February 10, 2004

Slacking off

I finished the first sleeve for Rogue; here it is, blocking on the elegant “garbage bag on spare mattress” blocking setup I’m currently using:

I also, I hope and pray, am done with the current incarnation of my Major Field paper. It’s gone to my supervisor for one last review, but assuming I haven’t mucked it all up in my final edit, it should be ready to be officially submitted. It feels like I’ve been revising this forever. If I have to go through all of this for every chapter of my dissertation, my supervisor and I will both go mad! I can only hope that I’m getting the hang of this academic writing and scholarly argumentation, finally, and that it will start to go more smoothly now.

In celebration of handing the paper in, I’ve done none of the things that I really need to get going on. Instead, I attended a lecture on “Homer and the South Slavic Poets”, went to the reception afterward, and then ended up going down to the pub with the speaker, my husband and some of his friends from medieval studies, and one of his professors. I only tore myself away because I had to get back to my department to hold my office hour, but now I’m spending said office hour writing my blog entry! Having spent the intervening half hour gossiping with my supervisor and bemoaning the decline of western civilisation and the depressing level of education of the general public. He was in a ranting kind of mood…

I have to wrench my mind into contemplation of serious things in time for my class tonight, or the lecture will just end up being “some things I think are funny about the Odyssey” and over in 20 minutes. Not that there aren’t two hours worth of funny things in the Odyssey, but my attention span seems very short right now.

Well, toodle pip for now, have a good evening! I’m off to read about Orality in Homer…

Posted by Aven at February 10, 2004 11:19 AM

Brilliant on the sweater! There are so many Rogues out there tempting me, and if there’s one thing we students of 18th & 19th century literature love, it’s a good Rogue!

Congrats on getting that paper in. I know how tough it is. When I finally got my thesis signed off, I thought, “whew! That’s over!” Little did I know that a dissertation was lurking…

Can’t I have a rogue instead?!? :-)

Posted by: Anita at February 10, 2004 10:51 PM

The main thing is, you never have to write a dissertation again (unless you decide you REALLY need another doctorate) — and nothing else is like that. Nothing else is the same. Ever.

One chapter at a time, sugar.

(You go, girl!)

Posted by: Anne at February 11, 2004 08:04 AM

Every paper you hand it gets you closer to the degree.

I’m getting a fair number of comments on each chapter of my diss I hand in, but I haven’t done ANY revising yet. When I have a full first draft, then I’ll go back. There’s no point making changes yet because I will likely change older chapters to fit newer ones.

Hang in there—it all gets done and you’ll only ever do this once (unless you’re insane!)

Posted by: Steph at February 11, 2004 06:19 PM

Congrats on getting it in, kid! One step at a time and all that.

Posted by: Mom at February 23, 2004 02:44 PM