I finally completed a rough, rough draft of my dissertation. I wanted to feel more excited about this, more elated, more relieved. Instead, I just feel disappointed by just how incomplete, how rough this draft is. It could be so much more than it is. I could have worked on it so much more. I…… Continue reading post-dissertation-draft blues
One of the greatest joys of any type of writing is finding the just right word. But it can also suck. Words aren’t freestanding. They don’t exist in a vacuum. So when I find just the right word, I’m not just using that word. I’m also taking on the weight of that word and all…… Continue reading The Weight of Words
One of my dissertation chapters is about John Joseph Mathews Wah’Kon-Tah and Sundown. It’s fitting in between chapters describing the art/writing inspired by locations–New Mexico and Oklahoma, to be specific. Mathews seems to walk a line of arguing that the landscape is a constant, and showing that it isn’t. He’s writing about the encroachment of modernity, and the ways…… Continue reading Shaped by landscape
I’m working on the final chapter in my dissertation. The focus is Todd Downing, an Oklahoma-born Choctaw who wrote detective fiction in the 1930s and 1940s. His featured detective, Hugh Rennert, works for the U.S. Department of the treasury–work that often takes him into Mexico where he finds himself the witness or bystander in murder…… Continue reading notes on Todd Downing
Over on Twitter, one of my professors is requiring his students to Tweet about a course he’s teaching, on the rhetoric of space. I’m no longer in coursework, and haven’t been for a couple years now, but the Tweets are fascinating. Quite a bit of my dissertation deals with place, and exploring the idea of…… Continue reading How Many States in the State of Oklahoma?
I was so happy with, and exhilarated by, my first go at academic writing month that I decided to give it another try in December. Turns out, I should have given myself some time off, because I haven’t really done much of anything yet, except grade all the final projects and exams from my students,…… Continue reading Academic Writing Month, Take 2
16,014 words so far. My introduction is nearly done. Chapter 1 is well on its way to being done. Over the next 10 days, I plan to have both ready to send to my advisor. I’m tired. I took Tuesday off, because I had other work I needed to catch up on–a book chapter that…… Continue reading Academic Writing Month, Day 20… Only day 20?
I’ve been really happy with my progress the past 8 days. It’s November 8, day 8 of Academic Writing Month, and I have a total of 7649 words so far, toward my dissertation. Day 1: 1827 –this was the best day, by far, if we’re talking sheer numbers. I researched for 2 hours first, and then…… Continue reading Writing Hangover: Or, Academic Writing Month, Day 8
I’ve learned and relearned over the years that an important part of my writing process is taking time to reflect. I doubt I’ll post every single day of Academic Writing Month, but I will write some of my thoughts after each completed day and I’ll put some of those thoughts here on the blog. So,…… Continue reading Academic Writing Month, day 1 reflection