I have been sketching out this post at least since November when I finally got around to finishing up –and sending in–the first round of proofreading of my dissertation (needed so Pacifica has a clean copy for its library).
A lot has been on my mind, only a limited amount related to politics. I have (until the second half of January) been devoting a great amount of time to outlining curricula for the various courses I want to teach so I can been better prepared when I interview for jobs (and to show I am ready to teach courses they already offer).
At times, I just don’t think I’ll be able to blog for a few days, only to find, like yesterday, the words just flowing from my fingers as they did for three posts last night — and a fourth that I would have completed had I not learned of the immanence of the Prop 8 ruling.
It seems those sudden bursts of “creativity” spare me the need of writing this post.
This morning, after finishing up the Tennessee post, I hit a wall again and felt as I often have like Sisyphus, only unable to push the rock up the hill, no matter how hard I tried.
I offer this not as a complaint, but as an explanation. Some days, it seems I’m just going through the motions of blogging, cutting and pasting (and commenting on) the posts of others rather than putting forward original ones of my own.
I feel a lot like I did in the Fall of 2009 — right after I broke through the block in writing my dissertation. In August and September, I had realized what was missing from my paper and had (finally!) started writing in October, only sensing in November that I needed to step back a bit before setting off again at full speed (as would happen in January of 2010). And that’s what it seems like now — that I need to step back a bit.
I have, for example, a lot to say on the Prop 8 decision (& a number of other issues) and will try to organize my thoughts so I can express them while the issue is fresh in people’s minds.
And please note, I dub this note #1 because there are a few more things I want to say in this vein.