Weeks 143 and 144: Write quietly

I have completed Chapter 5, and have been working on Chapter 6.

It’s a bit strange feeling to see there the four summary tables that I initially made for my convenience, with no intention of including them in my thesis. But my supervisors approved the idea of including them.

When writing Chapter 5, I first tried to focus on the trees, not the forest, because it was too overwhelming for me to see the whole forest of the largest chapter of my thesis. Now I must step back and get a wider perspective and see the key points, relating the findings back to the conceptual framework.

Early this week, I felt a little bit emotional when I printed out my draft chapters 1 to 5, put them together on my desk, and started writing Chapter 6. This manuscript is what I have been pouring my energy into for the past three years. Maybe I must know many about the field of my research, but feel as if I know nothing. I don’t even know whether my findings have something significant to say, or not. I only try to be faithful to my research participants and their raw data.


Creamy pasta bake with chicken and mushrooms


Rigatoni with spiced seafood and tomatoes served in Sicilian ceramics


Tortellini for a quick pasta dinner


My achievements in Weeks 143 and 144

  • completed the draft chapter of findings
  • finished preparation for my new classes

Goals for Week 145

  • start teaching for the 2019/2020 academic year
  • write the discussion chapter
  • celebrate my birthday!