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From PhD student to PhDone: Writing up that thesis


25 days ago, I submitted my PhD thesis. I am relieved that it is now, finally, done. However, you have to forgive me for not writing elsewhere for a while. I’ve not been able to stomach writing anything beyond a text message recently. But I’m back. And I’ve missed writing. Since submitting, I’ve been immersed in web film projects, attending other…

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Using NaNoWriMo for generative PhD writing


This is the academic year that I complete my PhD. I am very fortunate to attend writing retreats almost monthly now. I’m at one in Dumfries just now writing this in my final session – I was at Gartmore last week (6.8k words of introduction redraft banked) & I have two booked in November. I’m now watching friends and colleagues…

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Blogging PhD Chat: Sometimes you just need to get up at 6am and write…


 A few weekends ago, during an intense period of finalising a report for work, I redesigned my website (for the millionth time) and I made 378 entries on this blog private. I removed all pages that listed my publications, workshop titles and examples of work. There are now just over 150 left – and most them are from January 2013…

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What I need to write about during February 2014


This is my second post of 2014 that checks in with my writing goals and sets some new ones for the month. As I’m working full time at the moment, it can be quite difficult to be disciplined with my own writing, as especially (I hope!) to have some good news in terms of where restarting my PhD is concerned,…

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Outcomes of Writing Retreat Number 2: Returning to the Ethics Form


I’m writing this blog post during the final 30 minutes of my second writers’ retreat. It has been great to be able to return to the retreat so soon after the last one in November. This time Kieran was able to join me (who is 2 weeks into his PhD, after spending the first 3 months of his enrolment completing…

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Writing Retreats; or how a trip to the mountains helped me restart my PhD.


Inspired by this call to action from Jessica on collecting the stories of mental health and PhD students, and the fact I am looking forward to working on ‘it’ through the enforced Christmas annual leave that working in a University insists I take (:-D),  I thought I would give an update on my progress of trying to get back on…

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