So back in Sydney now… and I am getting organised for the next couple of weeks.
In terms of work, my paper for the CSAA conference is solidifying in my head. I have done a lot of the work already, it just needs to be brought together. During these periods I need to keep on reminding myself that I really do know more about this stuff than most people, so when I try to push my thinking (Best advice I was ever given: “Push it, Glen. Never be satisfied.”) to test the limits of its internal consistency I jump a threshold and begin to operate in a place that has little relevance to everyday life or other scholarly projects. This is not some kind of arrogance, it is a serious problem. If I can not write stuff that others will find relevant, then I might as well forget about it. So lay the groundwork, then worrying about pushing it.