So then I had to focus on finishing the last of my scenes and weaving them together with a frame of narrative, something that was new to me. In the end, I turned in 90,000 words on my draft thesis and a twenty-five page critical paper that grew to 28 pages when I formatted the reference quotes in an indented paragraph when they went more than a line or two, as suggested by the AP Style Guide. I was pleased to get good feedback on the paper.
My rough draft received the commentary that yes, it was a draft and had several stories in it.
By the time I was finished cranking out as clean of a copy as I could in the time available, I was feeling a great deal of stress in my arms and back, my tendinitis flaring up. So I've taken the holiday weeks off to get more exercise. Bob and I managed to finish hiking at each of the Seminole County Wilderness areas, learning two fun new places and once swamp walking up to our ankles.
I've also worked on my gardens, getting them weeded and planting some new plants.
But I haven't forgot about my work. I've worked on outlining one of the extracts from the 90K words as a potential book and figured out where I wanted to break the 90K into two volumes, one early life, one later life. I have a print out that I will start marking up with edits.
I've also been rather laid back about getting my reading list out in the form of reviews--I found out how out of date my Goodreads list is for one, plus outlined a dozen other papers I can write, several that I've already started.