79,800 words

by Anna Blanch on May 30, 2012

79,800 words. 280 pages of double spaced (175 pages of single spaced) text. That’s the word and page count for my current draft of five chapters, an introduction, and a conclusion of my doctoral thesis. Chapter 5, which I’d like to be ready to send to my supervisors by next week is 12,203 words long […]


Before Summer

by Anna Blanch on April 21, 2011

This is a Caris Brooke poem. Caris Brooke was the psudeonym used by Saretta Green, E.Nesbit’s half sister. It was originally published in a collection titled EasterTide published in 1888 by E.P.Dutton. BEFORE SUMMER. A GOLDEN halo floats above the hills,And Spring hath touched the crisp brown woods below,The cuckoo loudly calls, and birds build […]


An Easter Offering

by Anna Blanch on April 17, 2011

  Caris Brooke was a psuedonym used by E.Nesbit’s elder half-sister, Saretta Green. This is a poem from the Easter-tide collection from 1888. It was a collection published by E.P Dutton.  DEAR Lord I have no Easter flowers to bring, No roses fresh, nor lilies dewy sweet,Yet still one offering I may gladly bear And […]


A letter to my week

by Anna Blanch on April 13, 2011

Dear this week, You’ve been a little deceptive thus far. You’ve snuck up on me. Here I was thinking i’d spend the whole week rewriting, but, no you’ve had other plans. While it’s been perfectly pleasant in many ways, it would have been nice to have known what you held in store. Oh, and this […]


A Post of My Own Prose

by Anna Blanch on March 17, 2011

So it’s been a while since i’ve written a post of my own prose.  did that sound as nerdy to you as it did to me?…let’s try again, shall we?I’ve been taking one step and then another on my thesis work of late, which often really means writing one word or sentence than another. I’ll […]


10 things to do when disillusioned with your Dissertation

by Anna Blanch on February 23, 2011

  Ramp up the Exercise – In addition to this being a positive diversionary (read: procrastination) tactic, exercise will help with your endorphin levels, and being in a better (read: braver) mood might help with the Dissertation. Write it a love letter – Try a free-writing exercise wherein you write your thesis or dissertation a […]


Poetry of E.Nesbit: Song (1888)

by Anna Blanch on February 21, 2011

  This is a song for Spring, or a Spring-song… SOFT is the ground underfoot, Soft are the skies overhead,Green is the ivy round brown hedge root,Green is the moss where we tread.Purple the woods are, and brown; The blackbird is glossy and sleek.He knows that the worms are no more kept downBy frost out […]


10 Tips for Choosing a Dissertation Coach

by Anna Blanch on February 21, 2011

Some of you may be considering a Dissertation Coach. This is not the same as a supervisor or a proofreader. Like a Career or life coach, this is a trained professional who seeks to support you during the dissertation process. Here are ten tips to help you in the process of choosing a coach to […]


Poetry of E.Nesbit: Eastertide (1888)

February 19, 2011

This poem sits on one of the first leaves of one of Nesbit’s earliest published works, Eastertide (1888). It was published by E.P. Dutton & Co. A Golden halo floats above the hills. And Spring hath touched the  crisp brown woods below, The cuckoo loudly calls, and birds build nests. When orchards gleam beneath  their […]

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Saturday morning groove

February 19, 2011

You find me trying to settle into a saturday morning writing groove…while the rain comes down outside. It’s a perfect day for curling up with a book. But that’s not on the cards for me today – at least not unless i can get through some other things. Maybe i can find a way to […]

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