Friday, June 12, 2009

What Was I Thinking?

Way back in December, my good friend Julie told me about a conference she was helping with that I absolutely must submit a proposal for. I checked out the Call for Papers, and was intrigued:


Choosing a story to tell often shapes the messages we send about faith, history, literature and our world view. How should a scholar balance a comprehensive perspective with the voices of race, class, and gender? To be considered for this peer reviewed session, please submit proposals on topics relating either to how we effectively communicate a narrative – whether in the classroom, pulpit, through media, or in the public sector– or how and why we choose a narrative to communicate.

Then, I found out that Billy Collins (former poet laureate) and Marilynn Robinson (author of Gilead and Home) were the keynote speakers. I was hooked. In the euphoria engendered by the exciting topic and the wonderful speakers, I thought, sure, I can work on my dissertation and write a paper for a conference, too. I'll have plenty of time.

What in the world was I thinking?

The conference begins on the 26th, and I don't have my paper written yet. Just what I needed. More stress.

I'll tell you what my paper's supposed to be about tomorrow.


Jonathan G. Reinhardt said...

Pull a dissertation chapter? Everyone does that.

Stephanie said...

Boy, I wish I could. But my dissertation has nothing to do with the conference theme. Besides, I've already submitted a proposal, and a description of it is in the schedule. I just have to meet the challenge and get this paper written. Next week!

Jonathan G. Reinhardt said...

If you want to contract it out, call me... haha...

[Dear Academics Police:

This was a joke. We do not condone such activity, nor do we know anyone who does, and we solemnly swear to turn anyone in whom we find doing it for public flogging. Thanks.

Sincerely, J.]