Nearing the End of the Semester
Fun Tumblr of the Day: Cabin Porn (Safe for work!)
A paper of mine has been accepted to the PCA/ACA national conference this coming spring. I submitted under the Horror category; I'll be polishing up a paper on gender in H.P. Lovecraft's short story The Thing on the Doorstep. Two of my friends from the GCS program have also been accepted to the conference, so I'm excited.
The next two weeks are crunch time. I had a pleasant Thanksgiving break visiting my family, and I can relax a little bit during Winter Break, but in the interim I have wall-to-wall work. One thing I'm grateful for is the fact that the final paper for my Children's Literature class only has to be 1000 words. As someone used to 15-20 page final papers, that seems like cake. It's a huge boon given the sheer volume of work for my job, my thesis, and my research assistantship.
I can't really say that I have "free time," but it's impossible to work 24-7. When I do take breaks, I find that my downtime is more structured. I've gotten back into reading regularly for pleasure--something I haven't done consistently since high school.
It seems like everything is due in mid-December: Not just my final paper, but my completed work for my RA-ship, numerous writing projects for work, and my PhD application. SOMETHING is going to go wrong in the next couple of weeks, I know it, but ultimately everything will be okay. Then I'll have winter break to focus on my thesis, and then I'll have my final semester at Simmons.