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
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.