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Learning from Farmers: Rotating Project B & Project A

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One major project down, another one started. The first manuscript that I was revising is finished and has been sent back to the publisher for further review. The second article that I’m working on was not as far along. So, now I am starting from scratch. But I find that when starting from scratch I can’t just type all of my thoughts out at once. I have to type a little and get a basis and then let it rest for a day. After letting it rest I can pick it up again and usually I am able to see places where I could better express myself or I could use different evidence or something like that. In the downtime I can’t just sit around and wait. I have to find a different project to work on during that time so I have found a paper that was mostly done but hasn’t been completed yet. It’s on a different topic so it will allow my brain to take a break from the original manuscript and focus on the revised older manuscript for the time being. This is sort of like crop rotation: one day I am working on one paper and the next day I’m working on another with the goal that both would prosper during that time period. Thank you farmers for thinking up this ingenious method of letting ground go to good use every year without depleting all of the energy that is in the soil — of my mind or of the earth. Cheesy analogy, but appropriate I think!

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31 January 2012 · 2:24 pm

Still Slogging Away

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I said yesterday that the final stages of revision are painfully slow, and I wasn’t kidding. I’m still at it today, and have identified a few numbers-related revisions that I’m going to have to re-calculate at some point. This is definitely the “darkest-before-the-dawn” moment, but there’s light (and a celebratory beer and cigar) at the end of the tunnel. Almost there!

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20 January 2012 · 6:34 pm

Old School Revising

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Handwritten notes, deletions and additions on real paper are always the best way to begin revising a manuscript. It gets your head into the content in a way that the computer just can’t manage. And it is painfully slow…Maybe that’s why.

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19 January 2012 · 3:08 pm

Phew… Data results!

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This is what I’ve been working on producing for a couple of days now. It seems so small, but it tells so much. Now comes the interpretation and writing/revision of the article manuscript given these new and improved data results. Perseverance, my friends, is the key.

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13 January 2012 · 8:53 pm