As I sit here at my desk, on the first day of what promises to be one of my busiest work years yet, struggling to keep the writing mojo with me, I am pausing to reflect on what I have learned about being a writer over the last year. Indeed, what I have learned over … Continue reading What I learned about being a writer in 2019
In 2014, while I was deep into reading Cressida Cowell's How to train your dragon series to my boys, I blogged about PhD theses and ocean crossings, likening the early stages to small, leaky, slow boats, and the end stages to faster, sleek racing ships. Writing can be a lot like this, as I also … Continue reading Turning your writing ship around: pushing back against individualism and isolation
In a small break from writing a very scary application for something I really, really want, I saw this tweet on friend's Facebook wall: This was pretty much exactly what I needed to hear, but it got me thinking a bit about all the rooms I have earned the right to be in over the … Continue reading Creating bigger rooms for different bodies and beings in academia
I hope you will indulge me a little, but I am going to do some blog therapy with this post. I am in a bit of a writing rut, and need to get out and get writing, but somehow Book Writing feels almost impossible right now. The thought of opening the file I am working … Continue reading Book writing: blog therapy (and some writing help)
I have been thinking recently about why we undertake doctoral research at all. I've been reading applications to the PhD programme I am working in, and have also had a request to possibly co-supervise the project of a new colleague who will retire in 3 years' time and really wants to finally start her doctorate. … Continue reading Why do you want to do a PhD?