Well-intentioned, no doubt, but I came out in a frenzy: the session was about how to ignore all your other duties (and life in general) to make time for writing. And that is, not just any old writing, but writing either your book (that is, scholarly book, not fiction or poetry) or articles to be published in peer-reviewed academic journals (even edited books don’t count). I couldn’t stop thinking how I’ve been wasting my precious time on writing the wrong kind of stuff: blog, articles to Sami newspapers… However timely the topics might be, it’s the wrong kind of writing that nobody cares as far as tenure is concerned. Horror! Yet when the initial panic subsided, I got somewhat irked: Am I supposed to completely give up my sense of responsibility to society I live in, to my people, the advancement of Sami society and indigenous rights in general in the name of my career, in the interests of my tenure file? No I won’t, was my quick internal response, but there’s always the principle of balance. The conspiracy theorists, of course, would be quick to point out that this is how the system makes sure to keep academics on a short leash… But they’re wrong, I remind them (and myself): this applies only to us on the pre-tenure treadmill.