Friday, April 08, 2005

I'm getting lazy and tired

This weekend I think I will finish my last chapter, leaving only the conclusion to do. I've been writing bits and pieces on the conclusion all along, so I don't foresee any great effort to crank that out. It would be great if I could just write Conclusion: QED and be done with it!

In writing my last chapter, I've noticed that I've gotten very lazy. I don't track down and mention every reference I see. I don't engage every possible argument or make every possible analysis. I'm ready for this thing to be done and I'm only doing slightly more than the bare minimum. When I told this to my husband, who finished his PhD two years ago, he asked if there was going to be another chapter or section between this one I'm writing now and the conclusion. In other words, he thinks that if there is something to distract my readers after this kind of ho-hum chapter then they will forget about it by the time they get to the conclusion! Who just might work!

I'm just getting kind of bored with this subject. It's been a rich mine for great information and I can imagine myself using the dissertation for articles or hopefully a book, but I'm ready to move on to something else now.

I guess I'm just suffering from the grad school equivalent of "Senioritis"--scoot through the last phase by the skin of your teeth, just get the job done and get out of there!

PS: I just wrote my 401st page. I should "win" just by sheer volume!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's not the size.... it's the contribution that matters.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Porkorama said...

What about just leaving out that whole chapter? No, put too time into it. What about making it an appendix? If it's just a dry info chapter it might make a better apendix anyway....

5:27 PM  
Blogger Francesca said...

Really, Anonymous? The I'm in *big* trouble, because I have 400 pages of just stories about my cats. Duh.

The chapter's done, it has to be in. It's not done to the level that the version of me from a year ago would have done it, but I have to put this monster to bed. It's a combination of description and analysis and a decent balance between the two. Like my other monster chapter, I could have made the topic the subject for the *entire* dissertation, and not just a chapter within it. Oh well...too late now!

5:45 PM  
Blogger Porkorama said...

Well, from what I know of you your "half-assed" last chapter is probably stellar. But even if it isn't, long live mediocrity in the name of moving on!

5:50 PM  
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