Ok. Putting the "worst teacher" message behind me became a whole lot easier when I got an email on Friday accepting my proposal to speak at the Large Annual Professional Conference. The panel I will be on is literally perfect for my dissertation topic and I wasn't wholly surprised that they invited me to speak. But it felt good nonetheless.
And... there is even more good news. The invitation is not merely an invitation to speak on a panel, but also has a potential book publication attached to it. Yes, you heard me correctly a book publication! The organizers of the panel are also working on an exhibition and book to go along with the topic and they are hoping that I might be able to contribute to the book.
Wow. This could be really really great for me, since my dissertation has yet to be published anywhere. Let's hope I don't screw it up.