Phd progress – and life

I really should blog more, I think.  I made the last post back in February, and here it is, August!

And so many things are happening, not the least of which is my phd getting closer and closer to submission.  I’m going to try and get a bit better at blogging – I think the problem is that this blog doesn’t know whether it’s a personal blog or an informatory blog.

I may have to work out a way to sort that – or just ignore it.  My money’s on the latter.

As for the phd, it is moving along.  I am writing Chapter 6 (there are 7 chapters all up), and this chapter is a biggie with a fair bit of writing involved in terms of analysing what the results mean, and ‘what else’ might be in the data.  There’s a lot of work that’s gone into getting to this stage, and a few dry gullies of analysis, but the post-hoc analysis is finally done.  With any luck, the writing up will be a snap.

Ha ha ha.  I kill me.

Anyway, submission has to occur by November, as I have accepted a post-doctoral research fellowship at UQ, and you kind of need to be a ‘post’ by that stage.

Yesterday’s challenge:  Compiling and synthesising the post-hoc coding of my qualitative research data to identify broad themes for discussion.

Today’s challenge:  write that up as a story.  I want to have that sorted out this week so that I can go and fix my motorbike.  I sort-of kind-of fell off it two weekends ago, and it is resting in purgatory (aka my sister’s house) until I fix Chapter 6 and can then fix the motorbike.

Wish me luck.

I leave you with a photo of a drawing my daughter made this morning at the Sir Albert Sakzewski Virus Research Centre – she is participating in a vaccine trial for Meningococcal disease.

A healthy house

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