Since I’ve received word that I’m going to get tenure, you’d think that I might have more free time. That’s probably the case for more than a few academics, who reach this big milestone and then promptly cease working.
Not me, though. It seems like I’m busier than ever.
Oh, I’m not complaining, of course. I love what I do. I’m just desperately trying to establish a base-line excuse about why my posting here is so irregular.
To whit: Since my last post we went through the last throes of another school year, which meant a lot of grading and meetings and ceremony attendings and what-not. Then, after the welcome respite of a Sunday with nothing to do (all day!), I started teaching a compressed three-week summer class: Teaching the first-half Brit-lit survey every morning, Monday through Friday.
One week ago, still in the middle of teaching this course, I flew up to Chicago with friend Kelly DeVries. We rented a car and drove to Kalamazoo, Michigan, the annual location of the largest gathering of medieval scholars in the world.
That took 5 days.
Which brings us to this week, in which I continued to teach, wrote two new book proposals, reformatted an article for publication, and tried to establish a working plan for the summer and fall.
It’s been quite fun, but all in all I wish I had a time-turner.