Saturday, September 15, 2012

In which life is really busy

Unsurprisingly, it turns out that graduate school is really fantastic and really, really busy!  I love the challenges, the conversations, the expectations, the intellectual questions.  I adore being in a place where my entire job is to study things that I love.  I love the way in which all of my professors assume that I will be making important contributions to my field.  I can't wait to write this semester's papers, and try to revise one or more of them into conference papers or journal articles.  I love being an academic.  It's just so much busier than I thought it would be.

I've been doing a ton of reading, largely homework for theology class.  In addition, I have perhaps ten academic books in my locker waiting to be read [saintly devotion, depictions of virginity in medieval iconography, and Reformation religious politics -- oh my!], and I've also found time for a few light works of fiction.  But between all that reading, choral rehearsals, music analyses, string quartet transcriptions, and hosting my vaguely bi-weekly opera night, I haven't found any time to keep this blog.  I'm sick with a nasty cold this weekend, which is no fun - I've already gone through all of the tissues in my house plus over an entire roll of toilet paper for my drippy nose.  The upside is that this sickness has forced me to slow down, re-evaluate my over-busy schedule, and contemplate various ways of freeing up time for paper-writing and for maintaining my physical and mental health.

All of this is to say that I wonder if it might be time to go on hiatus as a book blogger.  I hate to do that, especially after Teresa's lovely shout-out.  I'm actually doing more reading than ever, and I have so many fascinating things to say about the myriad of musicological, theological, historical, and fictional texts that have been occupying my attention.  But I've had so much trouble finding time!  Perhaps this blog should be a winter-vacation and summer project, a way to keep myself writing in those months without homework assignments.  Or perhaps it would be useful enough to simply post what I've been reading and only a few thoughts, instead of longer, more cohesive essays?

I recognize that a blog must be, first and foremost, a joyful, uplifting, and useful project.  Stressing out because I haven't posted in a while would be counterproductive.  And I don't think it's very fair to keep hold of various library books in a stack waiting to be reviewed, rather than returning them promptly to the library where others can make use of them.  What have you all done when life gets crazy busy?  What if that busy-ness will last for months on end?

And, if you may permit a small self-indulgent question, would I be missed if I disappeared for entire semesters at a time?