Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Snow Carrots

Hi all. We were blogging earlier about carrots -- rewards for doing good work, or maybe promises of rewards to come if we do good work. I have, today, that rare and golden opportunity to be productive that happens with some frequency in the Northeast: a snow day. Woo-hoo! We haven't even gotten that much snow in Durham, but they closed the campus because we're predicted to get hit hard. Either way, my class is cancelled and I have the day to myself.

So, I'm going to try to comment on at least 10 embodied rhetorical analysis drafts, then either plan the next 5-6 weeks of class OR start work on my CCCC presentation. That's all if the power holds (I tend to lose power if we get a lot of snow or ice). I have to say, though, that despite weather reports it really doesn't look like it's going to be much snow. At least not today. I'm not seeing the blizzard conditions that they've been talking about. Not here at least.

Anyway, if I do all that I'm TOTALLY making popcorn and watching Curse of the Wererabbit tonight. Happy happy day.

Update: Yeah, the weather's starting to get a little sketchy. Snow and wind and maybe sleet. Not that I'm complaining. I (obviously) still have power, so we're all good.


Suzanne said...

Hurrah for snow days. I'm taking the rest of the day off because I finished my chapter!

It's in pretty good shape, though not quite as good as the other chapter I finished. I didn't fix the notes at all but I sent it to my advisor anyway.

I have a new YA novel to read (Flora Segunda, by Ysabeau Wilce) and an anti-valentines party to go to. Hurrah for carrots! I need to take some time to celebrate before I start on the next chapter.

Abby said...

Nicely done Suzanne. Can I ask how long, on average, it's taking you to write a chapter? I know that everyone's writing style/speed/process is different, but I'm trying to get a gauge.

Suzanne said...

Well, I have 20-some page drafts of everything, and I can't say exactly how long it took me to write them, but I'm giving myself 10-14 days to revise each one, so I can get a final draft to my readers in time to defend in May.

How's your proposal going? What does that acronym stand for?

Abby said...

Thanks Suzanne. I'm just not sure how much time to give myself for chapter writing. How much time to expect, you know?

As for the proposal, I think you're thinking of Meagan. She's writing her proposal on CRT (Critical Race Theory) and composition. I'm at the reading, note-taking, and drafting stage of my dissertation on feminist rhetorical theory and comp pedagogy -- but it's easy to get us mixed up. We're both comp and we're both at UNH.

Suzanne said...

Oh, I meant the CCCC conference paper.

Abby said...

Oops. Sorry for the misread.

It's the Conference on College Composition and Communication. It's THE big conference in my field. There are many, many, many conferences in composition, lots of them massive, but this is sort of the overarching one. It's in NY this March. Very cool.