My Thesis Progress Continues. Upwards & Onwards.

This post is going to be short and sweet. Which is probably a relief to most of you who are always subjected to my longer weekly posts and ramblings. I’ve been feeling the semi burnout of being in the midst of this mid semester haze. I feel even more disoriented with the realization that half of our cohort will be leaving us in December. Some which have become close and personal friends of mine. I hate to dwell on this fact for too long, because the sensitive, super emotional Pisces in me is literally on the verge of tears. Not to mention I hate change and all the uncertainty it brings. However, as I’m approaching the last year of yet another decade in my life, I realize that everything in life is transitory. Nothing lasts forever. Life and whatever it brings us is also fleeting, and temporary. I’m learning, slowly, to embrace this reality and realize that maybe the fact that most things don’t last forever isn’t such a bad thing aftercall. Okay, enough of the mushy stuff! Below I detail and highlight what I will specifically be working on for this week!

As far as my plans for my thesis work this week, I will devote my time to starting on my thesis proposal and also touching up and revising my literature review. I realized after Dr. Zamora’s last post to our thesis class website, that even us second semester thesis students must complete a proposal and in progress literature review by the semesters end in December. Yikes! I guess this kind of flew right past me, along with the other a million and one things I have to work on and process through. Again, I’m taking three classes and it’s been very intense. But I welcome the challenge. So my plans will be to start my proposal and make sure I have a solid outline of what I need to include in it, I want it to be clear and concise. As far as my literature review I think I found a good amount of articles and resources that really help reinforce my memoir work. I’m also proud to say I finished my thesis presentation slides and I look forward to presenting it to you all in the coming weeks. I’m really proud of what I created and I think it will all give you a personal, raw and unedited look into my at times troubling past, my uncertain present and my ultimate goals for my future. Well, that’s all folks! Just as I promised, short and sweet! Enjoy your weekend guys! See ya in class!

A haunting follow-up!

Last Saturday was Halloween, but the ominous season was still very much with us (in a multitude of ways) as we met for thesis seminar this week. With an election still hanging in the balance, and our nerves all shot, we settled into enjoying Emily’s well-crafted story which was a fascinating turn for all of us.

Emily’s thesis-in-progress presentation was a walkthrough of her developing psychological-thriller fiction. We all sat back and marveled as she shared a short reading of her current work, showcasing both her imagination and her ability to weave a harrowing pycho-killer profile. Our ensuing discussion was an interesting consideration of what makes this character tick. The development of character is always a challenge when writing fiction, and in this context, there was something especially compelling in our shared consideration. I enjoyed our discussion of dating and what adds to a growing sense of intimacy, as well as out thoughts on the specificity of Lorelai’s psychosis. We all apprehended Emily’s use of genre (the journal-entry “missive”) as well as an effective use of interwoven prose and poems) as a clear strength . I think your peer feedback and your collective wisdom was a testament to the significance & power of a writer’s community. Great job to Emily, and to all of you for weighing in so thoughtfully. Emily has established a sound timeline for the project – just keep going now that you have apprehended both your methods and your process. I think we can all agree that Lorelai does send a chill up our spines.

A deep breath

I want to thank all of you for your understanding as we hit this “lull” in the semester. This has been an intense stretch of time, with the election still not determined in finality and tensions rising in our society, and our work loads intensifying in the meanwhile. I appreciate the sincere support each of you has offered each other and to me as well. I hope we will continue to bolster each other, as we are at the peak of the semester. We still have much to accomplish together. So please recharge, be patient, and take a deep breath as we continue to calibrate and pace ourselves. I know I will be working on this over the weekend.

Sincerely,

Dr. Zamora