Yesterday I set the goal of finishing Elizabeth and Essex
, and then I finished it! Whoo! This meant in practice reading about 170 pages in one day, which was about 100 pages more than my previous records over the last two weeks; I'm really proud that I was able to do it.
I went out last night for a drink with a pal of mine, and talking to her also helped me to feel more company and solidarity in writing/being afraid/having no money; she's a great friend and I need to be in touch with her more so that we can encourage each other (also I gave her this blog address. Hi G!)
Then this morning I had an 8:30am meeting with my advisor M, and we had a great conversation, and talked excitedly about Virginia Woolf together (Her: "Have you read Flush
?" Me: "I ordered it! I'm waiting for it to arrive! Did you know it was serialized in The Atlantic
at the same time as The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
?") and I read her a great passage from Lytton Strachey, and it was a pretty good meeting overall. She also assured me that theses don't have to be all that long - I was thinking 200-220 pages, and she said even 150 is cool, and that in fact shorter is better if you want to get things published. Sooooo that's good to know!
Energized! But sleepy from getting up so early! Odd combination!
Walk the dog
Have 8:30am meeting with M
Start reading Three Lives
Make notes on Elizabeth and Essex
Clean the house a bit
Do some laundry
Cook the chicken and sweet potatoes in the fridge
Walk the dog again
Email schedule to M
Email department admin person about jobs per M's advice( the passage from Lytton Strachey, if you're interested! )