Sept-Dec 2012 Writing Group, Week 6 Check-In
by Dame Eleanor Hull
For a topic this week, I’m cribbing from Dr Isis: “A friend just gave me a new framework for ways of comparing things: normative, ipsative and aspirational. So think about reaching a goal, say training for a marathon. Normative – how do I compare to others around me with whom I train: are they getting better faster than me? Ipsative – how do I compare to where I was: am I running at a consistently faster pace than a month ago? Aspirational – how do I compare to where I want to be – can I run 20 miles without puking?”
Does one of those methods work better for you than the others? Or do you use different ones depending on what stage of a project you’re at, or what sort of task you’re doing?
Amstr: 1) finish Ch. 2 draft (hand off to reader on Tues), 2) finish 2 books on hand, 3) clean off desk and photocopy lots, 4) type changes, fix footnotes, and reverse outline Ch. 3.
Another Postdoc: 2500 words on the intro and lit review.
Bavardess: 2500 words on the intro and lit review.
cly: get back to my project.
Comrade PhysioProf: I really am gonna write the Specific Aims page on Monday. I SWEAR!!!
Contingent Cassandra: Do DH application (by 10/1 deadline); do a freelance piece due Friday; figure out exactly what I need to do for P project presentation and finish handouts in time for copying .
Dame Eleanor Hull: get closer to two hours/day of research; send a draft of the revised proposal to recommenders and to someone else who offered to read it. See if I can move forward with the MMP and translation project, as well.
Dr. Virago: Do some serious writing and thinking about my two writing projects. 1) 250 words on the invited article and 2) some background reading for the review essay.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell: Next two weeks goals: (I will not be able to check in next weekend, as I will not have internet until I get home late Sunday night) Take good notes and figure out the further questions that can be answered when I am back home.
emmawriting: LOI collaborators identified, summary drafted. Review letter outlined, referees identified. Results of Study 1 (Short Paper) written. One new study started. Another new study prepared. RAs reviewed. Email delayed.
Erinys: 30 minutes/day for 5 days. 1 research trip to the library.
GEW: 15 minutes per day, six day of the week, for a total of 1.5 hours. In addition, I’d like to do a bit of extra reading or database searchers.
highly eccentric: Write Things on both Monday and Friday.
historisusan: keep reading.
humming42: Excused absence.
JaneB: 1) review the status and make a work-plan for the few-author paper (goal b), with permission to have the plan start in November if necessary! 2) sort out travel plans for the paper I’m giving in October, 3) chip away at the analyses for that paper October, 4) make decision about focus for the big grant application.
JLiedl: 2000 words on the keynote.
jmmcswee: no check-in.
John Spence: Index 20 pages.
kiwi2: 1.Final rewrite of Paper X before sending to a senior co-author this week. 2.Work for at least 2 hours on the analysis for Paper Z. Including emailing for help if I need to.
kiwimedievalist: work on reading for my book.
Kris: just read one chapter out of the book I have sitting on my desk, unopened.
luolin88: 1/2 hour Monday and Friday.
Matilda: finish reading the first part of the material/ finish reading the starting-point book/ write 15 minutes a day.
meansomething: 1) Aside from obtaining a necessary source just discovered, let the lyric essay have a rest week while I focus my prose energies on a residency application. 2) Four 12-minute sessions on the poem sequence.
metheist: 1000 words.
Notorious Ph.D.: 90 minutes of work a day, split between reading and taking notes-and-musings on the readings.
nwgirl: 1 hour/TD and 4-5 hours/NTD finishing the revisions to the AB/J section, finishing the library book that came in, and deciding what remains to be done to chapter 1.
Pika: have to finish this over the weekend, to have the rest of the week for polishing and finishing part 1.
Pilgrim/Heretic: MORE GLOW.
Premodern: 45 minutes of writing every day (again), with more substantive chunks on non-teaching days. By the end of this week, I hope to have some sort of 10-page draft.
rented life: Write twice, (or contine with part I was expanding), keep reading books T & D.
Salimata: 20 to 30 minutes on the paper on Mon, Tue, Wed, and Fri; working on the argument section in Belcher, and after that, the secondary lit section.
Sapience: rewrite presentation. Pass my defense.
Sisyphus: a) make a list of small tasks that still need to be done! b) set aside at least 30 minutes every day to chip away at the small tasks! or c) actually revise my prose for that 30 minutes if I have the energy! If not, I have to at least reread the passage I am revising again, so that I don’t forget everything I am planning to do.
sophylou: get some previous writing typed up and organized.
tracynicholrose: Draft narrative for LM talk; write internal grant; finish edits on P&P paper.
Trapped in Canadia: review sources for conference paper, write a whopping 400 words for that paper, write two tests for my classes, and finish that annoying book review.
Undine (Not of General Interest): Another conference paper to finish; work on reviewing project.
What Now?: 1) finish working through the primary sources; 2) finish reading a secondary source; 3) take a stab at the first section I’m going to tackle.
Widgeon: Finish revisions of conference paper really and truly. Start going through digital images of primary sources collected in June.
Z (Mictlantecuhtli/Profacero): 6-7 research blocks, ideally of 2-3 hours each, less if necessary, point is to work daily or near daily. I will in this time: reorganize books and files to get all book materials around me, start storyboarding.