So at the end of January an email was sent to the usual CAS folks about the Africa Day Conference taking place on the 3rd of March at St Antony's Oxford. Now this isn't unusual as it's the 13th annual conference. What is unusual is that I in a moment of complete madness decided to send in an abstract.
I wrote what only can be described as 300 words of an off-the-cuff abstract which roughly relates to my PhD. Submitting it, I thought it would have limited chance to get accepted and therefore forgot about it. Today I got an email of congratulations - the abstract was accepted.
Oh no, now I actually have to write a paper, one that relates to the abstract, which is sort of linked to my PhD. Why didn't I just focus on something which relates to the chapter I've already written? Common Sense - what's that again?
The good thing is the paper links to some of the issues that I came across during fieldwork. - good excuse to write up the interview transcripts (not that these have been sitting in a file in my desk or anything). I suppose it will give me a reason to write and I think I may just have to try out the "WRITE OR DIE" software which Louisa who I work for was talking about a few weeks ago in the PhD workshop for SPS).
I doubt it will improve the quality of my writing, although it may increase the quantity somewhat. There is (conveniently) the CAS PhD retreat/away weekend at the end of February, which I will be required to present at (guess what I'll be talking about). It should hopefully also give me a chance to hide in a corner away from all walking/hiking/sports based activities to finish off the article.
...powerpoints and actual presentation will of course be written en route to the conference....