The good news is this: I've been accepted to take part in a Fabulous Seminar Thingy (again, h/t to Dr. Crazy for the nomenclature) this summer! It's a sort of a month-long master class, complete with a "faculty" of international experts, on an area that I've long wanted to know more about... and that need has gotten pressing recently, as Another Damn Book is moving into that area.
Better still? Participation in FST comes with a stipend for travel, housing, and a bit more. If I pinch my pennies, the whole month will be taken care of.
Best yet? FST is being held in Blargistan. So I get to tack on a bit of research to the front end, with the airfare to get over there already paid for. Hooray!
Now, this means I'll be in Blargistan for almost half my summer break. That, combined with promises to fly one niece and one nephew to Grit City for a visit with their favorite crazy auntie, and a trip right at the beginning to give a guest lecture at Tropical City U. (and visit a friend who is now teaching there), means that already my summer is pretty much booked. But darn it, it's a good kind of booked. The best, in fact.