Finding balance as a PhD student is hard, as if we didn’t all already know this.
This blog has gone without updates for well over a year, and while I’m not sure it has a regular enough readership for anyone to wonder where I’ve been, in the interests of completeness, I thought I’d update you (you, unspecified reader) anyway.
Strange though it sounds, given the range of my work in the last year, the thing I’d like to increase is the small creative projects that don’t immediately make sense to others in the context of my thesis (but are all related really). A little while ago, I wrote in this blog about the importance of play and social connection, and how I’d found those things both in the world of ukulele players, and in the Twitter bot community. Working on a project as large and as solitary as a PhD thesis makes those elements even more important, but it’s also easy to overlook them. I’ve slowly begun to spend my evenings and weekends dabbling in creative development and performance projects again - among other things, I plan to resume development of the Graphic Score Bot, which I still consider a work in progress and would love to perform from again - and am hoping to regain the sense of ‘unseriousness’ (in the words of my first thesis chapter) which acted as such an inspiring foil to my work earlier in the project.