Looking back, the list for InaDWriMo probably was a wee bit optimistic with the things that should be able to get done. One of the things that I still have trouble with is giving up my weekends. For a long time there would be a very vague blur between the weekends because I would be in Original Country during weekends and in Current country for the week. Now that that border isn’t there anymore, it seems as though other things try to act as borders and one of those is a very serious feeling of resistance. This feeling of resistance has to go, because it interferes with my concentration and ambitions, but it is entirely unclear at the moment how to work it out.

After visiting my osteopath this morning, things are somewhat clearer, also because he pointed out to me that maybe, considering all those stress-points in my life that it woulnd’t be a bad idea to get somebody to help me work through them in a different (maybe more constructive) manner. Not necessarily advisors / supervisors, but somebody else altogether.

Anyway, accomplishments:

– workshop proposal (should be hearing about that next week)

– studyguide (mostly finished, need some more revisions and get the co-teacher to decide which papers he wants to use)

– 1/4 of revisions to technical note for inside Company

Still to be accomplished:

– tutor instructions (cannot be done before deciding on assignments for students)

– introduction and theory of journal article

Feelings on this: mixed. Happy about the accomplishments, but realise that the still to be accomplished part now has to be done in what’s left of december.

To reiterate Dr. Brazen Hussy

“International acaDemic Writing Month is the academic’s answer to NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month.”

The goal for this month is to get out a workshop proposal (due 7/11), write a studyguide and tutor-instructions for next semester’s course (first version promised 11/11), and write the introduction and theory part for my first journal article.

In addition to that I will probably have to edit my student’s master thesis and do a thousand other things, but this writing? Very important for me right now.

Also, I was recently in the Bay Area and while watching Gilmore Girls 7-21, I realised I knew what Logan was talking about with his University Avenue!

Last monday I attended a tutorial on research methods. Tutorials really work best when there’s an atmosphere of trust, when you can ask those questions that have sat in the back of your brain for a while and you would like somebody else to come and play too. One of my questions was answered without me realizing that it had been a question. For a while I’ve been reading a book about making ideas stick, but I didn’t make it very far in.

Now, one of the tutorial givers was quoting from the book and sort of reviewing at the same time, which was rather interesting! Considering everything he said, it will definitely spur my reading the entire book, to keep the ideas fresh in my mind. Actually, the most interesting part for me wasn’t so much the research methods in themselves, but how you write about them. One of the most important things mentioned was: nibble away at your writing. If you don’t write every day, how do you expect to become a good writer? Becoming good is about making mistakes, about writing bent sentences and reviewing and critiquing your writing. This reflected very much my reasons for starting up this blog in the first place, except that I only publish something every friday.

That doesn’t mean that I only write on friday, merely that I like to edit and re-edit and think twice before commiting myself to publish here. Ironically, attending conferences tends to compel me to write and think so hard that it can get difficult to write something coherent. Some more ideas and impression will find their way to the forefront, including lessons learned on organizing poster sessions for symposia.