In Over My Head

Sometimes I do things and then later I end up thinking: “Why?! Why did I ever think this was a good idea?” Right now is one of those moments. I am in so over my head.


A while back I sent an abstract to a university press for  a chapter on the intersection of self-injury and social media as a unique form of communication. To my surprise, they liked the abstract and want a full chapter; they’re hoping to have the book finished by the end of Summer.

I know this is actually a really great thing. It could open doors for me in the future when I apply to PhD programs. I know that is why I decided to send in the abstract in the first place. The problem, however, is that I do not actually know where I want this chapter to go and I have not done any true academic writing in ages. I guess I have a long weekend of research ahead of me.

This is a good thing. I am just going to continue telling myself that until I believe it and until I find the motivation to actually write the chapter. In the interim, is anyone good at APA style citation? Because I am awful and I will need some help. 😂

11 thoughts on “In Over My Head

  1. Remember Google Scholar now can help. Type the name of the article in, and it has a little double ” where you can click to see suggested citation in a variety of formats. You can also do a trial version of EndNote for thirty days. I suck at citations – but good at getting technology to format them for me!

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  2. And do NOT let the bully in your brain tell you you aren’t good enough to literally write about a subject near and dear to your heart. If someone with lived experience can’t speak for a community, who can?


  3. Wow! What a great accomplishment! So happy for you, Katie. It often feels so overwhelming at the start, but I have faith you are going to find the right direction for your work. I’m more than happy to help you out with APA if needed.


  4. This is awesome news! Huge well done. I am an academic in the UK so if there’s anything I can do to help then give me a shout! xx


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