“Doing” a Doctorate – week 38

Published on Sunday 29th July 2018 by DJ Kirkby

I’ve been on FIRE this week with my doctorate assignment writing! Well as on fire as I ever get with academic writing, and it’s almost as painful as actually being on fire (I’m really not a natural with this academic writing lark). Yes, I have actually been on fire – my ankles have anyway, but that’s  story for another blog post.

I’ve also been distracted by occasional bouts of procrastination during which I made two infographics (see pics at end of post), but at least these have still been in a doctoral assignment context.

I will have the first draft of this assignment finished by Monday and then can spend my summer holidays working on the first draft of assignment number four. There is a method to my madness, honest.

Work is going to be unusually crazy busy this year between Sept and Dec so I will be very tired after work, especially when I have to commute to the campus that is 2 hours away (one way) and I am also marathon training (allegedly) so I will need weekend to fit in (very) long runs.  By getting the majority of the assignments done ahead of time I reckon I can then maximise my ‘free time’ to rest and exercise rather than being stuck at my desk writing assignments.

Week 38 in review: read week 37 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written – NET article minor amendments made and resubmitted. FTC18 article is finished. One poster about CILVRS pilot drafted and ready for review by conference committee. Working on draft of second CILVRS article.
Doctorate assignment words written – 2866 words of assignment number three (due mid Sept)
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion, let’s be honest, this number is never going to change….I think I’m an addict
Miles run – 3 (Marathon training is going well! Not.)
Kilometers swam – None, work finish times, etc. I appear to have signed up to swim 5k in the swimathon next year though. I do worry about my sanity sometimes….
Miles cycled – Zero ( can’t see well enough to cycle safely)
Cakes baked –  Lemon cake and a poppyseed cake (see photos at end of post).
Crafting  done- Knitting on pause during this hot weather
Books read for pleasure – Not had much time for reading for pleasure / still reading You Were Gone which is a very long book (496 pages)  (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None this week
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – CILVRS Urinalysis and Second Life maternity ward
Articles read for doctorate –  Zillions. Seriously.
Blogs read for doctorate –Virtual World Watch, British Library Labs, Ariadne, Violet,
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Booked in dates for submission of future assignment drafts
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – I squeezed some in for Oct but they’re being squeezed back out….
Overall average stress level – minimal
Average success rate – significant

Plan for next week:

  • Wait for eye op appointment to arrive (waiting list breach date was June 15th – now needs to be before 1st Oct or after 20th Nov as can’t fly for 4 weeks after surgery and have long haul flight to FTC18 conference)
  • Wait for husband’s referral date to new specialist to find out extent of damage caused by illness number two (he’s received a letter informing him there are currently NO appointments!)
  • Bake!!!
  • Continue knitting cannula arms sleeves for dementia patients when weather cools off again
  • Finish first draft of assignment three
  • Work on draft second CILVRS article
  • Read more for fun
  • Allow myself to get distracted by all things shiny and appreciate that for the future creativity and benefit it may add to my doctorate

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