I have less than one week left before the (second) deadline for the submission of my book manuscript. I am trying to write the final chapter, which is also the Introduction. Every word is being agonised over, sounds awful, and I really just want to cry and throw in the towel to binge-watch The Witcher. … Continue reading When you hate your writing and everything sucks
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?
I thought a good post to start the new year off would be one about getting onto the right side of your PhD - making friends with it, or at least working out how to get along in a civil and amicable way. Being BFs with your PhD is a lofty ideal many do not … Continue reading Making friends with your PhD (or at least being on speaking terms)
It was this blog's 3rd birthday on Monday. I planned to put up this post then, but the day got away from me, and then my son became ill and yesterday was a write-off. So, I am trying to get this out today. All this busy-ness, and missing this milestone has had me thinking about … Continue reading On celebrating achievements and marking milestones
I have been in the fortunate position of sending off five papers recently that I have been working on for the last several months - a mix of single and co-authored work. The upside is that I have lots to report to my postdoc funders and I have learned even more about writing for publication; the … Continue reading Seeing feedback and peer review as a gift rather than a curse