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Summer Update

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Oh hai blog, I’ve missed you.

I’ve been taking a little step back from all things library this summer. We’re on a 9-month contract where I work but in the past I’ve always signed up for an additional summer contract and kept working through June, July, and August. This year, I decided to take June and July off (except for a few days here and there). I feel like I deserve a break after going through the tenure and promotion process this past year. I’m also trying to gear-up for our library reopening at the end of the summer. I’ve been feeling a little guilty about not being available while construction and other things are wrapping up. It’s so hard to take a step back… But at the same time I know that this break is imperative for my mental well-being. By the end of the spring semester I was feeling the need to create some space in my life in order to replenish my ideas and enthusiasm.

It’s been wonderful. I’ve been concentrating on my creative work—writing, reading, performing, sending work out for publication. I have lots of camping trips planned for July and I’m seeing old friends and making new ones. Making things… trying to build my community. I’ve been trying to do some things that are outside my comfort zone (reading my poetry at this house show, for example) and it’s great. Each time I do something that scares me it makes the next thing a little bit easier.

Some random updates in digestible list form:

  • I’ll be presenting “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Post-Renovation Revelations” at the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) 2013 Annual Conference in Seven Springs this October with my colleague Melissa Gold.
  • Our library renovation is on schedule and we will be reopening by the beginning of the fall semester.
  • I’m tenured effective fall 2013! Still waiting to hear if I was promoted from Instructor to Assistant Professor.
  • My poems “Renaissance Body” and “Tasks To Privilege” were recently accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of The Pinch Literary Journal. Stoked.
  • I’ve been working on the Membership Committee of PaLA as part of my Director-at-Large responsibilities. We’ve been busy brainstorming creative ideas for recruitment and retention. Lots of good stuff.
  • My trip to Italy was fan-freaking-tastic and made me want to go to all the places. Travel: you should do it.

How is your summer going? Anything fun in the works?

Written by Erin Dorney

June 27, 2013 at 6:41 PM

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listening // to get disowned by hop along, sports by modern baseball + npr.

watching // twin peaks + audrey hepburn.

reading // snowflake/different streets by eileen myles.

wanting // this sleeping grizzly bear bean bag + these baby skull earrings.

working // on signage for the new library, summer plans + a new writing gig (details soon!).

writing // blackout erasure poems from an old ornithology book.

thinking // about letting go of the life i’d planned to embrace the life in front of me.

What are you guys doing?

(inspired by Kara at I Just Might Explode)

Written by Erin Dorney

March 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Posted in Life

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