A bit of a roller coaster week here on the Bench, with a splash of good news and a dash of bad news.
The Good: Looks like I’ll be getting something printed in a relatively important academic journal. I have to make a few minor changes, and it won’t go to press until May 2011, but it’s still Something Published. I started work on this project back way back in 2006, so this is pretty gratifying. The Adviser thinks this is kind of a big deal, so that’s nice. And I needed win this week, because of…
The Bad: I have now officially been rejected by all of the fellowships for which I applied. Every one of them. As you’ll remember, I kind of expected this. Applying for fellowships is like shooting craps, except you don’t get the joy of instant gratification and it takes way, way more of your time. I gambled with about 100 hours of my life (20 hours/fellowship application, which is a low estimate) and I lost. I’m sure that a lot of very qualified people applied for these fellowships–at least 400 applicants for one of them, I know–but there were only 150+ applicants for one particular fellowship that I thought I had a pretty good shot at. That is a bummer.
In the long run, getting something published should more than make up for not getting these fellowships. If the article helps me get one of those mythical Tenure-Track Jobs, then I’ve come out on top. But that assumes that I finish my dissertation, for which I need time to research and write, and fellowship money would help give me that time. Still, I’m feeling good, so I’ll ride that out for a while.