I have come into some free time recently, and have been loving it! In addition to polishing off Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights (aka The Golden Compass), I unpacked the bamboo flute (Sogeum) that I bought at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin. When Mike was out of the house, I took advantage of the solitude to continue to improve my sound on it. After a while I even got a pretty good handle on “Arirang”, a well known Korean folk song. Fun stuff! Perhaps after a few more practice sessions, I’ll post a little video!
When I started my master’s degree I had envisioned 3 experiments, each taking up a chapter. My plan was to write up the results of the first experiment while performing the second and so on until I had the bulk of my thesis written. It seemed easy, but it did not turn out that way! The combination of the traveling required to do some of my analyses, and a rocky start to a few of my first experiments resulted in the axing of my seemingly straightforward writing plan before I could begin. Rather than my nicely timed data flow, I ended up having a massive data set that came in all at once, which left me with lots of writing all piled up at the end of my time as a student.
Although it did not go as planned, I still learned a lot about managing a huge writing task. I figured out some things that kept me writing even when I had no data yet, and also discovered some strategies later on that I wish I had enacted right from the beginning. So without further ado, here are some ways to keep on top of things, even when it doesn’t end up going as planned!