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    Sobriquet 39.5

    Wednesday, February 6, 2008
    Since it is approaching one in the morning and the stack of papers I've been grading seems just as thick now as it was hours ago, I am going to have to keep this entry brief. What I can say, however, is that I finally finished the section on Age of Iron and, at thirty pages, it is three times longer than I had anticipated. Not surprisingly, I am looking forward to moving on, though I am anxious to see if my supervisor feels I should make any sweeping revisions before I jump into the next bit of writing. Depending on whether or not she approves of what I have done, I may give myself a bit of a break from work to recoup some of the energy I've spent on this project--though, having gotten myself in the habit of daily work, I have a difficult time envisioning what I will do with a wide-open schedule.

    All I can say is that, if all goes well, I can look at the thirty pages I've written as one-tenth of a three-hundred page dissertation. That, in my estimation, deserves some sort of celebratory escape from routine.

    One possible option for breaking out of the daily grind I've created for myself--and one that would actually help the project--would be for me to attend a conference later this month at which I have been invited to speak. Depending on several largely pecuniary factors, I think I may go. I am debating over whether I will speak on Coetzee or Joseph Heller, both of which figure prominently in my dissertation.

    For tomorrow: Read, grade, or take a well-deserved (at least I think it's well-deserved) break.


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  1. Dude, your break is totally well-deserved. Considering how much reading you did other than the book itself, you deserve 10 breaks. Yay for finishing the section!!!!!!!!

    By Blogger minxy on 06 February, 2008

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