Thanks for the encouragement, ladies! You should be aware that my “reward” for progress is checking this site (and other blogs)
I am SO bad about leaving papers to the last minute, but the format of this exam is against me, so I’ve worked hard to keep a last-minute panicky allnighter from happening on Sunday evening.
I have three essays to write, each 1500-2500 words, to include citations from authoritative literature (blech!). I have outlines and sources, and some papers substantially written except for polishing and cite-checking (Paas, p.???- format in APA style!!!) but I also have some sources that need to be found still, and some sections which need sources attached. Blargh. The questions to pick from were published Monday, so I had a day to pick three questions, a day find sources, a day to write outlines, a day to get some rough composition on each of them, and today I felt stuck. So after I posted, I just took the crap I have so far and printed it out, then read it aloud to determine where I need to go from here.
I only have a week to do this, and I couldn’t have started writing before Monday. This is SO WRONG! But it’s the requirement, and I knew about it when I started the program, it’s just that I am having a breakdown of self-discipline when I need it most.
I think I’m in good shape, but I keep beating myself up for not having gotten it done already, when I’m really doing quite well to have actual stuff written before the weekend (it’s due Monday morning at oh-dark-thirty) We have a communications blackout with our fellow classmates in this exam and the committee who wrote the q’s and will be grading us, (which makes sense) but I so need an outlet to vent and carp and whine and get advice and encouragement. Thanks for being there for me ladies!
Once I finish this exam, I have a big tasty snack of yarn splurging and reading Jacqueline Carey’s newest Kushiel book planned. Oh, and getting some black, worsted-weight angora/mohair/reallyreallysoft yarn for a pair of wrist-warmers for my bestfriend from Last Minute Gifts. I was knitting a pair in green wool for my first admissions success as an alum interviewer to my alma mater (the school is in New Hampshire) and my friend said, “GIMME!” so now we get to go to the yarn store and she’ll buy the yarn for her pair. Yahoo!!!
okay back to the grindstone