First the bad news. Talked with H briefly last Friday, and she said (inter alia) that she thought I should wait until fall for her prelim. I don't have a final reading list and more particularly I don't have much in the way of a proposal, which should be structuring my reading list.
Then today, the good news: I got an award letter for funding through 05-06, with spring contingent on being ABD by the end of fall. That's ok: that's the motivation I need to get it done. It's more than I expected in terms of the department being ok with my not having met my original schedule.
I also met with J today. The usual mixed up conversation. I have no idea where his list is going, but his whole empirical positivist take on the world is running counter to my "prelims as thinktank" routine. I guess I need to be farther along with him too.
I'm having trouble separating out "things I think I ought to read" with "things that relate directly to my dissertation." And since my committee members each think I'm doing a different kind of project, there might be trouble down the road if I can't get my act together really soon.
I meet with H next in early June. I should meet with J about then too. I meet with R. tomorrow.
I hate the thought of being obligated to this school an additional semester, but I guess I am happy that I have more time to think through what it is I am trying to do. I did some freewriting on that earlier today when I was stuck on the blasted disciplinarity essay.
I must set up a summer schedule, with goals and milestones, and more or less stick to it.Posted by otto0114 at May 9, 2005 4:28 PM