The name of the game here is accountability.
Accountability: noun: ac·count·abil·i·ty, \ə-ˌkau̇n-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ : the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions (Merriam-Webster)
My name is David A. Davis, and I have accepted the responsibility and challenge of writing a thesis for my M.A. in the Literature and Writing Studies dept. of Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM). In an attempt to hold myself accountable for my choice, I had decided to document the entire process of publishing my thesis, to the best of my ability. I will be covering everything from research, to building my annotated bibliography, to the actual writing, defense, and publishing of the thesis.
“But,” you may be asking, with a sly and hungry glint in your eyes, “what about getting scooped? Surely posting your thesis online is going to lead to someone taking your hard work!”
To that I answer with the following: I’m not planning on posting much in the way of my actual thesis, but rather I will be documenting the process and the challenges of thesis-writing, TAing, tutoring, and living what scraps of life I can scrape up in the inbetween. Any material relating to my thesis itself is most certainly going to be handled abstractly, in the sense that I am not necessarily interested in sharing the results, but rather the journey. Also, there is that whole “scoop” thing.
I should clarify something here and now; My thesis is of the creative variety. That being said, there will be a great deal of research involved in it, as you’ll see as the weeks drag on.
Oh yeah, and I’ll probably be podcasting this crap too. Enjoy that.
I am a 30 year old grad student at CSUSM in the Literature and Writing Studies department. I will be TAing my first class in the Fall, and for the past 8 years I have worked as a tutor at Mt. San Jacinto College’s Learning Resource Center. I live in the Inland Empire of Southern California.
Contact me via e-mail (hpkomic @ gmail . com) if the desire is there.