I am on sabbatical this semester and have been keeping a list in my journal of the academic activities I engage in. This practice is partly for myself, so that I make sure I am using the time productively, and partly for my institution, which requires me to write a report about the sabbatical once it finishes. Here is a list of what I accomplished in March, generally in chronological order. Although March’s list is the same length as February’s (you can read about what I accomplished in February here), I did less than the previous two months because it’s been difficult to be productive due to the current pandemic. I feel like I am slowly getting back on track, though, so I have high hopes for April even though, as T.S. Eliot writes, it “is the cruellest [sic] month.”
1. Along with a colleague, chose four panelists for an MLA special session proposal on Dungeons & Dragons. All four accepted the invitation to be part of the proposal.
2. Sent rejections to the rest of the people who submitted abstracts for the Dungeons & Dragons panel.
3. Revised the three Mennonite/s Writing bibliographies throughout the month. They are here, along with the blog that lists all of the individual revisions.
4. Worked on revisions to my current book project.
5. Submitted a book proposal to the ideal publisher for my book project.
6. Wrote and submitted an abstract for an MLA panel on Samuel R. Delany.
7. Wrote a few senryu.
8. Corresponded with the rest of the planning committee for the Mennonite/s Writing IX conference that is scheduled for October (fingers crossed!) about which abstracts to accept.
9. Wrote a template for the Mennonite/s Writing IX acceptance email and sent out acceptances to around forty submitters.
10. Submitted five senryu to the 2020 Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology and received notice about which one the editor accepted.
11. Along with a colleague, wrote and submitted the proposal for the Dungeons & Dragons panel.
12. Began writing a long poem about the pandemic.
13. Got asked to review a book of poetry by a journal.