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25th-Jun-2007 01:43 pm
university of aberdeen
Sitzung today.*

On track, which is a useful feeling.

Basically, I have all of July and most of August to write a good chunk of the first section of my thesis.** I'd like to have not only the writing but also a general framework done by then. September and October will both be super busy because of the wedding, so I'm making up for them somewhat.

I need to divide up my writing or I'll look at the mountain of it and despair. Word count for the thesis is 100,000 and no more. I'm not sure what the penalty for going over is...but I don't want to find out. Upper limits are strictly observed at UoA.***
With roughly 136 weeks left of my PhD, I'm mentally estimating about 750 words a week. Obviously, some weeks will see no writing and others will see scads more.

I have, in the last four months, found my footing with my topic, written a conference colloquium paper, and read Ruth, Esther, Jonah,**** and a good chunk of Deuteronomy closely.
I've also moved into my office, a process that took four months because of the moving out of one person and the musical desks we've played.

Two things that need done of the non-academic, but related, variety:
1) Get BibleWorks installed on my office computer. I'd do it myself but we don't have administrator privileges for our office machines.*****
2) Buy a second copy of my Hebrew Lexicon so I don't have to carry it back and forth.

Sometimes I can't believe that I'm actually doing a PhD. Sometimes, I think, 'This is all we have to do? I'd be doing this anyway!'

* I call any meeting with Dr. S 'Sitzung'. That sets them apart when I glance at my calendar.
** There will be three sections total. I think. If I don't change it by tomorrow. *sigh*
*** At least in my department
**** Because they're easy, that's why. It's always easier to read Hebrew prose than poetry for me. Also, I should point out that this isn't the only sections I've read, recently or ever. It's just that these are the ones I've read with the proverbial fine-tooth comb.
***** I don't know either.
25th-Jun-2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Is your advisor German then?

A story: I took a religion class on the new testament and early Christianity when I studied in Germany. It was hard--even for the native German speakers. The professor handed out a handout one day to help explain some of the concepts. It was in Greek. I said "oh dear."
25th-Jun-2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes...that's why I've referred to him as my Doktor-Vater in previous posts. I'd never even heard of that idea until starting with him. :)

That's also why I'm so frantically trying to get my German up to speaking ability.

I could see how being confronted with a sheet full of Greek would be a bit much. ;)
25th-Jun-2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
I thought the Greek was funny--he gave it to us "to make things easier."

It never really occured to me that he was German to be honest. Sometimes I'm dense.

My prof there spoke with a Frankisch accent--and it was brutal in a 100 person lecture. However, to get my Schein, I had to do an oral exam with him (which I was terrified about)--and it was actually pretty fun. He was fascinated about my Luthern college back home.
25th-Jun-2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
Good going, good luck and just an iota of jealousy and awe at you!! My time will come and in the meantime I'm really interested to watch how it goes for you...

Going over the word count is a nightmare. With my MA I remember thinking "I'll never write 40000 words on this"... ended up writing 65000 and having to do a major edit.. sigh
25th-Jun-2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)

I'm interested to see how I go as well...
25th-Jun-2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you are pleased with your progress. I'm always so amazed at how much smoothers things go for you when you are doing what is right for you... or at least this seems right for you from where I'm sitting.

Thanks for the updates too, I like to read about it. :)

Also, since our last phone call, I've decided you are my personal spiritual advisor. Don't be scared, I just think it's awesome having a friend that can actually read the Hebrew for clarification on stuff. You rock!
25th-Jun-2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
Aww, gee, thanks. :)
25th-Jun-2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, "This is all we have to do? I'd be doing this anyway!" Absolutely, except then I might not have time to do it all. I wish I could work in my office... -Jake
25th-Jun-2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Trying to commute has to be a nightmare. I think, though, that if anyone can do it...it would be you.
25th-Jun-2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
it's so great that you've found (have found a long time ago i should say) something you are so interested in and are being so productive with it

its a great thing to love what you're doing, even if sometimes its stressful
25th-Jun-2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of stress is of my own making.

I'm working on it. :)
25th-Jun-2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Really sounds as if you are enjoying yourself. Good on you. I know all about the odd sensation when you think that you are actually doing a PhD. Your entire life you think it's going to be this huge, unimaginably insurmountable task but when you get there -- it's actually more fun than work. Even my qualifying exams (all three) were excellent fun! And, come to think of it, the viva was absolutely invigorating (once we got started and I got used to making myself speak in front of The Dreaded Panel [who weren't so Dreadful after all!]).
25th-Jun-2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
That is so hopeful to hear. Cheers! :)
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