Wow, that went fast.  I can’t believe this is week 15.  I teach my last classes today.  Then there’s grading, of course, and holiday hoo-ha, and planning for spring, but I am very much looking forward to having at least a few weeks in which I can mostly bury myself in the MMP and the MS-owner’s life.

Whether you’re looking for time to throw yourself into a project, or looking forward to a bit of time off, best wishes for the break.  Come back next week for the party and to reflect on what you’ve done during this group’s lifespan.

Update: the writing group to be run by JaneB and Trapped in Canadia will be found here: http://acaderanged.blogspot.com/

Amstr: Ch. 2 to primary advisor; research + 5000 words on Ch. 4, send to writing partner.
Another Postdoc: read book for book review and take notes; make revisions to online article; begin edited volume chapter.
Bavardess: no check-in.
cly: write every day.
Contingent Cassandra: reconnect a bit with the P project, since I’m headed to a DH workshop related to it in about a week, and need to have some materials ready to experiment with.
Dame Eleanor Hull: 2 hours a day, plus some product goals: a map, a family tree, a timeline, and at least two topic sentences + paragraphs written in the article, or else at least six topic sentences without paragraphs.
Dr. Virago: after cleaning up the 2500 word article, get back to revising that double review into a review essay.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell: Refine the outline; highlight the missing pieces; plan how to address finishing the article in the following two weeks.
emmawriting: Really, really try to work flexibly and in those 15 minutes, eat-a-snack breaks from baby-caring.
GEW: Work 6-7 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday.
historisusan: read one book.
humming42: Reward myself with daily time with the manuscript.
JaneB: no check-in.
JLiedl: Another 500 words (and road trip to the Tudors with your hostess!).
John Spence: (a) indexing: put page numbers against 20 pages of entries; (b) proof-read two chapters of my book.
kiwi2: analyse half the data for my second paper Paper Y, and submit another peripheral paper.
kiwimedievalist: no check-in.
luolin88: 1) survive it. 2) 30 mins MWF
Matilda: write the main part and finish the introductory part / write 15 minutes a day.
meansomething:  1) 20 minutes on the residency app.; 2) start assembling a complete draft of the poem sequence: print drafts, read, mark up, etc.
metheist: no check-in.
nwgirl: 1 hour per day (total of 6 hours).
Pika: – this week: read and comment on paper of student 1.  – next week: read and comment on paper of student 2.
Pilgrim/Heretic: 2,000 more words.
Premodern: no check-in.
rented life: Write 2500 words, read.
Salimata: resting.
Sapience: final batch of pre-MLA job applications.
sophylou: just read the article, see how it sounds, take notes on those two last items.
tracynicholrose: Submit P&P paper? Rework TS intro.
Trapped in Canadia: Mark 100 finals, turn in final grades, and survive somehow.
Undine (Not of General Interest): 1000 words.
What Now?: Fill in three specific major holes in the draft.
Widgeon: no check-in.
Z (Mictlantecuhtli/Profacero): do finals and touch work every day.

73 thoughts on “Sept-Dec Writing Group, Week 15 Check-In

  1. Thanks for the Tudor road-trip hosting! It was good to get back into that for a bit and now that class is over (met my last group on Wednesday!), I have hopes of more writing before next term gets underway on January 8.

    Goal: 500 words

    Accomplished: 1200 words: sadly, not on the revised keynote (but on another super-urgent writing project)

    Analysis: Needs must when the devil drives. Deadlines really WORK for me but not my own. I’m going to miss this group in the weeks to come since this is better motivation than just me!

  2. I taught my last classes of the semester this week as well.

    Goal: 30 mins Friday

    Achieved: 1 hour on Friday

    Analysis:
    I’m glad I set a realistic goal. Now instead of worrying about not working other days, I’m happy I got more than a 1/2 in on Friday.

    I wanted to get this article done a long time ago, but I didn’t. It turns out that this group’s time frame fits right in with my submission deadline.
    Thanks, Dame Eleanor!

    Goal for next week: Submit the paper to journal by Dec. 15 (next Sat).

    That means 1. letting it go (not trying for more revising) and 2. doing all the tasks like formatting and proofreading and checking things. Mostly though, it means getting through grading final papers and writing / grading finals while making time to get the article ready to go. I’ll most likely be proofreading while my students are writing.

    1. Delighted to hear your article is almost on its way!

      I can often get a good bit of writing done while proctoring student exams (I have two more next week), but lately have used them to grade work from other courses. Research and writing really took a hit from this semester’s course overload.

    2. Wow, that’s impressive! I hadn’t realized you were so close to finishing and am happy to hear the article will soon be ready to go out!

  3. Accomplished: Finals done, work duly touched, important theoretical discovery made. Tomorrow 8th is off.

    This week: grade finals, touch work daily Sunday through Saturday, also finish novel for project.

    [Sunday 16th is off. Before Sunday also square away: some housework and errands including rubber boot acquisition and ordering of Spring books.]

    This puts me ready on 17th to really start writing things down.

    Commentary: Last night my mother, 87, fell and broke her pelvis. My colleague’s mother, in a zip code near my mother’s, committed suicide. Was there something in the air?

      1. Thank you, Trapped! Thanks to the writing group, I am strangely stoic. My mother has had worse falls and is well insured, and will be all right. Colleague’s mother, it is a shock but not a surprise.

    1. Sad to hear the hard parts here. But on re-reading, I couldn’t help but notice the phrase “important theoretical discovery made.” Woo hoo! i hope you can delve in and make the most of that.

      1. Gracias, y´all. This is just a blip, one of my mother’s falls, it happens every once in a while. When they are actually dying it will be a big thing to handle since they are so isolated and so far away but this, they can handle.

  4. Last week’s goal: 1 hour/day (total of 6 hours)

    Accomplished: 6 hours — most of that on Tuesday

    Next week’s goal: 4 hours/day (Tuesday through Friday)

    Classes are finished. I’ve given my last final and I have received all of the projects from my graduate class, so the semester is over (except for the grading and commencement). Looking forward to spending more time on my work.

  5. Goal: Mark 100 finals, turn in final grades, and survive somehow.

    Accomplished: I survived. I still have one last student’s final and a paper to grade, but she got an extension, so I’m just waiting right now. Yesterday I gave myself the entire day off to recuperate. It was lovely.

    Next goal: Get through 3 ILL books, write 500 words, revise one syllabus for next semester.

    I am really looking forward to some time off from classes to really be able to focus on my writing and prep for next semester well ahead of time. “Well” might be an overstatement, but it’s better than the 2 1/2 weeks notice I had this semester – better for my nerves, at least!

    Like J Liedl, I’ll miss this group, too, since it does keep me thinking about my goals, even if I didn’t achieve them. Honestly, I’m just happy to have survived the semester.

    Don’t forget that Jane B and I are co-hosting another writing group starting in January. My weeks will be hosted here: http://acaderanged.blogspot.com/

    1. Thanks for hosting a new group! I’m with you on hoping next semester I’ll be better prepared so that I’ll have more time to get some writing done too

  6. Oh, heck, I give up. Aimed at 2000 words, wrote something like 250. A little OBE this week, and fell into the trap of thinking about halfway through – “haven’t gotten anything done this far, might as well give up on the whole week.” Usually this group has been huge motivation for NOT doing that, but I did turn my energies toward a lot of non-academic stuff that needed to get done, so it wasn’t a total loss.

    Next week, though, will be my dramatic comeback (or at least a return to my usual 2,000 words), and I’m still on track for my larger personal goal (35,000 words by Dec 31, about halfway through the book).

    Canadia and Jane B, many thanks for hosting the next round! I’m looking forward to playing along.

    1. I’m impressed at how much you seem to have gotten done; even if I don’t quite remember where you started from, halfway through the book sounds really good!

  7. Accomplished: I spent most of the week thinking about leaving academia. I did do one day of work on Paper Y, and enjoyed it when I was ‘in’ the research.

    Next goal: To speak to my collaborator about Paper X and try and work out a timeline for finishing this paper which has turned into a huge burden hanging around my neck. To overcome my frustration with this process by completing lots of the fiddly jobs associated with paper writing: tidy up and check my references for papers X and Y, and rewrite the abstract for paper X. Take one definitive step on the analysis for paper Y.

    Commentary: Some weeks, I just want to walk away, especially if I have numerous other things going on (school prizegivings, kids sporting events, family staying, working on personal relationships). It all gets too much. So this weekend my goal is to walk back, by having a bit of quality time for myself today, and exercising, in the hope this will turn around my thinking. I do wonder though, whether most people in academia have this ongoing struggle with hating/ loving the job (as opposed to the research, which for me is never the enemy) and if so, whether it is worth it .

    1. kiwi2, yes, yes. You raise a really important issue here that I think doesn’t get discussed enough. Having a new chair and new colleagues in a different department has made a huge difference for me, but I often found myself regretting that I gave up the career path I was on to work so hard as an academic. I don’t think we’re the only ones either.

  8. Last week: Fill in three specific major holes in the draft.

    Accomplished: Filled in more than three holes, although only two of the three that I intended to. And I did work on that one, just didn’t finish “filling it in.”

    Commentary: This is starting to look like a “real” chapter now! Admittedly it’s still rough around the edges (almost literally, since it’s the beginning and the end that are in worst shape), and it’s a good bit longer than I’d planned on its being, but still … it’s a chapter! Or at least a real-live chapter draft. My deadline is to turn the whole thing over to a couple of colleagues on Wed., Dec. 19, and I think I’ll actually make it, even though I’m sure I will still feel that it’s not quite ready for others’ eyes.

    Next week: Finish turning this into a complete chapter (fill in remaining holes, get intro and ending completed, work on transitions between sections, etc.).a

    1. Yay for so much accomplishment on the chapter! And I suspect none of us ever really feels ready to hand something over to someone else, no matter how important we know that step is. Be brave!

  9. Class meetings are over for me, but much grading (both overdue and regularly-due) is looming, and students are still working on some papers, due during the exam period. I’ll be spending most of next week at a DH workshop, which complicates things a bit.

    Goal for last week: reconnect a bit with the P project, since I’m headed to a DH workshop related to it in about a week, and need to have some materials ready to experiment with.

    Accomplished: more or less. I thought a bit about the project, and what small pieces I’d like to work on during the workshop, and downloaded/installed some necessary software. I still need to dig out my notes from the last time I took a workshop on this subject, and brush up a bit.

    Analysis: I’m feeling more cheerful than last week, simply because the end is in sight. But this semester has been a train wreck, and I need to avoid that happening again (and, fortunately, have some idea how). For the moment, I’m just trying to climb out of the hole of students needing overdue feedback before they can hand in final versions. Face to face conferences help a lot with this process (embodied teaching, to use the phrase Historiann has been touting this week, is more efficient in many ways, if a bit exhausting when one does it for 8+ hours 4 days out of 5, as I did this week), but some still want written feedback as well (and since I promised it, I owe it to them). And I need to do enough more on the P project to be ready to get the most out of the workshop, while still making progress on the overdue grading. A nice long train trip tomorrow, during which no one can reach me by email (there’s supposedly WiFi, but it’s never worked very well for me, and I’m just as glad), should help. So,

    (Informal, since i know we’ll be wrapping up more than checking in) goal for next week: Get the most out of the workshop, while still making progress on the grading/student support during the final revision period.

    1. I’m with you on the trainwreck of a semester! One of my top priorities over Christmas is to brainstorm some more ideas to make sure this doesn’t happen again. I don’t know if I’d survive another one!

  10. last goal: Reward myself with daily time with the manuscript.
    accomplished: Still standing. This week was a wash. I was drifting off each night before I could finish the day’s grading and service work.
    next goal: As I work through final exams and grading, I’ll be drafting a winter break writing plan. Setting some good goals.
    commentary: I am grateful for you all, and grateful for this semester to end.

    1. A winter break writing plan (WBWP)! Now that’s an idea I’m going to steal. Good luck with yours!

  11. Goals: accomplished (hooray!). Taking notes on those last two items was inspiring.

    Goal for next week: try to figure how I am going to cut the last 800+ words to meet the submission guidelines’ length!

    This is going to make me crazy. The article is SO worked-on that I don’t know where else to cut at this point. My guess is that they’ll come from the introduction, which is too long, but honestly, which paragraphs should come out?? I know what *I* want to come out, but other readers have told me I need that information in the article. Maybe I will try taking that information out and see how it reads.

    I went off Twitter last week and have been pleasantly surprised at what that’s done for my concentration and just my general intellectual/emotional well-being. I think it was really messing with my attention span — the constant onslaught of stuff was getting to be too much. I need to figure out whether I want to continue with Twitter (there have been some real networking benefits to being on it) or find ways to attenuate it.

    1. Do you have a particularly laconic friend who’s familiar with your field and/or your work who could help you cut? Sometimes someone else can just look at another person’s work and cut mercilessly. I am incredibly laconic and do not go on and on. So I have friends who point to areas where I could use more explanation. I in turn cut out information in articles for my friends when they ask. Just a suggestion. Good luck! Having to cut strikes me as being in a better position than having nothing at all:)

      1. Actually, a hugehugehuge problem I have is that this article is a drastic divergence from my previous area of scholarship AND I am no longer faculty and have not been for quite awhile now, so I feel very cut off from scholars in my area. This is why I MUST get this article published, and why it’s been so difficult to have to keep rewriting and rewriting and rewriting after multiple rejections. (See? I go on). Long story short: I don’t have that friend. I’m hesitant to approach the friends who have already read it (some in multiple iterations) because I’m starting to feel like I’m abusing them.

    2. Also, at this point I honestly do not have the patience to wait for another person to read it… I really want to turn it around soon. I think for my sanity I just have to buckle down and kill some darlings!

    3. I’m so glad I’m not the only Twitter addict whose concentration is zapped by the perpetual bombardment of anything and everything twitterific. I’m debating setting up lists and only getting feeds from the lists I want, just to help focus the onslaught to what is really important to me – like teaching and digital humanities tweets – instead of, for instance, getting notifications that someone’s dog is mad because they are being forced to wear an elf hat.

      1. Yes, I’m thinking about lists too, but even the stuff I think I want is has been getting really overwhelming lately and I can’t keep up with it. The reality is that I’ve got a 9-5 job and want to do scholarship on top of that — I need to start thinking a lot more carefully about what I give my attention to! Pulling the plug on Twitter for a bit is letting me think more about what I really want to get out of it.

    4. If you don’t need more ideas just leave it, but what has worked for me in cutting words (if only for a conference paper) has been to cut sentences from (the middle of) numerous paragraphs, rather than trying to find one or more whole paragraphs to cut (I noted you were looking for paragraphs to cut).

      1. Salimata, so funny — that’s almost exactly what I found myself doing today, that, and doing some paragraph consolidation (i.e., hmm, do I really need to take two paragraphs to say that, or can I condense them into one meatier and more concise paragraph?) Now I will have to examine the middles of my paragraphs more carefully🙂 Down to having about 400 words to cut.

  12. Last goals: write the main part of the paper/ write 15minutes a dayI

    Accomplished: not very much. I am reading a few articles seemingly to support my argument. I wrote Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    Analysis: I re-started to count words. Even if my sentences are not good ones, it helps me to think I have done something.

    Next goal: I am going to do a mini presentation on 15 Dec. so, this week will be preparation week for it.

    Thank you very much for hosting a new term of this online writing group, Jane B and Trapped in Canadia! I am looking forward to joining it! And thank you Dame Eleanor Hull for hosting this writing group. It has helped me in various ways!

  13. Last week’s goal: 1) 20 minutes on the residency app.; 2) start assembling a complete draft of the poem sequence: print drafts, read, mark up, etc.

    Accomplished: Um. The faint stirrings of a complete draft. At the molecular level. Not much that can be seen by the naked eye. Totally ignored the residency app.

    Next week’s goal: A complete draft of the poem sequence.

    Analysis: Why I thought I would be able to do much this week is beyond me. It was a four-day week ending in travel. Still traveling, in fact. And this upcoming week, every night features some kind of event. And all my students are turning in major work. And yet–I am feeling connected to the new work, and I think I can bring it to the stage of a complete draft. I’ll be staying late a few nights because of events at school, and I think this might actually help me turn my attention to the work during the week. I’d love for my last official report for the group to be a really good one!

    1. Good luck to you this week! Sounds like you have a lot on your plate this coming week, but I agree that there’s something very motivating about the last official report for this writing group; it would be nice to have hit a big milestone for it!

  14. Goal this week: read and comment on paper of student 1.

    Accomplished: done and returned to student 1 for the next iteration (looks quite good already, so hopefully it’ll be submitted by January).

    Goal for next week: read and comment on paper of student 2.

    Analysis: I’m glad that I kept my goals low, as this week was overfull with everything that had to be postponed after the last mad dash of proposal writing. This semester has been the worst since I started as an academic and I seriuosly need to rethink how things can proceed from here – in particular, to find a balance on how I can say no to (mostly service) things that don’t benefit me, but still not to thread on too many toes in the process. I’ll be looking at promotion in a couple of years’ time (we don’t have tenure in Europe, just promotions) and so I have recently checked the promotion rules at my university. Which can basically be summarised as a lot of excellent research/some good teaching/some good service. So I know where to focus. The trick will be first in figuring out how to aim at this with saying just the right amount of “no”s and on the other hand how to convince my perfectionist self that I should not spend too much time on things that are not going to serve me for promotion (e.g. maybe limit teaching prep time for each lecture or not spend too much time on committee assignments, etc.).

  15. Goal this week: after cleaning up the 2500 word article, get back to revising that double review into a review essay.

    Accomplished: 2500-word article DONE and submitted! Hooray! But all I’ve done on that review essay is think about what I want to do with it. Sigh.

    Goal for next week’s celebratory part: finish at least a draft of that review essay! Argh!

    I can’t believe it took me all semester to write 2500 words. That’s sad.

  16. 1. Last week’s goal: Refine the outline; highlight the missing pieces; plan how to address finishing the article in the following two weeks.

    2. Accomplished: Meh. I started to highlight the missing pieces, which made me realize that the article is somewhat disjointed. I do have the big discovery that I made, and the lead-in to that, but there is a lot of description of the various manuscripts that just sort of lays there. Hmmm.

    3. Analysis: It occurs to me that perhaps I am trying to stuff too much into the one article. I have had this feeling that since it was one research grant, everything I learned needs to be in the one article. I’m starting to realize (yes, I’m slow on the uptake) that I could concentrate on the one discovery, and put the rest into a “here are the cool manuscripts of this work at the Morgan” article. Or maybe I should just let the cool manuscript stuff sit for a while, since I’m in the “sustained performance” part of the tenure process, not the “crank out articles to prove myself” part.

    4. Next week’s goal: refine the outline, ponder the multiple/single article conundrum. Reflect upon what I’ve learned during this group.

    I’d welcome thoughts from this group on the multiple/single article. I appreciate all the comments, support, and clear thinking that has kept me on track.

    Also, thank you, Dame Eleanor, for another well-planned group that kept me honest and made me think about topics that often slither underneath the surface.

    Thank you to Jane B and Trapped in Canadia for hosting the spring group; I will be there with bells on.

    1. I think every paper I start writing gets broken into two (sometimes 3) papers at some point. I wish it was sooner in the process but I think it is part of the process.

      I do have a hard time concentrating on just one of the two papers once I make that decision but have found it is better to let one cool instead of trying to tackle both.

      I love being in the “sustained performance” part of the tenure process.

      1. So when you come to the second paper of a pair like that, do you find that it then splits itself, or does it tend to stay as a single entity?

      2. Tracy, the light bulb went off–it is part of my process, too, I think. I’ve tried to jump back and forth among papers, but I’m already jumping between the article and fiction, so I think I’d turn into Sybil if I tried to split my attention more.

        I only realized that I was in the “sustained performance” part of tenure process last week, when I was updating my publications piece of my dossier. I must admit that it felt very lovely!

    2. Oh yes, almost all of my projects end up splitting into smaller projects. Or, I end up telling myself, “That is a wonderful idea/source/whatever, and it will go in your NEXT article. Here is a special folder for it.” Or, “When you write your book on the larger topic this article could be part of, this wonderful idea/source will be in another chapter.” This is why I want to get THIS article finished. There are getting to be a lot of special folders I want to work on.

      1. I’m glad to hear that it’s not uncommon. I have those folders, too, but I think the instinct to pack everything into one article, due to the pressure of the 9-5 job (which you share, it seems) overwhelms me. I need to step back, realize that not every article needs to be a book, and pare away!

  17. Last week’s goal: spend time each day on project.

    Accomplished: finished classes and met with students all week. Wrote conference abstract.

    Next week’s goal: grade 80+ end of term papers, review another 250+ papers, calculate and post grades.

    Slower progress this week then I thought, but I’m good with it since I’m still sick. Yeah, I’m good with this.

  18. Last week’s goals: Submit P&P paper? Rework TS intro.

    Accomplished: Reworked TS intro, wrote abstract, edited discussion and added all references. Asked colleague to read P&P paper and sat down with her to discuss it. Wrote a 3 page outline on BE paper and sent to co-authors. Received edits on an accepted chapter and sat with co-author to plan revisions.

    Analysis: I can’t submit the P&P paper until my final co-author gets back to me. She’s stuck grading and should be able to next week. However my colleague thinks it is ready to go. I am trying to get all three papers out before the holidays and was psyched I actually started on the BE paper, which is slotted for the spring semester.

    Next week’s goals: Submit P&P paper? Submit TS paper? (both of these goals depend on my co-authors) Prepare LM paper for submission.

  19. Last Week’s Goal: read book for book review and take notes; make revisions to online article; begin edited volume chapter.

    Accomplished: I revised my online article.

    Next Week’s Goals: Book review and edited volume chapter

    Commentary: I have been traveling a lot since before Thanksgiving so it has been difficult to maintain any momentum in December. This article I’m writing for an online journal has taken priority because it will reach a larger audience and I’m so unsure of it.

    This writing group has been wonderful. I have really benefited from the weekly check in and the conversation. I look forward to the next one!

  20. I’m checking in later than usual here – thank you again Dame Eleanor for hosting this group which has helped me a lot with making progress on the writing front for the last few months.

    Last week’s goal: (a) indexing: put page numbers against 20 pages of entries; (b) proof-read two chapters of my book.

    Accomplished: (a) indexing: put page numbers against 0 pages of entries; (b) proof-read 1 chapter.

    Next week’s goal (if we are still recording goals here): (a) indexing: put page numbers against 10 pages of entries; (b) proof-read one chapter of my book.

    Commentary: I realised I was just not able to make the progress I needed to in the time I had, so I asked for and received an extension on the proof-reading and indexing. This has been a relief but I will try to maintain the momentum for the last week of this in any case, although with slightly more realistic goals.

  21. Last week’s goals: Ch. 2 to primary advisor; research + 5000 words on Ch. 4, send to writing partner.

    Accomplished: research + 2000 words (3000 words total) on Ch. 4, sent to writing partner (along with some much-deserved wine); Ch. 2—stalled out (still)

    For next week: #1) Ch. 2 to primary advisor by Wednesday 10am; #2) send a version (even an incomplete/rough version) of Ch. 4 to primary advisor.

    Commentary: I’ve been avoiding Chapter 2 like crazy. I think I’ve had too many things on my to do list to sit down properly with it and give it the thought it needs to pull the argument together. So, I’ve set aside some time this weekend to work on it, and I’m not going to work on Ch. 4 until Ch. 2 is out the door. I just need to do the ONE THING. Everything else can wait. I planned ahead for this to be a big push week—the kids have hot lunches every day, I only have one evening activity, and I should consider disconnecting my internet for the week. I’m planning on morning work times, naps in the afternoons most days, and evening work times. My kids will feel the neglect, but I hope between the short time frame, my husband picking up a lot of slack, and the kind neighbors who will invite them over, they won’t feel it too painfully. And I’m pretty sure we’ll be surviving on Trader Joe’s frozen food for a while.

    Thanks again to DEH for hosting. And to JaneB and TiC for hosting next.

  22. Hello. I’ve been OBE. Totally stressing, and ill (stupid ‘cold-type virus’ which is really knocking me flat on my back), and generally having all the plates come crashing down around me. Gah! Especially as the seasonally decorated tea plates of present shopping, card writing and queueing in the post office had just been added to the spinning porcelain…

    Fluids and sleep can only do so much – more time needed. We have another week of semester to go and I have to try to work out how to fit in all the teaching that has been cancelled (and/or just give up on it. No way will I be at work tomorrow, when putting your shoes on causes a twenty minute coughing fit and you can’t speak above a whisper going into the classroom is kind of masochistic AND sadistic on the students…)… plus I’m supposed to be driving a few hours south to attend a really important academic workshop thingie (attendance was competitive, based on applications, and it’s a real cast list of the Important People In My Field attending) after work on Wednesday. Right now I can’t see that it would be smart to do that, I’m not in a fit state to drive on major roads in the dark at a busy time and not got the energy to face the germ-ridden masses and multiple changes of the railway system.

    So: goal: was to finish the multi-author paper
    achieved: nothing
    analysis: OBE! this happens.
    next goals: for the coming week: focus on getting teaching covered and working out what to do about the workshop. Grading! For the following week: if possible, set aside half a day to work on the multi-author paper. It is so close to submission, and getting it off before Christmas would feel like a good end to a bad semester (writing wise, anyway).

    Fortunately next semester should be much less ‘aargh’ – I’m only teaching in three modules, as opposed to five this semester, and most of it is ‘skills’ type teaching which I already have mostly prepared (whereas this semester is mostly content and there was more new material). I certainly hope so – so much writing crying out for attention!!

  23. Goal: Write 2500 words, read.
    Accomplished: 1870 words. I can’t remember what I read.
    Analysis: I accepted a new, but relatively unpaid job that has a sharp learning curve…giant learning hill really, and that’s taking up a good chunk of time. Oh yeah, finals this week too.
    Next up: survive last day: Monday. Grade finals, submit grades, 1500 words and read new work stuff.

  24. Since my goal for the week was resting, I had no trouble accomplishing it!
    I did present my paper, and got some good feedback from the discussant, which makes me think that actually *this* conference paper should be the one to be written up as my first-ever-actual-paper (remember *that* goal?)

    For next week, I’m going to continue resting the paper, as I need to be grading, and I don’t see there’s time for much else. However, this conference paper will be put up for next semester’s writing project and the next writing group!

    Thanks for hosting, Dame Eleanor Hull–I enjoyed being here!

  25. Last goal: 2 hours a day, plus some product goals: a map, a family tree, a timeline, and at least two topic sentences + paragraphs written in the article, or else at least six topic sentences without paragraphs.

    Accomplished: at least an hour a day most days, more Wednesday, and moving the project forward every day; but I’m definitely going sideways from the stated goals. The family tree is fairly complete . . . except that my guy has about half a dozen relatives of the same name, at least one in each of 3 or 4 generations, and I’m going a little nuts trying to work out which one is which.

    Next goal: about the same as the last, “2 hours a day, plus some product goals: a map, a family tree, a timeline, and at least two topic sentences + paragraphs written in the article, or else at least six topic sentences without paragraphs,” except that the main goal for the family tree is to figure out John Does 1-6.

    Commentary: I ordered a batch of wills from the National Archives. One is definitely not for the right person. The one I’m most interested in is the hardest to read, not because of the hand but because of the quality of the PDF. I haven’t started on the 4 from assorted John Does yet. On the map, well, I found a decent map of the right county, but haven’t yet started putting in the family/friends network. Writing, even topic sentences, no, sorry, too fascinated by the people this week.

    Next goal:

  26. Last week’s goal: Work 6-7 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

    Accomplished: Yes, I did these things and read about an article and a half. I had hoped to do annotated citations for them, but I didn’t have time.

    Analysis: This week was pretty meeting-heavy and grading heavy. Also, this weekend, Hubby was gone, and the kids and I were jam packed with holiday activities, many of them related to 4-H and community service. We had fun, but it was a whirlwind.

    Next week will also be meeting heavy and grading heavy. We still have another week of class before we even get to finals (if you can believe it). We finish on December 21st.

    Next week: Plan to rise early again Tuesday and Thursday and work 6-7. Outside of that time (squeezed in between meetings and grading), I plan to write the annotated citations for whatever I’ve read).

    1. Yeehaw! Congrats on getting that morning time in.

      Your schedule is ridiculous–18 week semesters should be outlawed. Hope the meetings and grading are quick and painless this week.

  27. Apologies for (yet another) late check in. I did write every day, but it was more to do with grant proposals and job applications than my project ;(

    I have been reorganising things though, and I’ll pretend that counts as progress

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