Scholar Blogging

Thesis Writing November!

November 1, 2010

So, this month there won’t be significant amounts of new material on goannatree. For a few reasons: * I’m working on the final stage of the new website design! The initial testing was really positive and i’m excited to be able to share the next iteration of Goannatree with you soon. * I’m doing my […]

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What hope have I got? On 5000 words a day and a game of badminton!

October 28, 2010

So Monday we start our version of NAtional Novel Writing Month by focusing our attention onto our own works of fiction  theses. As i was writing I came across this quote in Julia Briggs’ biography of E.Nesbit, titled A Woman of Passion. It left me slightly bemused, a little overwhelmed and wondering ‘what hope have […]

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Playlist for Paris

July 28, 2010

I’ve been trying to muster up some excitement and expectation for this Paris trip. I want to be reminded that I’m about to get to do something most people would be really excited about. I need a boost of the realisation that I get to hang out in one of the world’s most fabled cities […]

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The Balanced Scholar

July 23, 2010

One of the realities of life as a scholar is that most of us can become absorbed in our work to the detriment of the rest of our lives – including relationships and mental and physical health. Over the last few years the self-help shelves have been filled with books like Eat, Pray, Love, which […]

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The Basics: Graduate Seminars

July 21, 2010

The Basics series consists of general and introductory advice for research tasks and professional development, like using research libraries, reading and notetaking, submitting and presenting conference papers and journal articles. _________________ This post offers some suggestions on how to progress gracefully through Graduate level coursework, especially seminars: 1. Read Intelligently If you don’t do the bare […]

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7 links to 7 posts: peeling back some layers

July 17, 2010

My first post on Goannatree: The Reference Section and Emerson. A post you enjoyed writing: A Picture is worth a thousand words; or Easter in Australia. A post which had a great discussion: Indifference: G. A. Studdert Kennedy A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written: Ben Myer’s satirical piece Advice for […]

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The Basics: So you want to be a writer

July 8, 2010

This advice is from a letter C.S. Lewis wrote an American schoolgirl in 1959 who asked her for advice on developing as a writer. (via St Eutychus and Christianwritingtoday) Writing is a craft and should be given the same amount of development effort as any other skill. More so, even, if this is part of […]

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J.S. Mill on Being a Great Thinker

July 7, 2010

No one can be a great thinker who does not recognise, that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead. Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those […]

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A new kind of post

July 3, 2010

The next couple of months are going to be fairly hectic. I am going to try a new style of post. It’ll be a little more mundane and less big picture than usual, my blogging will instead be more about what I’m preparing for, writing about, thinking about, or seeing. Hopefully, this will be a […]

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The worst and best PhD chat-up lines

July 1, 2010

Advertised online: “14 Flirt Lines from a Ph.D.” Seriously, who thinks that’s a good idea? What are they? “You’re the Watson to my Crick?” “Your eyes put me in mind of a top-notch disquisition on Wittgenstein delivered in Düsseldorf last academic year?” Sometimes my friends are pretty funny. This is one of those times where […]

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