Scrolling back to May, I have learned that this is the last week of our summer session! On one hand, it makes sense since we seem to be moving into that liminal space where summer disappears and we are all-in on fall. I so wish it were a covid-free fall, and am sending out vibes for good health, good circumstances, and no undo stress.
Session goals follow last week’s goal below. Please report as you wish on the past week as well as any last shifts you want to make during the final week of the session. And, as usual, seeking volunteers for the next round. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Not setting any goals.
1. Finish anniversary book (an annual project, due August 15)
2. Draft another lecture for Fall class
3. Car upkeep
4. Yard upkeep
5. Read/write for 5 hours, minimum
6. Exercise as appropriate
1 overdue academic book review
2 other (now) overdue academic book review
3 draft two modules for collectively authored online course
4 two creative submissions
My goals for the next week are all domestic, as I am on annual leave and my house is beyond messy. I also intend naps and D&D!
- get up all AT2 materials online and maintain one week buffer.
- clear all postgrad feedback
- SoTL notes on 3 articles/chapters and 1 pomodoro writing response
- walk 10 000 steps at least one day a week, 2 x yoga classes and 3 x online exercise program thingy
- transplant aquilegias etc into flower bed, prune berry/currant bushes
- cast on second sleeve of jumper, mend jeans and dishcloth
1. Finish syllabi for fall classes
2. Two writing sessions of 2 hours on book
3. Make progress on self-study and survey
4. See friends
5. Resume exercise/healthy eating
6. Get regular sleep (big challenge is that the cats seem to think my wake up time is 4:30 AM. Somehow that's worse than 5.)
1) For research I have four papers in various stages, I would like to finish and submit at least three of them.
a) The Albatross - it has been far too long, but this one is the furthest from being finished so it is by far the scariest. It is also the most difficult of the lot, so will take serious effort.
b) Problematic local project - was submitted and pulled back last session, did more analysis, and the answer is exactly the same as before but with better documentation. The good part is that the paper is 90% written, so once the new analyses are complete it should be an easy win.
c) Fun new local project with new co-author - this one is a completely new one for me, and the co-author really needs it to be done so it will be a great chance to "do something nice to help an ECR" type submission. This one needs quite a bit of analytical work but will be the foundation of some future things so absolutely worth doing.
d) Cool very old thing - paper is written but has revisions to do and first author switched to a new job and will never have time for this. I am taking over the revise/resubmit job to get it going again.
2) For habits and health I want to:
a) keep exercising without injuries
b) add some consistent creative activities that will keep through the coming sabbatical year
3) Field Work - the best part of the year! If we're allowed... who knows when...
4) Vacation! As in take one and enjoy it!
Dame Eleanor Hull
*paint a couple of rooms, maybe even three;
*unpack a lot of boxes;
*revise Albatross & send out;
*achieve one polished chapter and the introduction for Book in Progress;
*work on other chapters as inspired;
*prep all four syllabuses that I'll need for next year;
*find new doctor;
*garden as needed/desired.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Research: Finish a polished draft of Illuminated.
Begin the process of turning Prudence from a dissertation into a book.
Outline the last of the three translators to finish up Translators.
Make medical appointments, especially with those doctors with whom contact was lost during 2020.
Walk in the stacks 3 times daily as well as the early morning and evenings during the hot days.
Be more mindful about eating.
Meditate at least three times a day.
The way I interpret my mantra is "do not agree, without extremely careful thought, to do anything that will impact my research time."
By the end of the summer, I want to have a finished draft of Illuminated, and a rough draft of the early translators article. Finally, I have to reconnect with my co-editor, because we need to start pulling things together.
Good Enough Woman
Academic and Academic-Adjacent:
-Draft the Rambling essay
-Draft the Vampire paper
-Plan and begin DIY MFA
-write 5,000 words of novel
-write at least one short story
-More veggies (2-3 servings per day)
-Exercise Daily (walking, stretching, dancing, swimming are all options)
-Try to fix feet (plantar fasciitis)
-Go to the dentist
-Do 3-5 maintenance or decluttering tasks per week
-maintain sanity and marriage equilibrium during some home improvements (new flooring, etc.)
-See my mom at least once per week
-soak up time with son before he goes to college
-keep training the dog and try not to let him drive me crazy (he's not a person, but he affects my relationship with people, so . . . )
-write a couple of letters/cards each week
1. Writing: Book review; Death article; plan for next big project; grant proposal; submit manuscript for edited collection. Ideally start on another piece of next big project.
2. Teaching: Prep lectures for two new books in fall course; read difficult stuff for spring graduate seminar.
3. Exercise: Stick with the exercise regime and run more than 3 miles at least 10 times.
4. Self-care: Eat two vegan meals per week; stretch most nights before bed; take periodic Forest Days.
5. Reading: as many books as I can.
Clean up and add content to summer online class before mid-June
Finish edits and get approval for online class
Draft curriculum proposal for new academic minor
Enjoy summer batch of book reviews: 4 for online journals, 2 for academic journals
Draft DQ book proposal
Create PowerPoint for virtual conference presentation
Write and submit gun violence piece
Submit to EK competition
Write enough of tiny project to send to manuscript editor before end of July
Organize existing drafts of poems and flash nonfiction
Create a submission plan
Finish cleaning office
Build and fill bookcases
Clear all recycling from house and garage
1. I'm on a book prize committee for the major professional organization in my field, and I have about 80 books now sitting in my office which will have to be read over the summer. (And in answer to last week's questions, my guess is that I will in fact read seriously 10-20 books: in the first read, the only question is whether it's a serious contender, and that becomes clear pretty fast)
2. Get class prepared for fall. Still need to do book orders, and then get a syllabus done. (Classes start right after this session ends.)
3. Start working on the next (last big?) chapter of Famous Author, a book I'm envisioning as short but which is turning out to be much harder to write than I'd like. I finished chapter 2, the chapter which would not end, last week. I'm not going to set big goals, but I'd like to feel as if it's underway before the semester starts.
4. Draft part of the self-study for the program review of our graduate program. Why did I say I'd do that (I know - so that it didn't land on an assistant professor with a 2 y.o.) Most of the hard part will be done when school starts up again, but there's a lot that is formulaic and/or straightforward that I want to get done this summer.
5. Odds and ends: I have a book review to finish, and am - in addition to the book prize -- on an article prize committee (but it's only 8 articles, so not onerous)
6. Admin fragments for professional organization of which I am president, but that should be pretty manageable.
7. I have the fancy bike and its exercise programs, and I want to just keep working out so I stay healthy.
8. Read for fun
9. Get good sleep