything less as I move forward into the vast unknown of dissertation land. What surprises await our hero beyond the horizon is yet unknown, but one thing is certain: she is eager to get started, excited to be traveling in the frontiers of human knowledge, and (so she thinks) prepared to engage with what’s to come.
To infinity and beyond!