As if to prove that winning all the time isn’t everything, the flip-side of the coin recently bounced off the other hand of the clock and landed in a half-full glass of whisky precariously balanced on my nappy ol’ head. Good news was a part of this.

I was recently approached by a Humanities professor who had seen my dissertation presentation last month and had previously corresponded with me regarding the ideas set forth within. I’ve never been engaged in pleasant academic discourse with someone of this position; he came to me as a colleague and not a superior, and we compared our respective interests and periods with excitement and good interaction. This was a few weeks ago, and I received a letter the other day explaining a new project in the works that he is putting together. Academic compilations generally don’t appeal to the mass public, and therefore don’t sell very many copies, but this tome he’s been considering would have a cross-over appeal due to its theme: Britain Invaded?, which will be a case-study of conflicts from Caesar to the Channel Islands. He’s asked me to write the piece on Jacobitism, and of course I eagerly accepted. This is a project that I can do from home and will give me an excellent chance to get published at an early stage in my career, and it won’t simply be an academic journal, as is commonly the way to start off.

What this shows me is twofold:

One, as many of you have sworn upon, there are always other opportunities. You are right. The other is that after a year of tough tests from my supervisor, he’s really going out of his way to attach me to something fulfilling. Alex was responsible for forwarding me the Culloden information, and apparently he was quick to offer me (surely undeserved!?) praise for this new book project. I’m grateful for this contact, and for his facilitations. I feel that he finally believes that I have a significant contribution to add to the field. And I’m excited that I’ll be able to work on this at my own pace while doing other things at home. It allows me to stay in touch with the discipline – a long, thin string from San Francisco to Edinburgh.

And it will lead the way back again should that course be pursued. This is just one opportunity, and a good one at that.

29 Responses to “Yo-yos.”

  1. pisica Says:
    June 24th, 2004 at 8:33 pm

    (surely undeserved!?) praise
    Shut up.
    (And congratulations.)

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 24th, 2004 at 8:38 pm

    Hehe. I don't like to waffle on about self-ascribed merits. It's not in my nature. And truly, I would have never chosen an MSc student for this project, so I do feel a bit undeserving.
    But I'm pleased nonetheless, and thanks for your excitement. 🙂

  3. mxhaunted Says:
    June 24th, 2004 at 8:59 pm

    Wohooo! Glad to hear that your bad luck has been fallowed up with good luck. It’s things like this that restores your self-esteam and reaffirms that life isn’t one long uphill trudge.
    *pft* look at me being all positive. 🙂

  4. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 7:47 am

    Careful there…you might break something!
    And thanks…

  5. avalokita Says:
    June 24th, 2004 at 9:08 pm


  6. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 7:48 am

    Thanks, love!

  7. seolta Says:
    June 24th, 2004 at 9:41 pm

    Look at you! Boffin!! *terribly pleased and proud*

  8. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 7:50 am

    What's a Boffin? Is it good?
    A curse, maybe, ruadh?

  9. seolta Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 5:51 pm

    Now why would i want to curse you?!! 🙂
    Boffin = research scientist. I had to borrow the word from science cos i dont think they have one for super-smart research historians…

  10. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 8:06 pm

    Look at you, bein' all crafty…
    Let's make a word up then. Any suggestions?

  11. seolta Says:
    June 29th, 2004 at 12:27 am

    Hmmm… my linguistic skills are a tad rusty but how about anti-historiaste.
    (historiaster n 1887 -1894; petty or contemptible historian)
    And look what i came across during my research…
    chronanagram n 1613 -1882
    an anagram of a chronogram
    Jacobites used chronanagrams to cryptically express support for their cause.

    From one of my favourite sites… the Phrontistery

  12. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 29th, 2004 at 6:02 am

    That's a pretty great word.
    And a great use of the subject, wouldn't you say?

  13. dichroicynosure Says:
    June 24th, 2004 at 10:17 pm

    How about Scotland invaded?
    (See my most recent post) and BTW: CONGRATS–what an honour!
    The head of the dept said that my thesis was looking like a book, or a Ph.D–don't really know what to think of this.

  14. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 7:53 am

    How about Scotland invaded?
    Well-said. There should be a question mark at the end of that title, and there will be if I have anything to say about it. 🙂
    I think it's marvelous that you're getting that kind of support from your supe. And doesn't it feel damn good after all the work you've put in?

  15. agntprovocateur Says:
    June 25th, 2004 at 2:55 am

    great news!

  16. lekvar Says:
    June 25th, 2004 at 3:41 am

    Holy cow. That's great! You're well on your way to becoming an inspiration :).

  17. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 7:54 am

    Cow, indeed. That's what my next piece will be on. We have lots of them up here, and they're freaking huge.
    Thanks for your sentiment.

  18. kratkrat Says:
    June 25th, 2004 at 4:59 am

    I love it when good things happen to great people!!

  19. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 7:56 am

    *looks around for greatness*
    *hits head on cabinet*

  20. velvetdahlia Says:
    June 25th, 2004 at 6:45 am

    Most excellent! This will be especially helpful if you want to pursue a PhD and for a good appointment after. Publishing is a big deal in that process, as I'm sure you know. It's great to hear that people are pushing for you. You deserve it.

  21. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 7:55 am

    Merci, ma chere. Just trying to follow in your footsteps…
    Is that a sideways path? 🙂

  22. velvetdahlia Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 7:58 am

    Definitely sideways, with claws snapping! Though I scuttled away from academia before getting the PhD!

  23. kittynitro Says:
    June 25th, 2004 at 6:49 am

    Re: This
    Wow. Please see my email from this morning. 🙂

  24. shawree Says:
    June 25th, 2004 at 8:32 am

    Congratulations! That's a really exciting opportunity, ooh *bounces*

  25. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 7:58 am

    Thanks! It might be a ways off yet, but most importantly its the fact that it is yet another door, and another fun project.
    If you can call this kind of thing fun.

  26. Anonymous Says:
    June 26th, 2004 at 2:35 pm

    **Yay**!!!!! (Sorry to be late with the congratulations; I was out doing workshops all day 😛 ). This is wonderful!! And well deserved!! As the man said, "Now we do the dance of joy!" Gle mhath, a charaid,

  27. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 8:01 am

    Re: Yo-yos
    Hasn't happened yet, so you're not late with anything yet! Gonna need your perusal, of course, for a more cultured opinion…

  28. spiffington Says:
    June 27th, 2004 at 9:43 pm

    and here too…
    I keep reading this and thinking to myself, 'I have said well done in various ways, but not here.'
    So here too I offer (if a little late) my most heartfelt congratulations 🙂
    I truly believe you deserve the best opportunities and it would seem others, who took their sweet time in some cases, agree.
    Well done cherub
    Of course it is just *one* opportunity, but I'm sure it is one of many to come.
    (Reply to this)

  29. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 28th, 2004 at 8:05 am

    Re: and here too…
    Your good wishes are always pouring out, and are a wonderful inspiration to ensure I make good on my projects. Thank you for that.

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