Monthly Archives: May 2012

travel diary: what academics do in hotel rooms

Academics get to travel a lot. Its one of the perks of the job I guess, but it only becomes a perk if you actually work at it. A lot of the time we collectively don’t. In fact we travel … Continue reading

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research track record – how do you get it?

One of the things that can count for or against you when bidding for research project money is track record. All funders would like to give their money to someone who they are pretty confident can produce the goods. So … Continue reading

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time – can you ever really manage it?

A little while back, patter and thesis whisperer, inger mewburn, co-wrote a post on writing which we wanted to ‘simulcast’ on each of our blogs. Writing this first post was surprisingly easy given all the technology at our disposal. We … Continue reading

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be conference savvy and land a book contract

Most big conferences are attended by major publishers. They offer their books at discount so it’s a a good place to stock up. Most publishers will also ship books so you don’t have to cart them home in your luggage. … Continue reading

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planning and managing multiple writing tasks

Henry Miller’s first writing commandment was “Work on one thing at a time until finished”. I find this almost impossible to do. It’s so impossible that much of the time I think that it’s not a sensible rule – well … Continue reading

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