Graduate Degree: Completed

I have received final approval on my thesis.  It will be available online tomorrow morning and I’m sending off for personal bound copies today.  I will be graduating in two and a half weeks.

I haven’t posted much lately but I wanted to update Tumblr on this because so many of you have expressed interest and extended support during my graduate career.  I’m a bit sad to be done with it all, but that will just serve as motivation in my next endeavor.

Thank you all.

Can’t Quite Say I’ve Failed

From the day I registered this Tumblr, I’ve never let as much time pass between posts as I have since my most recent post.  This dearth of posts follows quickly on the heels of my format change, but I can only put the very smallest portion of blame on a lack of content or ability.

Instead, my decision to change formats took place right as I started a rather difficult bout of job searching–still not completed–and the main thrust of my thesis writing–ditto.

I should have the current thesis chapter done at the end of next week and it is over expectations and likely to come up to 40 pages.  If other expectations hold, I should be done with ever drafted page around mid-August.  Then everything remaining goes to the advisor for cutting and tears.

The job search is, of course, far more uncertain.  I’ve had very promising leads unexpectedly fall through, unwanted positions pass without a word from management, postings close for lack of candidates, and lots of inexplicable silence.  I can only say that I’m very glad to have a loved one and a small emergency fund to help me get through without bills falling behind.

After one or both of the above priorities have been fulfilled, I would love to start writing more regularly and in more depth here, towards the possible end of accruing more portfolio quality material.

All the best.

Third Chapter Procrastination

Procrastination is a four-letter word.  I generally just don’t do it.  I can’t feel relaxed when I’m putting work off.  Again, that’s generally.

After I got back from the conference, I took care of plenty of business: polished up the reading for the rest of the semester; did the rewrites on a paper due Monday; finished a reread of a thesis novel and a novel I was fitting in between everything else.  I even took my lady to do a couple’s photoshoot.  Then this weekend came and, besides answering the frantic, last minute emails of my students, I took it easy.  My lists of deadlines says I should go ahead and start working on my third chapter outline, but I know the workload that’s coming.  I’m gonna have to grade at least 600 pages starting tomorrow afternoon.  Then I have to rewrite another paper.  Then I have to grade the final.

For now, I acted well out of character but in favor of my sanity.  I took a weekend off.  I read someNew Yorkers that had piled up.  I watched something random from my queue.  I shot the shit with an old friend, I had a few beers, and I generally screwed around.  It’s been…

Kurt Vonnegut used to throw around perhaps the only platitude I like to roll over in my own mind: “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is?”

Second Chapter Outlined

I’ve been dreading today all week but i just finished outlining my second thesis chapter (On Octavia E. Butler’s Parablenovels) in what felt like no time at all.  I won’t begin writing it until June, but it feels great to have it done. 

Not only that, but I’m ahead of schedule.  Now I can spread out rereading Margaret Atwood’sOryx and CrakeandThe Year of the Floodover 6 more days than previously expected.

With everything else I have to do in the next month (grade, prep a lecture, prep a conference piece, deliver said conference piece, travel to meet my new niece/nephew, cut a production length version of Romeo and Juliet, write a paper on said production, and read for classes), this takes a nice bit of weight off my shoulders.

First Working Chapter Done

I’ve just moved substantially past the planning portion of the thesis and well into the writing portion.  I just completed a working draft of the first chapter on Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven.  I’ll now be rereading Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler and outlining the next chapter.

Most of the rest of my substantial writing will take place during the summer, but I am still very excited.