So, when my supervisor asks me “What have you been doing lately?” I know that he doesn’t really want to hear that I’ve been teaching myself to turn a heel whilst knitting socks, that I managed to finish said sock successfully, that I’ve made my way through two unremarkable novels, or even that I had a fantastic time socialising at a recent conference. He wants to know whether I’ve been writing recently and if it’s anything good.
This is rather more problematic than it possibly should be- mainly because I’ve fallen prey to the common post grad idea that the longer one waits between submitting work/ having a meeting, means that the work has to be infinetly better than is expected- and by this point one presumes that expectations are high…
As Jorge Cham depicts it:
So, if anyone needs me, I’ll be hunkered down at (or indeed under) my desk trying to work up the courage to hit the “Send” button on my work.