2014

Penguin

I had a sudden urge to write here today. Which surprised me since I haven’t really wanted to do much with my blog lately. It’s been a strange, strange year. For most of it, I felt like this penguin looks: startled and wondering what’s happening. The wonderful absurdity of this image encapsulates my year. I re-read my last post yesterday while everyone else was probably celebrating Christmas with family. I had a quiet day of reading and watching TV in bed, which was absolutely fine by me. I haven’t had a chance to do nothing for ages. I had some proper time to think as well and a few things started to sink in.

I’m mainly writing this to make it seem real: I got a new job! It’s a permanent job too, not a contract one. This kind of job security is alien to me. When I read my previous post yesterday, I felt it was written last year, rather than only last month. So much has happened since, and it was written with a sense of uncertainty. This uncertainty is no longer and I’m still trying to wrap my head around that shift.

My new position is Lecturer in English Literature at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. I’m moving to England in April and I’d appreciate any tips people could offer me. Especially since I’m now looking for a place to live in Leicester.

I have worked hard to get this position. I doubted all this hard work would lead to something concrete, but it has. I’m saying this for the benefit of people who have emailed me, and my friends, who are have likewise been searching for stable full-time work in academia. It is a difficult climate right now, as we all know. But my friend told me that whenever one of us manages to get a good position, it’s like a glimmer of hope.

So Hila, say it with me now: You’re moving to England. You got a permanent job. In academia. You get to research and write and teach – all things you love. You are very lucky, but you have also earned this.

I will hopefully believe this all soon.

P.S. I’ve joined Instagram, here I am. You may be seeing mainly photos related to packing, books, my cat and me cataloguing Perth’s sky before I move over the next few months. As is already evident ...

Instagram

Instagram

Instagram

Instagram

Instagram

Instagram

I also still have some ‘This Year’ prints, if anyone would like to buy one for the new year (email me).

Instagram

2014, you will be a big year.

Image credit: A member of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition plays the bagpipe for a penguin, 1904.