At last, the thick felty fog has cleared from my head and I can get on with some research. I have waited weeks for this!
My first hour is to be spent on a 'pretentiousness sweep' of some of my writing. Academic writing is difficult because it's you who is doing it but you need to be as balanced as possible. This leads to archness sometimes; it's probably quite good that I've been busy with marking for the past three weeks because going back to my research it's easy to spot those clunky sentences. If I were a gardener, I would be pruning and deadheading the roses. But metaphor is forbidden in scholar land.