Saturday, April 3, 2010
A stroll through the park
As for today, it's still beautiful out, and I'm tempted to do some more exploring, but I know I need to get some work done on the dissertation, another of my commitments to finish on time. I figure I have 5 months before I need to hand stuff over for final review, and at this point, I've turned in only 1 chapter and have pieces of 3 others that I haven't touched in 5 years. Most days, I could care less about finishing, but I just think if I don't, I'll spend a lifetime regretting that I didn't, even though it means more right now to my mother and grandmother that I'm called "Doctor" than it does to me. Even still, I'm going to give it a shot, so today, I need to map out the remainder of my outline for my second chapter. I have about 15 pages so far, and I think it will easily blossom into 35-40 pages when I'm done. (Don't you love all the springtime discourse making its way into my post? Somewhat unintentional, I assure you.)
I suppose by day's end we'll see what I've actually accomplished. I feel worried that I'm going to spend all this time writing the dissertation only to miss the ultimate deadline, but I keep in my mind that my friend Becky wrote her entire dissertation from scratch in four months. Since I have some bits & pieces already assembled, I'm hoping I can flesh mine out in five and have something final by early September to hand in to my committee.
So off we go to explore Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, I guess.