Last year, I found having a set of summer goals surprisingly useful in making sure my work was targeted and well-organised, so I’m going to have another go at it. That’s not to say that I managed to meet all of my goals, of course, but part of the point of strategy is to have a plan and see whether or not it’s a realistic one. Something that’s becoming more and more clear is that I need to be thinking practically about ways that I can keep my research moving over the year to respect the different patterns that the academic year imposes upon academics. The same strategies that work for the summer won’t work in the middle of term, for instance. After an academic year where I’ve been pretty dedicated about carving out half an hour here or there for research, I’m finding that to have days without anything else in them is slightly disconcerting – hence the need for some proper goals to create a bit of structure and order.
- Have a holiday! This turned up last year, but it is an important goal, and one that needs acknowledging.
- Move. This is going to be fairly straightforward, as I have somewhere to move to sorted, but the end of August is going to involve a bit of logistics-wrangling.
- Speak at Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World – the abstract is here. This conference takes place next weekend, so this will be ticked off the list fairly soon.
- Write an abstract for next year’s Classical Association conference at Nottingham.
- Write an abstract for the Commemorating Augustus conference.
- Finish sorting out the new chapter four.
- Complete revisions on introduction and chapters one to three.
- Complete a book review.
- Do an archive trip to Cambridge if possible.
- Put together a proper research bibliography on Plautus and Roman comedy.
There’s a lot of small stuff drifting around the edges, but the main focus over the summer really does have to be on The Book. I’ve made quite big strides with getting the new chapter written during term time, but now I need to pull it all together and get it to a stage where I can send what I have off. Wish me luck!