Heu Mihi's new project inspires me to use this last post to look forward, rather than looking back. Because, after all, writing is not like a class you take once, get through the homework, and move on. It's what we do. And hopefully, we've learned some things about that to take forward.
So, as you put in your Final! Reports!, here are a couple of ideas for things to contemplate, under the general heading of "heading forward":
- Where is this particular project headed forward to? Is it someplace different than you thought it would? Me, I thought I'd be talking about food. Instead, I discovered something really intriguing about cities -- and something, incidentally, that makes this mini-project a slightly better fit for the larger one it's a part of. This also opens up an entirely new field of reading for me. I actually find this exciting... but I'd like a semester off to to it.
- How are you heading forward into your writing agenda from here on out? How are you going to take what you learned about your own writing to set reasonable during-the-semester goals for making progress on your own? Those of us in teaching-heavy jobs can't be under any illusion that we're going to produce at the rate of our R-1 sistren, but knowing what we can accomplish and setting our own agenda (and sticking to it!) during the semester has the potential to readjust how we think of our writing, our jobs, and ourselves.
In any case, that's about it. I'm going to close with a picture of a houseplant of mine, and a parable:
Regular readers will remember that I am a Notoriously Phytocidal Dame. A few months ago, as I was ready to throw out what had become yet another a pot of dirt, one teensy little shoot shot up, almost a month after the last sign of life had expired. So I replanted what turned out to be two rootstocks (one of uncertain status in the being-alive department) in a smaller pot, and spent a month with a single little stalk coming out of the one root stock that was definitely alive. And then, for a few weeks, there were two more shoots next to it. And then, Thanksgiving morning, I woke up to the first sign of life from presumed-dead rootstock #2. And though the plant is far from robust at this point, it's healthy, and I'm nurturing what's there, happy to see it every morning, and looking forward to more in the future.
Last roll call (::sniff!::)
- Adelaide [write a conference paper DONE!!!]
- Amstr [revise and resubmit an article DONE!!!]
- Another Damned Medievalist [write/revise a close-to-final draft of an article]: skim through two ILL books
- Belledamesansmerci/Elizabeth [rough draft of a journal article]: finish the last three sections,
- Bitterandjaded/Bittergrrl [finishing a dissertation chapter]: finish editing and getting the chapter to my adviser
- Britomart [completing a draft of dissertation introduction]: Keep working on that background section. I’ve been alternating between time goals, word count goals, and section goals, but let’s try for word count next week: 1000 words.
- Cly(temnestra) [write a book chapter]: complete update of old thing, and to finish detailed notes on bits of my chapter that need to be moved, referenced, translated, or whatever.
- Contingent Cassandra [finish 2500-word section 2 of article draft]: add at least 500 words to the Section 2 draft, by writing on 2-3 mornings.
- Dame Eleanor Hull [complete a chapter of the article-turned-book]: revise the chapter in light of comments from my RL writing group, who I hope will help with the conclusion. (Also, write a book review due at the start of December.)
- Dr. Crazy [Finish a chapter draft begun this summer]: get all of my other crap done, in addition to hosting Thanksgiving, so that I might have a hope of accomplishing something in the last couple of weeks of the semester
- Dr. Virago [draft a 7500-word essay for a contracted publication]: try to squeeze out another 300 words
- Digger: spend a good solid 3 hours on it this coming week, and it will end up where it ends up.
- Erika [write a complete & final draft of an article already underway]: grade all those papers students just turned in, commit 30 minutes / day in the morning to this project, and start conference paper reading for Paper due Dec 15.
- Forthright [write two article-length pieces]: have article #1 completely finished.
- Frogprincess [Final draft of the dissertation DONE!!]:
- Good Enough Woman [write the first half of a dissertation chapter]: Read four articles, read 100 pages of primary text, write 10 original pages for the chapter.
- Gillian [4 chapters of dissertation DONE!!!]: polish off those small changes and make a start on the big rethink and work out a strategy to get me through until my next annual assessment.
- Heu Mihi [write paper for a faculty colloquium DONE!!]
- Highlyeccentric/nakedphilologist [Draft one thesis chapter]: Let’s set myself to at least -start- on revisions of Chapter 1
- Janice/jliedl [write a first draft of a chapter]: polishing the final draft
- Lucie: [Complete a full draft of the PhD thesis]:Finish chapter y; don’t work on other things until this work is done
- Luolin [finish and submit an article]: revise outline, including incorporating the new sources.
- Katrin/StitchInTime [Turn MA thesis into book form]: new structure of the draft, and a new evaluation of how much work is left to do
- Matilda [first draft of a journal article]: writing 800+ words ( this time I feel less ambitious than last week); spending at least 15-30 minutes for writing every day
- Monks and Bones [turn a seminar paper into an article]: 1) Finish reading the dissertation (it’s relevant!) 2) Work for at least an hour five days this week on footnoting and planning expansions to conference paper.
- Notorious Ph.D. [write a conference paper]: finish the draft
- Salimata [write a conference paper DONE!!!]
- Scatterwriter [revise three chapters of book]: start going through my notes on Zotero and making some updates to the Intro and Chapter 1, as well as reviewing a couple of my own articles in order to update Chapter 2.
- Sophylou: [finish revisions on an article and prepare it for submission]: more brainstorming writing, more progress with difficult book, identifying other relevant secondary sources.
- Stemi [First (very rough) draft of review article]: checked in, no goal
- Susan [write a 7000 word commissioned essay]: One more read though and edit of the paper
- Undine/Not of General Interest [Finish nearly done chapter and complete another]: finish the chapter
- Zcat abroad/Kiwimedievalist [write an article]: Get moving on this second article – reading, writing, anything!
Week 11 absences:
- Marie [finish turning paper into journal article]:
- NWGirl [Revise one dissertation chapter into a book chapter]:
- Trapped in Canadia [draft two chapters of the dissertation]:
- Viola [writing an introduction and a chapter for thesis]:
- Sisyphus [polish the rough draft of my article and send it out]