It's been just over two and a half weeks since I defended my thesis, so sit down and let me tell you all about it. I met with the director of the English Graduate Program on Thursday for coffee (I had hot chocolate) at a place near my office, so I could slip away in … Continue reading Thesis Defense in Review
I'm done. I finished my critical afterword for my thesis at 8:57 this morning, printed it, and put it into my nice file folder. It's all ready to turn in this afternoon. (I'm working through lunch and then leaving work early in order to get it to Montevallo before the English office closes at 5:00.) … Continue reading That’s It!
I am so close. So very, very close. Today I sent off the first part of my thesis to my committee members. This is a 93 page fiction piece, the beginning of what I hope to be my first novel. I sent it in via email today, because I need to give them enough time … Continue reading Part I, Done!
Okay, so that's a title usually reserved for when someone gets engaged. I, however, am using it to announce the fact that I've set a date for my thesis defense! My schedule is currently as follows: September 14: Turn in draft of Critical Introduction September 21: Second adviser meeting & turn in revisions of 90+ … Continue reading We’ve Set a Date!
This is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut's speeches and essays, all collected under the title Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons, which are three words from Cat's Cradle that Vonnegut invented. This is a particularly tricky book to talk about, because I'm so far removed from it that I don't really remember everything I read. I will talk about … Continue reading ENG 590: “Wampeters, Foma + Granfalloons”
You are free to skip this particular blog post, because I'm sure you didn't sign up to read critical/literary essays when you decided to follow this blog. However, if that's right up your alley, go ahead! If you've been following along, you'll know that my Vonnegut class required three Vonnegut scholarship essays, each of week … Continue reading ENG 590: First Vonnegut Scholarship
At the beginning of the semester, my professor broke the news that there would be three presentations throughout the semester (one for each student in the class), and we could choose one of three books to do our presentations on. One of my classmates picked hers right away, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, because it was … Continue reading ENG 590: “Bluebeard”
Welcome to the first real entry in my Vonnegut series! Today we're going to go over one of Vonnegut's most famous works, Slaughterhouse-Five. You're probably going to question the order that I do this series in, but don't fret; I'm doing them in the order that we read the books in class. It's as simple … Continue reading ENG 590: “Slaughterhouse-Five”
...and unfortunately in my case, I have lost this one. I posted on Tuesday about the fact that I had a meeting with my thesis advisor and committee members on Wednesday. Unfortunately for me, while I thought I was strong enough to go into the meeting, I was not. I spent the whole day worrying … Continue reading You Win Some, You Lose Some
I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I got caught up in worrying about a job interview I had scheduled for today (they pulled a bait & switch on me; the job I applied for is not the job I interviewed for, so we'll see...the money might be too good for me to pass … Continue reading Graduation Woes