A couple of summers ago I found myself in Manchester and, of course, had to pop into the Manchester Art Gallery. It was here that I was first introduced to the wonderful world of Charlie and Lola. In addition to the books and postcards I purchased in the gallery shop I also bought a set of Charlie and Lola bookmarks (see below) which have become both my sabbatical companions and tangible manifestations of my current state of mind.
I spent January wrapping up 2 writing projects — a book manuscript and an article. I’m sure there will still be editorial revisions, etc. for both, but I begin February with the immense luxury of finally being able to put my new research front and centre. It makes me giddy and breathless just thinking about being able to spend week after week reading, writing and thinking about this work. I’ve been interested in pursuing it since about 2002 but haven’t been able to make it my full time project until now.
Right now I’m spending time reading — reading things I haven’t had a chance to read yet, re-reading things I read years ago and discovering new (to me) important works in this sub-field I’m entering into with this new research. It is wonderful and reminds me of when I was studying for my comprehensive exams, minus, of course, the stress of the exam itself. I recall my advisor saying to me during that period that I should value the luxury of spending day after day reading. I didn’t quite get it until now.
If you’re looking for me, I’ve got my nose in a book. (but I did take a break to take part in Toque Tuesday this morning at Market Square)