And…breathe

I haven’t been around blog world for about a month now, and I’ve missed you all. I was busy finishing off my last two essays and dissertation, and so had to stay right away from blog posts to avoid distraction. Yesterday I handed it all in and I’m finished, hurrah!!! It was definitely a challenge doing it in one year rather than the three years that was the more usual option, but I’m so pleased that I chose that route because now I’m finished, hurrah!!! (Did I say that already?).

In the year of my course I wrote six 4,000 word essays and one 18,000 word dissertation, obviously it’s all the reading and research around each one that takes the most time. With each essay, and the dissertation, I seemed to go through the same kind of anxiety pattern, and I decided to turn that into a chart for your entertainment (To read it, you’ll probably have to click on it to open it up bigger, unless you’re on a phone or other small device in which case you’re going to struggle to read it whatever, and therefore I wouldn’t bother trying, just accept that you would have really liked it if you’d been able to read it, so just smile and nod).

Essay anxiety chart

What’s been happening in blog world then? I clearly won’t be able to catch up on all the posts I missed, but I will gradually make my rounds and visit my regulars. In the meantime, if there are any posts you wrote (or saw) in the last month that you really think I should read, then by all means pop a link to them in the comments and I shall endeavour to visit soon.

Hope everyone is well, and I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things around here again now!

 

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70 responses to “And…breathe

  1. I was just thinking about you the other day, but I know you have been busy (obviously). Congratulations on getting everything completed! πŸ™‚

    What’s new? Same stuff here with me πŸ™‚ Not necessarily a bad thing!

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  2. Congrats on finishing all your assignments – bet you must be relieved!

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  3. Yay and Yay again! What an accomplishment. CongratsπŸ†πŸ‘πŸ˜„

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  4. Way to go, Vanessa-Jane!!. Amazing!!! I finished up my undergraduate in 2 1/2 years and I never thought I was going to accomplish that. Congratulations. Now you’re too smart. :o)

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  5. Loved this! It hits the nail on the head! I can relate since I earned a Master’s in English. Actually, it was when I was working on the PhD that it finally came to a head. In a Victorian lit course I had to write a paper on Walter Pater’s philosophy and religious views. I simply sat and stared at the material and couldn’t get a single idea. I was desperate. Finally I came up with the idea of looking at it in the light of Plato’s concept of the Ideal, and the paper finally emerged, and the professor liked it. But the experience was so traumatic that I decided to stop working on the PhD. I couldn’t see going through that with a dissertation. I was already a librarian and didn’t need a way to make a living, so the motivation just died. So I never got my PhD. Probably just as well, the way my future life worked out. Now I have to worry only about the philosophy of termite people! – and the religion of the future, or lack thereof!
    Anyway, congratulations again, Vanessa! It’s a big accomplishment! Now maybe you’ll have some time to read some of those books sitting on your shelf! Hint, hint!

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  6. I can totally see your emotional roller coaster! Congrats on getting everything done and turned in. That accomplishment has GOT to feel good!!! πŸ™‚

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  7. I’m surprised you have a stomach left at all. All that stress cooking up acidity —
    Three years in ONE? Congratulations, Vanessa. You rock! I’ve notice you were AWOL…um…I mean missing in action and wondered how your strategy to save mankind was working out.
    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Oh, you were working on your dissertation? Right. ❀

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  8. A big, humongous congratulations to you, Vanessa! I know how much work is involved with completing a master’s, so kudos to you for finishing it so quickly. I’m sure the days and nights were long, but how nice to finally be done.

    I love your chart. I think it can apply to most anything in life, including writing fiction. πŸ™‚

    Now go celebrate!

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  9. Congratulations, Vanessa! That had to have been a tremendous amount of time and hard work to finish so fast. Good job. Please reward yourself with your favorite treat! You definitely deserve it

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  10. You were missed. And what a good reason to be gone. Congratulations on a job hard worked. I love the feeling of pride you get when you know you did your best. I did a video walk through of my house about a month ago. And an I’m Overwhelmed by the World of Food post you’d like. Otherwise, just the same brain questioning and cute pictures of my kids on my blog.
    Welcome back. And even after a month’s absence, you still have way more comments than I ever get. Testament to your amazing get out there attitude.
    Love Ya’,
    Shalagh

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  11. It’s so funny you should post today becauseβ€” and I swear this is true– I was going to write to you on my way home tonight and demand an explanation for your absence.

    Well done, you go-getter! Welcome back.

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  12. A big cheer (and cheers as I toast you) for your accomplishment!!! Hooray!!! Meanwhile, I’ve been breaking myself, but just returned to the blogging scene. Good to have your smiling face back.

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  13. Con-freaking-gratulations!!!!! So proud of you! Love your chart. May I borrow it to describe my novel writing process?

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    • Hello stranger! Are you back blogging again now? I shall come over and have a look soon. You certainly can borrow my chart – you may notice I included my name on it should anyone wish to borrow it πŸ˜‰

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      • I’ve been blogging and reading blogs in fits and starts. More off than on. Life has been full. Moved my parents to an assisted living apartment, traveled a ton, been working on my manuscript again, and found many other ways to occupy my time. Nothing so impressive as a dissertation, however! Lovely to see your beautiful smile again.

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  14. Super duper congrtulations. And that is so impressive that you did it all in a year! Your chart was definitely entertaining, esp. the back and forth up and down of the actual writing process. I can believe it. Now, to pick just one of my posts of late that are particularly good? Pish! Surely you must be joking! On the plus side, I don’t post often, and when I do, I drink Dos Equis. Wait, that’s not right. Do you even have those commercials in the U.K? What I meant to say is, my posts are short!! πŸ™‚

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  15. Hurrah to you V! This is a big accomplishment and in such a short amount of time. Congrats!

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  16. Yay! So glad for you, Vanessa. Congratulations are well due, especially looking at that graph! πŸ™‚ (But, you knew we all knew you could do it, right?)

    I’ll have to remember your anxiety chart the next time I’m coming up onto deadline for something I care about. (Because it’s never so nerve-wracking when it’s something I don’t care about!) I used to think I was manic for having so many ups-and-downs, but it’s good to know I’m not completely alone. πŸ˜‰

    You did that all in one year? I had no idea you were crunching your program that much! Wow!

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    • Yes, I think the ups and downs are normal on any kind of project really! Generally doing it in one year is classed as full-time, so it’s not the usual choice when working too, but I just didn’t want to embark on something that was going to take three years! I’ll stop by at some point soon to see what you’ve been up to. Hope all is good with you πŸ™‚

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  17. Congrats to you Vanessa! I can’t imagine how you managed it. I feel anxious just looking at the chart. I hope you get a breather and don’t plan to tackle any super human achievements within the next week or so. πŸ™‚

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  18. So, 1. when do you get the results of all those early mornings and late nights?, and 2. what’s the next project?

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  19. Wel done Vanessa! I must find some of that motivation you have.

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  20. I LOVE the chart! I saw the post on my iPhone but could see the chart well enough…but it’s fabulous on the desktop!

    Welcome back…we’ve missed you…and WOWIE ZOWIE…you did it!!!! Celebration time! Now you are going to be bored with all of this extra time…you’ll have to find another project soon…after the cake, of course! πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks Mrs P. I haven’t got back into the swing of blogging properly yet, but I will! Glad you liked the chart. You’d think I’ll have all this extra time, but it won’t work out like that will it! Definitely cake though πŸ™‚

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  21. Love the chart! It seems very similar to my writing process even when I’m writing fiction. And it exactly matches my mental state during the nonfiction picture book class I’m taking right now. I’ve just reached the “light bulb, switch topic” point. πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks Jilanne, yes when I was putting the chart together I was aware that it would apply in other contexts too, we all go through the ups and downs when trying to work through things! Hope your light bulb is still glowing πŸ™‚

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  22. Cute chart! Brings me back to my dissertation days (ACK!). I kept saying, “When I can talk about this thing in the past tense, I will be very happy.”

    Glad you’re back, just like everyone else who commented! πŸ™‚

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  23. YEA YOU! Big cheers! Give the eyes and tired brain cells some R&R – then we’ll expect to see more of you around here! (great chart -thanks for the smiles)

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  24. Congratulations on all of your hard work! i love your blog! i started my own about 2 months ago and I love doing it! I am also in education here in the states.

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  25. Always good to see you around these blogging parts, V. Congrats on your big accomplishment. I love your chart, especially the frequent up/down frenzy during the writing process!

    I am back from my semi-summer hiatus, and I’ve been busy getting in peoples’ faces about saving elephants and rhinos, in addition to the wolves, of course. You know, the usual. Like completing a master’s.

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    • Hello Kate, good to see you. I haven’t managed to get properly back in the swing of it all yet, not sure why, I think just out of the habit, but I will certainly pop by yours soon and see what you’re doing to save the world! πŸ™‚

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  26. Congratulations! That’s such an impressive accomplishment, VJ. The rest of us were just noodling around here on the web so you didn’t miss much.

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  27. Lol, that graph could be the chart of my life!
    Glad you’ve managed to hand everything in now, well done. No way that was easy, cramming all that work into such a short space of time. What an achievement! πŸ™‚

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  28. Is it wrong to say I’m happy to see how many have been absent since I’ve been absent? I was all busy being guilty and it turns out I haven’t missed as much as I thought. But enough about me! Yay for you finishing!! What a relief for you. And I love your chart…. that is so sooo true. And the reason I don’t plan on going back to do a masters any time soon. It’s a recipe for insanity, at least until it’s over. Good for you.

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