Let’s talk about mentoring this week. Do you feel you were well-mentored, ill-mentored, or just not mentored? What was the best piece of advice you got from a mentor? Where did one of yours go spectacularly wrong? How are you/would you like to be different with your own grad students? How would Present-you mentor your Younger Self, if you could send a message back? How would you like to be mentored now?
Apologies if I’ve lost track of anyone, or said you didn’t check in when you warned you’d be away, or anything of that nature.
Amstr: get Ch. 3 out to advisor, read for and outline Ch. 4, (if Ch. 2 comes back from writing partner) work on getting Ch. 2 ready for advisor, and more work on office tidying.
Another Postdoc: Redefine writing goals for the rest of the semester. Make plan to complete a bunch of little projects. Outline short article for online journal. I am going to a conference next week and might not be able to check in.
Bavardess: At least five hours writing on PhD proposal. This should be enough to get it into a final draft that’s good enough for supervisors to review. Five hours working through article revisions. Start thinking about/outlining conference paper.
cly: keep moving forward.
Contingent Cassandra: (next check-in the weekend of 11/24): stay in touch with project, make progress on some of the small sections/projects I’ve identified to work on.
Dame Eleanor Hull: 2 hours a day, 1-3 MTTh; either 1-3 or 2-4 W; I’ll fit in one hour on Friday. Keep working on organizing and writing topic sentences for the second part of the MMP.
Dr. Virago: continued revisions and cutting.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell: Write 650 word on article O. Touch it for at least half an hour a day.
GEW: keep it up and also to push a couple of my sessions from 15 min to 30.
historisusan: read book for review (relevant to project).
humming42: Submit abstract and go to conference. I probably won’t check in next week, as I aspire to devote my attention as fully to conferencing as possible.
JaneB: work on something which is purely research writing for an hour.
JLiedl: Polish the first third of the keynote for publication.
John Spence: (a) index 20 pages; (b) proof-read two chapters of my book.
kiwi2: The portfolio (which has now moved to being a job for this weekend because I can’t put it off). To reserve my probably-one-day-available for writing (on any of my projects).
kiwimedievalist: no check-in.
luolin88: Submit conference abstract by Wednesday.
Matilda: making a revision plan of my presentation, writing 15 minutes a day.
meansomething: 1) 30 minutes on the lyric essay; 2) 5 12-minute sessions on poems; 3) 30 minutes on a residency application that’s due in December (including asking for references).
metheist: no check-in.
Notorious Ph.D.: 90 minutes a day… but this time, while keeping on top of other things as well.
nwgirl: Continue with revisions and a similar work schedule with the goal to complete 11 hours on the revision.
Pika: look at the article, see what needs to be done and make a plan for finishing.
Pilgrim/Heretic: 2,000 words, and petting the file every day.
rented life: work on book 3 times–specifically making Tuesday, Thursday, part of those times. Continue reading book D. Record as needed.
Salimata: write each day on the conf paper Tue-Sat, for a minimum of 1 hour. Plus one hour of reading notes.
Sapience: December job deadlines, go back to trying to work on the review that is due at the end of December.
sophylou: cut down the introduction (both for length and to tighten argument). Finish book I am arguing against. Pet the article (love that phrase) every day if possible.
tracynicholrose: Get TS paper to co-author; start making edits on LM paper; catch-up.
Undine (Not of General Interest): 1500 words.
What Now?: Spend at least three hours going through the additional sources that I found. No word count goal for writing.
Widgeon: Three full days of research plus two additional short sessions (30-45 min).
Z (Mictlantecuhtli/Profacero): some type of work per day, 25 minutes at least and 2.5 hours ideally, on this manuscript.