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Thursday, November 4th, 2010
8:49 pm
So is this happening this month?
Everyone starting their nanowrimos for this month, and I unfortunately am doing a PhD so I can't very well allow my self literary abandon. I would still like to use this as a motivational tool to do writing on my dissertation. I don't figure anyone has time to be a "writing" buddy (and mostly I'm going to be synthesizing and summarizing literature at this point and coming up with concrete ideas about each of my chapters) but I wouldn't mind a little support or encouragement from other people doing the same, maybe sharing their writing process and brief blurbs about what we're all working on.
Anyway is this community even still active? Hello? Bueller?

Current Mood: curious
Monday, November 23rd, 2009
10:24 pm
Check-in for the week
How did last week go and what are you working on this week?
Monday, November 16th, 2009
12:46 am
Week in Review and Goal Setting
So, how did it go this past week?
and what are your goals for the upcoming few days?

Current Mood: exhausted
Monday, November 9th, 2009
9:48 am
Slightly off-topic, but I'm in dissertation distress!
Hey folks,
I'm trying to set weekly goals, following along with this community. But I'm not meeting my goals, and I feel like I'm falling further and further behind. I'm not sure if I'm setting unrealistic goals, or if I'm just not motivated enough to make real progress.

How do you juggle the time needed to meet your writing goals and the time required for other things in graduate school- teaching, data collection, keeping up in the field, conferences- just to mention some of the things on my plate right now, not to mention trying to slip in some time to keep my outside-of-academia life moving along (seriously trying to pay bills on time, etc). I feel like I'm wiped out and too tired to write by the time I finish my "Absolutely has to happen today" list.

I'm supposed to defend in the winter quarter, and I'm quickly losing confidence in my ability to finish in time. I'd appreciate any recommendations people have.
12:24 pm
Week 2 - Plans?
Sorry I didn't post last night, what does everyone have planned for this week?

Current Mood: busy
10:22 am
1/4 of the way there
So how are we doing?

I had two aims for November:
- Write the 3,000 word essay that's due in in January
- Come up with a dissertation plan

As far as point 1 goes I'm doing well. I've used a few days off to really plough into reading (I work full time and study in the evenings) and I can see my way clear to having a solid structure down by this time next week.

The dissertation planning hasn't really moved forward at all. I'm not too worried just yet but I do want to have something to discuss with my tutor soon. I'm going to start using my travelling time to work on the dissertation plan. I'm also going to have to set daily goals once I get back to work. At least 3 hours reading per day, 1 of which must be dissertation based.
10:03 am
Week 2: here we go...
How's everyone doing?

Me, I did finish the thesis chapter I wanted to finish* last week, but I didn't get started on the next one. This week's task is to start and write at least 2,500 words of it, which should be the bulk of it done (it's a pretty short chapter).

We can definitely do this. {cheerleads} As a side note, are there any more biologists out there taking part?

Supportive hugs,

*Chapter 4 is dead, long live chapter 7. Does anyone actually write their chapters in order?

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
1:24 pm
Actual Word Counts
I realized that in the original post about goals, as well as the weekly goal post, I didn't really focus on word count, just general "things I'd like to get done." Looking through other people's goals, it looks like most people did the same.

But I think without a true nano-style word count, I'm going to focus on getting things done instead of getting things written. And as my advisor recently reminded me, I need to be doing both!

Here is a post if you'd like to take a moment to set a hard and fast word or page count goal for yourself, or multiple ones for different projects if needed. I'll try and post word/page count-specific posts now and then - maybe weekly, maybe more? - for people to post shorter-term goals as well as their current count. (Or, of course, others can do that if you randomly feel the need to push yourself.)

I'll post my own goals in the comments, but I have to get to a meeting now. *sigh*
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
6:06 pm
midweek updates
How is everyone's week progressing?
Saturday, October 31st, 2009
8:25 pm
Nov. 1st - NaReWriMo
Sounds like a great group of people want to take part! 

Maybe we can start like this - for week 1 (Nov. 1-8), what do you want to accomplish? 
If you're working day by day, you post what your daily goals are. 
Then perhaps I'll post again on Nov. 7th to ask what if you accomplished what you hoped to, and then ask what the next week's goals are.  And so on. 

Anyone can feel free to post any day you like with updates, check-ins, encouragement, someone to be accountable to, support, questions etc.

:::encouraging pats on back to everyone:::

Current Mood: busy
Sunday, October 18th, 2009
8:57 pm
November 2009
What would you like to get out of NaReWriMo this year?

Current Mood: blah
Monday, October 29th, 2007
12:41 pm
How to proceed with Nov. 2007 narewrimo?
To all who are interested, I'm psyched! 

How about this - starting Nov. 1st, we post a) what we are working on or what we'd like to accomplish in November, b) possible deadlines (for those who find it helpful to do so). 

Then should we have an everyday check-in?  (weekly)?  This can be a place where we post what we've accomplished that day (or week).  This will make us accountable to everyone else in the community. 

A friend's advisor says it's a good idea to trade papers with a writing partner.  The partner doesn't have to read the paper, but the act of expecting to receive one/have to give one makes people accountable.  If anyone's interested, I can set up a gmail account for the comm. where every day (or week?) we email the text of what we've accomplished.  No one will read it, but again, the idea is that the act of having to email text every day inspires accomplishment, obligation and butt-kicking.


Current Mood: excited
Monday, October 15th, 2007
8:23 pm
up for it?
I'm still up for writing in November with a group of people!

Current Mood: bouncy
Sunday, July 8th, 2007
1:50 pm
Gearing up for November?
Ever since I heard about November NaNoWrMo, I thought it would make a great proxy for academic writing.  I'm wondering if anyone else is gearing up to do this in November 2007 with their academic work?  It feels like a marathon for people who do NaNoWrMo.  Any tips for doing it with their dissertations?  Anyone else want to pledge to do it with me this fall?

Current Mood: lethargic
Sunday, January 7th, 2007
12:57 pm
Does anyone out there happen to be able to get a pdf copy of the following article?

Barriers and enablers to changing organizational culture in nursing homes. (includes abstract) Scalzi CC; Nursing Administration Quarterly, 2006 Oct-Dec; 30 (4): 368-72. (journal article) CINAHL AN: 2009337547

Apparently it is available through CINAHL Plus with Full Text, but I can't seem to retrieve it.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Thanks to miladyelizabeth for all your help! You rock!
10:27 am
Tribute to a great man...
I don't know about you, but this man has helped me out on more than one occasion -

As one of those lazy academics who has eaten in front of a computer or a drawing board more times than I can count on my TI30, I sincerely appreciate what he did for the world!

In honor of his momentous donation to the world I invite you to join me for Ramen Noodle Fest Monday Jan 8th at 6:00pm EST.

image courtesy of PhD Comics www.phdcomics.com
Thursday, November 30th, 2006
11:38 pm
24 minutes to go and I am DONE!

This should be a monthly sort of a deal. Next month I will:

complete the analysis of the first case study
mark all student essays
prepare final classes
organise discussion with psychiatric practitioners
think of an interesting paper topic and write at least an abstract
Monday, November 27th, 2006
4:16 pm
..and after Thanksgiving, I'm going to work on:

  • personal (MS) project update, at least partially due in 4 days, final due... sometime soon

  • group project (analysis, prototyping, written report, presentation), final due in 9 days

  • 1 take-home exam due in 11 days

  • 1 take-home exam due in 14 days (but not given out until next week)

I can't juggle four things at once so I'm just concentrating on two, this week. It feels like a big countdown... I'm not finished with my program until May, but the end of this semester is a hurdle that I need to cross without injury.

And you?
(Please, don't be afraid to list everything. The initial panic subsides after you break things down into smaller tasks... :o)

Current Mood: determined
Monday, November 20th, 2006
10:33 pm
Share your sentences
So how's everyone doing out there? I've slowed down since handing in my funding proposal last week but I've still managed to write something research-related everyday, even if it's just a couple of sentences. It's kind of boring just to talk about what you're doing in research, so I thought we could try something new by sharing your favourite sentence from today (today being whenever you read this post this week, so you've got until Saturday). What research-related sentence did you write today that you most like? We're most of us writing first drafts, so no need to be embarrassed. Here's mine, written 2 minutes ago during the commercial break of Heroes (I wanted to finish my thought before setting aside my draft):

"By including such identifications as ethnicity or gender in their default user profiles, these identities are presented as essential and natural, and this corporate governmentality produces racialized users online."

I'll have to check whether "corporate" and "governmentality" can really go together, but for now this sentence works for me.

Also we've been found by the outside world, mostly because I blabbed about this comm on my blog. Check it:

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
4:09 pm
Just had my meeting with my thesis chair. It went really really well. She likes the new direction and new focused umph I've got going.

My school has a degree progress report and I found out that its contents are wrong and not me, which is SUCH a relief. It was saying that I hadn't completed all of my electives and had more classes to take and that I hadn't completed the thesis proposal hearing. All of which are false!

The only thing standing in the way of my graduating is my thesis, so I'm going to get cracking on it, and she seems quite excited about the trajectory I'm on, which is A. such a relief and B. so frickin' rad.
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