News: writing

Rubber duck debugging

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I am getting close to the final draft of a manuscript but struggling with the last final piece of it.

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Editing

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Over the years of my candidature, I seem to have collected stacks of paper and even as I strive to produce less waste and not print anything, I’ve still ended up with a collection of portable hard drives.

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On perfectionism

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I stumbled on this podcast episode recently from the Art of Charm. It was as if the universe was asking me to stop scrolling through podcast lists and just get on with writing my thesis.

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Fresh starts

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My first blog piece for 2022 – quite exciting but also a bit daunting.

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Writing block worries

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I am powering through my assignment. I am almost there and then… writing block. I forget what question I am answering, what direction my argument is heading and find myself at a loss of what to do next.

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Progress not perfection: power through writer’s block

A writing pad and pen

The campus is quieter these days. Most of the students are finishing up with exams and deadlines. I’m not too sure what other HDR students are doing over the break but I’ll be writing.

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Infinite

Finally, I am a published researcher.

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The pursuit of creativity

The pursuit of creativity is something that’s on my mind a lot, perhaps because I can’t seem to integrate creative practices into my life as easily as I’d like. 
 

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When was the last time you saw an act of grace?

And what was it? ‘I work in an emergency department. There are a thousand tiny acts of grace everyday – every beat of the heart – most unnoticed by the bigger, glossier world, but they add up. In essence, the acts of grace are sometimes barely noticeable as the world rages away in its current state, but they can be seen if you pay enough attention.’

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Book reflection: the sense of style – by Steven Pinker

In between all of the reading I have to do for my Ph.D., I intentionally read something a bit more literary. I find that after long bouts of reading academic pieces and re-writing thesis drafts renders me a bit stuck in my writing. I understandably become too bogged down with the data, that I forget that I actually have to be able to effectively communicate my data. My writing becomes robotic and boring, which doesn’t really help in getting people to care about my research or at least get anyone interested in it.

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