The First Year of this Blog in Review

Tick. Tick. Tick.  The sabbatical clock is running out and I’m waking up most mornings with a ‘I didn’t do enough’ complex.  This blog was an attempt to fix that.  Among other things.  So I’m adding this page so I can look at a list of what I’ve done in one place.

Professional Writing

  • Written and published 2 book reviews (2,040; 1,945)
  • Written and had accepted for publication a chapter in an edited volume (12,339, about half  derive from a previous public lecture)
  • Drafted five chapters of the book (9,476; 11,247; 26,114; 5,525; 9,146)
  • Written up for later follow up 2 extended notes on coin topics (1,380; 930)
  • Written and had funded an internal grant to support a collaborative commentary project (1,846)
  • Written a keynote talk (4,482)
  • Completed revisions of a chapter for an edited volume
  • Corrected proofs for another chapter in an edited volume
  • Written 247 posts for a blog that has been voted a ‘numismatic excellence award’ by Forum Ancient Coins (Thank you!)

Total word count to date (excluding this blog obviously!): 80,301  and still counting…

Professional Development

  • Completed 80 hours of intensive Turkish instruction and received a first class mark on the exam, proving to myself that under the right conditions my dyslexia need not prevent me from learning a modern language.
  • Visited archaeological sites related to my future research and teaching: Nemrut Dagi, Karakuş, Arsemia, Side, Selge, Sillyon, Telmessos, Phaselis (x2), Olympia, Myra, Limyra (x2), Nysa, Tlos, Kolophon, Notion, Sanctuary of Apollo Claros, Ephesus, Petra, Patara, Xanthos, Pinara, Nicaea, Letoon, Magnesia, Priene, Aspendos … in no particular order, more are likely to come to mind. 
  • Accepted positions on two PhD candidates committees and am chairing another
  • Attended two conferences solely to derive benefit from the other presenters
  • One conference resulted in meeting my new collaborator on a joint project.  To push that forward, I’ve proposed and had accepted a new graduate seminar tied to my next project, as well as secured grant funding for research materials

Personal Developments

  • Pack up and moved continents, including navigating a residency permit process
  • Hosted at our home in Istanbul 12 sets of visitors for periods of 3 nights to two weeks
  • Life changing travel unrelated to Classics: Rainforests of Puerto Rico, Diyarbakır, Wadi Rum, Wadi Mujib, Dead Sea, Urfa, Gobekli Tepe, Cappadocia, a few crusader castles, and more mountain tracks and coast roads than I can shake a stick at
  • Two (minor) surgeries and four months and counting of mood altering medication
  • Got up the courage to resign as chair
  • Can now eat a half portion of most meats without ill effects (I was raised a vegetarian)

3 thoughts on “The First Year of this Blog in Review

  1. Liv

    I have been a collector for a number of years and really haven’t ever sold anything lol. I inherited it and some items from my grandfather. Most coins I have like 98% are from CNG and Heritage I have a number of items that I need help with though and was wondering if you could point me in the direction I do have a few that are definitely in your wheelhouse and a few that may not be. I’m in Northern California I was going to include a photo of an Astro lab and then another item that I have no idea what it is she thought maybe you could help I believe from the design it’s Viking or British approximately seven 800 years old. Thanks so much for any help or direction you could point me in and thanks for all the great articles and information.

    OK I tried to post a picture but it doesn’t look like I can through this particular message center. Thx

    1. Dear Greg, What is your final goal? It sounds like you already know where to go for reputable auction houses and evaluators. I do not collect or deal or appraise. If you interest is donating the collection to an academic institution for educational purposes. I’m happy to consult on that. Best, Liv

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