A mentor suggested last year that you know you are ready to hand in your thesis when you have found the question you are trying to answer. If that is so then sadly I am still not ready to hand in my final thesis, but I think I'm close. Last year, when I was trying to … Continue reading Lost and found and lost again: searching for your ‘question’
Sometimes doing a PhD can feel like a form of madness when you are working and mothering small needy people full time, not to mention trying to be happily married the the small people's father. Why on earth would you take on such a huge time and soul and brain consuming project when you already … Continue reading Why, again, am I doing a PhD?
So I am revising chapter two, the 'theory' chapter, where I explain to my readers what 'lenses' I will be casting on my data are and why I need them. So, yesterday I got to the last section of the chapter which is too short and not detailed enough because it's using conceptual tools that … Continue reading How can I get PhD if I still don’t understand the theory?
An earlier version of this post appeared on The Writing Centre@UWC here. I am currently working on the full draft of my PhD thesis (hereafter ‘the Thesis’) and this issue of writing for myself and writing for others, like my supervisor and examiners, is very much a current affair. Lately I have been quite focused … Continue reading The value of writing just for yourself
Revisions suck. They really do. Seriously. I hate them. I am so tired now. Why can't this draft just be done? I wish I was like the cobbler in 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' who would wake up in the morning and find that sweet little shoemaker elves had come and helped him to finish … Continue reading Revisions suck