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
One thing to sum up my experience reading this book: exhausting. Often when I read theory I wish there were more concrete examples, so I can make sure I understand the point trying to be made. Not so with Edward Said. He’s nothing but examples. Exhaustive examples. I got his point 30 pages in. This…… Continue reading Culture and Imperialism: a brief note
Chadwick Allen’s Blood Narrative presents an interesting problem for me. It’s an excellent book, performing a comparison and analysis of activism and literature of American Indians and Maoris in the early contemporary period. Allen examines many of the ways that Maoris and American Indians situations differed in terms of politics, demographic, and population. The main differences for Maoris…… Continue reading Brief thoughts on Chadwick Allen’s Blood Narrative
I did complete my National Poetry Month challenge, and I wrote a poem a day. I just chose not to share the rest, because I decided they were for my eyes only. I completed the major qualifying paper that I was working on. I successfully defended the paper, and now it’s time to move on…… Continue reading Writing Rhythms
I’ve had a bit of difficulty articulating my thoughts on this blog lately. What with my commitment to writing a poem a day for National Poetry Month, reading for my exams in the fall, revising two articles that have nothing in common with each other, and trying to get started on my dissertation (unrelated to…… Continue reading All the projects
This first few months of this year feel more productive than my last two. This is a good thing, since my last two years weren’t extremely productive. This is also a good thing, because I’ve realized (remembered?) how much I can actually accomplish in a short period of time when I am working consistently and…… Continue reading Read, Write, Revise. Repeat.
One of these days, I’m going to write a literacy narrative. It’s the first assignment in the First-Year Writing program at my university. I like it a lot. I’ve written a couple, in the same style as my students, to provide a sample for them. So I’ve written these short literacy narratives–three or four pages…… Continue reading Writing, Vision, and Re(vision)