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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Week 6: And roll the credits...

At the end of every good journey movie, be it a road trip, a quest to find the oil or  cast the ring into the fires of a volcano, or a trip through the vastness of space, there comes a point when the end credits roll and the lead characters stroll, polka or drive their way off into the sunset. We've discussed our fantastical goals, and we've thought about what we take on the way, this week: what's playing when the end credits roll on that goal? 

Lots of us in survival mode at the moment, I hope this week is productive and a wee bit easier for all. 

Amstr
-plan menus and grocery shop
-exercise 4x
-in bed by 10:30pm most nights
-10 pages of MF
-rev 2 PB manuscripts

Contingent Cassandra
 --regroup

Dame Eleanor Hull
1) Self: daily exercise, yoga (2x, preferably), enough sleep, work on at least 2 languages, do the necessary cooking so I can eat safely.
2) Research: 8 hours, focusing on product. I hope to put all the revised bits together and work on transitions, maybe get it to the point where I can ask a friend to look it over.
3) Teaching: grade two sets of assignments (another one comes in tonight, along with the one I didn't do last week). Also read a diss chapter and think up good advice.
4) House/Life: finish packing the guest room, get discards out of the house, get estimates on window washing.

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell.
Create a pinterest board for the war bride novella.
Get my verification of employment form from HR.
Find and hang out winter clothes.
Edit at least five pages of the book.
Write at least four pages of the novella.
Walk more than 45 minutes a day.
Put in ILL request for the research book.

Good Enough Woman
1) Drink at least 36 oz of water per day (this is my first step to increase water intake with hopes it will help my allergies and joints).
2) Write 5x for at least 5 minutes or 50 words.
3) read article and make revision notes
4) pay bills (this is TRQ now)
5) Make reminder cards for stretching, etc.
6) Put grading schedule in calendar
7) Investigate other conference options for possible new funding request
8) 1.5 hours of walking

heu mihi
1) Lit review/bibliography for the conference paper I want to submit
2) Catch up on teaching and service work (esp. grading and curriculum proposal review)
3) Meditate x 3

humming42 (held oer)
1 complete and submit small Park project
2 get in touch with co-author
3 review conference papers, round 1
4 get organized and figure out what to do next

JaneB  (held over)
- survival

Karen
1. Do one remaining jog for Couch to 5K
2. Make progress on marking
3. Set up clear weekly goals and plan on Sunday night.

KJHaxton (held over)
survival

Matilda (held over)
1. Finish revision and writing Chapter 1.
1-1. Finish writing draft of Chapter 2.
4. Do exercise (anything is ok) several times a day.
5. Have less bread and less biscuits.
6. Write my journal every day.
6-1. No e-mails during research time.

Susan
Goals for next week:
Finish paper grading
Read book for book review
Walk twice + 3x workout
Keep practice of not bringing iPad to bed, and reading a real book

Waffles (held over)
1. Do other review
2. Finish draft of LHF grant (this has to happen as it goes through mock review next week)
3. Respond to editor’s comments on aging paper
4. Get most of the revisions for trans R&R done

5. Work on PTSD paper some more

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Week 5: Carry it with you




Last week's topic, on fantastical goals, set off a lot of interesting thoughts. Simply sharing goals that we might mot always bring out into the world felt important.
Can we take the metaphor further this week? Going on a quest for a fantastical goal needs supplies and equipment - what will you bring? How can you find ways to remind yourself of those goals that you carry with you? Or, how could nurture a baby goal that's coming along for the ride and want to grow into something bigger?


Amstr-plan menus and grocery shop-exercise 4x-in bed by 10:30pm most nights-10 pages of MF-rev 2 PB manuscripts

Contingent Cassandra--Garden at least 1x, weights 2x; walk at least 1x
--Continue working toward regular bedtime
--Send group email re: pedagogy project
--Send email to regular teacher of upper-level class I will be teaching this spring re: texts, assignments, timing, etc. 
--Rearrange books in apartment to make those relevant to Spring '18 classes more visible/accessible. 
--draw up rough class schedule for Spring '18 so I can begin planning what goes where in both classes



Dame Eleanor Hull 1) Self: daily exercise, yoga (2x, preferably), enough sleep, work on at least 2 languages, do the necessary cooking so I can eat safely.
2) Research: 5 hours, focusing on product. I hope to put all the revised bits together and work on transitions, maybe get it to the point where I can ask a friend to look it over.
3) Teaching: grade two sets of assignments.
4) House/Life: finish packing the guest room, get discards out of the house, book holiday travel.



Elizabeth Anne Mitchell Turn in sabbatical application.
Edit at least five pages of the book.
Write at least four pages of the novella.
Walk more than 45 minutes a day.



Good Enough Woman1) Finish paying bills.
2) Make reservations for next week's conference. Excited about this one b/c it's at a great library I've wanted to go to for a long time, but also feeling hesitant about the time and energy to make the trip. I should really see it through though.
3) Write 15 minutes (or 200 words) 5x.
4) Walk 20 minutes 3x. Stretch daily.
5) Print dissertation chapter for considering re-reading/revision plans.
6) Prepare and present a good post-sabbatical report for the college BOT.
7) Enjoy the kids while hubby is out of town part of the weekend!



heu mihi1. Enter edits for chapters 2-5
2. Revise conclusion
3. Incorporate TM's comments on intro
4. Create bibliography
5. Format and send
Oh, and: 6. Meditate as many times as I can manage, whatever that may be.



humming42
1 complete and submit small Park project
2 get in touch with co-author
3 review conference papers, round 1
4 get organized and figure out what to do next



JaneB  (held over)- survival

karen (held over)1. Finish off marking2. Have complete draft of grass work.3. Hour and a half on coauthored conference paper draft (already put into calendar)4. 3 x walk/jogs (I don't think I can call them runs)


KJHaxton (held over)- 3 decent walks at lunchtimes or at dusk (decent = 3 miles)- use working at home day to make some progress on a potential publication (could be as simple as organising computer and physical workspace and files)- try not to freak out that it's the first week back and first lecturing since last October.


Matilda
1. Finish revision and writing Chapter 1.
1-1. Finish writing draft of Chapter 2.
4. Do exercise (anything is ok) several times a day. 
5. Have less bread and less biscuits.
6. Write my journal every day.
6-1. No e-mails during research time.

Susan

- tenure review file- Paper grading- letter of recommendation- Begin reading book for book review

Waffles 1. Do other review
2. Finish draft of LHF grant (this has to happen as it goes through mock review next week)
3. Respond to editor’s comments on aging paper
4. Get most of the revisions for trans R&R done
5. Work on PTSD paper some more



Saturday, 30 September 2017

Week 4: Fantastical Goals and Where to Find Them


It's the end of the first week of term here and I'm exhausted. Both in the 'woo lots of people on campus lots of stuff to do but better food for lunch available lots of people to talk to' way and the 'grump no parking spaces no time to think too much teaching prep way kiss bye bye to real life for a few weeks while I get stuff done way'.  We're also in the middle of recruiting a fairly specialist hire in a process I have dubbed 'the unicorn hunt'. I've found out that this term has spread a bit throughout a few departments - I really must be more careful when I create terms!

All of this got me thinking about my TLQ goals - what's my mythical TLQ goal, the one that's so ephemeral in my mind that it's like reports of a mythical creature? The TLQ equivalent of the unicorn hunt, or rumours of a  phoenix reborn and taking flight. A goal that's perhaps too large, or too remote to voice in our session goals but that we know we're working towards on some level.

For this weeks topic, Do we dare name our Fantastical Goal? (without it becoming a weekly or a session goal, no pressure at all) Or is it safer just to discuss whether we do have such a goal, and why we don't feel comfortable naming it or overtly working towards it?


Amstr
-plan eating/menus and eat well
-1 hour coffee shop writing 5 days
-finalize YB
-redraft PO
-finish KLB handouts
-revise RB
-draft 10 pages of MF
-finish goals by Friday pm

Contingent Cassandra
--Lift weights 2x, garden 1x
--Keep working on more regular bedtime (after I get past the combination of two evening meetings tonight plus teaching tomorrow)
--Plan follow up on pedagogy project and send group email
--Rearrange books in apartment to make those relevant to Spring '18 classes more visible/accessible.
--Pick up at least one book relevant to Spring '18 classes at library


Dame Eleanor Hull 
1) Self: daily exercise, yoga (2x, preferably), enough sleep, work on at least 2 languages, do the necessary cooking so I can eat safely.
2) Research: 5 hours, focusing on product. I hope to put all the revised bits together and work on transitions.
3) Teaching: finish setting up assignments for undergrads.
4) House/Life: finish packing the guest room, do some other useful house thing.

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell 
Create the tables for the survey article.
Edit the survey article without ticking off my co-authors.
Update my CV for the sabbatical application.
Spend at least six hours on the grant.
Organize, toss or scan one file drawer.
Continue to expand project file with one folder per project.
Walk more than 45 minutes a day.
Edit at least five pages of the book.
Write at least four pages of the novella.
Transfer the outdoor plants to the winter pots, even if it was 90F today.

Good Enough Woman
1) Pay bills.
2) Try to embrace my job (I've been resenting its demands this semester, but it's time to remember that I'm getting paid, and I need to get on board and think postively.)
3) Finish course proposal for science fiction class.
4) Write: 15 minutes x 5 (actual writing).
5) two walks, one swim, daily stretching (even if stretching is just two minutes) morning and evening
6) do some planning for middle school writing group (the first meeting was today--VERY SCARY, but fun!)

heu mihi
1. Read and revise ch. 5
2. Draft conclusion
3. Meditate twice (being realistic, given visitors)
4. Go for a walk/look out the window most days
5. Do prep work for prof. org. project

humming42 (carried over)
1 Write grant proposal
2 Work on manuscript every. single. day.
3 Breathe, be kind to myself, be mindful of creating distracting little projects


JaneB  
- survival

karen 
1. Finish off marking
2. Have complete draft of grass work.
3. Hour and a half on coauthored conference paper draft (already put into calendar)
4. 3 x walk/jogs (I don't think I can call them runs)


KJHaxton
- 3 decent walks at lunchtimes or at dusk (decent = 3 miles)
- use working at home day to make some progress on a potential publication (could be as simple as organising computer and physical workspace and files)
- try not to freak out that it's the first week back and first lecturing since last October.

Matilda (held over)
1. Finish revision of Chapter 1.
2. Finish writing up of the first part of Chapter 2.
3. Do 5 minute exercise every morning.
4. Have more vegetable, less bread.
5. Write my journal every day.
6. Practice writing. - Read a lot, write a lot, look up good dictionaries. Do you have any other practical tips to improve writing?


Waffles 
1. Finish the review I promised to do (okay, start it too!)
2. Outline for PTSD paper
3. Figure out my goals
4. Work on LHF grant revisions (my mentor gave me feedback, I started reading them and burst into tears and haven’t touched it since).






Friday, 22 September 2017

Week 3: Conditions for growth

From where I'm writing, it's a little less scenic and exotic than KJHaxton's Scottish adventures. But I'll also take my cue for this week’s prompt from my surroundings. I've got trays of vegetable and fruit seeds slowly germinating, trying to get ahead ready for planting when we're past the risk of frosts. I'm trying to make sure they have enough heat, light and water to successfully grow.

So what are the conditions in which you can feel you can grow? Within the limits of often difficult institutional conditions, can we nurture that growth.

Amstr
-plan exercise and eating and do it!
-no screens 3 nights (let's be realistic)
-1 hour coffee shop writing 5 days
-finalize YB
-redraft PO
-finish drafting KLB handouts

Contingent Cassandra
-Lift weights at least 2x, walk at least 1x
-Try to keep bedtime consistent
-Prepare and deliver presentation on pedagogy project
-Decide what to do about other pedagogy project (handoff? grant applications this year but no work ‘til summer ’18?)
-Begin planning Spring ’18 lit class (figure out what I need to do by when; begin planning readings and perhaps doing some background reading)

Dame Eleanor Hull
1) Self: daily exercise, yoga (2x, preferably), enough sleep, work on at least 2 languages, do the necessary cooking so I can eat safely.
2) Research: 5 hours, focusing on product.
3) Teaching: finish setting up assignments for undergrads.
4) House/Life: finish packing the guest room, do some other useful house thing.

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Recalibrate the outline for the book.
Write my part of the survey article.
Spend at least five hours on the grant.
Organize, toss or scan one file drawer.
Continue to expand project file with one folder per project.
Walk more than 45 minutes a day.
Go to bone scan appointment.

Good Enough Woman
1) Research options/activities for middle school writing club, which starts next Monday (quite nervous about this).
2) Try to move like water with TRQ and family, especially with weekend guests, and also with helping daughter make matching T-shirts for an upcoming activity with friends. This will be a special challenge when it comes to the iron-on transfers.
3) Write 200 words of fiction.
4) Go to bed by 11:00 and focus on rest.
5) Pay bills.

heu mihi
1. Reread/revise ch. 3.
2. Enter revisions to intro & print so husband can read it.
3. Get one week ahead on reading for all classes.
4. Meditate four times.
5. Enjoy the outdoors for at least a few minutes every day; look out the window sometimes.

humming42
1 Write grant proposal
2 Work on manuscript every. single. day.
3 Breathe, be kind to myself, be mindful of creating distracting little projects

JaneB
1) self-care – sleep, fruit and vegetables (as well as chocolate if necessary; sound basics will help), being the rock or the water as the situation requires, not getting sucked into too much negative talk
2) get ProblemChildPaper3 completely written on the writing day
3) get those two figures done for SpecialIssue paper (TRQ, but coming here for crossing off purposes).

karen (held over)
1. Finish the reorganisation of the home filing system into something I can use.
2. Sow remaining early start veg.
3. Break down curriculum project tasks for the week and set up at least 5 meetings.
4. 30 min research projects work each work day.
5. Do either music or movement each day, 5 minutes min.

KJHaxton (held over, missing presumed having a wonderful holiday)
1. Be on holiday
2. Come up with topic for week 2 here.

Matilda (held over)
1. Finish revision of Chapter 1.
2. Finish writing up of the first part of Chapter 2.
3. Do 5 minute exercise every morning.
4. Have more vegetable, less bread.
5. Write my journal every day.
6. Practice writing. - Read a lot, write a lot, look up good dictionaries. Do you have any other practical tips to improve writing?

Waffles (held over, hope you are recovering)
Recovering from the move, goals to follow!