Court Martial: Dealing with Negativity

Recently, a few negative things have happened to me: a project that I’ve been hoping would come to fruition for about a year now has, after much see-sawing, been finally axed due to negative references; I’ve made an error with … Read More »

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The Deadly Years; or, I’ll live – and I’ll enjoy it!

It is becoming more widely mooted that the life of a post-doc is no easy one. Every day, on various academic job listings, I see adverts which are either for PhD studentships, or for temporary/part time post-doctoral work: very few … Read More »

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Patterns of Force: Doing things you didn’t expect, beyond the boundaries you set yourself

Sometimes, we end up in situations beyond our control, and which are, perhaps, at the edges of, or well beyond, our normal comfort zones, and perhaps outside of what we might consider ‘academic’ work. But I think that, even as … Read More »

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We Who Are About To….

Last week, I wrote about my role in the bookshop. Whilst this is important to me, both as a researcher and as a human, it isn’t what this blog is supposed to be about. Ideally, of course, you’d be following … Read More »

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That Which Survives

I’ve been working at the bookshop for just about a month, now. It’s completely different to how I imagined myself working two years after my viva, but I’ve learned a lot of things in the last couple of years which … Read More »

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Mirror Mirror

Because I still live near my PhD and MA haunts, and because of the connections I have via social media, I see a lot of those people with whom I studied graduating and doing successful things. It’s like a mirror … Read More »

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Spectre of the Gun: How to Let Go

This week, I started my new job working for a University Bookshop. So far, it’s been really fun, and actually quite satisfying. I get to do multiple different tasks, have to remember lots of different things, and I have my … Read More »

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