I've started and abandoned a half-dozen entries in the past week or two; it's been crazy around here and I've been trying to reaccustom myself to the Things I Need To Do.
Last month was just weird. This month, I hope to be focused, but I'm not there yet. I'll begin by getting through the 9 remaining volumes of Richard Hakluyt's The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation. Once I get that beast off my shoulder, I think I'll be able to move on.
And I've actually started to think about my dissertation. Just a bit, but it's more than nothing. I spent the last five weeks doing some in-office work for the company I do summer work-from-home for, which was a nice change of pace, but I told them this week that I need to just work from home now. I helped them out of a jam and they were happy; now I can actually get more work done.
(It's amazing how much time you lose when you're working at an office two days a week - even for four hours a day - then running to campus to do work for someone else, then helping out friends on the other days.)
In about six weeks, I'm off to the east coast to do a week of research, and I'm petrified. Hence the need to think more about this dissertation thing.