Though I have no service responsibilities yet, there's been a substantial increase in meetings in the last month. For one thing, we newbie profs had meetings in which we were introduced to the basics of governance and advising, since those will be new for us next year. Soon we'll have to indicate what committees we're interested in serving on, so I'm trying to figure that out: some of our committees sound like a ton of work, but also fairly interesting; one sounds like a lot of work which I would find immensely tedious; others may have lighter work loads, but also sound a bit dull.
For another, we had two hours of faculty meeting recently in which a seemingly innocuous proposal regarding a major had the potential to have huge repercussions for the college-wide curriculum, which had to be discussed in detail.
Finally, my department is very small and hardly ever has department meetings, but we need to have one soon to figure out how we are implementing some new requirements for majors.
So overall, I am definitely getting introduced to the joys(?) of faculty governance and service.
In spite of that, I have made some progress on this semester's writing goals.
#1: Interesting Opportunity application, is mostly done, awaiting feedback from a couple of colleagues.
#2: Started a draft of first conference paper; need to look over a few things I've read previously to help flesh this out.
#3: Have collected some stuff to read to inform this one.
So far, so good. It's nice to be able to carve out some time for writing.