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It’s Dissertation Crunch Time. And It’s Not Pink.

July 27th, 2011 by kscincotta

Greetings, friends!

I know it’s been a very long time since I’ve blogged. However, that thing that I wrote about early last winter? Well, it’s still going on. I am STILL working on my doctoral dissertation.



Back then, I thought I was into writing “crunch time”. I really did. But man, I had NO idea what I was talking about. I have spent the last however many months analyzing new-ish data, reanalyzing old data in light of the new data, writing my final manuscript, reading, planning, writing dissertation chapter outlines, collecting references, rewriting my final manuscript, making figures, writing dissertation chapter after dissertation chapter, rewriting my manuscript AGAIN… It really just doesn’t end. I have a goal defense date penciled in on my calendar. (No, I will not tell you when it is until it’s final, I don’t want to jinx it.) I have to finish and submit my dissertation four weeks before my defense. And somehow, before I defend and am done with graduate school forever, I also need to find a job. Which requires a resume. D’oh.

So what I’m saying is, this period I’m in right now? This is for really real CRUNCH TIME. I have deadlines backed up onto deadlines. I have 37 hours worth of things on my to do list every. single. day. As much as I pride myself on my ability to multi-task and try not to become too singularly focused on any one thing at a time, right now, I just need to focus. And that means putting the pink “Do Not Disturb” post-it note back up on my blog. I need to get this done and I need every minute of my own time for myself in order to get it done on time.

As for my current activities with the Komen 3 Day for the Cure community, well, they’re in limbo. Here’s the rundown:

1, I will not be formally taking part in any of the 3 Day events this year. I was hoping to be able to throw a hail mary pass late this summer and possibly be able to walk here in Atlanta with Team Twitter Atlanta this October. But there just won’t be time to do any fundraising or training (even just for fun with my local Tweeps!) before my defense. I can barely keep up with my life and my writing without trying to prepare for a 3 Day event. It is just going to be impossible this year. Next year, though, I will be back with a pink vengeance!

2, I WILL be out walker stalking the Atlanta 3 Day in my hot pink wig and cheering on all of my friends, you can count on that!

3, I will only be able to make minimal updates to the #3DayTweeps website in the coming weeks. I am hoping that my fellow moderators over there can have my back a little and keep things going smoothly in my relative absence. But for now, if you need something from that site, please, please be patient! We do everything (including adding new Tweeps!) by hand and it is a time consuming process. I’m not complaining, but I am asking for patience. To my fellow tweeps, feel free to update that blog on the front page whenever you want! The #3DayTweeps community that we try to foster through the site is what we all make it. If I need to duck out for a few weeks, I have full faith that you all will keep it going in my absence.

4, 3 Day Mug will only be going to a handful of events this year. She blogged about her plans earlier tonight, which you can read about here. Eventually, all of the Mug pictures from last year (as well as my pictures from the 2010 Boston 3 Day!) will make their way online. But not anytime soon, alas.

5, If I find myself with a few minutes here and there, I may tweak this site a bit. This is still a really new website for me and I have a long list of changes and upgrades I still want to make. I also have at least three blog post ideas per day that I am itching to write, but there just isn’t enough to research and write everything I would like. Or anything I would like, truthfully. Like I said: CRUNCH TIME. If I’m writing anything these days, it has to be related to my manuscript and/or my dissertation.

6, Finally, I will probably be making myself pretty scarce on my various social networks for the next few weeks. I’ll be following the various 3 Day events on Twitter as best as I can, but during the week, I’m probably not going to be tweeting much. I’m almost definitely not going to be able to get into the long sprawling conversations with my #3DayTweeps and other friends that I enjoy so much. I’m also going to be something of a ghost on Facebook. I find Facebook particularly frustrating if I can’t read “everything”, so it’s just better for me not to try. If there’s something critical posted there that you think I really need to see, send me a message and I’ll check it out. Otherwise, I won’t be there much.

Oh, and I have a Google+ account now, but I haven’t really played with at all yet. I cannot wait to get my hands on that sucker though, it looks great!

So I think that covers all of my bases. I’ve been feeling pretty stressed this week just thinking about how I can possibly fit in everything that I would like to do and still finish my dissertation on time. And the truth of it is that I can’t. So I’m going to become a dissertation hermit and bang this sucker out once and for all. Oh, and rewrite that manuscript one last time. And get a job.


Thanks for understanding, friends. You’re all invited to the party when I’m finally done!


Weary but determined,


Credit to PhD comics, as always.

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