What do I need to write & do by then, or to get there?
- Wrap up logistics for the NEH seminar. Books, readings, housing, stipends, festivities, etc.
- Do reading for the NEH seminar--not just the assigned stuff, but a general refresher course, to shift back into poetry-teaching mode.
- Choose the poets / texts for my Modern Poetry survey next fall. Something new, but not too new. Sick of the huge sweeping survey, but if I only did, say, 6 or 8 poets, who would they be? (British, Irish, American, as I please.)
- Prep and teach another four weeks of classes. Ahem. Which means something like four more novels. (I miss teaching poems. Four more poems I could handle.)
- Revise the introduction to the New Approaches book.
- Revise my own essay for the New Approaches book.
- Edit four more essays, maybe five, for NA.
- Write and distribute the Call for Papers for JPRS, the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, of which I am the Executive Editor.
- Assorted work for IASPR, the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance.
- Do more fundraising and planning for the Brisbane Conference (AKA "Popular Romance Studies: an International Conference")
- Decide on the topic for my own Brisbane paper. Can write it in July? While teaching NEH seminar? Hmmm...
In the end, though, I just don't think I have enough time to work up that talk before the conference, so I've decided to focus on something I know as much about as anyone these days: popular romance pedagogy. With a nod to my series of NEH poetry workshops for middle-school teachers, I'm calling the talk "How to Teach a Romance (and Learn from One, Too)." The other, comparative piece I'll save for next year's PCA, maybe.
- Take care of final logistics for Brisbane: hotels, publicity, contact with local authors and writers' groups, etc.
- Revise my monograph proposal on romance fiction (including Byatt? Many decisions to be made for this, still.)
- Learn (on trumpet) the music I'll be performing with my son's junior high school band.
- Learn (on guitar) the parts for five more Alte Rockers songs. (Have I told y'all about the Alte Rockers? Remind me to do so, if not.)
In addition to the work I listed, there was a fair amount of unexpected work to be done: committee work, for example. And there's still a lot of work to do before next Sunday, when the NEH seminar starts, and even more before I leave for Australia. Nervous about both of those.
In short, I could use to pick up the pace a bit. But not an unproductive period, either.