Category The Craft of Writing

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 36 (Season 2 Last Episode): What I Learned from my Second Draft

Whew! As promised, my friends, I have a very meaty entry for you today! I’ve done a big writeup on why my 2nd draft of my dissertation took so long, and what I learned from it. Before I get to that, though, here’s what I’ve been doing for fun this week: I’ve been eating out […]

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Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Season 1, Episode 16: The Behind-the-scenes/making-of documentary!

Welcome back, brothers and sisters! Today I’ll start on something of a new format for my Friday entries, reflecting my (kind of) newfound freedom. At some other forums I’ve seen (mainly 4chan’s /v/, admittedly…) people make lists of what they’re watching, playing, listening to, etc. on a Friday night, replacing the “ing” with “an” (for […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 15 (Season 1 Finale): At last, victory!

Post theme: The weather’s gotten lovely where I am. While this year’s winter was pretty mild overall, there was still plenty of snow, ice, and darkness to go around. Over the last few days, however, the snow has melted, the grass has turned green, there’s a wonderful warm breeze in the air, and in general, […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 14 :The Countdown…Continues?!

I promised you a longer entry last week, brothers and sisters, and I’ll try to keep that promise. I don’t have any really bad news for you today, and depending on how you look at it, not even disappointing news either. But I am feeling pretty uncertain… Here’s the lowdown. I sent my profs an […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 13: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

Even less time to talk today, brothers and sisters. It’s the final countdown for me, with everything on the line. I got a decent amount of work done last week; as I said last entry, not 4000 words a day epicness, but about 1000 words a day mean I’ve got about the introduction, chapter 1, […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 12: My Progress So Far

Not much time today, my friends, so just a quick update. I’ve gotten an OK amount of progress over the past week, about a thousand words a day. It’s come in spurts and stops, as it often does…today and the day before yesterday it was 1000 words a day, but yesterday I got close to […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 11: A little here, a little there

Not much time for a long entry today, friends. I didn’t get as much done over this past week as one might hope–last weekend, I stayed true to my word to relax, but after that I only got around 500 words done a day on average. There was, however, a nice burst of energy the […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 10: In the Zone

Pretty good week for my dissertation, brothers and sisters. On Sunday my advisors seemed pretty happy with my progress, one said this was the “one foot in the other moment! Keep working at it!” and the other told me to keep my shoulder to the metal and keep the faith. So with that sort of […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 9: Setbacks, but not terrible ones

No point delaying the bad news, brothers and sisters: I got almost no work done on the dissertation last week. My house’s fridge isn’t working and I’ve been driven to distraction trying to fix it, and there have been a lot of other matters distracting me as well, meaning I could barely write anything! D: […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 8: All over the place!

Another week, another dissertation update. I’m not terribly unhappy with my progress these past 7 days, though not elated, either. Once again, I’ve managed to get about 1000 words done a day, on average, more or less. I think I have just about 20,000 words done total. That can be close to a 5th for […]