Well, I met my word goal for today, so that's good. Started a chapter that I think is going to be somewhere close to the end, when basically all of the characters have had their ambitions thwarted in one way or another. It's a pretty dark moment that I'm portraying here, since I'm attempting in … Continue reading Novel Weekends (2): Looking Backward and Forward
Because I have found it so useful to talk about my Dissertation process daily, I've decided to do the same thing on the weekends, when I work on my Novel. Except this time I'm limiting myself to 300 words. Brevity and concision are virtues I have to work on. In sum, the book is essentially … Continue reading Novel Weekends (1): Piece by Piece
Given that I'm utterly exhausted this evening, I doubt I'll say much. I did, however, meet my word goal for today. It was a modest 1,000 words, but I'm happy to say that I have almost finished the contextual and theoretical sections. What's more, I don't think I'll have to do a lot of editing/revising … Continue reading Dissertation Days (7): Free At Last (For the Weekend)
The release of a new novel by Margaret George is an event that occurs every six years or so. The author of such well-known works of historical fiction as The Memoirs of Cleopatra and The Autobiography of Henry VIII is well-known for her extraordinary detail in her magisterial works of historical fiction, in which she inhabits not just the mind … Continue reading Reading History: “The Confessions of Young Nero” (by Margaret George)
So, I have to fess up to something. I didn't, in fact, end up writing anything at all of Chapter 4 last night, and I don't think I will today either. I was being a little overly optimistic in my estimation of how much I would end up getting done. However, I did make some … Continue reading Dissertation Days (6): The Lies We Tell Ourselves
Heath Mello. Source: Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald.
You’ve seen it; I’ve seen it; we’ve all seen it. It goes something like this: Woman posts something irritated about Sanders’ support of (supposedly formerly) aggressively anti-choice Heath Mello, whom Sanders called “part of the Democratic party of the future.” Woman is inundated with men huffily explaining to her why she should not worry her pretty head about Mello, for reasons, and also HILLARY CLINTON!11!! and hey, what more do you women even want? Mello SAID he would stop writing terrifying anti-choice legislation! Reproductive rights are just one pet issue. We can’t let one issue dictate support for candidates!
I’ve seen this in my various feeds maybe a dozen times now.
If you want to stop reading now, have this as my parting gift: The basic entrance fee to being a good person is to listen and believe people who lack a privilege you have.
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Today was what I would like to call a successful writing day. I not only met my word goal (2000 words!) but also started to achieve that elusive goal of every chapter: intellectual clarity. I know it may not seem like much to some, but man, if you've ever written a book-length scholarly treatment, you … Continue reading Dissertation Days (5): Clarity at Last
If I had to use one word to describe Disney's recent remake of one of its classic entries from the Disney Renaissance, it would be: charming. Not substantive, not really moving in the way that the 1992 version was, yet enjoyable all the same. If that sounds like damning praise, it isn't. The film doesn't … Continue reading Film Review: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (2017) is a Charmingly Sweet Confection
So, for every chapter of my Diss so far, I've followed this basic model: Intro--->Historical Context--->Theory--->Close Reading--->Conclusion. I'm always pretty good at the close readings, but the other two...well, they sometimes get a bit unwieldy and lose contact with what's coming after. That was definitely the case with my first chapter, and it was the … Continue reading Dissertation Days (4): Historicize, Contextualize, Theorize
Today I set out to write some more of the contextual sections of the third chapter, but unfortunately I ended up writing the sections that deal with the readings of the individual films. Fortunately, however, it turns out that both of those close readings are coming together much more coherently than they have until now. … Continue reading Dissertation Days (3): Genuine Progress