This quote, particularly the bit about allowing yourself to get what you want, is really resonating for me today. Both in terms of what my goal is and what’s motivating me to make the changes needed to progress towards that goal. 

“You now know about yourself (most of the time) that you can focus on and sustain effort toward a difficult goal, overcome obstacles, keep going even when you don’t feel like it, and allow yourself to get something that you want.”

Today is also the first day in quite some time where I’ve lived by the “Write first.” maxim. Up much earlier than normal. Have already achieved my (very modest) writing goal for today. About to squeeze in a little reading for pleasure as a reward.

Theme of this blog may have become How to rescue your PhD and turn it all around (and rescue yourself in the process). Or, How Angela got her groove back ;)

Go Team Angela!

(from “Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis” by Joan Bolker)

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Presenting at the 2015 PopCAANZ Conference (Wellington, NZ)

Next week I’m heading to Wellington, New Zealand to present at PopCAANZ 2015 (AKA The 2015 Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference).

It’s my first time presenting at an academic conference (and also my first time visiting New Zealand) and I feel surprisingly prepared. That’s the result of a conscious plan mind you. I could very easily see myself sitting in my hotel room the night before my presentation sweating over the fact that I still hadn’t really nailed down what I was going to say. So, I built in a couple of pre-presentation presentation commitments to make sure that, if I was going to have that horrible night before, it was going to be the night before some other, lower-stakes event.

And it worked :) Which is not to say that I’m 100% happy with the presentation I’ve written. I know it’s not a good reflection of where my thinking about my project is actually at. But, it will do. It’s prepared, it’s thoughtful and it’s good enough. Funnily enough, learning to take a step forward when I feel like what I’ve got is only just good enough is likely to be one of the best outcomes of doing a PhD for me.

Now, back to work and those many, many chapter words I need to write and interview transcripts I still need to finish!

Inside and outside

‘Immersive theatre involves placing the audience within the story-world.  Rather than having a separated stage and auditorium, everything is the ‘stage’, and the audience are placed there alongside the actors.  The audience may be acknowledged by the performers, they may not, they may be led from location to location or left to roam as they choose, but the defining element is that there is no space considered to be outside the story-world.  Immersive theatre can be interactive, participatory or playing, but doesn’t have to be.’

Source: ‘What exactly is immersive, interactive, participatory or playing theatre, anyway?’ Playing at Plays

I’m following Russell Anderson’s Playing with Plays blog with interest (and a little bit of jealousy because of the list of interesting shows he’s seeing/will see and review soon!).

The quote above is of particular interest to me because, as my own PhD work progresses (Russell is also a current PhD candidate), I’m becoming more and more focused on questions about  boundaries in relation to the audience “in” Sleep No More (what boundaries exist; how they are defined; who can define or challenge them; etc.).

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So, it turns out that doing a PhD plus a couple of casual jobs and planning a trip away can keep you a bit busy. I have a lot to catch-up on and have neglected this blog terribly over the last couple of weeks. Which is a shame because I’ve seen some interesting shows, read some interesting things and talked to some very interesting people!

Hopefully lots of updates very soon!

[search term] + “for dummies”

I don’t think I’m alone in struggling with getting my head around where I (and my research) sit in terms of ontology and epistemology. Trying to dig down and make visible to yourself the kinds of beliefs that you’ve tended to take for granted is difficult. So, I’ve been reading a lot on the topic and starting to feel as though I have some kind of (very loose) grip on it. But, as soon as I start to feel as though I might understand it I think, “Well, if I feel like I understand it then I’m obviously missing something and don’t really understand it at all”. i.e. My default position seems to be, if I can understand it then I’ve obviously misunderstood it. Not helpful!

So, to try to reassure myself that I have at least grasped the basics I find myself googling [search term] + “for dummies”.

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