This and not That

In the brave new world of higher retirement ages, I have a few years to go before I retire.  Since I’ve really tried to develop my career creatively and flexibly, I genuinely have no problem with this.  I’m not ready to retire – I still have more to offer, most particularly with  regard to research, writing and teaching.  Let me put it graphically – I want ultimately to retire on a high note (see header image above).  And I categorically do not wish my career to end by simply fading out of the picture!

Fade out The EndI mean, where’s the triumphant conclusion in this? Give me a Handel score rather than a subtle filmscript ending any day!

Beware the Guard Dog!

I write this cautiously.  My latest blogpost mentioned the significant, large piece of writing required to get a PhD.  I used appropriate keywords, obviously.  And what happens? I get new followers – yay!  But they’re the kind of websites that offer writing services for desperate students.  Let me state this here, loud and clear – if you commission people to write student assignments, then it is not worth your while following me!

And if you are a real live human associated with one of these enterprises as a consumer, please note:-

I will gladly speak to students of my own institution about how to structure or reference a submission.  I would cheerfully advise anyone that I knew personally, about such things.

BUT I WILL NEVER, EVER WRITE FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO PASS MY WORK OFF AS THEIR OWN.  I worked unbelievably hard to get my qualifications, and I’m not available to help anyone else “work the system”.  I write for myself, under my own name.  That’s it.

If you’re a struggling student, please turn to your own institution.  Tell them you’re struggling.  Seek appropriate help.  They won’t charge you for it.  But don’t be tempted to pay someone else to write for you.  How could you take pride in a degree that was dishonestly gained?

A Decade as a Doctor (of Philosophy)

Well, a PhD in Music, to be accurate.  This morning, Facebook obligingly reminded me that it was exactly ten years since my thesis revisions were accepted, meaning that I would definitely be graduating in November 2009.

Bucks fizzWe couldn’t let the decade go unmarked!  After all, I’ve since published a book, been a postdoctoral research assistant on one grant-funded project, PI (Principal Investigator) on another, and added the PGCert in Learning and Teaching and a couple of fellowships to my post-nominals.  (I’d like to say my rateable value had also gone through the ceiling, but sadly, that’s not the case!  Part of me still works as a librarian, and I don’t have the freedom to go in search of promotion in another part of the country.)

But it still hasn’t been a bad decade considering it’s the decade in which many people are tempted to coast downhill to retirement!  Retirement isn’t even on my horizon yet – I’ve got several articles about to be published, a couple more ideas for research yet to be explored, and am about to start another grant application.2019-10-12 15.19.09

Anyway, I acknowledged the decade milestone on social media, and off we went to celebrate.  There will be fizz later – rather tame fizz, but fizz all the same!

The Proof of the Pudding …

Well, in this case, it’s a question of proof-reading, but we’ll let that pass.  This week I’ve been up to the ears in editing and proof-reading things I’ve written.

  • There was the article that needed revision, after it had been scrutinised by a peer-reviewer.
  • The article that evolved from my PGCert project of a couple of years ago.
  • The article that I wrote several years ago, only now appearing in an online journal.
  • And three book reviews.

Having cleared that little lot out of the way, I can think about what I need to write next! Since I have other, non-academic concerns also demanding my attention this Autumn, I can see I’m going to be busy!