Monday, January 24, 2011

Good for what ails ya

So, hey. Thanks for all those great suggestions on that last post. They ALL went into a packet that is going to form the basis of this good old fashioned close reading unit.

In other news, I'm waiting on stuff, including final word about sabbatical and the department's decision about my tenure (also the fate of the book ms., but that's on a less predictable timetable). In fact, while I already got preliminary word on sabbatical, and my department's beautifully clear tenure requirements have left me with comparatively little to worry about, I still find myself anxious about these pending pieces of news.

And so, in the face of the self-doubt that such waiting inevitable occasions (for me, at least), I've done a little patting of the self on the back by autogoogling at Google Scholar. How nice it is to find oneself quoted in articles, syllabi, dissertations and in two cases, a book. Now, these are still just smatterings. I've not written anything so monumental that it is blowing up the search engine. But even so, what a lovely and affirming moment to see that an M.A. thesis devotes well over half of its pages to engaging an idea that I advanced in a recent article.

See? There really is a conversation. And I really am part of it! How nice!

And now, back to the inexplicable worrying.

ETA: Of course now I can add worrying about the burst pipe in the basement--explicable worrying on top of the inexplicable.


Sisyphus said...

Bleah! I hope your plumbing problems are quickly solved! (Your academic problems I am not worried about, as you rock.)

Tom said...

The beauty of a burst pipe is that you can't really worry about it: only fix it (or, I suppose, delay in fixing it). If only anything in the academic life could be fixed by calling in an expert and writing a check.

Horace said...

Fortunately, the pipe is now fixed (by the same plumber as you use, Tom), but the waiting continues

Dr. Koshary said...

That *does* sound awesome, seeing yourself cited and quoted and discussed by colleagues! I think you're right to consider the worrying just an effect of being the worrying type. Being awesome means you sometimes have to sit back and politely wait for others to tell you that you're awesome. And tenured.

Nels said...

How long would the sabbatical be? I am off for the entire 2011-12 AY. It's a paycut, but we've been saving for a bit. I dream about it daily.