I am writing this on the day that I am leaving Australia for Singapore. Hubble has a great new IT job and I am very happy to move to a new place and new cultures while still doing what I do online. An international move is complicated enough but then an unexpected thing happened.
The paper I delivered to the Australian Historical Association conference in Brisbane was received very well. Unexpectedly I have now landed myself the task of writing a book.
This all happened in the last month we were to be in Australia. So in the midst getting rid of a heap of stuff from our house via Gumtree, visiting four states to catch up with family and deliver stuff and more, I have been working out how to manage the research and writing of an Australian history.
My life has been frenetic during the last two months. There have been so many curve balls that have come our way that writing has been difficult. It was such a welcome relief to stay for ten days in a university college in Brisbane for the Australian Historical Association conference immersing myself in history, reading, writing and research. During those precious ten days I had time to think and the writing just flowed. I am looking forward to settling down in Singapore and having the head space to write again.
Too many competing tasks have been elbowing each other for my attention during the last few months. There was a long period of uncertainty before the upheaval and that too had its own challenges. This year I have had to prioritise and be focussed which has meant that I cannot be online as often as I have been in the past.
I owe a great deal to the history, digital humanities and book reviewing bloggers and tweeps that I have followed over the last four years. The research methodology I used in my paper was drawn from what I have learned about digital humanities both online and at THATCamps. I learned about new approaches to the history of World War I from history bloggers and tweeps, particularly on the day I put out a call on Twitter for WWI history books that go beyond the usual tales of heroism and battle strategy. From the book reviewers I am learning what makes a history book enticing for a general audience.
I am going to treat Singapore as my writing retreat and Australia as my archive and public activity zone. You will definitely continue to hear from me and see me in Australia in the future. Melbourne will be our Australian base but I will be back in Sydney both for research and conferences. I am looking forward to the International Digital Humanities conference and the Australian Historical Association conference both of which will be held in Sydney next year.
I enjoy blogging so I will continue to share my thoughts on this blog and review books. I expect I will post about the writing process as well as the odd post or two about my family history.
I look forward to staying in touch with you via my blogs and Twitter.