So, my crazy plan for splitting my work was actually approved. I might be a bit quiet this week as I will have nothing to say on the dissertation as it is all-job-letters-all-the-time in my household. It has been exhausting so far, but incredibly rewarding.
The sense of accomplishment as I finish off parts of each dossier for each job really helps to move me forward. It has reminded me of how I feel when I complete a second of a chapter. Also, the collaborative process of finding me a job is pretty inspiring—my committee members are working hard on their letters for me. Yes, because I am in an interdisciplinary field, there is no single, stock letter of recommendation that goes out for all positions. Plus, the various positions in different disciplines with which my work over laps means that I have a bunch of letter writers and not the typical three or four. At present I have a total of six letter writers who rotate in and out depending upon the position….well, not exactly; my poor advisor is not getting a break on any of these.
I actually think that this week of insane job-letter writing and applications will really give me some great inspiration for the chapter. Let’s hope so, for I will be getting down with Chapter 3 next week!