So, the SSHRC sh*t hit the fan on Monday, three days ago and I'm finally starting to calm down. Intellect has won over emotion (though, gosh darn, it still smarts). Doubts about my scholarly merits have been mildly allayed by acceptances to two more conferences in the intervening days.
Simultaneously I also feel like I'm making progress on my directed study leading up to my dissertation proposal. I've gotten past a logistical block that kept me from forming convincing links in the outline for my second chapter.
I'm that much more determined to convince someone, anyone, that my work is worth its salt.