I have been, more or less, writing for the last four months. Book chapters, grants, pieces of manuscripts and pieces of other grants. It's been pretty non-stop and I've kept chugging along. The past month, in particular has been a really good time to finish up a lot of things because there's so few people to bother me at work until next week, when the semester comes crashing down again. But I have two more small pieces of writing left to do before then and all I can do is just stare at my computer. It's like I accidentally shifted into neutral while driving and now the gas pedal doesn't do anything but rev the engine.
I am also supposed to be planning for my course that starts next week, but I have no sweet clue how to do that because this is all new to me. I'm going to go through all the materials that were given to me and make changes where I see fit, but otherwise I'm at a loss as to what to do in order to "prepare". It's like asking someone who has never really cooked to prepare to make a meal for 40. I'll just start by washing the vegetables and then...
Remember when the concept of the holidays meant that you had time away from work to recharge? Now it feels like a flurry of getting work done during the time when fewer people are around to suck your time away. I'm now heading into the new semester when I am teaching undergrads for the first time, already feeling like I've been run over. I still have 8 days until my first class, I'm sure I'll get myself sorted before then.
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