I’m working on a lot of things at one time, and the stress is at just about the right level. Too much stress: bad. Too little stress: arguably bad, too. I think my low-grade mania is the result of this stress. Either that or all the allergy medicine I’m taking. Not even counting the personal stuff, here’s what’s going on:
- I’ve organized my ASECS panel, so that’s done, but I’m hoping to put another one together, which will be chaired by someone other than me.
- I found myself a roommate for ASECS so the hotel costs will be half what they would ordinarily be. I need to go ahead and make the reservations just to get that task out of the way (or maybe that’s the allergy medicine talking).
- For the first time ever, I’ve been invited to give a talk. Actually, two of them.
- I’ve been asked to submit a paper to a special journal issue on Charles Wesley.
- I need to get cracking on editing a special issue of another journal on the eighteenth-century English sermon.
- I considered, then turned down, a request to organize next year’s meeting of MWASECS. I just can’t afford to take that kind of time until after I have tenure.
- About a half-dozen proposals and/or applications are due in the next two weeks. Stuff I’m excited about. Stuff I don’t want to screw up. Stuff that will take me to England next year and/or buy me a semester or two away from teaching so that I can work on the book.
- I’m revising an article for a journal. I’m late. That’s okay, right? I mean, turning in a revised article beyond the deadline is not a fatal flaw, is it?
- I need to finish my book proposal and circulate it among potential publishers.
- Classes are going well (I’m very happy with both of them), but I have a stack of grading I need to take care of.
- I have two students doing independent study with me this semester, and I really need to engage with them more actively than I have so far.
- I’m also involved in the UMKC Honors Program as their first faculty fellow, and that taking a lot of ideas out for a spin to see how they handle. Hopefully I won’t crash.
Here’s what I need from you: What advice do those of you who have had some success at academic grant writing have for me? And are any of you willing to read over something I write and give me your feedback?