(I told you I love bizarre metaphors!)
So I have been staring at the bolded topic sentences all day, trying to make them actually match their paragraphs in a clear and close and meaningful way. Dude. This part of the revision process is always a slog.
How long? Hmm. I've been here staring at the computer all day. I put off both grading and getting groceries. It feels like time stopped, but really I don't know how much time was spent staring vs. working vs. hunting down random internet sites for a LOLcat I haven't seen yet. heh.
And thanks to everyone who gave me advice on what a research agenda is, particularly people like Squadromagico and Susan who told me to:
1) publish a chapter from my dissertationThe thing is, I already did that.
2) publish something from the dissertation topic that I have not used in it.
I've been out of my program all year, remember? And my advisor gave me this exact same while I went on the market. So I did. Number 2 is my R&R, which I have declared I SHALL finish during this challenge, and Number 1 is on my desk, ready to be tweaked and sent out to another journal (it was rejected as not fitting the place I picked.) I hope to take no more than a month turning that one around too.
So, now what? That leaves the rest of the summer --- in fact, since we aren't done until mid-June, I should have a clean plate for the summer. I'll be sitting around waiting for word on the submitted articles. I could:
a) go on vacationA and B seem rather silly, or dangerous I should say ---- I doubt that I will somehow become the candidate everybody wants if I publish these two articles, so I don't think resting on my laurels before I've published 'em would be smart. C is actually going to be very difficult given the place I'm in, which has very high unemployment and not much in the way of "jobs just for a paycheck's sake," so no waiting tables for me.
b) sit around on my ass
c) take some sort of completely nonacademic job just for a paycheck
d) write something else for publication?
e) revise the dissertation into a book?
I have to run off and meet some friends for a little bitching and moaning (now! with drinks!), but anybody have any advice for a Research Agenda 2.0? Tea-cher, I'm such a good student I've finished the homework you gave me already! heh.