I have bronchitis, and for the last 2 weeks climbing out of bed to have a shower and change my pyjamas has left me breathless, heart pounding, and just exhausted. I'm getting better, but as this morning's trial showed, hanging out one load of laundry is very tiring and I'm not at all back at … Continue reading Life, me and the PhD: learning to ask for, and accept, help
I am working on a lot of revisions at the moment - of my own and also with students on a writing course I am teaching online. I have been thinking a lot about the nature of scholarly writing, especially in relation to why a piece of writing is not working, and what the writer … Continue reading Scholarly writing is a craft
This COVID-19 or novel coronavirus pandemic has been kind of unbelievable on so many levels - the speed at which it has spread, the closing of borders, the cancellation of conferences, seminars, and the closure of schools and universities. I have seen many, many tweets about online teaching (and the many issues related to that … Continue reading Writing in a time of crisis
I am tired. My skin and bones and hair are tired. All I want to do is mooch around in my PJs and read undemanding novels with happy endings, and eat pancakes. I'm pretty sure this is a version of the post-PhD funk, but this time round it's post-book funk, and the lingering effects of … Continue reading When you are just over it all: being nice to yourself vs being kind
If you have been following this blog for a while, you will know that I have been writing a book. Last night I typed the final full stop on the draft manuscript, and today it’s going off to the series editor and the publisher. The work is not yet done - reviews and changes and … Continue reading Book writing: I wrote a book!