Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ok, I don't always....

No, I don't always like to write. In fact, today I am really, really not having a good time. I am writing a chapter for a book I am doing with a colleague on the criminalization of immigration. My head has been out of the material for a while, I am struggling with finding my way into it. That is what happens when your teaching and scholarship are not connected; so few of us get to have them seamlessly integrated, if integrated at all. That is also what happens when you have too many interests, but that is my personal curse, and a subject, perhaps for another time.

So, I am reading. Reading a few passages, a few pages, and then back to the writing, trying to get some words down, trying to slog through it. A few hours later, I have a few hundred words; its not that good, but it is down.

It is moments like this that I have to trust myself, just myself enough to know that this will get done, that it will be fine, and that I will somehow survive the boredom that I am experiencing. It is part of the "the life." It is not always fun, but what job is always fun?

I now return to the grind.


  1. Yes - and this "Ok, I don't always...." was posted Sat 02 Feb 2013 -
    And how was it a week later - Sat 09 Feb 2013 [yesterday]?

    And thank you for:
    Community based Management for Sex Offenders in the US: An Evidence based Evaluation
    Alissa R. Ackerman1 Rich Furman2 University of Washington, Tacoma, USA

    Just received - and have only skimmed thus far; however, looking forward to digging into your article this week. Tomorrow during lunch I am meeting a Probation Officer who is in charge of a John School and we are digging into some work. Your article will probably be of benefit to us. I will keep you updated.

    Thanks, again.

    Best regards =
    Linda McNelly

  2. Hi Linda,

    Thanks for your comment. I had a really good week writing. Alyssa and I actually came up with a new idea for another edited book, and really got into it.

    Glad you are finding our work of value; it is nice to hear when you make some impact. Sometimes, we send out work out into the great abyss and get very little feedback.