Sometimes the Dissertation Feels Like This

Somedays I am the student freaking out. Other days I grab the available seat. I recently found out that I had a month less than anticipated to hand in the complete draft of my dissertation. If it is in good enough shape by July 1 and my committee members are available, I may be able …

Word Salad: Fun with Literature Review Quotes

At this stage of the first draft compiling, writing this dissertation feels like selecting quotes out of a salad bar and trying to string them together coherently, although hopefully a step above this word salad: Here is the latest clip from the literature review. It addresses what I think is the most important, sustainable aspect …

Writing this Lit Review is Super, Thanks for Asking

I would like to thank every kind soul who has innocently asked "how's the writing going?" lately. I defer to the eloquence of Big Gay Al: My writing is not half as brilliant as this guy who adapted T. S. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock for the technology age. It's not a quarter …

The Abstract, 1st Draft

In an effort to keep myself on task and accountable to deadlines, I may use this blog to highlight pieces of my dissertation. As some readers familiar with dissertation writing may know, it is very likely that each piece will be revised radically before inclusion into the final document. I also tend to be very …