Saturday, 3 January 2015
Sign up for January-April Session (introductions, goals, and housekeeping)
Happy New Year, and welcome!
This session of the group will follow much the same format as the last. The ground rules were all laid out in the first post on the blog. Amstr and Susan are co-hosting this session, and we will take turns posting each Friday. (We're both on the US West Coast, so we will be posting a bit later in the day for some of you.) You can report your progress and set weekly goals any time between Friday and Monday.
For this first post, briefly introduce yourself.
Then identify your key goals for this period of time. As a reminder, these are things that are important but not urgent. What is important to you, but gets put on the back burner? For many of us it is our own research and writing; but it has also included exploring different fields or new forms of writing, exercise, gardening, healthy eating, etc.
In addition, set your first weekly goals (for the week of Jan 12-16). Think about how you can take small concrete steps to make progress on your TLQ session goals.
While we will both post goals below, we will start with brief introductions of ourselves.
Amstr: I am a semi-newly-minted PhD in the humanities, not currently on the job market. I'm working on turning my dissertation into a book as well as on some non-academic writing and editing projects. Much of my life is filled with taking care of my two grade-school-aged kids and enjoying family life on the West Coast. My house is also home to two bunnies, one crested gecko, and one beta fish--none of which are mine, and all of which I take care of.
Susan: I am a senior scholar in the humanities at an R-1 university in the US. I’m currently enjoying a sabbatical, the first in too many years; when not on sabbatical, I have fairly extensive administrative responsibilities, and these have not entirely disappeared. I live alone, aside from the requisite two cats; I also provide some support for my mother, who lives in the same town I do.
Sign up in the comments below. Our first weekly check-in will be January 16. Our final check-in will be April 24. We're looking forward to a productive session!