After a ****storm of two weeks, the thesis is coming along slowly. Today I managed to lose my keys and my dad’s umbrella-ella-ella and the morning’s fun and games had just began. I went into the Library today to look up 2009 papers. Turns out they don’t have them due to a recession-style backlog. My only option is to contact the main librarian fella and see if he can either (a) tell me when the copies will be available in microfilm, or
(b) get me a hard copy. When I called, I got an “out of office” reply until Tuesday so I will see how it goes until then. Despite this very real threat to my thesis, I’m remaining positive, but it really feels as if one obstacle is leading straight into another. The fact that it is due in six weeks time hardly helps.
Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdAEoROTgTQ
Today I got some feedback on what bits of the Lit. Review I have sent to my supervisor. It’s looking good, and I can announce to myself here that I am finally finished the Lit. Review! One chapter down, four to go…
I’m also not going to England, but I can write about how hard it was to access the tabloids here in the thesis. Sweet. I finish a chapter and instantly have material for another!
Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNL2gziCKX8
Am frantically emailing the British Library and the Archives about getting access to the 1987 tabloids. So far our own Irish Archives have replied (fair play for the speediness) saying they only have Irish copies. This is a problem because there were no Irish tabloids in the ’80s. The British Library may be able to help me, but I am worried that it may require me to physically view the Archives. This would require me to physically go to London…
Lit. Review progress is painfully slow…
Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry9G5vT3sdE
Had my second meeting with my coordinator today. Was more of a general banter about the thesis. The next goal is for some point in early June. I can hopefully have two or three pages of bullet points concerning Chapter 2 of the dissertation (I use the terms “thesis” and “dissertation” interchangeably throughout this blog!). This chapter is the Lit. Review, or the “review of literature”. I have had it in my head that I will dislike this chapter intensely. Having had the coordinator explain what is contained in this chapter further (I didn’t do one for my last thesis as it was not required), this preconception has not diminished at all.
To continue the negative buzz, I have very painful sinusitis and three big assignments (for other modules) to do in the next three weeks. Fun fun. But at least the thesis is still “all systems go”. And plus, my supervisor (teehee, now I can use that term rather than “coordinator”! 😀 ) says that the Lit. Review will be one of the biggest chapters, so it will be pretty kewl if I could get that done as early as possible.
Better make a plan of what to do next in the next few days… Much as I want to get smashed, the aul sinuses will be keeping me in for the next few days anyway.
Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDZFf0pm0SE
“Dochendrix, can we meet next Thursday at 3pm to discuss the thesis?”
Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IY0O0SxepY
After receiving word of a meeting with the coordinator today at half 8, I was initially thinking he wanted to meet up with folks (like me) who were having problems. It was also nearing time to assign supervisors for individual dissertations. However, half an hour beforehand, he e-mailed me saying HE would like to supervise me! But, only “if I had no further plans”. As if! So thankfully my dissertation is “good to go” and has a supervisor who is the head of the course. So good news for a change! Though the class meeting seemed a little unnecessary (the other two girls in my “micro-group” had no supervisors and were still in proposal phase, so I felt a little like a prat when I mentioned I had a supervisor, and who it was!)
Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS7iRVfRzUU
OK it may not apply to me but a rather strongly worded e-mail summarizes my feelings when I looked at it today. Since I haven’t been given the “all clear”, it is rather worrying.
I have had thesis proposals from most people in the class, and I will meet many of you tomorrow night. However, if you did not get in touch with me and did not send me a proposal, the opportunity for submitting a thesis in September 2010 is rapidly fading.”
OK so I am slightly less worried because I am on the meeting list, and have sent revised proposals, but still! 😐
Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNGdkR7lVSs