Ok, not the worlds best start to a blog, but i think I have reached a point where I can post a bit more regularly. Things aren’t quieter, I fact they have just got a whole load more complicated but I am better able to manage my time (how did that happen). Even my office is tidier.
So the Colchester Women Oral History Project is now off the ground, interviewees are being sought, interviewers are being trained and equipment is being bought. A lot of my life is spent sending emails now, which feels very strange. As an introvert email is such a blessing, there is no one examining my facial expressions or waiting for me to finally collect my thoughts. It’s just me and text, the ideal combination.
I have also handed in my second piece of work. The first was in October, just a simple biography of a neglected psychoanalyst. Only I don’t do simple. 5000 words and several archive searches later and I have a pretty good outline of her life. I am reluctant to put too much information out there at the moment, I don’t want to do someone else’s work for them but I’ll talk about her at some point.
Second piece was looking at her influences, where she drew much of her material from. I had to do this one over Christmas and worked very long days to get it done. I was almost completely unfamiliar with psychoanalysis (or ps-a as I am going to call it from here on in) so it was very much a crash course. 6000 words, but I wasn’t happy with it. I am still struggling to write academically after so long (I did my Masters in 2004 in a totally different time period of history). I am now looking at anthropology in the late 19th and early twentieth century which is again, something entirely new to me. QMUL library had very little in the way of general histories, I had to use my SCONUL card at the University of Essex to get the books I wanted.
I have until the 28-02-14 to write an abstract for this student colloquium thingy in May. I feel very stressed at even the thought of it. No idea what I should talk about. Thankfully it seems that my fellow students are in a similar situation.