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Once again, this is a weekend in which not enough will happen.  Sure, it is  quite early on a Sunday to making such a declaration, but enough chores need to be done that I know dissertation writing will fall by the wayside.  Well, it will at least not get the full 15 hours of attention it needs to make up for the last week.  However, instead of beating myself up about this, I’m trying to take some of the advice I’ve been dole-ling out to everyone else this week.  I’m trying to give myself permission to do my chores and to NOT feel bad about the lack of writing.

In order to help myself in this process, I decided to salvage what I could of this train wreck of a process.  Today, instead of the incessant whining about the dissertation, I give you some bullets of any good that had come from working on my dissertation.

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There is such a thing as too much time

All week I am content with the little bit I can get written because I keep thinking I’ll make up for it over the weekend.  Then the weekend comes and goes, and I still haven’t gotten enough done.

Seriously, how does this happen?

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On Developing Community

Of the work in my field what has been most influential to me most recently, are the calls to create communities of practice within our centers. As you might imagine, this idea resonates deeply with me. Drawing on the work of sociologists Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave, theorists have argued promoting communities of practice in the center encourages the consultants to learn from one another, and to develop knowledge together. I see this work as a natural foundation for the argument I make to use hospitality as a frame for the work of the center because building communities of practice in the center provides the consultant a space from which to welcome the writer.

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Slow and Steady

Well.  I got up at 5 am this morning.  I wrote 66 new words and revised 4 paragraphs.

Not exactly off to the races, but it is something.  I’d do more tonight, but since I plan to write here more I thought I should give the place a little face lift.  Plus, the DH is home, and I don’t often get to see him these days, so I figure I should take advantage of it — when I am done here.

An interesting thing is happening at work.  There is a consultant who wants to work in the field.  She has submitted to a local conference and been accepted, so now I am trying to mentor her through this process.  What I am experiencing, is I guess what every new professor experiences, it’s just taken a little more on the job time for me to get there.  Anyway, about that experience …

It is really weird to hear your own ideas spoken back to you.  Well, it’s not exactly my ideas, she has her own views, but I can see the influence her training with my program has had on her ideas.  Generally, I don’t think of myself as someone with a lot of influence, so it took me by surprise to have that realization during our meeting today.


Daily word total: 284

Digital Writing Month

I let Ouiser over at the Malarkey Bin talk me into this crazy 50,000 words in a month thing. Not exactly sure I will make it, but like Ouiser, I need the proverbial kick in the a$$ to get me writing again.

It’s not just the dissertation I need to be writing.  I also need to be better about writing here, and starting some new writing projects for work. In general, I just need to find the joy in writing again.

As with most projects like this one, I’m certain I should be posting goals. I’m terrible at making goals. terrible. When I set goals for myself, I’m also spectacularly bad at meeting them. Perhaps, however, being a part of a group, and doing this semi-publicly will help me stick to my guns.

  • Newest drafts to dissertation committee by November 16th.  Full draft to Dr. Belle, Chapter 5 to Dr. Phoenix, and wherever his additions end up for Dr. Chat. (Either Chapter 1 or 3)
  • Daily writing in the morning and evening.  (I am a pro at 5 am. I suck at getting back to it after dinner.)
  • Posts here once or twice a week. I won’t make any promises about topics related to the dissertation, because it is spectacularly boring, and I plan to use writing here as a reward for doing the work writing.)

I think that is enough for now.  I do have some other goals in mind if I can make that first goal by 11/16, but I want to wait and make sure that happens.