Clearing the Decks
This week has seen one of those very odd conjunctions of events. Yesterday, I completed the journal edits on a review paper that has been in the works for at least a year. This morning, we resubmitted a manuscript on Ordovician pycnogonids (“sea spiders”) that has been going through the mill for even longer. Since I also just finished preparing a couple of PowerPoint presentations and am done with travel commitments for the moment, this means that there is suddenly a bit of time to think. Not spare time by any means (there is still much to be done before the year is out), but at least a lull in the action.
Now that the decks are cleared, it is almost frightening how little brain energy seems to be available. In the past few days I have been even more forgetful than usual, and with these projects removed I am discovering that my mind is almost blank. A tabula rasa. It would be great to immediately re-embark on one of the research projects sitting on the shelf, but a few days without much thought will have to pass first. Fortunately there is a mammoth tusk just waiting to be glued together, some specimens to catalogue, and a new camera to be tested, so if I am careful I may be able to get by without using anything much above the medulla oblongata . . .
© Graham Young, 2012