At Important Regional Gathering last week, I met and talked to Big Name Editor who was the guest plenary speaker for the Gathering. I shared with hir my loneliness at doing research back in Home Country.
BNE: "Just send me anything you're writing on. I'll read it and give you feedback. Send it anytime."
Me: "You don't need to have some kind of an official role? Like... be on my committee or something?"
BNE: "Nope." And then s/he added, "you're the only one who is asking intelligent questions in this Gathering."
Me: Mouth-wide open... "thanks."
For the rest of the gathering, I went around introducing hirm as my new research mentor.
Lonely dissertator is starting to feel a little less lonely.