Permanent eye twitch.
March 2, 2009
While I have returned to reading mode (I will finish reading a book today! Look at that!), I managed to submit an article to a competitive journal last week. It is the first time I have submitted an article to a competitive (in tenure review speak: “top-tier”/”high impact”/”flagship”/”highly selective”) journal. OK, so Rottweiler is a late bloomer. There is nothing I can do except get rolling on the next thing: articles, book manuscript. And yet… I keep logging into the submission site and checking to see if comments have appeared. This is completely illogical as nothing is bound to show up for months to come.
In the mean time, I have developed a wicked left eye twitch. It just won’t stop. How can I trick myself into forgetting about this article and not investing all of my hopes, dreams and fears in its fate? (Most likely to be a rejection and some tough but, one hopes, helpful critical feedback). Help! My eye is so twitchy it won’t let me move on to my next project. Something tells me that if I care this much, and in this very physical way, I will be not long for the academic world.