Presentation Night

I am excited to share my thesis project with everyone tonight! I’ve been thinking about what sample I want to share with everyone. My work is very personal and I’ve written about some of the deepest and most private things about myself, and I’m looking to share these things with the world. This is both exciting and very frightening at the same time. As I come to the conclusion of my project I reflect on my work and I find that my writings has been very therapeutic. This project has allowed me to revisit a lot of things from my past and from my younger self, some funny, some sad, some painful, hurtful, etc. And all I wish is for my project to be able to help at least one young woman out there.

Revision

You should now be in the revision phase of your overall work. Revision literally means to “see again,” to look at something from a fresh, critical perspective. It is an ongoing process of rethinking what you have written: reconsidering your arguments, reviewing your evidence, refining your purpose, reorganizing your presentation, reviving stale prose. For me, this phase of writing brings the greatest joy and clarity. It is really where the thinking work is dialed up. Studies have shown again and again that the best way to learn to write is to rewrite. In the revision process, you improve your reading skills and your analytical skills. You learn to challenge your own ideas, thus deepening and strengthening your argument. You learn to find the weaknesses in your writing.

A congratulations to Kevin for an inspiring presentation and a special reading of the opening part of his work entitled “Distance”. With this reading, we were able to catch a glimpse of his “everyman” story – a pandemic fiction that is shaping up, as it sheds some ‘truth” light on these troubled times we have all struggled in together. One “regular guy” (Kirk) is caught up in forces beyond his own control, and we can see a bigger (and perhaps a more existential) picture in his plight, as he strives to keep and find connection in a world that has foreclosed on trust and emotional intimacy.

As always, I am looking forward to presentations from Lexie and Dylan, who will work share their work this week. You are all on the homestretch. We have a few more presentations in order, and a bit of time to do some peer-reading in the last couple of weeks together. Keep your eye on the date of May 4th!

Waiting for Daffodils

Google sites, April 5, 2021

On a whim one cold October I bought a bag of 50 daffodils. The firm, sturdy bulbs I carefully planted on my yard as if I was planted buried gold. My neighbors even stopped by to ask, “What are up to?” Yes, I was always up to something, some project, some reason to be outdoor during the pandemic. Or as other neighbor said to my daughter, “Your mother enjoys toiling on the land.” I like that imagery. Nonetheless, I waited after two snowstorms, worried about my bulbs, knowing that there were asleep with warm organic fertilizer on top of them protecting them from the wrath of Mother Nature.

Writing just like planting daffodils is a slow process. It requires patience. Now, I am see the fruits, or shall I say, the daffodils of my labor. Their tiny roots are now bursting from the ground, as I greet them with a huge grin. “I have been waiting for you.”

My writing has been slow and steady, and I continue to polish my writing as I reach the final stages of my writing process. I realized that my writing process very fluid: brainstorm, research, outlining, more research, read, revise. write, reread, and first draft, second draft, and now third draft. My deadline is May 3.

Thesis Update 4/6

Not too much to report this week, just kept grinding away at my work.  I think I am now starting to think more and more about the potential timelines for when I want to have all of the writing and research done, so I have come up with a bit of a schedule.  The goal from here on out is to be completely done two weeks from this upcoming Friday in terms of writing.  That will give me some time to put finishing touches on research, proposals, and whatever needs to come along with it, although that will really be a simple modification and updating from last semester, similar to my slides for the presentation last week.  See everyone later tonight!

P.S. For all my Mets fans, new year, same old Mets, am I right?