Go Ask Alice

Alice Tenniel Red Queen

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

I suppose it’s true that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I weren’t busy; it’s usually the pleasant state of having a head full of stories and ideas that I am trying to make manifest. But I had a couple of things of a more serious nature — or at least a less fun one — and it’s amazing how suddenly “busy” can mean “too busy to do the things I want to be doing.”

My own fault: I am learning to say no.

All the time in Texas where I worked feverishly to get out of Texas left an anxiety that I have gradually tamed, as my skill at Plants vs. Zombies demonstrates. It’s a balance between having options (i.e. showing expertise and knowledge) and having fun. I realise that ‘fun’ is associated in many minds with ‘frivolous’ but I think it’s just part of having a good life. And isn’t that what an unstructured time like a sabbatical is meant to be for?

Oh, yes — research and writing. It is happening. I hope to have good news on the masculinities & medieval film project soon, and I have some new proposals going off soon. But this summer is also fun writing and even a slight delay of a few days (mostly because I was dragging my feet complaining) had me champing at the bit to get back to my created worlds.

That and my publishers ๐Ÿ˜‰

A la Mort Subite

Finland bound on Wednesday, but always thinking about Alice — and now my current favourite Alice, an Alice who gets things done:

5 thoughts on “Go Ask Alice

  1. I learned a great lesson from my grandfather —

    ‘Find a *job* you like and you’ll never *work* again.’

    My problem is finding a job that pays enough to cover the mortgage and food ๐Ÿ˜‰

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