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Well, What do You Know?

I undertook to write three encyclopedia articles.  The first was very straightforward, the second a little less so, and the third is not beyond me but will require some thought.  It also has to be as long as the other two put together.  I have until mid-December.

Somewhat to my surprise, I have finished the second one this afternoon – on target.  There was a point earlier in November where I sincerely wondered whether I knew enough, or had enough to say, or could put what I did know together coherently enough, so I am slightly stunned to find myself looking at an article just three words over the target word-count.  (And that’s including my name.)  As a reward, I’m taking my son to the cinema, and then I’ll upload the article later tonight.  What a huge sense of relief!

And the moral of the tale?  Well, my general philosophy is quite simple.  Never turn down an opportunity, and never say you can’t do something.  Missed opportunities lead to regret; saying something is beyond you is self-limiting; and if you turn a chance down, you may not be asked again.

The down-side is having spent a considerable amount of time recently feeling as though I was drowning in commitments.  However, as you see – I can actually swim.  And tomorrow I start gathering materials for the third encyclopedia article!

Opportunities are Always There – and They Come in Threes

Another Door Opens …

This week, I’ve offered to write an article about an aspect of our musicology research project, for a librarianship Door opensjournal.  That’s a win-win opportunity, because not only does it benefit the research project and my CV, it also covers both musicology (my research interest) and librarianship (my profession)!

I expressed interest in a librarianship social event – and was invited to write an article for that group, too.

Today I committed the work-life balance cardinal sin of checking my work emails on a Sunday evening.  Well, it’s a good thing I ‘sinned’, as my inbox contained an invitation to contribute to another encyclopedia.  As before, my initial reaction was, ‘Is this me?’  Since it was plainly more ‘me’ than the last encyclopedia, there was no excuse – I had to look at the list of topics still awaiting authors.  In for a penny, in for a pound – I expressed interest in five articles, so I look forward to hearing which, if any, I get asked to do!

So there you are – three unexpected opportunities. There is the risk I may need to take a few days’ holiday to meet my deadlines, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Oh, and I submitted an article to another librarianship journal about a week ago, too.  Well, you never know!