My manuscript has been accepted! Can I get a “What, what”!
I seriously lost my groove this week. After plugging along rather productively at my dissertation I was side-tracked for several days last week working on my manuscript again. Now that the manuscript has been sent off to my advisor for resubmission I should be back at work on my dissertation, and double time at that to make up for the lost days. And yet… I couldn’t get myself to focus. All motivation was out the window. Until now…
My lovely sister-in-law, Em, came down to visit last Thursday and Friday. I’d invited her to come take advantage of the solitude of the house to study for an upcoming exam while I work on writing my dissertation. I actually ended up getting side-tracked for several days getting my manuscript ready for resubmission so my dissertation has sat untouched until today.
Not going to lie. I took the weekend off. I finished the previous section of my dissertation a day behind schedule on Friday, which all things considered wasn’t too bad. I’m back to it now full force after a lovely weekend with the Impish Husband and a glorious dinner with friends last Saturday. I’ll have pictures to share of that soon but for now: back to the writing. Wish me luck! 🙂
The dissertation writing… is… going? I’m not where I’d like to be. I didn’t finish the two sections the other day like I’d promised myself (and you). I’d been spinning my wheels trying to get them wrapped up and wasn’t getting anywhere so I decided to let those be for now and move onto the next, rather large section. I’d budgeted myself three days for that and I’m nearing the end of day two. Me thinks I’m not going to be done by the end of tomorrow. Le sigh.
In other, more lovely news, I set up my desk by a window with a view and both yesterday and today I was rewarded with some awesome wildlife sightings.
Well, after three and a half years of toiling on my PhD project (plus another two years in classes and working on other side projects makes makes five and a half in all) I have been given the okay from my committee members to defend in March!
I’ve shut down all my experiments in lab and have retreated to write my dissertation over the next few weeks. My goal is to have it pretty much wrapped up by the end of January. I have some other things going on with a manuscript I am still working on so I’d like to keep February free to work on that. At least that’s the plan… for now. Wish me luck!