I have to beg forgiveness from my readers for my absence from An Archaeologist’s Diary. I have been completely swamped… both at work and at home.
Last year, I had to put most of my work projects aside in order to concentrate on the Rolling Sculpture exhibition at the NCMA in the fall of 2016. I have just barely caught up and I find myself where I was back in January 2016 (it feels like I have lost a year and a half of my life). Not only have I managed to catch up, I have also written an article that will be published in November. (This came out of the blue after I presented a paper at the Archaeological Institute of America meeting held in Toronto back in January.) I managed to submit my material two months ahead of the deadline, trying to make time to complete the article I was revising before Rolling Sculpture took over my life. I’m desperately trying to complete it by the end of August… if it’s not ready by then, it will never be published.
At home, it’s volunteer projects (both professional/academic and social) that occupy my evenings: the creation of a new open access journal (designing the cover and the article template, typesetting said articles, communicating with authors and reviewers, and working with colleagues in Heidelberg to design the web site where the journal will be hosted), curating and producing the content of the Canada Cultural Booth at the Raleigh International Festival, hosting various projects for the Canadian club of which I am president and other projects that have since been completed. At some point, I calculated that I was juggling between four and seven projects at the same time. You will understand that after approximately 17 hours daily on the computer (at the Museum and at home), I had no desire to write and post anything on An Archaeologist’s Diary. All I wanted to do was rest my eyes…
I’m still overwhelmed, but in August I will host more scholars who will examine the remaining classical material for the catalogue project. Considering that I have been blogging about this for a few years, I would be remiss not to continue posting short notes about what’s going on and see this project through!
I’ll be back!