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The unmentionable has become an actual ‘thing’ in my life

Yes, that’s right….I have finally embarked upon the road to PhD.. at the age of 50. I know, right?   RIDICULOUS!  I’ve been very resistant to the whole concept of  writing for a PhD for a VERY LONG TIME. Mostly because, with multiple additional learning needs, my  scholarly experiences have been arduous. So it’s been much easier to simply avoid the whole PhD concept.  However, a PhD has now become a ‘must do’, so… I am doing it… on a part time basis over five years.

If you’re still awake at this point and want more on this subject then you’ll be delighted to know that I plan to blog my way through the PhD process by posting weekly progress lists.

Week 1 of 36 allocated (part time) PhD weeks (Day 1 of 180):
Publishable PhD words written – minus 1500
PhD suitable papers published – none
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion
Miles run – 11.5
Cakes baked – none
Books read for pleasureIf I Die Before I Wake (see 2017 reading page for link to book review)
Books read for PhD – one chapter of Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks
Blogs read for PhDDr Helen Kara
Research undertaken – 27 of 46 students have completed the first survey
Meetings with PhD supervisors – two scheduled for Nov
Meetings with ALN support – one scheduled for Nov
Average level of guilt felt when squeezing PhD days in work diary – moderate
Overall average stress level – tolerable
Average success rate – pretty much as expected

Plan for next week:

  • meet with one supervisor
  • remind research students to complete survey
  • decide focus group date
  • choose journals for possible publication of two articles
  •  write 1st draft of one article
  •  exercise more
  •  bake more
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Dee J Kirkby
Dee lives in the South of England in a home otherwise filled with males – husband, boys and pets & writes to escape the testosterone.
At the age of 40, she was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger syndrome, in addition to dyslexia and dyspraxia.
Dee J Kirkby

Dee J Kirkby

Dee lives in the South of England in a home otherwise filled with males – husband, boys and pets & writes to escape the testosterone. At the age of 40, she was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger syndrome, in addition to dyslexia and dyspraxia.

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