I see my last post was the last submission of a Manuscript to my advisor last February. Well, that one was good, but not great. We decided in April that I’d take another shot at the project. I got to work again in the fall. I now have a structure and two solid chapter drafts. I’m working on a third, which has turned into 2 chapters. I have two more body chapters after this pair, then I turn it all into a cohesive whole.
The good news is that this is doable. I have done this before. I can do it again. The bad news is I’ve done this three times already and I am tired of this. But it’s better than what I wrote before, even before I’ve polished it.
So right now I need to get unstuck in the writing process. I’m working on a chapter, I have the structure, I have the puzzle at the beginning, I’ve laid out what the problem is and I think I’ve laid out how I’m going to solve it, now I have to put in the primary source analysis. It’s something I just have to grind out, but I’m spinning my wheels right now.
The other problem is that I am severely distracted by politics right now. I am having a lot of trouble focusing when I want to be out fighting the horrible developments. I keep telling myself that there are other people who are fighting, too, and the way for me to best fight this anti-intellectual, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQIA+, anti-science, anti-human decency administration is to finish my dissertation, graduate, and raise some hell in classrooms.
I guess I’m taking the long view.