whoo hoo it’s revision time

Just the thing I was waiting for. Revisions. Do I sound excited?

It was hard enough getting the damn dissertation out. Now I have to revise it? I’m not actually as incredulous as I might be sounding right now because I know that my writing and my logic are not perfect and I expected that I would have to make massive revisions. I’m actually glad that the comments are pretty mild and that I don’t have to rewrite the whole thing as I had feared. But that doesn’t mean that the task doesn’t seem daunting to me. Especially because my world has just been turned upside down by issues I would rather not discuss. Just when I was getting back on my feet, shit happens to knock me back down.

In any case, one of the reasons why I’m just a tad annoyed at some of the comments I received is that a lot of them are about things that my stupid major professor told me to say or do that I disagreed with but that he said were fine. And when they got called out and I pointed out to him that it was him who suggested them to me and forced me to write these things, he tried to deny it or imply that I had misunderstood what he had told me to do. He actually criticized me on something he himself told me to do and which I hesitated to do! When other reviewers point out these things, it’s not like I get to defend myself and say to them, “But my major professor made me do it!” I just get stuck with these reviewers believing that I’m an idiot when I’m not. And that’s why this whole revision stings a little bit. Not because I think I’m perfect, but because not all of the mistakes are mine.

But what can I do, right? It’s always been like this with my major professor. If I just suck it up this time around, then I can be done with him for good!

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  1. the revision is done!Rejoice! The revision is done! Well, almost. The body is done. References need to be renumbered (yet again) and spelling/grammatical errors need to be fixed. But then it's done! All I have to work on after that is re-making my tables and graphs for my Appendix sections (which shouldn't be too hard if Excel will cooperate with me). I managed to painfully squeeze out 115 whole pages. I'm proud. Now, of course, I still have to send it to my committee members to tear apart. I'm hoping they'll cut me some slack since I went out of my way to address every single issue that they brought up on my first draft. If they're still not happy, I hope that they'll just tell me what to write instead of trying to make me figure it out again. It'll save all of us precious time. On a completely unrelated note, how cool are the new MacBooks? Too cool. In fact, I've already ordered one to replace my current much-hopped-on-by-my-corgi-puppy one. I'm hoping it'll come before I finish my thesis because otherwise, what would I use it for? Blogging? :P...
  2. on second thought…I'm kinda screwed. Let's count the ways: 1) My hypotheses suck. In my defense, I knew they sucked and I didn't want to go with them, but my major professor made me. And now I get to look like an idiot when my committee member calls them "naive." 2) My results suck. It's not good when your baseline measurements are significantly different from each other. 3) My discussion sucks. That would be because no one told me how to write a dissertation discussion. And also because my hypotheses and results suck. So yeah, I spent a week sulking over these sad facts. I finally got off my ass and started working on my revision today. And it's not fun....
  3. yatta! it’s done!FINALLY! I completed my first draft of my dissertation last Thursday, just in time to go on vacation! I can't believe it took so long and all I wrote was 94 double-spaced pages. Looking back, it was really my own inertia that prevented me from finishing...the task just seemed so monumental that there was no point in starting, even when I had already finished everything but the discussion. I literally sat on my ass and watched my puppy for three weeks instead of working on it. When I finally did start writing again, all it took was a week for me to finish! Of course, it's not done until I get my committee's signatures and turn it in, which will probably require several painful revisions, but at least I'm over the first hurdle. I just hope my major professor can put his narcissism aside for a moment and not nitpick every word I've written. Not likely, but I can still dream......

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