So I haven’t posted in forever (last one was February 7 and before that, January 22). Partly because life has been very “full” the last two months, but also partly because I don’t really have anything to say. Currently, I’m in one of those ruts in which we all find ourselves from time to time. Courses are running smoothly, work is busy but not particularly challenging at the moment, and I’m in between research projects.
I think it’s the last that’s making me a little blah and out of sorts. A student came by during office hours the other day and asked, “what are researching now?” “Nothing, really.” She expressed disbelief — “surely you must have something.” But it’s true — I really don’t have a big project at the moment — and haven’t since finishing the book last November. I’ve got a bunch of little projects going (the SA Women Talk Tech blog, #femlead chat, my altac stuff), but nothing that qualifies as a “real” research project. And much to my surprise, I’m discovering that that makes me feel rather at loose ends — as if I don’t quite know what to do with myself. I have plenty to keep me occupied, but the lack of a deep project makes me feel dissatisfied. So I guess I am a research after all. Who knew? Now if only I could figure out what to do next and get started on it. Suggestions most welcome!