I thought while it was still January I’d best send out my Happy New Year greetings to all!
Over the Summer I have been in my favourite world heritage Tasmanian wildnerness spots – even climbing to the peak of a small mountain (well it was a 3 hour uphill hike and a 50 minute slip and slide back down) here at Freycinet, one of the most beautiful spots on the East Coast of Tasmania. Sometimes I dream of returning to live in Tasmania as it is such a relaxing pretty and peaceful lifestyle. Plus my crazy, fun, eccentric family live there and keep me totally entertained every time I visit.
By contrast, Sydney life is hectic and fast paced and intensely busy – I never seem to get the balance right between work and play, I am always tired, and I never feel like I am ahead. I used to have so much more time to think and write and blog and discuss ideas with people, but as you can see from my blogging, the past couple of years in particular I have found it increasingly difficult to squeeze everything in.
Being in Tasmania always rejuvenates my spirits, but I feel like I need to rejuvenate my intellectual life and push myself a lot more to take intellectual risks with my writing and research. So I guess that is my big new year’s resolution – to reinvigorate my program of writing and research by taking risks and trying to view things from new perspectives.
One thing I am really looking forward to is a plenary talk I am giving at the UKLA conference in July on virtual worlds and new literacies. I am hoping to reconnect with some of my favourite colleagues there and hopefully make some new contacts as well in similar fields. And… just for me, for pure pleasure, I am taking a week or so extra as vacation leave while in the UK so that I can adopt tourist mode and explore some exotic city in Europe – any suggestions?