"I thought maybe you'd fallen off the planet," a friend commented today. I think maybe I had.
Or maybe, more accurately, I'd fallen into myself, cocooning in an act of self-preservation and (eventually...) transformation. In some ways, I'm giddy enough from certain things happening in my life right now that I can be a hot-damn-badger-butterfly. Although, in retrospect, I'm probably just a very dusty moth, shimmering because the light has hit me right.
So details. You always want the details...
ABD4evah: Last year was just that: the last year of funding from my department. I didn't make any substantial progression on the dissertation, and honestly my heart just wasn't into it. Teaching -- the thing that'd sustained my passion for higher ed -- had become excruciating. I resented my students, my professors, my department. So I quit.
Will Work for Food: Unfortunately, I walked away from the academy and into a lousy job market. I've been unemployed (well, temping, sorta, but basically unemployed) for nine months.
Will Work for Fun and Profit: Finally I landed a job, one that I started on Tuesday. A Great Job. And as I'm working in the educational technology field, my boss encouraged me to register for various social networking sites. So yeah, I joined the world o' Facebook, and even though it was digital, I realized that maybe I was ready to reunite with old friends. (Riding the bus to and from work every day is enough reunion with "the real" for now. -- I'd link a blog post, but damn, those archives...)
Will Blog with Spit and Vinegar: At my job interview, I was asked if I blogged. I said I had, for a while. But you know, I think I'm ready to do so again. I think I might start a new one (I'll link it), because I truly have emerged from that cocoon a new person. But you were all good readers and good friends. So I thought I'd let you know that, "Hey! I'm back."