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TSS: Post of the Hours

March 28, 2010

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all!

Things continue to be mildly insane here, and not a lot of reading has gotten done again this week, thanks in part to three 12+ hour work days in a row. I did finish one (very short) book and one graphic novel, but for most of the week I’ve been reading (or, at least, meaning to read but not having the energy to do anything other than heat up dinner and fall into bed instead of reading) Justin Allen’s Year of the Horse. After my big All-YA-All-The-Time declaration of last week, my plans to tear through books like wildfire were derailed a bit by picking a YA book with the teeeensiest font ever. Not that I’m not enjoying the story – I was able to scrape together a hour or so yesterday to read, and it’s a fun book – it’s just making me a little squinty, and slow-going.

I did sign up for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, which, for those of you who might not know yet, is coming up on April 10th. (Didn’t we just do a read-a-thon? Has it really been 6 months? Ye gods…) I’m really looking forward to it, but I think my version is probably going to be more like a 14-hour read-a-thon. Not that I ever make it the full 24 hours anyways (I usually peter out and go to bed in hour 19), but if I’m going to participate at all, I’m going to have to cut it even further short.

The due date for my dissertation is fast approaching, and I’ve been making myself write (not run analyses, not edit, not look up references, just write) for two hours a day, every day. It’s going well, and it is getting done, but it can be tough making myself stick to that schedule. So, rather than break my fledgling habit, I figured I’d devote the first two hours of RAT to writing (we’ll call it my own writeathon!), and then I can spend the rest of the day reading guilt-free (or at least guilt-reduced) before going to bed at a sensible hour so that I can get up and start writing again on Sunday.

What about you, readers? Got plans for the read-a-thon?

25 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2010 9:34 am

    I don’t think I’m doing the read-a-thon- that’s the day after my birthday, and if everything goes as planned, I ought to be in New York!

    Good luck on your dissertation. I hope everything goes well!

  2. March 28, 2010 10:21 am

    I always intend to do the read-a-thon and end up not doing it much at all. This year it falls at the start of my spring break so I think I may be able to participate.

  3. March 28, 2010 10:35 am

    Good luck with the dissertation – it sounds like you’re making great progress!

  4. March 28, 2010 3:45 pm

    I can’t even imagine the stress of writing a thesis. Best of luck to you with that as you finish! I won’t be participating in the read-a-thon this time, but hope to at least to a little cheerleading.

  5. March 28, 2010 5:05 pm

    I am a tentative for the Read A Thon – I am very busy at work and I am not sure I will absolutely be able to clear the day for it.

    Hang in there with the dissertation!

    • March 30, 2010 8:41 am

      Colleen – I hope your schedule works out for the RAT!

  6. March 28, 2010 5:38 pm

    I’m signed up for the readathon, but I’m planning a Readathon Lite, like I did last time.

    I’m hosting a giveaway on my Sunday Salon post today. I plan to give away two $10 gift cards to Amazon on Easter Sunday. I hope you will stop by and sign up!

    • March 30, 2010 8:42 am

      debnance – Readathon Lite: Same great taste, fewer hours of sleep deprivation?

  7. March 28, 2010 7:01 pm

    Argh, 12 hour days are hard! Good luck with your dissertation. I am curious, if you don’t mind me asking, what is it about?

    As for the readathon I will probably cheer lead for a couple of hours. Have a great week!

  8. March 29, 2010 9:39 am

    This year’s read-a-thon is really at quite a good time for me, no tests, exams or project evals scheduled, so I think I’m going to try and participate, though not for 24 hours (that’s too much!)

    Good luck with your dissertation!

    • March 30, 2010 8:40 am

      Hazra – Yeah, I don’t think I have ever or will ever make the full 24h.

  9. March 29, 2010 11:41 am

    I’m pretty sure I’m not going to manage the readathon this year. It’s coming right at the end of my sister’s visit home, which has been hectic so far and will only get more so. By the time she goes, I will be needing lots and lots of sleep.

    • March 30, 2010 8:39 am

      Jenny – Heh, I know the feeling; a 24-hour nap-a-thon sounds like fun too!

  10. March 29, 2010 4:12 pm

    Wow, both long work days and working on your dissertation. Good luck with the read-a-thon :-)! I plan on participating as both a reader and cheerleader, but not for 24 hours solid.

    • March 30, 2010 8:37 am

      Valerie – Well, to be fair, working on my dissertation is part of the long work day.

  11. March 29, 2010 9:35 pm

    Good luck with your dissertation! I hope things are going well.

    I get to actually read for the Readathon for the first time this year, which I am so excited about! Usually I just cheerlead, so this will be a different experience.

  12. March 29, 2010 10:46 pm

    Whew! Sounds rough.

    Hang in there! Which book has the teensy font?

    • March 30, 2010 8:39 am

      Kelly – Year of the Horse. In retrospect, it’s not that small, but I went from I Am Mordred, which had about six words per page, to Year of the Horse, whose font is slightly smaller than I’m used to, so the contrast was kind of startling.

  13. March 30, 2010 11:35 pm

    Sounds like great plans for your reading and the writing of your dissertation!

    I wish I could participate in the read-a-thon, too – I enjoyed it so much last year! Sadly, this falls on the weekend before my two weeks of tests and papers to turn in before the end of term, so I’ll be having a two weeks study-o-thon instead.

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