Thursday, March 06, 2008

When I get a round Tuit

I remember my Granny used to have this round tuit magnet on her fridge that looked something like this (only it was crocheted, as all good Granny nicknacks are). It wasn't until I was a bit older that I finally understood what it was. This is one of those times in which I need a round tuit.I still have some papers that I want to get published that are from my PhD research. Due to my unusual circumstances when finishing my PhD I figured it was in my best interest, and my supervisor agreed, that I just get finished the degree and do the papers later since circumstances didn't allow for both. I've had numerous people tell me, "Oh ya I was going to do that and never got around to it" but I was thinking, "Oh not me. I'm all over getting those published".

Well... it seems I'm not so much all over that. I think I've effectively got rid of the "life revolves around school" mentality and would rather be doing other things in the evening. And the thing is there is barely any writing to do. When I was writing my thesis I put the effort in to make my chapters mostly publishing ready. I just can't get into the mode to do the nitpicky stuff. Plus it's been so long since I've looked at my thesis that I'm going to have to read it all over again to get orientated. Although on the plus side, re-reading my thesis gives me a little ego boost now and then as I read sections and think, "Damn, I wrote that? It sounds so eloquent."

And yes, I do see the irony in spending my time writing about how I'm procrastinating from writing my papers. If only I had a round tuit.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

A reflection

I decided to wander over to my neglected blog today to see if it's still hanging around. Sure enough, there it was just as I left it. I know I've said this time and time again but I'm going to try to keep up on my blog. I've just got so many thoughts floating around in my head so why not share them with the masses.

As I was wandering around my blog I came to some realizations. For one, I think most people stumble on my blog looking for help with semicolon usage since my Ode to a semicolon post seems to attract the most attention. Whatever, I'll take it. This is followed by the How to write your thesis in a week post, which cracks me up for some reason. Perhaps because the conversation I had which led me to write that post still makes me laugh.

It does seem though that some other lost soles wander over here looking for advice on what to do after their PhD since the Alternative Careers in Science post and the A PhD outside academia post do seem to get a lot of views. I'm not sure if my advice is helpful or not but it is interesting to see that other people want more out of life than what the ivory tower offers.

Hopefully my future random ramblings have some use.