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Rewriting the hypothesis...

Today I'm one year, four months, and two weeks, exactly, into this PhD. I just rewrote my hypothesis.

When I first applied to do this PhD, I proposed that flash fiction has as much literary weight as short stories, novellas and novels. As it turned out, the concept of 'literary weight' was somewhat problematic. It was a bit like the 'how long is a piece of string?' problem. 'Weight' is quite an arbitrary measurement.

So, I kind of let go of the hypothesis and just starting researching the history and definition of flash fiction, coming to the conclusion that while there isn't a lot of writing about flash fiction in academe, there is already more than enough writing aimed at defining flash fiction, and the only thing I would add to that writing might be a push to use flash fiction as an umbrella term to round up the lexical variant whichs populate the general definition of very short fiction.

I went on a bit of a trek into concepts of narrative identity …

Sorting all the things...

I've registered for the conference in Wellington, and also booked my flights. As it turned out I have to stay four night because the conference starts early on the Sunday and ends late on the Tuesday, so I have to be there Saturday and Tuesday nights. Oh well, I'll survive, I'm sure.

I submitted my passport application this morning and was told it would take 2-3 weeks, I really hope that it happens as quickly as they say, because three weeks will be the 3rd of November and I fly out on the 29th (I know that sounds like plenty of time, but seriously I want all my ducks in a row with plenty of time to spare!).

I have submitted two weeks notice of applying for assistance (reimbursement from the university for a domestic conference, confusing, I know, but for conference New Zealand is considered domestic). Hopefully, once I submit the application itself, I'll get the reimbursement in short order because I have yet to arrange accommodation, international sim, pocket money e…

What a little 'coming together' can do...

I've been working on this degree for about 16 months now. I'm almost half way through. It was only in the past two or three months that I started to meet up with other research candidates and was able to share the experience of being a PhD student or candidate with peers. Finding these other students has made a big difference to my experience of doing the degree.

If you read blog or journal articles about being a candidate, you will have come across (probably many) references to the sense of isolation doing this kind of work brings. Even if you do know other research students, they are often doing a very different field of research, using different methodologies, and having different kinds of issues with their research. So, even when I did find peers on campus, only one or two of them were writing peers, and none of them were doing the kind of writing I'm doing.

For the past couple of days I've been attending a symposium of arts and education research students. There w…

Once...

I have had the most wonderful weekend!

Today I want to tell you about going to see 'Once' at the Princess Theatre on Spring Street, in Melbourne. Gosh, the Princess theatre is lovely! But this isn't a blog post about architecture - though the architecture was beautiful!


No, this is a post about the musical play, 'Once', 'Once' the musical play, is based on the film of the same name, which became a surprise international hit in 2006, winning an Oscar for best song ('Falling Slowly'). This award winning Broadway production (including multiple Tony awards, a Grammy, and two Oliviers), which has already been embraced by audiences in London, New York, and Dublin, has finally come to Australia. It is led by British Director John Tiffany and Music Supervisor Martin Lowe, both part of the original New York creative team. 'Once' has played to packed audiences since preview performances commenced in late September, and is currently playing at the Prin…

Get ready, steady... Go!

I sent off the paper for peer review last Tuesday morning. At the end of the first week of November I should get it back for revisions before it is published. I am so exciting, and a little nervous. I hope there aren't too many revisions to do, or worse that they say it is an utter piece of shit and I should go hide under a rock and never show my face in academic circles again - but I'm hoping that is very unlikely.

The Write/Connect symposium is on this coming week, and I'm hoping it turns out to be everything is proposed to be, and I might make a real connection to do some collaborative research and get another paper published. In any case, it will be good practice for speaking about my topic and working on the involuntary shakes and dry mouth that happen when I get up to speak. It's so odd, I don't feel nervous about speaking, I do it all the time, but in formal situations I still get shaky and dry. This symposium is supposed to be very relaxed as symposiums go,…