Fall Writes: Week 1

Here we go! Welcome to the first week of Fall Writes, our writing group for the semester. To kick us off, here are some writing tips from Margaret Atwood, whose The Handmaid’s Tale maybe did or maybe didn’t change your life. Just saying.

It’s not to late to add your goals if you want to jump into our writing club action! Just put them in a comment on this post, and feel free to invite friends–anyone working on a research or writing project is welcome!

And here are your goals for the week/fall…

Meg:

-Overall: Keep a regular writing schedule of coding interviews and writing memos, and write first diss chapter by December.

-Week: Intensive research trip, doing six pomodoros on the plane ride to the interview site.

Mike:

-Overall: Full draft of dissertation proposal, research paper for grant.

-Week: Four pages of proposal, and four pomodoros Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Brenna:

-Overall: Solid drafts of chapters 4 and 5, research for chapter 6, revisions of chapters 1 through 3.

-Week: Revise chapter 1 or 2 for writing sample and write 5-10 pages of Chapter 4.

Claire:

-Overall: Finish book draft by the end of January.

Nate:

-Overall:

* Send a paper to NSDI in September.
* (Maybe) send a corporate propsal in September.
* Send a paper to PLPV in October.
* Send a proposal in October.
* Send a paper to PLDI in November.
* Send a proposal in November.
* Make progress on three other projects so initial papers can be submitted next spring.
* Release Frenetic-NetKAT system (programming, not writing).
* Prepare two fresh programming assignments for next spring’s CS 3110.
* (Maybe) prepare materials for ONR YIP proposal in January.
* Revise one PhD chapter and another papers and submit them to journals.

Dan:

-Overall: Defend dissertation, do job and post-doc applications.

-Week: Tweak chapter 2, write additional material for chapter 3, complete draft of application for Big Deal Postdoc.

Carly:

-Overall:

– Attend two conferences, and prepare for the AHA in January
– Transform conference papers into two-three dissertation chapters
– Apply for funding
– Plan research trips to DC and NY, if not further afield
– CENFAD Davis Fellow stuff
– Take a painting class & get married

-Week: Draft conference paper, edit Tim’s chapters, and get situated at CENFAD, regular exercise!

Evie:

Overall:
– Write six posts for Wonder and Risk
– Set up personal writing/editing site + populate it with useful content
– Write 2 essays for travel journals
– Learn coding basics for editors
– Find an editing client
– Learn more about developmental editing
– hash out plans for ebook and documentation

Week:
– Work: finish infographic, organize and format proposal, edit RAWP
– Write Viaduct Wonder and Risk post

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2 Responses to Fall Writes: Week 1

  1. carlygoodman says:

    Hey Dan,
    Thanks for continuing to tag me. I fell off the wagon there at the end of the summer, but I’m trying to get back up.
    Overall this semester, I plan to:
    – Attend two conferences, and prepare for the AHA in January
    – Transform conference papers into two-three dissertation chapters
    – Apply for funding
    – Plan research trips to DC and NY, if not further afield
    – CENFAD Davis Fellow stuff
    – Take a painting class & get married

    This week I am drafting a conference paper, editing some of Tim’s chapters, and trying to get situated at CENFAD, which unfortunately includes some technical and bureaucratic hurdles. I’m also trying to get out jogging most days and ride my bike to school. Both regular exercise and participation in social media (like this) are supposed to be proven ways to be a better (grad) student: http://www.salon.com/2013/09/04/4_quick_tips_for_becoming_a_better_student_partner/

  2. Evie says:

    Hey Dan,
    Thanks for thinking of me. Here’s what I’m trying to work on:
    Overall:
    – Write six posts for Wonder and Risk
    – Set up personal writing/editing site + populate it with useful content
    – Write 2 essays for travel journals
    – Learn coding basics for editors
    – Find an editing client
    – Learn more about developmental editing
    – hash out plans for ebook and documentation

    Week:
    – Work: finish infographic, organize and format proposal, edit RAWP
    – Write Viaduct Wonder and Risk post

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