I’m going to be perfectly honest here. I had to write 24 pages of educational babble (half of my paper got deleted by my computer, even after I obsessively pressed “save.” Technology. Argh!) for a deadline that got moved up a week (I found out this morning). I haven’t slept for three days, and really didn’t get too far in my actual drafting. To give a short summary of what my life had been like today: I actually found out the literal meaning of submitting an assignment “last minute,” due to some technical difficulties. This is beyond unlike me, and I’m hoping that the worst is now over!
I feel as if I got really into the conversations of my pieces this past weekend, and am in the process of putting together my skeleton draft. It’s a lot of fun, truth be told, and just a tad nerve-wracking. I am still mentally rearranging my archipelago ballroom. None of my people seem to want to be near each other, and it’s sort of my challenge (albeit a really cool one. I’m freaking myself out by how much I’m actually enjoying this!) to make these sources talk to each other. I feel as if I’m missing a link, and I just have to leave it for now, and research it later. I’m working on pulling my major points together. The nuances will have to wait for draft 2, which will probably get written right after finals. I want to apologize to my group in advance for what I’m sure is going to be a rather Spartan paper (though it means you’ll have to read less, I suppose. Yay?). I hope to have a breakthrough in the next day or so, which will help me tie all of these threads together. For now, I’m just going to follow the threads, and see if I can detect some form of a tangle or an intersection. Sorry for the terrible metaphors!
I think that Walk and Gaipa are my friends right about now. Knowing who argues what is very useful, especially while sorting through a lot of (really interesting) research. I feel so conflicted! I love this work, am terrified of the deadline, and am simultaneously strangely sure that I can pull this thing off. I’m curious to see where this all goes!
Good luck to all! Be well!