Weeks 172–174: Final revisions and a new project

Weeks 172–174: Final revisions and a new project

For the past few weeks, I’ve been making final revisions for the first full draft of my thesis. I’m reading through the draft again and again and amending for presentational and stylistic consistency. My thesis is really going to be a ‘big book’ thesis, as the main text consists of 90,000 words, and the appendices [...]

Week 171: Completion of the first draft

Week 171: Completion of the first draft

At the weekend, I had no chocolate eggs or hot cross buns for the Easter break, and I was stuck at my desk all day. But, on Easter Sunday, I finished editing Chapter 1 at last, which means I’ve completed the first full draft of my thesis. I’ll never forget the feeling of my body [...]

Week 170: Completion of Chapter 3

Week 170: Completion of Chapter 3

I’ve completed the rewriting and editing of Chapter 3, and today I sent my supervisors revised Chapters 2, 3 and 4. These chapters – the literature reviews and methodology – are closely connected, so it was essential to validate the positioning of the theories. Writing a thesis takes a slightly different journey, and I do [...]

Week 169: Focus on quality rather than rushing ahead

Week 169: Focus on quality rather than rushing ahead

This week, I've had some bad news and some good news. I'll start with the bad news first. A month ago, I applied for a postdoc research position at a UK university. The position genuinely excited me, and I enjoyed writing my application for it. I haven't heard anything about my application over the last [...]