Is it just me or has it been a really long week?
Last week's stomach bug kicked my butt and I'm still not 100%. Not only am I still exhausted, but my stomach just feels...off. It's not happy with me, whether I eat some delicious pizza (I only have so much willpower in the middle of winter) or whether I behave myself and eat salad or some fruit and veg.
This has made keeping up with the week difficult. I'm only just reading about all of your wonderful achievements from last week. I'm trying to contain my jealousy! What I've noticed in some of your comments and what I struggle with on an almost daily basis is the impact of failure, or just the fear of failure - for we are all excellent people and scholars, of course! - on our scholarly lives. This, of course, impacts our personal lives, as we overwork and overstress ourselves in an attempt not to "fail," to get that tenure-track job at a R1 institution, to publish our book or more books or more and more articles.
Coincidentally, just yesterday Lee Skallerup Bessette blogged about this same thing and its effect on her writing, (I hate getting scooped!) so maybe this is a good time to discuss our concerns about failure. Why are we all so obsessed with getting these jobs that EVERYONE knows barely exist? Why don't we let our goals change without being racked with guilt? Are we really just attempting to keep up with the demands of academia or is there something else that motivates us? For those of you lucky ones who have landed the "dream job," does that fear subside (perhaps after tenure)? How can we overcome that fear and put it to good use as a motivator, not an impediment, to our writing?
Roll call (should be up to date now - apologies that it wasn't yesterday!):
Amanda@ladyscientist: Write or read 30 minutes/day.
Amstr (writing account)1) read comments on Chs. 2 and 4; 2) make changes to Ch. 2 and send to 2nd advisor; 3) gather primary and secondary evidence for Ch. 4 and confirm structure; 4) read 4 chapters of Key Book. Bonus tasks: write some; read some more
Another Postdoc/living academically: no check-in
Bardiac: next week looks to be too busy with work
Contigent Cassandra: Deal with funding application; finish freelance piece; actually take out and look at books for main project, start planning it
Dame Eleanor Hull: Time: at least one hour a day, at least half an hour on translation and half on something else. Product: more notes on S book, get back to books on W and read/take notes. Do final edits and submit MMP companion-piece
Danne: 1) write at least a page of notes a day 2) Reading three chapters of spatial book 2 3) If a positive answer is received from the new uni, take a day off for reading.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell: 30 minutes 5 days a week.
emmawriting: no check-in
Good Enough Woman: checked-in but no goal set
heu mihi: Finish the German? That might be about it. I've got an extra, very-short-term class to prepare, so I'm looking to be busy.
humming42: submit the paperwork
Jane B: a) incorporate the comments from other authors into paper A, do a first cut at reducing its length (let's say 4 sessions of about 0.5-1 hour each). b) type up the outline for what is now paper D derived from this week's freewriting and send an email to my colleague about their part in finalising the analysis plan.
Jason: 750 words-to-draft; 6x250; 5 solid hours with analytic sources; post writing group report by Saturday.
Jodi: If I'm still alive, I need 1000-1500 words
kiwi2: Work on the one page draft so it is a reasonable standard and send to at least one other colleague for review
kiwimedievalist/zcat_abroad: Write 1,000 words (can be rubbish) on the article. Read the book for review.
luolin88: 15 minutes on some kind of writing/research MTWTF.
Matilda: finish (or nearly finish) the paper
meansomething: 1) Five 12-minute sessions (may include two or three on prose); 2) Send out ms. to other publisher.
metheist: dedicate 3hrs on T/R, and hopefully an hour on MWF. Write a shitty first draft of my conference paper, which is an offshoot of a diss. chapter.
nwgirl: 1). Re-group. 2). Review research journal. 3). Work 4 hours each on two non-teaching days. Work 30 minutes each on three non-teaching days. 4). Review progress and check-in with writing group on Friday.
Pilgrim/Heretic: 1500 more.
profacero (Z): some writing every day, 25 minutes to 2.5 hours. Ideally I can get the 2.5 hours Saturday and also Sunday, but I will not scare myself by saying I must.
rented life: possibly leaving the group?
sophylou: no check-in
Susan: traveling but goal's for following week are: Finish the review, and get going on one of the many books I have on my desk!
tracynicolrose: Complete at least 1 analysis memo for MS paper; edit findings section of BE paper; find a new journal for rejected TS paper; read for Methods paper
Zabeel: no check-in