Thursday, February 24, 2005

Scared and Encouraged

So my meeting with my dissertation advisor went much better than I would have thought, considering I only had nine new pages to show (half of which were an edited version of a snippet I wrote in 2003) and she wanted twenty-five. But she was in a good mood and she was mining me for ideas for the article she's writing. She got really excited about my comments and said we should publish something together. I guess that gave me some encouragement. My mom said I shouldn't do it, that I shouldn't let her appropriate my ideas...but the truth is she does that anyway. I don't know if she's conscious of it or not, but she's tried to discourage me from writing something in the past and then used the idea for a conference paper (I think I posted about that a while back). She's done the same thing to a friend of mine. Somehow I can't help blabbing about my ideas when I'm with her, though. I guess I'm trying to make up for the fact that I haven't written them out. So maybe it's not such a bad idea to write something with name would be on it (I've never even attempted to publish anything before) and I would get some prestige from her "fame." On the other hand, the thought of doing anything with her beyond what is absolutely necessary for my dissertation would be a nightmare.


Blogger SquirrleyMojo said...

you should be. both scared and encouraged/flattered, that is.

but hey, maybe she knows _you_ are onto some big ideas & wants to hang on _your_ coat tails. eh? eh?

10:17 PM  
Blogger Francesca said...

Yay. I'm glad it went well.

I have a friend in the field who is currently going through mediation to prove that her ideas were stolen and published by another archaeologist, so I'm a bit gunshy right now about sharing information. If you think you can trust your advisor enough to *actually* co-author a paper with you rather than completely appropriate it, then I say go for it. But listen to your gut first.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Porkorama said...

Yeah...I don't gut tells me different things. I do need to be careful about blabbing all my ideas to her before they are in written form. I should also cover my ass by sending them to the rest of my committee at the same time (she's the head).

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