Friday, June 8, 2012
A Medley: Blooms, Lists, Visits, and a Blogging Conference!
-- I'm doing research for a paper I'm presenting next month at Slayage, an International Biennial Conference on Whedon Studies, being held in Vancouver. So reading furiously, scribbling notes, pacing, and muttering aloud.
--I've also set up a Twitter account for my department, and I'm playing around with a new Twitter persona. It's interesting to watch this new digital develop, to see how it diverges from my personal Twitter account.
--I've been working to bring a prominent Canadian poet to our campus for a lecture series we host annually. This is an exciting committee to work on, but I have some ducks to get in a row right now in order for all to go smoothly in the fall. The immediate task is an application for funding a student helper.
--I'm trying to decide on course readings for the fall so that I might get my book orders in within a month (late) of the deadline. So additional research and much reading for that. Plus I'm starting to think about the prep work for a brand-new 2nd-year course I'll be teaching in the Spring.
I haven't felt the energy or the motivation to pick up my knitting since I've been back, but it's on the list. I'd like to resume at least one project sometime during June, but I'm being patient.
After all, the garden is the more urgent project, especially since we're hosting my son's wedding here at the end of August. So whenever it stops raining, I try to fit in some weeding and pruning -- lots to be done!
And something completely different, and quite exciting for me, is that I'm going to a Blogging Conference for the first time ever. In fact, I've been asked to be part of a panel on "Owning Your Beauty" that Tracey Rossignol (who blogs as FashionForward40, and whom I met when I was live-blogging for Vancouver Opera a few years ago) is putting together for the Northern Voice conference in Vancouver. Given my current workload, I probably shouldn't have committed to this, but I'm glad I did -- I have no idea what to expect, but I'm quite sure I'll meet interesting fellow bloggers and perhaps gain a few tips on how to be a better blogger.