End of term PARTY!
by Dame Eleanor Hull
And what a term it has been. It is now time to celebrate our accomplishments, whether getting up at 6:00 a.m. or reclaiming a professional self, from 2500 GOOD words to Writerly Glow, from attending conferences to simply (ruthlessly) leaving campus in order to write, uninterrupted, elsewhere.
Here are the Main Goals for this 15-week session, for those who have attended regularly. How did you do? Award yourself a prize (or nominate someone else for one), and have a drink! I’m offering caipirinhas, Mexican hot chocolate (can be made with soymilk for those with dairy intolerance; with or without alcholic additives, as you like), and Irish coffee for those who are still grading and need to be both alert and a bit numb. I’m sure other party-goers will turn up with contributions in the comments!
Amstr: finish dissertation. Another Postdoc: complete a book proposal and make a working outline. Bavardess: finish article, finish draft of PhD proposal. cly: finish fifth chapter of book. Contingent Cassandra: finish J article; continue P project; plan/schedule additional P sub-projects; continue freelance work. Dame Eleanor Hull: Finish and submit MMP. Dr. Virago: write 2500-word article and revise double book review into a review essay. Elizabeth Anne Mitchell: plan, research and write first draft of new article. emmawriting: 1. Three grant proposals: one in LOI form, one simple one in draft form, and one full proposal. 2. One article fully drafted. 3. Data collected for two main studies plus 3 minor ones. 4. Have baby!
GEW: write 20-25 pages of chapter 5 of my dissertation. highly eccentric: keep writing new(ish) medieval academic content. historisusan (ProfessorSusan): write an essay for one of those Oxford handbook thingies. humming42: finish chapter 2 of the book manuscript. JaneB: a) complete and submit a paper with multiple co-authors, b) complete and submit a substantial second paper from a different project, and c) write and submit a grant application for December 1st. JLiedl: complete my own chapter for an edited collection, write a keynote and turn a conference paper into an article. John Spence: prepare a short edition of a medieval text. kiwi2: To submit two papers (Paper X and Paper Y) and complete my part of the analysis on Paper Z.
kiwimedievalist: Give articles a break, and work on novel idea which has been floating for years. luolin88: 1. submit article that still needs revisions; 2. submit article that just needs proofreading and re-formatting; 3. write MLA paper.
Matilda: conference paper (November) / a journal article based on the paper. meansomething: 1) 10,000 words on a lyric essay; 2) a complete draft of a poetic sequence. Metheist: finish my dissertation. Notorious Ph.D.: transform a conference paper I gave last January into an article MS. nwgirl: revise four chapters of my book manuscript. Pika: Large proposal (P1) due mid-October, small proposal (P2) due mid-December. Pilgrim/Heretic: 30,000 words written towards a book draft. Premodern: new book chapter.
rented life: Move fiction book project forward and figure out my idenity as a writer. Salimata: turn conference paper into a ready-to-submit article. Sapience: job market materials and applications, review article. sophylou: rework article for submission. tracynicholrose: 1. Finalize and submit P&P paper; 2. Turn LM paper into HM presentation; 3. Complete first draft of TS paper; 4. Complete analysis and write up findings for BE paper. Trapped in Canadia: write two chapters of my dissertation. Undine (Not of General Interest): finish two chapters of the book manuscript. What Now?: draft first chapter. Widgeon: turn a conference paper into a book chapter. Z (Mictlantecuhtli/Profacero): Keep to semester’s research schedule.
A few prizes just to get us going: Z, most inspiring, for freeing her writing from prisoner-of-war status. Pilgrim/Heretic, brightest glow, and Dr Virago for best bardic reference. emmawriting, newest baby. John Spence, bravest man (or maybe Most Like Sir John, a very high compliment from me) for hanging out all term with all us chicks. Elizabeth Anne Mitchell, best fairy-tale image for writing.
And finally, remember the next writing group, to be run by JaneB and Trapped in Canadia, will be found here: http://acaderanged.blogspot.com/
It’s been great. I enjoyed hosting you all; I hope the group was helpful to you. I look forward to seeing you around the internets and in future writing groups.