October172014
I mean, maybe I can find some way to break for a nap in there, but every grad student knows that you have to watch a certain quantity of TV/movies/YouTube before your body can be strong enough to overcome a virus and return to work.

I mean, maybe I can find some way to break for a nap in there, but every grad student knows that you have to watch a certain quantity of TV/movies/YouTube before your body can be strong enough to overcome a virus and return to work.

October102014
Hurray, book depositories.  Someone smarter and less grumpy than I must have a very complex system to keep track of all their dissertation library books.

Hurray, book depositories.  Someone smarter and less grumpy than I must have a very complex system to keep track of all their dissertation library books.

October32014
You know, the chapter you had really hoped you could just be done with, barring maybe some basic proofreading, tweaking of phrasings, or formatting issues.  Maybe your adviser told you it needed something more, maybe a committee member, maybe a peer.
My technique when I get feedback like this: read all the comments, have all the feelings, sleep, and then read them again tomorrow, knowing what the gist will be, and with a brain that is ready to be detached and pragmatic.  Doesn’t make it not suck, but helps me process and move on.  Grumpiness does not have to be counter-productive.

You know, the chapter you had really hoped you could just be done with, barring maybe some basic proofreading, tweaking of phrasings, or formatting issues.  Maybe your adviser told you it needed something more, maybe a committee member, maybe a peer.

My technique when I get feedback like this: read all the comments, have all the feelings, sleep, and then read them again tomorrow, knowing what the gist will be, and with a brain that is ready to be detached and pragmatic.  Doesn’t make it not suck, but helps me process and move on.  Grumpiness does not have to be counter-productive.

September262014
Scumbag Nerdy Badger is such a horrible person.

Scumbag Nerdy Badger is such a horrible person.

September192014
No amount of telling yourself, “It could be weeks.  Just focus on getting work done and it will come in no time,” will make a difference.
(And of course, if the panel you submitted to is sponsored by an organization whose board has to vote on all the abstract submissions, it takes longer than if there are only one or two individuals calling the shots.)

No amount of telling yourself, “It could be weeks.  Just focus on getting work done and it will come in no time,” will make a difference.

(And of course, if the panel you submitted to is sponsored by an organization whose board has to vote on all the abstract submissions, it takes longer than if there are only one or two individuals calling the shots.)

September122014
September52014
Quitting time?  I don’t think so.
(I was digging through the Dictionary of Old English Corpus.)

Quitting time?  I don’t think so.

(I was digging through the Dictionary of Old English Corpus.)

August292014
I know the arguments against them, and I don’t care.  You just don’t understand our love.

I know the arguments against them, and I don’t care.  You just don’t understand our love.

August222014
When you have multiple bookshelves devoted to library books, it’s a big question, especially if you are not hiring professionals to do all that lifting.
On the other hand, it’s a great way to rid yourself of all the books you’re actually done with and have been renewing endlessly for no real purpose.

When you have multiple bookshelves devoted to library books, it’s a big question, especially if you are not hiring professionals to do all that lifting.

On the other hand, it’s a great way to rid yourself of all the books you’re actually done with and have been renewing endlessly for no real purpose.

August152014

DOUBLE WHAMMY.  I didn’t want to split this set up.

The whole time I was researching for this chapter, I kept telling people, “I hate the researching stage; I never feel like I’m making progress.  I’m really looking forward to writing.”  Now that I’ve got my outline and I’m writing, all I can think is, “Life was so much easier when starting work for the day meant pulling out my Post-it flags and cracking a book, when all I had to do was absorb and process.  Now I have to actually produce stuff?!”  The thing is, I have a fantastic outline for this chapter, so it’s not even like I’m starting from scratch.  It’s all in my head; it just needs to be moved onto the screen.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy writing when I’m in the middle of it and have a good flow going.  It’s the STARTING to write that’s really a problem.

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