Today was one of those research days when it's easy to feel like nothing really got done. It's an easy thing to happen during the PhD, there are lots of days where the heavy lifting of your work day is sitting there thinking through something. Or reading for ten hours straight.
Which is part of the reason I blog/post pictures of my work. I think it's important to know what goes into all this, and share with other scholars so others know they're not the only ones.
When I am walking Nehi is usually when I come up with my best ideas- how to work through a problem, how to argue a point, or a solution to something that has been bothering me. But it doesn't look like work.
Yesterday and today were those types of days- did nothing but read and take notes. Granted, I had to do this in order to expand my Old English and Milton conference papers into articles which will then become a part of chapters in the #DevilDiss and the concluding chapter of the #DevilDiss.
So here's what I did today.
- Read and took notes on Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England as this is my foundational text for arguing that Milton uses the folkloric devil in order to present a unified commonwealth.
- I went through the huge stack of books on my shelf and skimmed to figure out what chapters had to be photocopied for notes versus what was not going to be helpful for library/office run on Monday.
- Add Old English references to Zotero so those books can be returned.
- Also managed by clearing out all this to refocus/reorganize the dissertation book shelves.
All in all, feeling good about today's progress, even though there's no tangible object to celebrate at the end of the day.
I'm in great shape now having read the research to expand both the Old English and Milton conference papers into articles. The Old English article is on deck for tomorrow, and the Milton one for Monday, so we'll see how it goes.