If you remember, when I first started this blog I was in my second semester of graduate school and was working my way through Ulysses by James Joyce while trying to get a handle on everything I needed to do for my thesis. This was back in 2017 (but it seems like a lifetime ago). I … Continue reading Writer’s Block
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”
...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've finally finished my prospectus for my thesis! Now, I can't promise you that this 100% perfection, but things seem to be going all right so far. I just turned it in to my advisor this morning, so I hope to hear from her about this soon. I've had one hell of a week. If … Continue reading Prospectus
All right. I'm going to come right out and say it: I only read about 1/3 of Mansfield Park. I just couldn't do it. It was so boring. I just couldn't get into it. I tried so very hard to read this book, but not only is it the longest book, but it's also the most … Continue reading ENG 513: Mansfield Park
As part of my thesis project, I have to write a prospectus detailing/outlining what my project is going to be about. In reality, this is going to be a 10-15 page paper that is incredibly an highly detailed. Last fall, as part of my ENG 500 class, I had to write a pre-prospectus that I … Continue reading Creative Thesis Pre-Prospectus