Category The Craft of Writing

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 […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 7: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

After last week’s break for my new computer, it’s back to the dissertation grind, my friend! As I mentioned in my review of the new machine, I’d hoped it would boost my productivity, and it has so slightly. I’ve gotten a little more than a thousand words a day done over the past week–not a […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 6: Endless Struggle

Another week, another update on how my dissertation is going. A bit of disappointment this Friday, but not too much. Let me tell you everything. First, the bad: I wasn’t able to finish the first chapter of my dissertation, or even make much progress on it, making around an average of 500 words per night […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 5: The Christmas Special

Back again for another update on how I’m doing, brothers and sisters. As usual, there’s been good and bad since I got back from Washington. First, the good. My dissertation advisor told me to “do at least one real thing for your project every day.” And I’ve been doing that! Ground on my actual dissertation […]

Gunlord’s Dissertation Saga, Episode 4: Carrying On

A second week here at Washington, my friends, and the last one. Before I provide my brief update on how I’ve been doing, a quick summary of the previous week’s struggles: Finding the information from Harvey Wish’s biography of George Fitzhugh, along with some of the citations for my other subjects from the secondary sources […]