Another Damned Writing Group 2.9
Hi all —
had a crazy idea that two hard-boiled eggs, a spoon of peanut butter, and about ten pieces of Hallowe’en candy (all non-chocolate) might not have been the best set of meals for the day.
And now, by virtue of the wonder that is the freezer, I have eaten IKEA meatballs, noodles, mushroom gravy, and spinach. Go me!
I haven’t met my goals this week, although I did get some little bits done. If you look at my last post, you can see why. That’s one day of my week, and that’s what most days have been like this semester, especially the last three weeks. With luck, the madness that is my professional organization job will slow down soon. I’m also trying to get a grip on how to re-tool some of my classes, which are still not going as well as I’d like. Part of this is down to me — I’ll talk about that some other time, but I think I have been using the wrong approach. I need to structure the class more clearly, rather than tailoring it to the students as much as I have been doing. Part of it is simply trying to figure out how to teach people to think. That’s another post, too.
So for those of you keeping count, the only goal I’ve managed to meet so far is to survive to the next week. Shit keeps exploding. Fortunately, a colleague involved in helping handle one of the biggest explosions stepped up to help organize delegating various tasks. This was not the colleague’s job. It’s someone else’s, but that person is not to be seen. I’m very grateful for that. Collegiality is something that can keep us going. So is sleep. G’nite!
Roll call, with week 9 goals
• Adelaide [write a conference paper]: turn my rough draft paper/article into a presentation
• Amcalm25/AMChristensen [finish an article]: reassess what I have been doing and see what I really have that is usable.
• Amstr [revise and resubmit an article]: I must get the revision tasks and lit review and intro done by Friday so I have the weekend to fine tune sentences and proofread, as the article is due Tuesday.
• Another Damned Medievalist [write/revise a close-to-final draft of an article]: 30 minutes a day doing something on the paper
• Belledamesansmerci/Elizabeth [rough draft of a journal article]: rough draft of the second passage
• Bitterandjaded/Bittergrrl [finishing a dissertation chapter]: 2000 words on the chapter
• Britomart [completing a draft of dissertation introduction]: Same as before, 30 minutes of writing per day. Try to do better than last week.
• Cly(temnestra) [write a book chapter]: have a semi-polished working draft
• Contingent Cassandra [complete a full draft of a journal article – note goal may be revised soon]: write at least 500 words of Section 2
• Dame Eleanor Hull [complete a chapter of the article-turned-book]: continue to put in 30 minutes/day, add 500 words to the chapter, and take some notes on another book, one I own, this time.
• Digger [write two book chapters]: the OTHER HALF of nemesis chapter
• Dr. Crazy [Finish a chapter draft begun this summer]: I’m going to try for 4 hours again, and I want to get three more pages written
• Dr. Virago [draft a 7500-word essay for a contracted publication]: same old, same old 750 words.
• Erika [write a complete & final draft of an article already underway]:try outlining the entire argument again and see what needs writing. Write 2,000 words,
• Forthright [write two article-length pieces]: get article #1 well-structured with a good introduction and enough filler bits between already-written sections that the end will be in sight.
• Frogprincess [
Final draft of the dissertation DONE!!]: try not to lose out on job chances b/c I’m too exhausted to apply for jobs
• Good Enough Woman [write the first half of a dissertation chapter]: 1) read two chapters of Descartes, 2) read 30 pages of primary text, 3) read one article, and 4) freewrite for 10 minutes per day.
• Gillian [4 chapters of dissertation]: have section ready to give to advisor, go through previous sections to get back on track
• Heu Mihi [write paper for a faculty colloquium]: 2-3 hours of work.
• Highlyeccentric/nakedphilologist [Draft one thesis chapter]: 1000-2000 words on section 3
• Janice/jliedl [write a first draft of a chapter]: 5000 words of semi-polished draft by next Friday
• Jennifer [finish writing a neglected article]: This week my goal is to get back to daily morning writing. I’m aiming for 500 words a day.
• Kris [write up a “full” paper and cut down to a 15-minute conference presenation]: work on sharpening my ideas and expression every day for at least half an hour.
• Lucie: [Complete a full draft of the PhD thesis]: 7000 words, re-read 2 primary texts, maintain internet-free morning writing
• Luolin [finish and submit an article]: read that one article and stop avoiding the outline.
• Katrin/StitchInTime [Turn MA thesis into book form]: Get the new insights written down, and finish going through literature currently stacked high here.
• Marie [finish turning paper into journal article]: cut about 500 words, always tricky.
• Matilda [first draft of a journal article]: writing 1000 or more words; reading a related and seemed-important paper recently I found
• Mike [write ch. 2 of dissertation]: turn my rough draft paper/article into a presentation
• Monks and Bones [turn a seminar paper into an article]: 1) Draft conference paper; 2) Finish conference paper.(may not check in this week)
• Notorious Ph.D. [write a conference paper]: 500 actual-draft (as opposed to Shitty First Draft) words on the paper by next weekend.
• NWGirl [Revise one dissertation chapter into a book chapter]: schedule writing time; finish reworking the outline for the book proposal; continue to work on the spreadsheet inventory.
• Opsimathphd [turning a dissertation chapter into an article]: So my goal this week is to tackle that article, get what I need from it, and then bravely write to the author and ask him about the part which interests me the most
• Scatterwriter [revise three chapters of book]: continue skimming book on to-read list
• Scholasticamama [draft of an article]: write the introduction and abstract.
• Sisyphus [polish the rough draft of my article and send it out]: revise pages 17-21, actually does not overlap with the same pages I just did
• Sophylou: [finish revisions on an article and prepare it for submission]: some brainstorming freewriting every day next week, even if it’s just a page a day
• Stemi [First (very rough) draft of review article]: 500 new words in outline/draft document
• Susan [write a 7000 word commissioned essay]: fill in some of the footnotes, and start doing the bibliography.
• Trapped in Canadia [draft two chapters of the dissertation]: I plan on writing 1,000 words and turning in four job applications
• Undine/Not of General Interest [Finish nearly done chapter and complete another]: 1500 words and let the other people’s needs wait for a while.
• Viola [writing an introduction and a chapter for thesis]: start writing proper
• Zcat abroad/Kiwimedievalist [write an article]: finish the revisions to the article which needs to be sent off soon, and complete two job applications
Week 8 Absences (some of these are planned-and-announced absences, so if your name appears here even though you announced your upcoming absence, rest assured that the only reason you will be dropped is if you miss two weeks in a row):
• Antikate [get a detailed outline and several sections for an article]:
• Salimata [write a conference paper]: