Sept-Dec 2012 Writing Group, Week 1 Check-In

by Dame Eleanor Hull

Updated to add: Because it’s a holiday weekend in the US, you can have till tonight to check in (not sure what’s happening with our Kiwis—do you get a holiday, too?), but after this, you have to check in by Sunday at 6:00 p.m. U. S. Central time.  I teach MWF at an hour that requires me to get up at oh-dark-thirty, so I will normally need to get the next week’s goals sorted out before I go to bed on Sunday.  And I will close comments at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday just to make it clear that I mean it.  Nine people who indicated interest have yet to check in at noon on Monday 09.03, and we have probably about as many folks who have joined us here without any previous notice.  Welcome—but because it’s a big group, please check in on time even if you have to report “no progress.”  Let me know if you’ll miss a week.  Otherwise, you’re likely to get dropped./add

We have 43 participants this time, if I’ve counted correctly.  Some of you have already mentioned goals, but just to be official and keep everything in one place, let’s all post one main goal for the 15-week (plus “finals” week) group.  If you have other deadlines or ongoing projects coming up (as do I), add those as well, but make clear what is the One Big Thing that you plan to accomplish in the coming weeks.

Here are the ground rules, which will be familiar to those of you who were in the Spring 2012 Writing Group (if you weren’t, you might want to have a look at some of those posts, just for fun; scroll way down to find the list of tags for my blog):

  1. Post every week, even if you haven’t achieved anything.  We’ve all had bad weeks.  Face it, forgive yourself, move on.  The group will help you deal with it.
  2. This week, please post your 15-Week Goal in your first paragraph and a specific goal for next week in a second paragraph.  If you have any other comments or questions, put them in another paragraph.
  3. Next week and in all subsequent weeks, please use the following four-paragraph format: 1. Last week’s goal. 2. What was achieved toward that goal. 3. Comments/analysis of what worked or what went wrong. 4. Goal for the next week.
  4. Feel free to comment on each other’s posts.

I will post my goals in the comments like everyone else.

Here’s the list of participants as of this afternoon:

Another Postdoc
Comrade PhysioProf
Contingent Cassandra
Dame Eleanor Hull
Dr. Virago
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
highly eccentric
Notorious Ph.D.
rented life
Trapped in Canadia
Undine (Not of General Interest)
Way To Go Homesteader
What Now?
Z (Mictlantecuhtli/Profacero)

Lately, drawing on Virginia Valian (summer writing-group participants from amstr’s Writing Account will remember this), it has been very helpful for me to remember that I have a responsibility to the work itself, the writing, reading, and research that are not only what I love but also part of what I am paid to do and, above all, what I feel called to do.  Something I love can be a responsibility and not just an indulgence that should be put aside to serve others (students, administrators, whoever).  This thought has helped me stick with the writing in this first busy, distracting week of classes when lots of other people have needs.  If it helps you, too, great.  If not, let’s figure out what your motivation will be.

Welcome, or welcome back.  I wish you happy writing and a productive, sane semester.