I went to “large discipline conference” recently and had a fun and productive time. I had a job interview, I presented a paper, went to some workshops, caught up with friends and colleagues and met new people. I think I did what one is supposed to do at “large discipline conference” and I had a good time doing it. I was super nervous about the job interview, but it ended up being quite laid back. And all my worrying spurred me to prepare a lot, so when it came time for it I was as ready as I could be. I can honestly say that I did my best and that makes me feel good, no matter what the outcome. My paper and panel also went well. We had some prominent scholars in our field present, which made us feel good. Also one of the workshops I went to was quite informative and the other was so so. The conference wasn’t as overwhelming as I thought it would be, probably because I wasn’t running around trying to meet the most prominent people in the field. That’s just not something I can do.
Yesterday, I met with another friend who lives about an hour from me. She is finishing up her dissertation and she has a job already, starting in the fall. She is moving along and she inspired me to do the same. She said she’s anxious and afraid when she writes as well, but she just does it. So I’m attempting, nay will do the same. I leave on Saturday for the holiday. I’m hoping to write one chapter then by Friday. My friend said she wrote one chapter in one day, so why can’t I write one chapter in a week? I am determined!