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11/11 Thesis Progress: Things are going surprisingly well…

… and I’m obviously suspicious of everything. How is this going well? I’m actually getting concrete stuff done – as in: writing. Words. Lots of writing of lots of words.

I started #AcWriMo on 1 November (Academic Writing Month) and set myself the goal of around 500 words a day for 5 days a week. I’ve only written on 6 days since 1 November, but I’ve far exceeded my word count goal. I’ve started Chapter 2, and I’m at 7,240 words! This is excluding the 350 words that I had written a few weeks ago. It’s all quite unbelievable.

The words I’ve written until now have been relatively “easy writing”, in the sense that I am going through the clauses of a number of laws that need to be explained in detail in my thesis. It’s quite easy to go through each provision and just regurgitate them (with some intelligent re-writing and commentary). The rest of my thesis won’t be this easy to write, but at least I’ve gotten this huge job out of the way.

I seem to be unable to work for more than 2 hours at a time, maximum. I usually use a Pomodoro timer to work in bursts of 25 minutes, and I try to do three or four of these. My favourite place to work seems to be the IT Services building at uni, where they have big monitors and well lit spaces. My monitor at home is larger than the ones at uni, but at uni I get the sense that I went there for a purpose, and that purpose is to write my thesis, and I’m just go-go-go-go like a machine gun and words just get WRITTEN.

It’s difficult to find time to write. I want to put it off every day. But I’m carving out a couple of hours here and there, and when I do have a writing session, I usually clock in over 500 words. Today’s session was a quick 30 minute one in between a library visit and a lecture, but I still managed 430 words, even though I’m past the truly “easy” writing phase.

My aims for the next 3-4 weeks:

1. Get started on at least two other chapters, since the chapter I’m currently working on is reaching its approximate word limit (which I myself have imposed),

2. Reach a minimum word count of 10,500 words, but hopefully closer to 15,000 words? Maybe?

3. Fix up what I’ve written in a way that I can present it to my supervisor for comments and suggestions,

4. Lastly, forget about my thesis after mid-December until end March, because I need to start focusing on my notarial warrant exam.

Everything is scary, but now less so. Even if I need to re-write everything. I pray to every single god that may or may not exist that I don’t need to re-write everything. That would be crushing.


Things I Love Thursday


  • Finishing off a proofreading job. Did I ever mention that I love proofreading? I must’ve.
  • A weekend in Gozo with friends. My friends are awesome. The food we ate was fantastic. I swam so much, and all the fun was had. We also played a game called The Resistance, which was incredibly fun and I was surprisingly effective at it…
  • Getting slightly better after getting the nastiest cold ever and losing my voice and generally becoming a grumpy sniffly pants.
  • Imparting wisdom
  • Baking!
  • Sparkling wine
  • An evening with a friend with lovely conversation
  • TIIT (inside joke, sorry, I had to, sorry)
  • Slushies
  • Condiments
  • Butter
  • Being able to spend lots of lovely time with my boyfriend, and being aware of the fact that what we have is so wonderful (mainly: sitting together on a couch, our legs strewn over each other, talking about nothing and everything)
  • An abundance of help from lovely friends
  • Another meal with my parents and my boyfriend (to Palazzo Preca in Valletta this time – So.Good.) – for my parents’ 32nd wedding anniversary. So sweet.
  • Being involved
  • My best friend (wonderfully!) surviving her viva (and the celebrations that followed, i.e.: cupcakes)
  • Successfully completing my fifth year in the law course and being promoted to sixth year (my final year – phew)
  • Hope and preparations

Sunday Photo Mishmash: PROCEDURE IS OVER.

My body and soul are engulfed by relief right now. This week was taxing – but that’s the biggest understatement ever. I had a Maltese exam on Monday (which was quite difficult but was fine overall). Then the pressure really got to be a bit overwhelming for a couple of days as I prepared for Criminal Procedure. Ugh. It was hell. BUT it’s over now, and I seem to have done well enough to pass (hopefully), which is all I need at this point. Nope, not becoming a defence lawyer or anything like that any time soon.

The past two days have been a whirlwind of swimming, drinking sparkling alcoholic things, and doing a lot of little housekeeping-related things. I even had time to write a little post yesterday about how to survive music festivals. And I started watching Hannibal. It’s all good. My next (and final) exam is a week on Wednesday (on the 26th) and my plan for today is to (1) relax a bit more (2) get some proofreading done (3) maybe look at some law notes (or maybe not). Ahh, life is good. My skin is already moving towards being more tanned than pasty white, and the temperatures have started hitting the 30s (finally).

After my exam in 10 days’ time, life will have to get back into high gear (work work work), BUT it will also mean that exams are over and swimming opportunities are abundant. So much to look forward to.