I finally came up with a mock table of contents (TOC) sprawling up to 14 Chapters (Semangat tuh!). It looks kinda impressive [puji diri sendirik, minta maaf lah yer, kawan2.;-)]. Lawrie was very happy with it, though he thought I would have to cut down on some areas. But he believed more is better, so I’ll be able to cut down rather than make up something. With this TOC, I will be able to write with a proper perspective and theme in mind.
My theme would be: Advocating a Caring and Justifiable Dispute Resolution System, a More Balanced Approach in Settling Custody Disputes. So all my writing now will have to build up on this theme, rather than write aimlessly, although I have earlier on chosen an area and topic . There’s a whole lot of differences, between an area, topic and theme (perspective). Can’t explain though…but if you don’t get it, you’ll never be able to finish writing in 3 years.
Laurie broke the news today…by making an introductory statement before we initiated the meeting today:
“Please don’t panic…I’m leaving Latrobe come June this year.”
Well, it was easy for him asking me not to panic…my heart was racing like “Viewed” (the horse that won the Melbourne Cup last year), thinking..”O No, I am being abandoned, here!”
“Where to?” I asked.
“AIFS. They offered me a full time post, there.” (Actually, Lawrie spent twice a week there as a consultant researcher)
Well..maybe not so bad, after all. AIFS is still in Melbourne CITY. He explained how the future arrangement will be. He sounds convincing enough, so it’s kinda relief. I can’t imagine any other situation. Please…everybody else, don’t die on me!
I still feel bad though, such a loss to the uni. Pity how unis nowadays run like a commercial ventures and along the way lose their original aims and objectives and good academicians too.