Update 35

Things have slowed down quite a bit at the blog, lately. It is not that I am not working on my thesis, because I am, but there’s just not a lot to share. That being said, let’s see where I am at so far.

  • I’ve been in contact with my thesis chair over the summer, but I won’t be able to meet with him until he actually moves into the state in August. My situation involving my chair and myself merits a post one day.
  • I have my outline of my proposal done, and I’ve been fleshing it out over the past week or so. I’m not going to dive into writing it fully until the week after next because…
  • I am currently working in the summer as a tutor at a local community college and taking an art history course. Next week is my last week of work and my last week of class. That leaves the bulk of August to work on my own stuff.
  • I have begun hammering home on the structure of the project itself. I have my critical introduction more or less outlined, but the structure of the project itself has eluded me for a little while. Now, however, I think I may be on to something that may turn my own project itself into a survey, of sorts of IF history. I promise to talk more about this later.
  • A lot of what I have been doing this past week or so has been focused on my preparation for the class I will be teaching in the fall.

Starting in late August I teach my first English class at CSUSM as a graduate student. I am, of course, excited about this next chapter, but I am also very nervous. I hadn’t actually touched any of my course materials since I developed them for LTWR 602, which is the training course, until last week or so. When I wrote my material that I applied with, it was scheduled for a weekly two day class. I will be teaching three days a week, however, at about 9:30 in the morning, with an hour and a half commute. So, yes, fall 2017 will be an interesting semester for me.

The blog’s focus may expand a bit in that capacity, as well. Because I will be teaching and writing, the two are inexorably going to mingle and tug at me at any given time. So, what I am getting at is to expect a lot of posts about my experience teaching as I am in the process of working on the thesis. Of course, I will observe all confidentiality guidelines and such when discussing teaching. The last thing I want is to violate the trust students extend to me.

So, getting back to my materials for my class, I had originally applied with a schedule for a class that took place twice a week. Realizing that I had to teach three days a week, however, required I completely rebuild my schedule. That went somewhat smoothly, though, I am surprised to admit. I am pretty happy with where I am at regarding my schedule, material, and reading selection.



Emily Short’s Interactive Storytelling Blog

This link is sort of crossing into my annotated bibliography in the sense that it has valuable resources I intend to use. I’m not necessarily classifying it under that category strictly for my own, organizational purposes.

This great blog features a lot of useful information for writing and studying IF. A great deal of information about the author can be found on the contact and FAQ page. For this annotation I will focus on linking some resources provided by Short’s blog.

  • Short’s commercial portfolio is impressive and merits further exploration. In particular, I am intrigued by Blood & Laurels. Admittedly, partially due to a recent Roman Empire kick that I have been on. Regardless, it would be of use to see how one can make a living through creating IF.
  • Short’s solo portfolio is also worth exploring further, as these are projects where Short was the driving force of each IF project.
  • The most important section, for myself, is the IF Resources page. The menu features links to specific categories of resources including reading, writing, teaching, and the IF community. This list of articles about crafting IF seems particularly helpful.
  • Lastly, I can’t ignore the blog itself.

Annotated Bibliography #14 A

This week I am wrapping up, Playing the Text, Performing the Future: Future Narratives in Print and Digiture, thank goodness. This should be the final and heaviest reading of my research. So heavy, actually, that it will require at least two to three annotated bibliographic entries. Because of the length of the text and the sectional breakdown, I went with bullet points on this one. I have picked up a lot, however.

So, let’s get started.

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Long time no ticky-type-type

It’s been a little slow at The Weekly Thesis for the past couple of weeks. It is not because I am not working, because I am, but rather the nature of the work being done is lengthy and not worth discussing in great detail.

I’m stuck annotating the same (goddamn) book. The book is great, don’t get me wrong; Felicitas Meifert-Menhard’s Playing the Text, Performing the Future: Future Narratives in Print and Digiture. is basically becoming a guiding text in my own exploration of IF. Great swaths of the text are useful for me and I am annotating all of the particularly useful sections for a deep dive further on. But even so, it am annotating a great number of chapters.

Keep in mind, an annotation is not just a summary. An annotation is about illustrating an understanding about the text you are interested in using in support of your own argument. Even though you need to understand and relay the point of the text, you must also show the intellectual footwork of connecting that text to your own claims. Annotations are two-fold; what the hell is this text saying, and more importantly, how is this relevant to me.

So, yeah, I do apologize that updates have sort of lapsed, but I plan on updating soon. Just wanted to keep y’all in the loop.

(Also, I plan on posting some of my personal work because I have a life outside this thesis project, believe it or not!)

Outlining the Proposal

I am still doing research based on that larger chapter-text where virtually every chapter feels relevant to what I am writing. That being said, I outlined July as my month to get started on my proposal so I can be prepared toward the end of August to present it to my chair. So… yeah, I did a very loose outline of my proposal today. Before I dive into that, however, I’d like to share my notes on writing a proposal from a thesis workshop thrown by the Literature and Writing Studies department. Once done with that, I’ll go into a little more detail about the proposal itself.

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Burnout is real

Having stared at my annotation document and the entire book I need to annotate, I have determined the burnout is a real thing to worry about. Most of these annotations have been essays in collections, or individual database articles, however right now I am staring at an entire ebook full of useful information; information I need to break down and annotate.

Only I just don’t feel like it. I’m tired. I feel myself wanting to sleep. I can’t seem to distract myself with my actual job as a tutor either, as tutoring slows down during the summer. Maybe it is coming down from the wonderful birthday evening I spent with my girlfriend who turned 28. Maybe it’s all the progress from my other creative projects that has me riding on a bubble of distracted excitement.

It feels like a low point right now because I want to do this research and I just can’t seem to get it going.

Burnout is real, folks. I am taking my time with this ebook today, we’ll see how it goes.