dissertation · graduate school · Writing

Shaped by landscape

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

american literature · dissertation · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies

notes on Todd Downing

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

academic writing month · acwrimo · dissertation · graduate school · Uncategorized

Academic Writing Month, Day 20… Only day 20?

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?

academic writing month · acwrimo · dissertation · graduate school · Writing

Writing Hangover: Or, Academic Writing Month, Day 8

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

academic writing month · acwrimo · dissertation · graduate school · Writing

Academic Writing Month, day 1 reflection

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