Looking back on how much I have accomplished this semester… I could have done more. I think that is the nature of a writer. Always thinking about how much we could have or should have done.
Despite the feeling of “regret” I am looking forward to a manageable course load next semester. Over the break I plan on drafting the final essays for my thesis project. I have the first six drafts, minus that one pesky section on the child study team, which leaves two final drafts of chapters seven and eight. With no other distractions I think that I will be able to get these drafts done before the spring semester.
I have ten days off from work, but four of those days are considered holidays so I will not be working on those days. It would be great to get essay seven done over break and then complete essay eight the first two weeks of the new year. Since I was able to get the outlines mapped out during my work in progress presentation it should be easy to work on these chapters in sections and then put them all together. I want to map out a time schedule each day to dedicate to writing. I need a writing chair or desk at my house to get into the zone. Home Goods here I come!
The only other thing I would like to do over break is scan my essays for teacher lingo or vocabulary to create my glossary. I will do this at the end of essay eight. It would be nice to have the entire body of work printed out to annotate for vocabulary and typos. This will also let me see where I can insert quotes.
I have not done any work to my literature review this semester so this will be a two or maybe three fold task. I will be scanning for vocabulary, do a light editing, and also marking off where to insert research or data to support my claims.
Getting these tasks completed by the start of spring semester will allow me to work on one essay per week. With these tasks out of the way I can edit one essay a week and build my new literature review. I want to include one or two sources per essay which will give me eight to 16 sources for my literature review. I have all my tangible sources gathered in a dusty pile in dining room. I will dust off the resources and support all my claims in the spring. Giving myself this eight to ten week revision period will allow me to spend some time with my sister on creating a final product that is visually appealing and marketable.
These are my hopes for break and I believe it is manageable.
Thank you for a great semester Dr. Zamora.