These last couple weeks have been crazy hectic, so I want to give an update on what I have been busy with, and how it will affect my availability for the next couple months.
First, I had a good time in San Francisco a couple weeks back, where I met Classicist Trevor Luke, who is doing research on Roman healing miracles. His research is highly relevant to my ongoing review of Craig Keener, and I hope to discuss it at some point ahead.
Secondly, my flight back to Los Angeles sucked. I was stuck sitting next to a very sick guy who was coughing and blowing his nose the whole time on the flight back. Everyone on the plane was mad that he got on the flight, and I even had multiple people come up to me, after we landed, to express concern over my situation. Fortunately, my partner Camille (the love of my life) had some immune-boosting tea, vitamin C, and cold prevention medicine ready when I got home, which managed to stave off most of the sickness. So, I haven’t been sick these last couple weeks.
However, I have had to catch up on a ton of graduate work, including readings for a French literature course that I am TAing. I have been reading Tristan and Iseult over the last several days, as well as Manon Lescaut. Depressing French romance and adultery has, funny enough, though, been a welcome distraction from my other work.
Now to the most important part: I have a lot of work that I need to do on my dissertation this quarter, and that will need to take top priority. My upcoming debate with Craig Evans is likewise a month away, and I need to prepare for that as well. As such, my availability for blogging will be very limited this quarter, at least until I can make some major progress in my graduate work. It’s too early to tell when I will have more free time again, so right now I am tentatively declaring a break for the Winter quarter. I’ll be back at least by Spring Break, and possibly before then if I make good progress, but otherwise I need to put things on hold.
I have approved all pending comments, including some that I didn’t have time to answer, so there are none currently waiting in moderation. I have decided not to temporarily close comments on the blog, since I don’t want block people from giving input, but my ability to answer comments will be very limited this quarter. So, if I don’t get back to you quickly, the reason why is that I am busy.
I hope that everyone reading has had a good start to the new year. 2016 promises to be a major year of change, for better or for worse, with everything going on with the presidential election. The next weeks ahead should thus be pretty exciting!