The proposal is an argument.
With each proposal section and subsection, one needs to be making his or her CASE for the research being proposed.
I’m feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment by all the random little items I need to do to polish my proposal argument. Also, I’m looking at the late date — August 8th, 2013 — thinking about all of the folks who have been finished with proposaling (and some their entire PhD dissertations) while I’m just trying to finish the proposal for my MA thesis. Students who came in after me have been done and will be “doctors” soon, and I’m still proposaling.
I know I had some setbacks and life issues. Serious ones. But still. Others have surmounted similar issues (though perhaps not while having to work full-time.) Regardless: Deep inhale, deep exhale. 😦
Taking Action: Being Responsible Regarding Emotion Management
Alison Miller, in her wonderful book “Finish Your Dissertation Once and For All,’ says that I can have these feelings and write anyway. Okay, Alison: I’m breathing! (Inhaaaaaaaaaale, exhaaaaaaaale).
I’ve decided that I need to do one of my staple “Livescribe work sessions” (see page image and link to the dynamically playable page below). Critical to the research process is the researcher’s journal. I use http://www.penzu.com, as well as a Livescribe Smartpen and notebook. You can use http://penzu.com for free, or you can pay a small yearly fee to have multiple journals (more than worth the money, IMHO). And if you can save up the money to get a new or refurbished Livescribe Smartpen, I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend it.
Here is a link to my researcher’s journal page. As of now, I’ve only set it up: http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/MLSOverviewPage?sid=x4qbqznh295n
Below a picture of the page set-up. I will turn on the voice recorder and talk things out as I journal. I’ll try to remember to upload the final journal page that includes voice audio.