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A Journey Of A Thousand Miles

. . . begins with five pages.

Or something like that. I've started writing La Dissertation Proposal. Today, I set myself a goal of five pages, and I have accomplished it. I think I'll try for another five pages tomorrow. By that point, I should be past the setup and into the description of what I want to do with the project. I've already got eight proposed chapters at least outlined, so I can expand on them after that.

*waves teeny flag*

Go me!

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satismagic
Aug. 5th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
*waves flags, pompoms, starts cheerleading* Go you, go you!

I am very much looking forward to hearing more about Le Dissertation.

*squees*
frenchpony
Aug. 5th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
I am very much looking forward to hearing more about Le Dissertation.

You know you're going to regret saying that a few years from now! Le Thesis was a one-year project, but La Dissertation will go on and on and on and on . . .
satismagic
Aug. 5th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'll never regret that. *vows*

I'm like Sam now, you know? Virtually, at least. He didn't give up! I and your other online friends won't either. So there.

And go you, five pages! :D
frenchpony
Aug. 6th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
So you'll cook taters for me when the going gets tough?
satismagic
Aug. 6th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
Totally.

I also cook a really wicked lasagna. :D

The only problem will be to get it to you while it's still hot.
frenchpony
Aug. 6th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Virtual lasagna will do just fine, since I'm not a big lasagna fan anyway. But thanks for thinking of it!
dawtheminstrel
Aug. 5th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, go you! Amazing how 5 pages a day adds up.
frenchpony
Aug. 5th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
I got the idea from an acquaintance from the Fairest College. She finished her dissertation (in which she had long ago lost any interest) by setting herself an ironclad goal of writing five pages a day.

Besides, if you can write a thousand words of fiction a day, I can do five pages of non-fiction, right?
dot_o_choillmor
Aug. 5th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
*waves big, huge, ginormous flag*
frenchpony
Aug. 6th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Oh, not the big, huge, ginormous flag yet! Save that till the proposal is done and defended and I am officially ABD.
meggins
Aug. 6th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Hp. Pony! Have a daily page goal will keep you on track and going when you hit the rough patches. (What in a novel would be the sagging middle.)

I have to say I'm glad it's you and not me.
frenchpony
Aug. 6th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
Well, we'll see how the page goal goes, but I think another five pages should be doable for tomorrow at least. One day at a time.
perelleth
Aug. 6th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
OK, that's a very useful peace of advice. I'm gonna plaster it on my laptop screen. ANyway, having the structure and up to eight chpaters does help a lot, at least in my own scheme! And I'm gonna be curious to hear about your findings, mainly about the gender part.

So apart from teaching this year you will be researching and writing something you like. What an awful prospect! :-)
frenchpony
Aug. 6th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
Don't hold your breath on the findings -- this dissertation project will take probably two and a half years at the very minimum. But researching an interesting topic will be a good thing to be doing for that time, yes it will.
elliska
Aug. 6th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Five pages a day worked for me. And sometimes I even got rolling and did way more than that. Good for you and congrats on a great start! :-)
frenchpony
Aug. 7th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I'm now up to ten-and-a-bit pages. The goal today is to make it to fifteen (and perhaps a bit). Little baby steps. Even John Kenneth Galbraith did it that way.
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