Category Archives: Doctor of Laws Thesis Progress

18/10 Thesis Progress: Procrastinating like it’s a Sport

Oh dear. It’s been a while. My levels of panic and stress and pressure have reached unforeseen heights, and while I’m all ready to get started and actually start raking up the WORDS for my thesis, guess what? I still haven’t started. My supervisor has been very helpful and has given me a lot of guidance; he’s basically said it completely clearly: START.WRITING. But I just haven’t. Yet. I’ve been meaning to. But everything else on my to-do list now looks so shiny compared to the dreaded task of Starting To Write The Thesis.

Everything is daunting and overwhelming and yes, I’ve “done this before”, but still. I’m having panic attacks and fits of crying and sleepless nights. Woe is me, seriously.

So now I’m at the IT centre at university. Bright and early (hey, it’s 11am). And I have a number of little things to do on my to-do list (totally not thesis-related), and my feedly blog reading list is always delightfully plump and full of delicious posts to read.

BUT.

I am going to try and get a start on my thesis before I do any of that. Hmm. Let’s see how that goes.

26/08 Thesis Progress: It’s a long road

Oh no, we’re doing this again. I’m finishing my last two years in the law course at the University of Malta, and getting started on Thesis No. 2.

This time, it’s a 35,000-word monster to earn me the title of Doctor of Laws. It’s due at the end of May 2014, and I’m already freaking out. Maybe that’s a good sign.

My main problems + fears + concerns at the moment are that I have a lot on my plate apart from my thesis until May 2014. Uni law exams, the second half of an evening course in Maltese proofreading, notarial practice, more proofreading jobs (which I really need to lessen after the next few months), the notarial warrant exam (probably in March, which is the absolute scariest thing), and so on. Also, I really want to do a good job with this thesis, and my well-intentioned plan of getting all my research, reading, and even a bit of writing done in summer is clearly not going well.

What really helps me is that my supervisor is very knowledgeable about my topic, so I can turn to him whenever I’m confused (since the topic I’m working on – Legislation under the 1887 Constitution of Malta (yes, legal history! :D) is not something which has already been written about to death), and I’m actually already thinking about starting the planning and maybe even some of the writing (thinking is a start!). I’ve just opened a Word document and created my own thesis template. There’s the title, all the headings that need to be in there (in their order), and I’ve even started jotting down a few potential points for my Introduction.

Let’s hope I keep this up. Properly.