Welcome back, everyone! I have had a wretched week and, in addition, am battling to keep my voice because I've come down with a stupid cold. After barely making it through class on Wednesday, I decided to show a documentary in class today. It was a total cop-out, but coughing and hacking is not conducive to discussion and I couldn't stand the thought of that happening for four classes in a row.
I'm handing this week's discussion off to all of you, though, with apologies. Here's a post from The Three Month Thesis with tips on how to be a happy writer (I don't think it should be limited to thesis writers alone). Read the post if you'd like and comment away if anything strikes your fancy as, perhaps, something you need to keep in mind or something that's worked or hasn't worked for you. We've talked about quite a bit of the same ideas already, but the last tip, about staying connected, reminded me of kiwi2's comment last week on using "slices of life" as rewards for achieving goals and how messed up of an idea that is, which it is, but a lot of us do it and some of us are worse off because of it. And, yes, I recognize that this is very similar to last week's theme (some of you late posters had some great comments, by the way!), but I'm hoping you'll forgive me because I'm sick and my brain isn't functioning and I really, really need a nap.
Amanda@ladyscientist: no check-in
Amstr (writing account): 2500 words of Ch. 4; type changes to intro and rewrite chapter summaries; 500 words of conclusion; photocopy ILL and organize research for Ch. 4. (Bonus: type up some notes.)
Another Postdoc/living academically: left the group?
Bardiac: no goal set
Contigent Cassandra: continue both research and drafting, writing on M, W, and Sa mornings, and researching/retrieving on at least one of Tu/Th (but not overdoing any of the above).
Dame Eleanor Hull: At least 1 hour a day; 10 lines of the IPM; start checking Chunk 2 of the translation (at least 1/2 hour, 3 times); check in at least once with MMP-1, MMP-2, and MMP-3, and try to do one concrete thing for each of them (this can be something as small as "write one sentence").
Danne: 1) write at least a page of notes a day. 2) Go on spending 3 hours a day on research 3) Write a short presentation for the doctoral group 4) If a positive answer is received from the new uni, achedule a day off for reading, and celebrate.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell: Read Chapter Two of Wendy Belcher’s Writing Your Journal Article.
emmawriting: My goals for this week will be to simply start emerging out of last-minute mode: a)Surveys finalized and started collecting; and b) list of recently ignored responsibilities made, and some traction gained.
Good Enough Woman: Two early mornings, M and W, an hour each. I should probably focus on re-reading the chapter to find big whole and problems with what I've writing so far. Also, two hours of article research on Friday
heu mihi: no check-in
humming42: I really do still want to apply for travel funding this week
Jane B: find 30 minutes every day that I am in the office for something research related.
Jason: 1000 words-to-draft; make damn sure that goal #1 is prioritized; 2 hours with analytic sources; 2 hours with contextual sources
Jodi: 2,000 words
kiwi2: same as last week: work on the exotic synthesis. Break it down to: a) read and take notes on 5 of the relevant documents and b) incorporate these notes into the rough structure. And, touch it every day, even for 5 minutes.
kiwimedievalist/zcat_abroad: Write 3,000 words
luolin88: 15 minutes TWR, 30 minutes Friday
Matilda: read a few articles and revise my conclusion. revise footnotes.
meansomething: 1) Four 12-minute sessions 2) One book ms. submission (AND GOING TO MEET THEM THIS WEEK)
metheist: T/R 3hrs
nwgirl: no check-in
Pilgrim/Heretic: 1,500 words.
profacero (Z): NEH, 1 other application, update vita, abstract for conference, and those 500 words or more.
Susan: left group?
tracynicolrose: Work a little on the TS paper so it doesn't go stale, write the final abstract
Zabeel: Finish chapter 5