Category: writing

I’m excited to be meeting Jack Halberstam tomorrow for a masterclass titled ‘Wild Thoughts’. Jack’s book ‘The Queer Art of Failure’ was a lifejacket for me when I was drowning in the waters of my unwritten thesis. I wrote a …

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A short essay on scholarship, adapted from the epilogue of my thesis, was just published in paradigm_shift. It starts off describing the first ‘peer review’ I received: The first paper I ever submitted received a review that read: “This [paper] …

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I’ve been thinking about recruitment a bit lately. How it’s so opaque and obscure and difficult. Those of us on perpetually expiring contracts know what I mean, so do those involved in recruitment panels. So in the interests of transparency, …

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After submission I felt light, light like hungry.    

I sit here, unwritten, so many years later, despite all my training, therapy and diversified skill set. Despite having gone to the professional development seminars, and sharpening my saw. Despite having published early and often, it has now been longer …

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Compared to the abuse suffered by the women I follow on Twitter it is insignificant when my work is described as weak. Lacking Scientific Method. I still shed tears onto white, 50% recycled paper marked with three sets of track …

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Someone wrote to me today that they hoped I had done what I did as a choice and not a sacrifice. I hesitated a lot before answering, partially (mostly?) because I was attempting to obey the Rotary rule of ‘kind, true, necessary’ …

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A little way back I attended Catherine Devenys ‘Gunnas’ writing class. She’s sassy, funny, clever and full of little tricks to get hands to keys. Highly recommended, see her site for class schedules. Here’s something I wrote during the day.

It was about 3 months ago that I decided that every last citation that I would include in the yet-unwritten parts of my PhD thesis would have at least one female author/editor. Sick to death of seeing strings of male …

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After a period of dormancy, the larva emerges to face the world: