PhD Dissertation Blues

Somewhere between my second and third chapter a black hole appeared, sucking a bunch of my already thoroughly combed writing into a feedback loop with my introduction. I’ve been writing in pieces trying desperately to get something that my committee can chew on, but my thoughts are becoming more and more rhizomatic as I sprawl across my chapters, chipping away at each. I submitted an abridged version of my MA project for peer-review and am working on two other papers to lob at high ranked journals. I am happy with my work on the whole but this dissertation is neverending and — as all graduate students know —  writing sometimes becomes so painful when you’re knee deep in a lengthy project. It’s the holidays and I just want to eat candy and write some new poems and fantasize about keeping to my aim of finishing in under 4 years, crossing the podium late in 2015 wearing one of those mushroom PhD hats and colourful robes. If only this dissertation would write itself while I re-watch The Hobbit on Netflix. Goals.

Illustration from Girls Standing on Lawns by Maira Kalman. © 2014 Maira Kalman

Illustration from Girls Standing on Lawns by Maira Kalman. © 2014 Maira Kalman



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