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Oct. 31st, 2006

09:54 pm - Blargh--academic post, nothing to see here

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Yesterday, i got down 10 good pages of work on an essay that should be around 18-20. To be sure, i had 8 pages written to start with, but i cut a bunch of things and reworked others, so i considered it a success.

Today, i'm bogged down in a digression about birds and bestiaries that i know is crucial to my argument, is dead interesting, but could probably be summed up in a few sentences, rather than a page and a half. I'm taking the tactic of just writing and writing 'till i can't say anymore, and re-arranging the pieces later. I hope it works, and yet i worry that i'll just have to cut all of this neat stuff i've been researching and enjoy writing about. As happens with me in the middle of nearly every essay, i wonder where the hell i'm going and if it's even remotely 'obvious yet surprising' from where i've been. I should just get it all out as best i can, print it, and then edit the hard copy. I can't seem to see anything that's wrong with my writing until i have a proper print of it in my hand.

Total progress this evening: 1.5 pages. That's actually not bad, considering i had all day to write in spurts yesterday, and today i've had only from 5:30-ish 'till now, with a longish break for dinner and pumpkin slaughtering. Still. Yesterday, it felt like inspiration and today it feels like a slog.

Bollix. I wish i had someone to chat with about this stuff both whose critical thinking skills i respect and who is passingly familiar with/interested in what i'm on about.

ETA on this essay at this rate: by the end of the week, i'll have a good working draft that will require hand-editing over the weekend and yield a final draft at the end. Wish me luck.

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If anyone wants to volunteer to read a pretty academic, yet accessible, way-rough draft of an essay about Chaucer's Legend of Good Women and give me some comments (not on writing style at this point, but to brainstorm and ask questions that i might need to address, etc.), let me know, i could desperately use the backboard to bounce against.

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From:ferrousoxide
Date:November 1st, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
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Despite appearances, it's not actually a bun, it's a French Twist. The sticks i have are textured (regular chopsticks never worked), and my hair was pretty long at the time, but there is a trick to it. I'm not sure i can explain it in text (though i think i have a pamphlet that came with the sticks--i bought them at a Ren Faire--which explains it well), but i can try. Pull hair back and down in a low ponytail, twisting down; maintain twist and pull ponytail part straight up continuing to twist in same direction; begin to tuck; keep twisting and tucking until you have a little French twist thing going on with all loose ends tucked into the twist; apply sticks into the thickest part of the twist. The Ren Faire girl showed me when my hair was what i thought was too short to use sticks, and it's fairly easy--a bit like magic ;) I could try to show you sometime, if we ever get together, but i'm not sure i could do it on someone else's hair.
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From:netan9el
Date:November 1st, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
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I would love to volunteer to read your stuff. I don't mind academic work seeing as well thats what I deal with all the time.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:November 1st, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
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Yar? It would be about something you haven't read, when the convention in English is to assume that everyone's read what you're talking about, but i could fill you in on what the piece is about and what i'm *trying* to do anyway. I don't know that i still have a useful email address for you though. The easiest way to get me, atm, is gryfallyn@google.com, which forwards to my academic and other addresses. Poke me in email and i'll send you something stupidly obscure ;)
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From:netan9el
Date:November 1st, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
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Perhaps then this will peek my interest in yet another area. I'm always down for reading something new. I'll send you an email then.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:November 1st, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
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Ok, sent. And thank you, this will be a big help.
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From:imbrium8
Date:November 1st, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
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If you can wait until the end of the semester, I would be more than happy to read the paper..
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:November 1st, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
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I have to actually turn it in sometime next week, so not so much, but thanks for the offer ;)
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From:nodis
Date:November 1st, 2006 10:01 am (UTC)
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I`d like to read it , and if you really want to chat about it , just poke me on icq, if ever I`m not at work ;P ...
OK , maybe I`m not a native speaker, but I`ve had to write shit loads of horribly long essays for my A-levels in German ... and I`m just interested ;P and not shy with (constructive?) critic, when you`re looking for some :)
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From:endon_neu
Date:November 1st, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
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I'm happy to provide whatever feedback I can, if ya want...remember how "helpful" I was with some of your other essays (ahem). :P
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:November 1st, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Ok, ya helpful bastard, i sent it to your gmail acct. But, you know, you actually have to get out of bed and off your lazy arse and *read* it and all...i know, a big hassle ;P

Nah, really, thanks. I appreciate it.
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