September Blogroll: Globetrotting Nerd Edition

Dear readers:

I write this blogroll well in advance, as by the time you see this, I will be in the throes of the most wonderful jet-lag—having bounced from Montréal to London to Oregon in a very short span, landing smack dab in the first week of classes. As this post then suggests, planning ahead has always been my secret weapon to travelling for academic purposes. This has become true both to ensure I can be genuinely productive while travelling, as well as budget-conscious. I am fortunate to be at an institution that offers some reimbursement for academic travel, but as we all know, that rarely covers all you’ll need. While I may draft future posts with greater detail on some of the specific topics that follow, for this I’ll discuss three broad categories:

  1. how to schedule travel efficiently,
  2. how to manage technology necessities, and
  3. what you actually need to bring on academic travel.

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August Blogroll: Writer’s Toolkit Edition

Dear readers:

It has been a busy summer full of travel: I’ve been to Kansas City to grade AP literature exams, to Champaign to walk in commencement with my cohort, and we just got back from Bowen Island off the coast of Vancouver for a brief birthday vacation as I look down the barrel at 30. I have a couple of brief weeks to buckle down on some research and writing projects before family from Boston come for a visit, and then I take off for professional gigs in Montreal and London for August. As I fully re-engaged with a full-time scholarly posture, I am reminded of the tools that keep me plugged in to my practice when I am balancing teaching in the mix.

So this month, here is a list of some scholarly tools I live by on a day-to-day basis that makes reconnecting with the muscles needed for full-time scholarly work much more streamlined.

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