Tracking the Tempest Revisions Diary: Vlog on my NNB

So here’s me talking about my Near Nervous Breakdown regarding my revisions. Okay, it only lasted twenty minutes, so it’s really not that serious. The important part is how I got over it and what I think others can take from my very own NNB.

For those of you who don’t really  want to watch me mug and need a little inspiration, here’s a wee sales pitch:

You get to see me heart my Dyson

You get to hear my theory regarding “muscling through”

My accent may put hairs on your chest

I promote violence against animals… Just kidding, PETA!

If that doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will. So here she is. Da Vlog…..

14 thoughts on “Tracking the Tempest Revisions Diary: Vlog on my NNB”

  1. You are too cute for words! πŸ™‚

    Glad you are muscling through it all! πŸ™‚

    Can't wait for your book to come out! πŸ™‚

    Keep up the good work!

  2. A lot of what you said could be applied to any profession or just doing the laundry (I have a teenage daughter).

    Thanks for sharing that!

  3. Good job, and good advice. Keep a stiff upper lip! We shall never surrender! Resistance is futile! Okay, that last one may be a bit much.

  4. Qwill: That's true! There's always something we have to "get over" in ourselves to accomplish anything (including laundry). πŸ˜‰ The more something means to us, the harder it is to do so, unfortunately.

    Zita: Resistance IS futile! Just ask the spiders in my Dyson!

    Monica: *LOL* Yeah, just don't muscle through their face. That's assault. πŸ˜‰

    Christopher: YAY! Does that mean I can be your new Diva??????

  5. I'm glad that you kept the 'ball' as part of the vlog, it works for you. πŸ™‚ Plus, tell the Dyson I give it 2 thumbs up. Anything that helps to eliminate spiders is A-ok in my book. I agree with the muscling through. I had that same problem completing my master's thesis for engineering, but a little opposite. For me, the research was the terrible part. In engineering, you repeat experiments in the lab over and over again until you are convinced you are the equal of a trained monkey. I'd find any excuse to escape the lab. "What, the computer crashed, well i better take like a 30 min break to let it properly reboot. No need to rush things."

  6. Heather: Yeah, youse sciencey people have a totally different challenge. It's a TOTALLY different process. How long did it take you to write up once you were finished with experiments? I know a lot of my friends took just a few months. And couldn't understand what all us humanities people were griping about… πŸ™‚

    Thanks, Lisa! Give your fam my love from me. πŸ™‚

  7. It took me about 4 months. The literature review was so painful and boring. I hated that. At least with science, you get through in things like charts and graphs. πŸ™‚ It makes you feel better about how many pages you get written in a day. I will say, as an engineer, I hate having to write long papers. I don't think we do it often enough. I avoided the classes that you need to write a 30+ page paper…especially if I can't use pics. I made it through college without taking any classes in the english dept. However, i would consider taking a class you taught. Are you this much fun in class?

  8. I think she IS this fun in class and as evidence, I've heard her talking as I walked down the hall & been tempted to sneak in the back. πŸ™‚ I usually just get weird stares from people walking through the hall when I'm teaching so I know the diff b/w those stares & overhearing Nicole. Then, she got that top prof award last semester. I kept thinking while I watched this that it sounded like your "teacher voice" more than your regular everyday conversation voice at first. (Except for the ums, which you do cut back on once you got going.)

    But overall, great advice, about all of it. And yes, I think the muscle through advice is the same for life, dissertations, etc. What that means is going to be different for everyone, probably, but it's still the same basic thing. You found your exercise ball & that little cafe.

    Your books are going to be loved. I'm pretty sure of it.

    Have superfun on your road trip! Post pictures!

  9. Heather: Yeah, it's gotta be hard to shift from scientist to writer. And I'm fun in a different way. Slightly more with it and more professional. *LOL* And I talk about Nietzsche a lot…..*shrugs* I dunno. I just teach. πŸ˜‰

    Kim: Awww, thanks lady!!! I'll definitely post pictures.

  10. Well, I have to say that I don't know anything about Nietzsche. Actually, I'm not sure I could spell it if you didn't right it out in your last post. πŸ™‚ I think a class would be fun and interesting. I was scaried away from the academic English world with boring books and poetry. Poetry is like kryptonite for engineers.

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