December 20, 2005


So what do faculty do after turning in grades? Some escape town entirely, but while I'm heading to a family gathering next week, the rest of this week is getting to some things that are past due—which constitutes roughly 98% of my to-do list.

Today, that's mostly consisted of working on a MS that I'm hoping to get out to the world January 2nd. It's a substantial piece, about 200 pages, and while most of that bulk comprises appendices, I need to polish the main article. Right now, I'm up to Table 12 on page 25.

More on the jump.

Some months ago, I had an interesting dream in which a crowd of sandhill cranes was preventing me from moving around. The piece de resistance was the sandhill-crane couple in a car, who refused to move the car. Being entirely ignorant of most forms of dream analysis, I boldly interpreted the cranes in the dream as being my various obligations in life, including at work. For those who have never been lucky enough to see them, sandhill cranes are large birds whose early-morning honk is unmistakable (once identified). Their overhead flight in my neighborhood is usually about 15-30 feet over the ground, so you get a close look at them. I've never been threatened by the critters (different story with geese, rather nasty critters), so when I've felt overwhelmed during the semester, I've explained to myself and others that I need to take care of some cranes. After all, most of my obligations at this point are entirely voluntary, rather unique and attractive when examined close-up, and have absolutely no side-effects other than wanting to spend more time with them.

EPAA is really a small flock of cranes. The one demanding my attention today is the post-acceptance pipeline. Then there's the pre-review processing, which I hope to get to tomorrow. And the invitations-to-new-board-member-invitees. And planning-the-future bit, with one of the associate editors. And then back to this article in preparation. And so it goes, but without the Vonnegut connotation.

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Posted in EPAA on December 20, 2005 3:44 PM |