Tackling the overwork reflex: learning what is healthy for you

Do you have an overwork reflex? I’m guessing the majority of you reading this nodded.  We have a problematic culture of overwork. Where overwork is performed as ‘busy-work’, presenteeism and long office hours. Where we remain wedded to a 9-5 culture (and the rest) that no longer fits our lives, needs, and creativity.  A sector…

Ditching guilt: learning how to be kind to yourself

I know a lot about feeling guilty. It is probably how I have felt for much of my life. All of the guilt Guilt at being a child witnessing violence. Guilt at being a working class girl leaving home and 'escaping'. Guilt at being privileged in the academy - in terms of whiteness, passing as…

On angry writing: or channeling feminist rage

I write best when I am angry. The angry writing I'm talking about here is the opposite of punching down. It is not the bear bit, boorish, attacks of social media. Where the trolls are increasingly our own politicians. Angry writing should not be confused with the hate speech we see in our public discourse…

Writing under pressure: how to stay grounded

We usually write under pressure. A deadline. A particular audience. For our boss. We might be writing for a particular journal, or outlet. We have house styles and word counts hemming us in. If writing is part of our job, we are also measured against what we write. Pressure cooker writing inside the academy In…