It's a process, enjoy it.

It has been a long time since I've written a blog post. I don't really have an excuse other than I've been so stressed out about writing and job applications that I felt focusing any attention on the blog wouldn't be productive. I came to a realization today, however, that I want to share with you all.

Writing is an organic process.

Writers Block, or "But I'm tired!"

Sometimes life gets away with you in this dissertation process, and you lose focus.

The problem with writing a dissertation is that it is just so HUGE. In my case, I have to write about 300 pages not including my bibliography, and it is just daunting. I remember when I defended my prospectus I left the room terrified. All I had left to do to get my PhD was write a dissertation; that is terrifying! Huge also means that the deadlines are far away and in between you have other things that happen which seem to take precedence.

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Back that Thang Up!

I had planned on posting about juggling work, school, committees, and significant others when my computer got a virus and now all that has changed.

First, I want to say that I didn’t quite make my deadline from last week. I tried very hard, but it seems that writing a dissertation takes a while, even when you know what you want to say. I did make some of it, just not all. Things aren’t quite working out the way I had planned but I am quite flexible and always have schemes.

Ok, back to my computer.

Deadlines, or "Work it, Girl!!"

Deadlines, in general, terrify me.

I don't know how most advisers deal with deadlines for their students, but my adviser doesn't have a set plan for every student. At some point after she meets them, she decides who needs more guidance, and who can be left to their own devices. For the former she tends to give deadlines for projects, or parts of projects; for the latter she lets them come up with their own deadlines, and usually it is for a finished draft of said project.

I fall into the latter category.

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