Feeling All Academic-like...

It's just gone midnight and I've just submitted the abstract and biographical note for the AAWP Conference 2014 - into the refereed papers section, no less, even though they say not to do that if you're a first time conference attendee (hey, my supervisor told me to do it!)...

Having also submitted my colloquium document today - well, technically yesterday, but you know what I mean - I'm feel all academic-like!

Up until this point I've just been a student at a university doing research, all alone and unseen, untested. But from today, I'm putting all that research 'out there' to be prodded and poked and scrutinised. The baby metaphor comes to mind, like any work of creation, I've poured myself into this project and now people are going to decide whether my baby is pretty and smart and full of potential, or if I should abandon it by the roadside and hope gypsies pick it up...

I've really been looking forward to putting myself out there, and putting flash fiction into the academic bull pit, but it is a bit scary, I hope we both have what it takes to survive this first round!




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