Category Archives: Ph.D. or Bust

Crafting a Way Forward, Part 2: Help Get #AMJtoLA

Table of Professional Skills

So this is actually post 3 in an unintentional series of posts about my next life transition. It seems we have entered a season of expression for AMJ (hush up all the Gemini slander… but it IS our time right now, so…) Tl;dr – it’s time for me to leave Chicago. I need help finding…

AMJ Are You OK?

Weyulll… If you follow my ramblings on Twitter (btw, NOT a professional space for me), you know that I’ve been disabled for the past two years, due to a couple of accidents. While I can’t discuss details due to pending legal cases, I can say that things have certainly not gotten any better for me….

[insert waving hand emoji, tie white flag to fingertip]

Hi. Yes, I am alive. Yes, I am apparently hustling backwards when it comes to the transition from coursework phase to research phase. Of course, I didn’t know I would be the sole TA for 200+ students until right before classes started. To be fair, I *could* have made a last minute schedule/planning change but…

Reference Management Unlocked! #phdchat #acwri

So getting a handle on reference management has been more than a a notion for me. I loved RefWorks when my university had it, but they dropped it at the end of last year, so I never got to really set myself up the way I wanted. I’ve spent this year trying to find my way…

Can I Come Up for Air?

I have two draft posts hanging out in my WP dashboard. I started them ages ago. But school happened. And then surgery happened, followed by recovery. And then moving happened, which included all manners of FAIL: lackluster coordination, major appliances, and dangerous flooring. But I had to start my field placement and my research job….

Stayin’ Alive… And Other Awesome Things

i’ve gone through several iterations of my thank you tribute & decided to storify as many tweets, posts, & other things as i could recover. there were a TON of RTs but I can’t show names on new-style RTs. click tweet links to see who shared!

So Much Awesome!

It’s been a busy couple of months!  Here are a few highlights I tried some new reading & writing techniques and failed at them. Coming to terms with the fact that I just need to read pretty much everything. Interesting thing: as I do that, the reading seems to go a wee bit swifter. I…

Riding the Waves… #acwrimo #nablopomo

Listen… I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. Two days ago, I was down in the dumps about my program and *this close* to walking away. Today, in this moment, I’m feeling rather contented. Of course, I also had my documentary production class today & that always makes me happy. It feels good to…

Indecision… #acwrimo #nablopomo

So @thesiswhisperer is one of my favorite folks on twitter academia. Today, she featured a guest post that asks, “Should you quit your PhD?” As I’ve been hinting at, well, since forever, this question is almost constantly on my mind. (For those who are keeping track, today I have my doubts.) I poured my heart out in…

The Importance of Me #acwrimo #nablopomo

So I didn’t do any academic work today. I spent half the morning sleeping (and that extra hour was SOOOO helpful!); a couple hours revisiting my latest chart reading with my astrologer, Sam Reynolds; half the afternoon cleaning my kitchen; and the other half cooking. Then I talked to my mommy & then to my…