Sorry for the delay in posting. I attempted to schedule it, and I forgot to hit “schedule.” Doh.
I was struck by Ruthie’s comment that in attending a recent conference that made her remember why she loves her discipline. As a dissertation writer, I’m often mired in the muck of trying to comprehend multiple debates in my field without reading sixteen books for each one, or proofreading footnotes for proper citation format. Sometimes there’s just not a whole lot of love there. It got me thinking about what I do love about my discipline, and about writing in general. (I’ll put my answer in my comment.) So what do you love about your discipline? Or what do you love about writing?
(NB: I don’t mean to suggest that you have to love your discipline or your writing to be a successful scholar and writer. I’m guessing that most of us love something about what we do.)
Please remember to check in with the following structure:
- Goal: The past week’s goals
- Accomplished: What you accomplished during the week
- Analysis: An analysis of what worked/what didn’t
- Next Goal: The next week’s goals
- Next Check In (optional): Your next check in date, if you’re planning to miss any number of weeks
You can also modify your overall summer goal at any time, just add a note in your comment (you might highlight it for me with a bold modified summer goal or somesuch).
Amstr [complete dissertation]: 2000 words on Ch. 3; notes on those pesky articles
Aria (formerly, librarianISP) [something ??]: polish up proposal, notes on primary or secondary sources
Becky [journal article]: ?
Contingent Cassandra [full draft of J by 7/21; progress on P project]]: 2 ancillary tasks related to P art-in-rev; reply to ed. changes; grades in; summer course up.
Daisy [finish thesis]: Data ch. to “readable”–fix figures, page-sized summary figure
DEH [finish and submit MMP and article]: something work-related every day
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell [progress on diss or article]: outline the article; list what is left of the diss and fit it into a realistic schedule; think; rinse; repeat.
emmawriting [2 articles submitted; work on 1 of 2 articles]: plan summer; rough drafts of Intro and Discussion of EOCP (<1000 words each)
Erika [submit article; misc small deadlines]: ?
GEW [draft of new chapter; edit article]: clean up current chapter draft and add 5 pages
humming42 [complete book MS]: organize and oultine intro chapter
JaneB [chip away at writing backlog]: ?
jenk [submit article; materials/methods + research sections of thesis]: write up 2 sections of M&M
Kirstin [rough draft of journal article]: WYJA Week 1
kiwimedievalist [article]: planning
luolin88 [tentative: finish and submit journal article]: ?
Matilda [2 of 4: paper, 3 presentations]: WYJA weeks 2 and 3
NWGirl [revise paper for publication]: rest; identify what needs to be done; make summer plan
profgrrrrl [2 book projects; various MS]: ?
psycgirl [R&R MS; submit MS#2; outline review article]: ?
rented life [TBD]: recover, read, plan.
rocket [article & old project submitted; prelim new project]: ?
Ruthie [chapter; book proposal; 2 articles]: 30 min/day, 6 days; pian structure, confirm chapter choice, list tasks; choose material to take with
Sapience [complete diss; decide scope of new idea]: work on latest revisions of Ch. 5
tracynicolerose [P&P and LM papers ready for conference mid-summer]: write 2 more analysis memos for LM.
Trapped in Canadia [finish 1st draft of diss]: plan move and summer writing; meet with supervisor