1. Well, Whimple is my favorite person today, and possibly this WHOLE week. On his insightful and perfectly timed suggestion, I made a few requests to those in positions to support my lab financially- I wrote the email in about 2 minutes basically using Whimple’s exact verbiage:
I hope you’ve gone to your Chair and said, “look, I’ve submitted 3 papers this month and have two more ready to go out the door, and I’ve applied for all these grants and I REALLY NEED YOU TO PICK UP THE TAB FOR MY FABULOUS POST-DOC FOR ANOTHER YEAR“. Did you try that? What happened?
… and, are ya sitting down- THEY SAID YES.
So, I now have a supply budget which I am delighted about, and support for my postdoc for a while longer. I can stop worrying about this now and work on things that really matter, like the next 2 papers and the 2 grants I’m sending out come hell or high water.
I post on this partly to celebrate- but also as a reminder to the rest of you junior people to ask for what you need. Don’t try to whittle your request down to the absolute minimum, so as not to upset anybody or ask for too much- ask for what you really need to keep things moving. Sometimes it takes a kick in the pants by a total stranger to remind yourself of this…
2. Friday must be my day- because I returned from lab meeting to find that MY FIRST PAPER, you know the one that got rejected that we had such a discussion about in earlier post… WAS ACCEPTED WITH MINOR CHANGES TO THE TEXT ONLY (well, pretty much!).