December 17, 2014

The paper I am working on.

The paper I should be working on as my top priority.

The paper I can’t wait to work on once the last bit of data we are waiting for arrive.

The paper I shouldn’t bother working on until one of the manuscripts under review comes back with comments.

Only two of these refer to the same manuscript.

8 Responses to “Writing”

  1. odyssey Says:

    1 and D?


  2. The Other Dave Says:

    Ha! I know how you feel. Why do you think I sometimes show up here?

    Except in my case you can substitute ‘grant proposal’ for ‘paper’ in most cases. In my head, this site is connected to grant proposal procrastination.


  3. qaz Says:

    In my experience, these four almost never refer to the same manuscript. And I would add a fifth, which rarely corresponds to one of the previous four:

    The paper I want to be working on.

    And where do you put the half-dozen papers that your graduate students are making too slow progress on…. ?


  4. Dave Says:

    In my head, this site is connected to grant proposal procrastination.

    I prefer to call it ‘grant writing research’.


  5. DJMH Says:

    I call it “professional development,” same as when my kid’s teachers don’t work for a day, every single month (???)


  6. drugmonkey Says:

    Cripes. How did some other manuscript not mentioned above take over my workday??!!!!??? Focus, man, focus!


  7. The Other Dave Says:

    Hey, DM, better to have some other manuscript than nothing at all. Many irons in the fire and all that. Right?


  8. drugmonkey Says:

    Well yeah, but at my advanced age one has a tendency to accumulate more potential manuscripts that one had lying about earlier in the career.


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