Week 6 Recap

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Whether you see the whiskey glass as half empty or half full, there’s not much denying that our twelve weeks of writing is half over. We’ve most likely all had some setbacks, but probably some successes as well, and it’s important to take stock of those. So in addition to your weekly goals, use the comments this week to tell us about what you’ve accomplished in the first six weeks. It doesn’t have to be anything big–maybe you just had a really good insight that clarified some piece of the project that was giving you trouble. Whatever it is, let us know in the comments, and have a great weekend!

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6 thoughts on “Week 6 Recap

  1. My accomplishment for the first six weeks is that I got a draft of my introduction into my adviser, which I just got back with comments. It was a very rough draft, which I knew, and I wanted some help in putting some order and direction to it, which I now have, and there’s a LOT of work to be done on it. I guess one of my initial goals was just to get the introduction drafted, but it needs so much work that I won’t really feel like I’ve achieved that until I actually put it through at least one more major revision. On top of that, I haven’t really begun to write my conference paper/diss chapter in earnest, and I need to get that under way. (Let’s not even mention that encyclopedia article, mkay?) So for the coming week and probably the rest of the summer, I think I need to put in more daily writing time–I’m upping my writing time to three hours, with the hour of transcription and half hour of web planning. I didn’t really meet my web planning time goal this past week, nor did I do a great job of keeping my breaks short, but maybe being more pressed for time will be a good motivator to that end.

  2. Last week felt like one of those times where you do a lot of work but don’t have much to show for it. I got through a lot of reading and a lot of conference prep but wrote less than a page. Trying not to beat myself up about it.

    This week’s looking up, though – I spent this morning working on the historiography section for an article for the Oral History Review. That should be ready to submit by the end of July. This afternoon I returned to conference prep. I’m leaving Wednesday for five days in Michigan, during which time I’ll be presenting a proposal for a Reacting to the Past module on historical memory of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, taking on the role of a representative of British public opinion in the early 1990s as the UN is deciding whether to intervene in Rwanda, and then playing Igor Stravinsky in a module on classical music in Paris in the 1950s (pretty lost in that one). So the bulk of the rest of this week will be taken up by the conference, and then I’m back in Philly for a week, frantically trying to wrap up summer projects and write another Constitution Daily blog post before we leave for a month in Scotland on July 30.

    Even with six weeks before classes start, summer feels like it’s quickly drawing to a close.

  3. Whoops forgot to post on Monday, sorry. Summer so far: I have revised and expanded my chapter on the voting age and “almost” finished my chapter on children’s/youth rights, but like you Dan I’m realizing that there’s a huge difference between “getting a draft out” and having it “finished.” Here and there I’ve made some progress on my Intro but it’s also still in a bit of a shambles.

    So – goal for this is week is to polish, polish, polish – I’d like to have at least a couple of these chapters gleaming a bit brighter by the end of the week, so that I can set them aside and concentrate on writing the second chapter I’d hoped to complete in the time that remains this summer.

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