Week 96: Draft is done and Espresso Chocolate Blondies

I’ve finished my third revision of chapter 2 – at last! In July, week 79 was when I started working on the first draft. Four weeks later, I began my revision process. I spent 12 weeks revising the draft, during which I attended two conferences and devoted a couple of weeks to the preparation. The […]

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Week 94: Writing and Anpan-making

I have been making good progress in revising Chapter 2. If I evaluate my level of productivity on a 1-10 scale, this week was a 9, compared to a 6 two weeks ago. What motivates me most now is the thought of sharing my findings with my research participants when I fly to Tokyo and […]

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Weeks 92 and 93: Coffee break with colleagues and my birthday

I have been working on my conference paper by clarifying descriptions, adding more references and grouping data more precisely. I have also submitted my proposal for a conference taking place in Hong Kong next year.   A reason to be unmotivated Two weeks ago, I was struggling a bit to stay motivated and listening to […]

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Week 91: Being together for three years

This week has been very relaxing and felt nice and slow. My supervisor has often told me that I should take some time off from work after the conference. So, without feeling guilty about taking a break from work, I have been spending time reading some non-academic books and recipes, cooking meals and baking. But […]

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Weeks 85 and 86: Chapter revisions, Fasting and Baking

The whole of last week was devoted to revising a chapter. I am used to rushing to meet deadlines, working intensely for long hours, but I found revising, going back over content repeatedly, much tougher than writing the first draft. I need some blocks of time to fully grasp comments sent by my supervisors or […]

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Week 83: A sketch of the framework and Focaccia

This week wasn’t as productive as last week, but it was wonderful that I had a coffee break with my PhD colleagues for the first time in a month. We discussed our research progress and gave advice to one another. I explained that I have been setting up a provisional framework and also reorganising my […]

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