The Final Throes

Hemingway in the bath

Picture of Hemingway courtesy of, which houses awesome photos of celebrities in unexpected settings.

Hello my friends.

I am working on what may, potentially, with an extra dash of optimism, be my final dissertation draft. My road trip last week, combined with this final round of edits, is to blame for my lack of any real content around here aside from my one-pic-a-day (almost) project. This too shall pass. But I’m taking a short break at the moment to walk away, take a breath, and frankly, vent to you.

I’ve been working on this Ph.D. in some form or another for eight years. I’m on my 5th topic (topics 1-4 died unnatural deaths, each in new and interesting ways; in the most spectacular case, my data source was a company that went bankrupt and was sold, with the new owners disallowing my use of their newly acquired data. I was 150 pages and 3 1/2 chapters in).  And even with that aside, I’ve just now realized, or at least articulated, one of the biggest roadblocks in this whole process.

I am Hemingway, and my advisor and committee chair is Dickens.

To clarify:

(a) I don’t actually think I’m ranked among these fine authors in talent; I’m referring to writing style. Laconic v. Verbose. He and I embody the extreme ends.

(b) Yes, I know I’m not Hemingway here with you.

I do what I can to cultivate a conversational atmosphere around here. But in my academic and professional work, I believe that less is more, and that research-based writing should be complete, concise, and clear. His edits, while not inaccurate, are not me. Why use more words when fewer could convey the same information? Sigh. With each click on Word’s “Accept Change” button, I feel like someone is softly rubbing velcro against my brain.  Ah well, I suppose I’ll have a higher page count to brag about someday. To no one. Because really, who does that?

I’ll be in touch, provided the velcro doesn’t do too much damage. Meanwhile, I leave you with Hemingway’s 6 Word Story as a tribute to my favorite author and his terse talent:

“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”


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iPhoneography Monday Challenge of 2013, via Lens and Pens by Sally

I’m so excited!  Lens and Pens by Sally has invited me to participate in the iPhoneography Monday Challenge of 2013!  Nothing like a good challenge with deadlines to help channel that aimless creativity that keeps me from working on my decidedly non-creative dissertation.  This being the third Monday of the month, the theme is Black-and-White (it rotates weekly – check out the link above for more info).

Because I am actually trying to continue the dissertation focus for just a few more weeks of this (hopefully) home stretch, I’ll be dipping into my archives for these.  I do intend to use the weekly themes as an excuse to take new photos though… just not quite yet!  My one-a-day project is all I can manage at the moment! So without further adieu, here’s to my first Monday Challenge – Black-and-White.  These are from a trip to Florida in February, and come from the pristine, peaceful, and undisturbed Canaveral National Seashore.  I hope I’m not cheating by posting more than one. I have several more from this set to publish someday as well, but these are the only B&W that I captured that day.

Playalinda Beach - Weathered Fence

Playalinda Beach – Weathered Fence | Hipstamatic, Chunky Lens, Claunch 72 Monochrome Film

Playalinda Beach - Clouds at Dusk

Playalinda Beach – Clouds at Dusk | Hipstamatic, Kaimal Mark II Lens, Rock BW-11 Film

Playalinda Beach - Bird Flock Facing the Wind

Playalinda Beach – Bird Flock Facing the Wind | Hipstamatic, Chunky Lens, Claunch 72 Monochrome Film.
These guys were wild to look at. It was very gusty, and they were all in perfect sync, just standing on the beach facing perfectly into the wind. There’s a cliche in there somewhere about facing obstacles head-on, I’m sure. Perhaps I’ll publish a motivational poster someday.