Was speaking to the lovely Lilo the other day and telling them how I had a journal stashed somewhere in which I was starting to write ideas for things I wanted to work on post-PhD, and a box of articles to read that I had been holding for then too. Today I came across a document labelled ‘Post-PhD Pursuits’ and decided to have a looksy at what PhD-me imagined post-PhD-me would be up to. Here’s a selection:
* Learn to drive * Finally learn to use the poi sitting on the bookshelf, and possibly to breathe fire * Bake more tasty vegan treats * Sort out the vegie patch * Write up a whole pile of journal articles * Sew * Pay the monster all the money I owe them * Organise my superannuation * Work on book proposals * Make a calendar/greeting cards * Busk as a poet.
Hmm. Technically I guess I am not post-PhD until the thing is done and dusted, but still feel I ought to get a wriggle on with it all. Especially when I also remember plans to:
* Make at least one large installation work a year * Apply for funding to make more of same, including getting some sort of portfolio/website going * Get enough cash together to buy a really spicky camera, get some lessons in how to use it, and gad about Europe taking wondrous arty pix (and making amazing performances with fabulous people) * Start some sort of community project about bullying, and maybe one about sexual violence *Blog more, and not just copy/paste updates but reviews, ponderings, critiques and pretty prose.
Making small steps into some of these, true, but still so much to be done!