I am still in my pyjamas. "Still", as in, ever since I put 'em on twenty-two hours ago (before that I was in my karate get-up, and before that I was in my try-to-look-like-an-adult-for-work ensemble). I am still in my pyjamas because I have been working from home today, and given how much precious time I have had to spend watching Harriet lick Beatrice's ears, I really haven't had time to flex the old sartorial muscle.
I sent an email off to A Publisher a couple of weeks ago, wherein was the fancy title of a book I haven't yet written. He sounded interested, and invited me to smoosh together a short outline, and a bibliography, and a CV, and a sample chapter or two - by April. Which is - eep - only four more sleeps away, and believe you me, though I've been smooshing as well as I can, there's a lot to do. Also another lecture to write for Monday. How long is a "short outline" these days anyway? I wrote a sort of messy 5000 word version, and now I've turned it into a 1000 word version, and it's looking awful condensed.
Meanwhile, the young scholars have their first essay due on Monday, and I have been receiving emails, to wit:
Hi Dr Harlot,
i have just got a question regarding my sonnet essay, which is the margin. i read it was to be 4cm. is this on all sides, one side, ect... the reason i ask is that it seems a little excessive.
thanking you in advance
Excellent point, S. Student. In these straitened times, there is no place for margin wastage.