So, in addition to being an aspiring academic, I have always dreamed of becoming an author. A publisher reached out to me and asked if I would write a self-help book based on my experience surviving a doctoral program while going through losing my husband. The publisher found me through posts I had made in a support group for young widows.
As I type this journal entry, I am wrapping up the final chapters of the book with publication early next year. It is amazing how opportunities like this present themselves when you keep an open mind. More to come on this exciting and rather personal project!