Welcome to Week 3! How's it going so far? Did you build on your successes from last week? Slip a little bit? Were you like me and were totally OBE and had to laugh at your ever-hopeful goal as the week flew by in a blur?
I've been thinking a lot about what one of our members said for their overall goal that they wanted to focus on their research, not the teaching this semester. That's really been nailed home for me since my classes were abruptly cut. I don't make enough money to devote as much time as I did last semester on my teaching. My writing completely fell to the wayside and I don't want, nor can I afford - literally and figuratively - for that to happen this semester. Still, I like my students already and I want to do whatever I can to help them succeed. I just can't give so much of myself to teaching and lose my overall focus. I sense that there are more than a few of us in the group who struggle with the same problem. Does anyone have any ideas on how to maintain your concentration on what you value most when faced with teaching, or other, demands that derail us all? I'm not necessarily talking about OBE, although family and service issues certainly can be huge timesucks. How have those of you who meet/exceed/almost-meet your goals managed to stay so focused and committed to your writing? In other words, help!
Another reminder of the reporting format, please, to help out your hosts:
Paragraph 1: last week's goals (see list)
Paragraph 2: what you achieved
Paragraph 3: analysis/comment of what worked and what didn't
Paragraph 4: next week's goals
Paragraph 5: comments on the weekly topic or whatever you want to discuss
And now, roll call!
Amanda@ladyscientist: (1) Finish the entire application, (2) Submit the application, (3) Read and annotate the referee paper.
Amstr: get through 1/2 of the research left, and 3000 words
Another postdoc/livingacademically: Finish syllabus for class and write 500 words a day on essay
Bardiac: Introduction written and begin working more closely with one of the plays.
Contingent Cassandra: continue planning; get out 2nd CFP reply; start semester with as much done in advance as possible
Dame Eleanor Hull: At least 30 minutes of work per day. Make final edits on the accepted with-minor-revision MMP-companion piece and submit it. Draft proposal to do with translation project. Print out other work to do with translation project. Set up new monitor and transcribe at least 8 lines of the Inquisition Post Mortem. Keep reading work relevant to the MMP.
Danne: 1) write at least a page of notes a day 2) finish the book I've started 3) add new items to bibliography
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell: 45 minutes a day on the article.
emmawriting: a) dig into methods section of short-paper, maybe even get a first draft done; and b) incorporate the edits made by editors on rejected-paper, and think about the difficult edit they've suggested.
Good Enough Woman: Two early mornings for an hour's work each.
heu mihi: 5 hours. Try to get 500 new words written.
humming42: Submit IRB paperwork. A relatively simple form at my uni, and this is a no risk survey so really more a formality
Jane B: a) spend 15 minutes with paper A on three occasions and b) 2 x 15 minute free-writings (because they are satisfying).
Jason: 750 words-toward-draft; finish off big analytic source & get to 1-2 related readings; 6x250words. Same as last week, but reprioritized.
Jodi: 1000-1500 words (during the first week of the semester) to set a good routine for the rest of the semester
kiwi2: one more day of work on the talk: simple ANOVA, two nice graphs, send talk to collaborators, tweak. one more complicated analysis Second, one page draft for a funding application, and send to previous mentor.
kiwimedievalist/zcat_abroad: thirty mins a day on the article
luolin88: 1. read first chapter of Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks. 2) 30 minutes proofreading polished, but rejected paper that needs to be submitted elsewhere. 3) 30 minutes writing on new project.
Matilda: re-consider the structure and the argument of the article.
meansomething: 1) Four 12-minute sessions on poems. 2) Send out one of the January submissions (book contest). 3) Write a complete draft of a cover letter to an editor who offered to read the ms. 4) Finish a short writeup that's wanted for a conference program.
metheist: 4-5hrs on T/R towards my writing. I need to reread chapter 4 and determine where to fill in the gaps, make my argument clear, and determine the "hook" of the chapter.
nwgirl: Continue work on manuscript revisions: (1 hour on the 3 teaching days) + (4 hours on 3 non-teaching days) = 15 hours
Pilgrim/heretic: 500 words/survival
profacero (z): one syllabus this weekend, one Monday and Tuesday, and one Wednesday. also 25 minutes to 2 hours of research/writing every day. do not freak out about anything administrative or budget related that may happen on campus.
rented life: no check-in
sophylou: aim for half an hour of reading each day (emphasis on "aim for"), do at least an hour of brainstorming/writing about focus for ASC.
Susan: Get through one important book, and finish a lingering book review.
tracynicolrose: Submit TS paper and review the analysis on the conference presentation that will become the MS paper.
Zabeel: 1) seminar finished. 2) re-read chapter 5 and relevant primary texts and come up with a plan for revisions.