Taking Note of Deadlines
Image from Toothpaste for Dinner
I’ve been avoiding my dissertation advisor.
We were supposed to meet a month ago, and then she rescheduled. Then I caught the flu. Then I fell behind on grading for the class I’m TAing. And then I never followed up to re-schedule. Of course, in my mind I thought: she rescheduled first so I’m off the hook for rescheduling, forever! Writing a dissertation as a human being makes for crazy thought-having times, let me tell you. Anyway, it’s been two months since our last meeting, and I haven’t produced what I think I should have produced in the time since we last met.
Here are my stats: Total time worked: 6 months Total written: 39,700 words Functional prose: 5,100 words
Yep, you’re reading that right. I’ve written almost 40,000 words, most of which is notes, quotes, journal asides, repetition, and potentially useful miscellany. At this rate, if I want to reach my goal of 250 pages (roughly, 75,000 words) I’ll be finished with my dissertation in 2018.
I understand that this will get easier and go faster, and the average dissertation is written in 9 months once the writing gets going, but I just can’t see it.