I have these little pet projects, all somewhat related to one another, which I’ve been working on, off and on, for the past couple of years. They’ve been fun escapes from the grind when I’ve needed them most, but I’ve never remained focused on them long enough to make them into a nice, tidy story. Now that my postdoc is coming to a close, mentor and I agreed it was high time to get ‘er done.
I’m a big fan of this post from Isis, mostly because it’s how I write manuscripts. So I spent the majority of the past week analyzing old data. Generating figures. Scattering the pretty pictures around on my desk and computer while trying to write little blurbs up about them. Fleshing out the blurbs. Weaving the blurbs into a story. Finding the holes. And then…
I needed some literature review to figure out which direction to go next, what experiments needed to be done in my limited time remaining as a postdoc, so I started working on the introduction – before the results were finished (gasp!). But really, it was more of a “write it while you’re reading that shit” kind of review type thingy.
The scrap-booking method of putting together this manuscript seems to be working. I think my entertaining little shits will actually get published someday. Even if my head is feeling a little jello-ish. But that’s only because I’m also planning out the next 2 years of grant submissions while also trying to get a paper on a somewhat unrelated subject submitted. I know, this is my life now, and I’ll enjoy it. I just really want some jello with my whine.