Project update - September 2017

30 September 2017

Hi everyone

Happy grand final weekend if you’re in Australia and are participating in one of the nations biggest rituals. I, myself, have taken the controversial position of moving to Melbourne but electing to be an atheist in this state’s religion. While that position generally causes more suspicion than it’s worth, it means that on days like today while everyone is crowded around a TV yelling or at the game itself no one notices if I hide away at my desk, hunched over like Quasimodo.

It’s been a little while since I’ve sent any information, but I wanted to send a quick update.

Last week I had my annual progress review for the research where a panel of four declared that progress on the research is on track (as long as I write, write, write). At this meeting, we discussed that the call for letters has now been open for two years, and it’s time to close that down.

Over the last two years I have received letters that have been so rich and thoughtful in their content, and I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to put their pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard) and sent through their input, your valuable contribution is very much appreciated.

I’d also like to really thank the people who have contacted me during that time to tell me that it has been too difficult to do it. It’s really important that people elect not to participate in research that’s not right for them, and this feedback has been incredibly valuable and has been very helpful in me getting a better understanding of the study design.

If you’re one of the people who has told me that you’re part of the way through your letter, or still really want to do it and just need a bit more time, that’s ok too. Just let me know and I’m happy to include your contribution into the research when you’re able to send it.

Thanks again for all your support during this last two years, it’s been much appreciated. Now onto the next phase of writing, writing and more writing (interspersed of course with loads of moments of silly hand wringing and those other blergh slumps…)