Sort of writing

Postcards

Today, instead of writing about CLMOOC, I have been writing to CLMOOCers.

It’s a start!

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Writer’s Block

I’ve stalled. With just under five months till I submit my completed thesis I have run out of steam. I have no time to waste, and so I waste time. I know all of the advice – I have given it many times, but still I pause. My bookshelves are tidied, my yarn is sorted, my fridge is clean.

I still feel that I need to give myself permission to write. I’m framing my thesis as an auto-ethnography because that feels right – it feels authentic – but I still struggle to justify my approach. Maybe I worry that it is not rigorous enough – maybe my background in anglo-analytic philosophy has trained me to privilege an argumentative style over the explanatory … Maybe I need to channel my inner philosopher (note to self: do not channel your inner Deleuze).

Whatever, the time has come. I remind myself of one of my favourite quotes:

“Fool,” said my muse to me. “Look in thy heart and write.”

Wish me luck …

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T-REX

For the couple of months there’s been a T-Rex in Glasgow – one of the most complete skeletons in the world. Of course, we left it until the final day to visit.

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Lewis

Not so much a feldgang as an overview of our holiday. Some glorious skies and ancient artefacts. Callanais:

Callanais

Dun Carloway Broch

Dun Carloway Broch
Dun Carloway Broch

Norse chess pieces

Lewis chessman
Lewis chessman
Lewis chessman

Terns feeding at Port Ness

Terns

Machairs

Lewis

Views

Lewis

A teddy for a not-yet-born

HArris Teddy

Ballachulish – on the way home

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Monday Feldgang

As I walked up the path to work today I looked to my right, and noticed some more flowers. Some are cultivated, the others are native. All are lovely.

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Saturday Feldgang

Geraniums do well in our garden. Here’s three – the first two are bought, but still have a natural look. The third grows in abundance. The flowers are smaller, but they are so pretty.

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The Lion and the Unicorn

The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown …

A pause in my day to think about today’s Feldgang. The noise of the stonemasons reminded me that this staircase is being repaired.

Lion and Unicorn Staircase

The lion, of course, stands for England; the unicorn for Scotland.

Yet again we need to fight. While there is an imbalance of power, our two nations will never be friends. I think this might be beyond repair.

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Morning flowers

Between the main road and Professors’ Square is a pathway with wild flowers growing on either side of it. I always appreciate them, today I stopped and took a few pics with my phone

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Chapel

Today’s feldgang – I nipped out to see if a colleague was in, and took a shortcut back through our Uni chapel.

I always feel guilty doing this – and more so today as I quickly took out my phone and took these pics.

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Standing up for what one believes in

All I did was sign a letter.

A letter that asked for clarification about academic freedom.

That’s all.

As a result of signing that letter I have been sacked as editor of an academic journal

I have been told, by white men who were in power over me, that this was a matter of my power.

They said that I was not safe.

They said I should be ashamed.

They did not read the letter I signed, or if they did, they misread it.

They have shouted, moralised, pontificated.

I think they should be ashamed.

Ashamed for misreading so egregiously

Ashamed for publicly condemning me.

Ashamed enough to apologise.

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