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[Jan. 10th, 2007|08:07 pm]
Discipula sum, literata ero... Ergo studere ibo.
This essay I'm working on is on the relationship between the kings of England and the papacy between 1042 and 1087. It's something that should be very interesting, and it is (I love all the Investiture and Gregorian Reform runaround), but... I just cannot make myself get as deeply involved in it as I know I should. As I usually can.

This problem, fortunately, happens to me very rarely, but when it does... it really does. I think it has a lot to do with putting things off until the last minute (which I didn't really do, it was more last-minute-because-of-things-out-of-my-control, but still...) -- I know some people are galvanized by having to get things done quickly, but I prefer to have time to relax when I'm working on something. I actually seem to work harder knowing I've got more time. Maybe it's the fact that I like finishing things early, so I can actually enjoy free time without something hanging over me. All I know is that I tend to procrastinate worst when I've got the least time to work with. (Hence... writing this. Although I'm also doing this because I'm out of books to work with, I've exhausted JSTOR, and I can't get to the library until tomorrow morning. I do have a list of books all ready to go, so I've at least done something productive with my evening!)

I got that last form sent off to Toronto, and they said it should be there by a week at the latest (because we paid to have it there in 3-4 days). Hoping for the best, but I also got a reply from the folks at Toronto, who said that if it's a couple of days late, that's fine. So I'm not worrying about that too much.

At least my stupid cold is finally abating somewhat.

I can write 6,000 words in two days. Easy. No problem. And I rarely do much editing, so that should be fine. Give myself through Saturday to do research, Sunday and Monday to write, and Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning to do corrections.

I just have to make myself actually do it.
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[User Picture]From: pwwka
2007-01-10 09:51 pm (UTC)
You're going to let me read it, right? :P
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[User Picture]From: mediaevalstudy
2007-01-11 02:41 pm (UTC)
If you like, sure. Something you're interested in?
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[User Picture]From: pwwka
2007-01-11 02:43 pm (UTC)
::grins:: Was it that obvious? :P
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[User Picture]From: mediaevalstudy
2007-01-17 12:51 am (UTC)
Nah, I'm just quick that way.

It's not really a very strong essay, but if you still want to read it... well, just keep in mind that it's not my best effort.
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[User Picture]From: a_suitcase
2007-01-11 02:06 pm (UTC)
Heya. It's Renée here, I used to have you added on your other journal, when I was still itisyouranthem . I studied history and philosophy in Reading and also wrote my dissertation on Abelard, I think we bonded over a mutual love for him :). I'm not sure if you remember me, but I was just wondering how you're doing with your course and everything? And is it okay if I add you again?
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[User Picture]From: mediaevalstudy
2007-01-11 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, hi! Of course I remember you -- when I wandered back onto LJ after a few months hiatus last year, I saw you'd deleted your account and wondered if everything was okay. What are you doing these days? And how did the dissertation end up? (I'm working on mine at the moment -- finally got there!)
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[User Picture]From: a_suitcase
2007-01-11 02:50 pm (UTC)
I moved back home over the summer and am now doing an MA in Philosophy of Religion here at the university of Leiden. Its quite nice and Im enjoying it :). Next year I'm hopefully doing a research MA in philosophy (focusing on philosophy of language and aesthetics) so I've moved away from medieval history but still love Abelard a ridiculous amount ;). I ended up getting 70% for my dissertation which I thought was rather good! I'm not sure if I ever emailed it to you? If not, would you like to read it? I'd definitely want to read yours when you're done ;). But what's yours on exactly? I read a few entries in this journal and you're actually looking at the original Historia Calamitatum? Man, that must be hard, my latin is pretty much non-existent nowadays. Hope everything is going well!
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[User Picture]From: mediaevalstudy
2007-01-17 12:53 am (UTC)
Oooh, interesting! And I'm glad you haven't forgotten poor ol' Abelard. ;-)

That's an excellent mark, congratulations! You didn't e-mail it to me, I'd love to read it. :-D Mine's in an almost-complete stage. (It's written, but some of the sources need to be worked on a bit -- I haven't found a couple of them in Latin yet, and I've been told I have to use Latin. My Latin's not great, but my adviser wanted me to use it if at all possible, as it looks better for potential MAs/awards/etc. So I'm doing my best, and hoping no one realises I'm not really a Latin scholar. ;-))
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[User Picture]From: _x_blackroses_x
2007-01-11 04:33 pm (UTC)
I just have to make myself actually do it.

That's always the problem!
Best of luck. 6,000 words? You can do it!
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[User Picture]From: mediaevalstudy
2007-01-17 12:54 am (UTC)
Exaaaactly... oh, well. It's done now, I don't have to worry about it anymore, I get tomorrow off, at least that's something good... ;-D
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