Harder Than It Looks
Today, I turn in my preproposal paper that introduces what I'll be working on for my earth-shattering, world-changing thesis. I'd been working on it for a while sort of in parallel to my thesis, expanding my list of resources as I went along. But last night, I took a good look at it and realized it needed to be completely different, much more informal than the way I'd written it so far.

So at 11:30 last night, I got started and by 1:30 a.m., it was done and, I think, right. I can only hope. I was at that fortunate point where I knew enough to change my format without too much effort and without completely fucking up the revised version. I suspect that when I go to finish the thesis itself, I'll end up being so tired of looking at it that it will all blur together. But that's where my friendly live-in editor comes in, to remind me when I'm not making sense.

The end of this will be a Master's degree and a bound thesis that sits in the SJ Library. I'll finally be published! Even if it's not the novel I've always imagined I will write, it's still going to be my first book. That's something to hold on to during the long hours in class and in front of my computer.


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