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01-07-2013 12:11 PM

OK, guys. The new thread is here:


I hope it's OK that I started one!

01-07-2013 11:56 AM

I don't post a lot here but I thought of just starting a new thread that anyone who wants to can use. I have a lot of catching up to do on writing and other work and could use some accountability.


Going to start new thread now...

01-02-2013 06:23 AM
Realrellim Me too. I could use the boost this year.
01-01-2013 05:12 PM
esinedeggplant Me too!
01-01-2013 08:49 AM

I would participate in another thread for 2013

12-09-2012 07:49 PM

As far as I know, this one just kind of fizzled out.  


I did sign up for a program on-line (Academic Writing Club by Academic Ladder), and it was actually pretty helpful.  Same idea as here - you set short-term goals and have a group you report to each day.  But you have to pay for it. 


(I was somewhat pleased to see that I have finished 3 of the 4 goals I put up at the beginning of this thread, and a little bummed that the Rav paper still isn't done...)


I'd be up for joining a new thread again if others are interested.  

12-08-2012 10:21 PM

Bumping to ask - is there a current thread like this anywhere?

09-26-2011 07:43 PM
Realrellim - Mayuzumi: work framework explanation into beginning and a table somewhere there or in the back, plus finish editing the thing already
- Brainstorm and fiddle with proposals for national AMS/SEM meeting
- Brainstorm ideas for this spring's regional AMS meeting
09-26-2011 05:55 AM

*Get up the guts to read LTHRing paper reviews

*Tackle easy stuff from LTHRing paper reviews

*Bamble:  finish figs and tables for submission

*Diamond:  summarize papers I've been reading last week and this

*Hol:  Groan.  Remember that hol exists.

*Write & submit NSLS proposal, due Friday.


Now off to class.

09-24-2011 09:17 PM

Finish paper for course from last spring (ouch)

Write three book reviews for work

Read over Dh's dissertation chapter

Refine paper to be presented at conference in December


09-23-2011 08:24 PM
namaste_mom Goals for week of Sept 26
1. Figure out solution to CN xsectn
2. Read sk diss prop
3. Read lw thesis
4. Submit IN abstract
5. Figure out field plans
6. Start In xsectn
7. Write on CN paper
8. Harass co-author again about Appy
09-06-2011 12:06 PM
Realrellim My goals:
- read 2 articles in journal
- spend 2 hours editing paper

Not sure where the 2 hours are coming from, as DH has a meeting tonight and is on a business trip the rest of the week. Maybe Saturday?
09-06-2011 11:57 AM

My goals:


Get Diff paper back to student hopefully ready to submit

Get IC paper back to same student ready to resubmit

Read on mantle fO2 to figure out a way through former MS student's paper.  Blech.

Finish table 2 of Bam paper



09-06-2011 11:52 AM

Because I worked on something else all last week

Here are my restated goals for the week
Sept 6-9


. Scan and trace CN xsectn
DONE Send coauthor Ero figures
4. Harass co-author about Appy paper


Tomorrow -
Submit AAPG abstracts
Read Erosion Figures
Edit Studentscdiss prop

08-29-2011 11:31 AM

Some goals for this week:

1. Finish full rewrite of PP paper except for discussion section (hopefully get that done, too)

2. At least 30 minutes writing each day

3. Make 1 new figure

4. Revise 3 other figures


Positive news: Forcing myself to focus on PP paper for 2 hour chunks last week got me back into it.  I'm now proceeding much better than I was.  Phew.

08-26-2011 11:29 AM
namaste_mom I finished all of my summer goals that I last listed.
GOALS for week August 29-Sept 2
1. Scan and trace CN xsectn
2. Send coauthor Ero figures
3. Start IN
4. Harass co-author about Appy paper
08-25-2011 08:50 PM
Originally Posted by kaybee View Post

I think I'm suffering from summer brain mush.

lol.gif I've got that. And the spring kind and probably soon, the fall kind.

The new plan is for me to set aside an hour on Wednesday nights devoted to writing and then to stay late after teaching on Thursdays. Ideally, I'll stay downtown until about 8:30 which will give me two hours, but we'll see how it all works out. I only had 30 minutes to get anything done tonight, but it was a fairly productive 30 minutes. If I map out a couple of hours on the weekend too, I'll be in good shape. Ideally, I'll spend some time every day working on it, but for now I'm going to concentrate on protecting my scheduled research times.

Ironically, next Thursday I won't be teaching because it's curriculum night at R's school. eyesroll.gif Hmmm. Must find a way to recoup that time somehow. Maybe if we get out early enough, I can run over to the library for a bit.
08-24-2011 03:11 PM
Geofizz I'm enough of a cheapskate that I couldn't pay that much money and not do it. You are part of a group and you check in daily with a little form to fill out, with the goal of a minimum of 15 minutes writing every day. For me, doing it every day was really important because then I wouldn't have to spend ages finding my place in the file, finding the right lab notebook, etc. I also found that if I was writing 15 minutes a day, I would keep thinking about it when I was getting to work, etc.
08-24-2011 01:38 PM

Originally Posted by Geofizz View Post

Join academic ladder (the $50/month was enough to get my rear in gear and help me develop better habits).



So I must know, does this really work?  I want to make sure I don't lose all momentum once classes start up.

08-23-2011 11:11 AM

I need to join back up again now that summer is ending and fall is upon us.  


I am currently working on writing one paper (Terr) and doing a major revision to another (PP).  I'm having a hard time motivating myself to work on PP, even though a week of good solid effort would probably be enough to get it back out the door.  I think I'm suffering from summer brain mush.  Terr is more fun to work on, so I switched to it.  


So... goals this week:

1. Write draft of 3 sections of Terr paper. (I have 1 section done (draft), 2 sections partially done)

2. Spend 2 hours, 3 times this week, working on PP.  Really working on it.  Internet off, no meetings, no student interruptions.  (2 hr Wed; 3 hr Thurs; 1 + 1 hr Friday)


Classes here don't start until after Labor day, but the pre-semester hub-bub is starting.  

08-23-2011 12:32 AM
fireHC11 Deadlines this month: Two conference papers, one journal paper, and a grant proposal. Ahhhhh!

Speaking of grant proposals, have any of you ladies written (and received funding) through NIH? I've never seen what those proposals look like (I'm not in the H field).
08-22-2011 04:03 PM
Carita I work at a rural teaching college, no writing group other than for students. Its alsoabout the research time. I have to write code, not prose.

I asked for a research accountability partner and my boss volunteered, but.she wrote me 2 emails all summer. I had another accountability partner that also flaked, and I totally flaked on this thread.


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08-19-2011 12:23 PM

Originally Posted by Carita View Post

I suck. nuff said. greensad.gif

I need to get back on track, but how?

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Nope.  You don't suck.


Make a plan for working at the writing a small bit each day.  Reward yourself each day you do it, and if you make it 4/5 days, get yourself a bigger reward.


Find an IRL group that meets regularly to write.  Form your own.  Join academic ladder (the $50/month was enough to get my rear in gear and help me develop better habits).


Disable your internet during writing hours.  Download leachblock and use it.


Say 'no' to service jobs and other duties, do a passable job on your remaining ones.  (this also helps prevent future "rewards" for doing your job with more service work)


I buy myself a gift each time I submit a paper.  Once I bought soaps I'd been eying.  I took my DH out on a date another time.  I go through spurts.  I've had an awesome summer following a long dry spell lacking motivation, focus, and good data.


Trial and error.  You do need to learn how to get work done now that you have so many more things on your plate than you did as a grad student.  It's possible, though.


08-19-2011 11:21 AM
Carita I suck. nuff said. greensad.gif

I need to get back on track, but how?

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07-26-2011 08:15 PM
Realrellim That's a very cool plan Geo.

DH and I have talked, and I think I'm going to stay late at work one evening a week to write. Or rather, stay late at Starbucks as I don't really want to hang out in a deserted department area in a mostly-deserted building. My campus is generally safe, but stuff happens, especially at night. This way I can head downtown with everyone else getting out of class but park myself at the Starbucks across from the bus station. If he puts J to bed while I direct handbells on Wednesday nights, that will give me another protected writing period where I'll come home and go straight into writing.

There's some depressing news about my adjunct position, but I'll save that for the faculty thread.

I did get through 1-1/2 pages, which is the first section. And then I promptly stalled out again. rolleyes.gif

Goals for this week:
- Finish reading articles in journal to see if you need to restructure your intro
- At least 5 pages of editing
- Breathe
07-14-2011 01:30 PM


I like that idea geofizz

I may do that in the fall



1. Work on xsectn (deadline, July 15, submit abstract to conference this summer) i WILL NOT MAKE THIS DEADLINE, UGGGG

2. Work on Erosion paper 1 hour   a day  I DIDN'T DO THIS

3. Review Lab Manual Cover  done

4. Work on Lab Manual 2 hours a day- Deadline July 4  done

5. Work on ZirN Grant 2 hours a day - Deadline June 27 DONE

6. NSF update Deadline - ASAP  DONE

7. retrieve India TopographyDONE 

8. Check in with a grad studentsDONE 

9. Harass co-author on Appy paperDONE 

10. Review paper for GPDONE 

11. Read theses of KH and CPDONE   DONE 


remainder of summer GOALS

1. read and review diss proposals of SM and SK

2. submit abstracts for conferences

3. submit MO grant

4. work on xsectn

5. review proposal for DD

07-14-2011 09:35 AM

Get on it Real!


I started a writing workshop for July with my group.  After the first two sessions, one student got me a complete draft of a paper.  I have one of my lingering papers out to coauthors now, and another that will be ready to go out early next week:


Summer 2011 Writing Workshop


We’ll meet for a 2 hour session on each of MWF 1-3 in room 334 for the next three weeks starting Monday 7/11.  I'll bring coffee and snacks.  I'll bring extra coffee for those who consider it the crack of dawn.


The goal is for each of us to bring 1 or more papers to completion. 


Ground rules.  Each session will include two 45-minute writing blocks.  During each writing block, the goal is to (first priority) write new text or outline, (second priority) revise written text, and (last priority) create figures.  Literature searches, reading textbooks or papers, doing data analysis or modeling are all off limits.  The goal is to put words on the page.  Spend some time for each section preparing relevant literature, figures, models, etc, so that you are ready to write.


Before each session, come prepared with two sections or subsections that you plan to write.  Keep a list of literature you need to read or locate, more data analysis you need to do as you go, but do not disrupt your flow of writing.


In the first 45-minute block, work on the one of your planned sections only.  If you finish during the time, revise the text and fix citations or formatting.  Move onto the second section only if what you have is entirely done.  At the end of the time, write yourself a “to do” list for the section. 

15 minutes for coffee, something to eat, and discuss any questions/ issues arising from the writing (science or process).

In the second 45-minute block, either continue with the first section only if you will be able to work on it for the whole time, or move to the second section.    Again, take 5 minutes at the end for a “to do” list.


After each session, give someone your writing product for the session.

Comment on the writing product you were provided to the writer via track changes and summary comments within 24 hours.

Tackle your “to do” list from each writing part, including any literature reading/searching

Monday writing product for comments:  D->W; W->J; J->C; C->D

Wednesday writing product for comments:  D->C; C->J; J->W; W->D

Friday writing product for comments:  W->C; C->W; J->D; D->J

07-12-2011 08:14 PM
Realrellim Posting primarily in hopes of getting a fire lit under me. My writing status is the same as it was mid-May--need to edit the article! Ugh.

My excuse is a certain lovely but non-sleeping child #2 who started regularly staying up until 10 or 10:30 for the last two months, leaving me completely depleted. I'm hopeful that the pattern is finally stopping and in any case, all the excuses in the world won't get the article edited. My goal is still to submit it someplace, anyplace before school starts so I need to get cracking.

Goal for this week: re-read the paper and work through two pages. Baby steps....
06-18-2011 10:55 AM
fireHC11 Three paper rejections this week. So... hard... to... re-motivate... But presenting two workshop papers and a poster at an international conference in two weeks.
06-17-2011 01:51 PM

I didn't post last week, as things have been extra busy. Equipment problems with a study that are requiring extra travel on my part, plus job negotiations. One of my offers was withdrawn after I disclosed that I am pregnant and cannot start when they want me. It's a TT research-oriented position (no real teaching, but some teaching support for others in the dept) so I didn't think start date would be such a problem, but I guess I was wrong. I'm upset, but life goes on. It makes my decision easier, at least. My next best offer is soft money, but with a decent possibility of converting to TT, and it's at a much bigger R1 uni with more/better collaboration potential for me, so I think I will accept that one.


Anyway, I'm re-evaluating priorities for the next few weeks and don't have a new list yet, but from last time:


1. Finish revisions on KT paper, send back to first author. DONE

2. Clean up PZ draft and send to SW re: co-authoring. NOT DONE

3. Wrap up first draft of table 2 for VC paper so it's ready for co-authors. NOT DONE


I also got a somewhat last minute, 'hey let's submit to this special issue!' paper submitted, which, together with study problems, ate up the time I had marked off for items 2 and 3 on my list.

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