In the process of working on some thesis-related paperwork, I had occasion to review a story that I wrote about three years ago for a fiction class. I enjoyed most of it, and I did feel like I was able to give it a solid, honest critical assessment, having not even looked at it in such a long time. I was saying to Wordy that I could probably clean up the ending a bit and try to send it out for publication.
Then just this afternoon, I was having a conversation with Ron Rindo, my thesis director, about a very similar thing: what a fabulous idea it is to finish a piece, set it aside, and don’t even think about it for a couple months so you can look at it with a fresh perspective. That not something that I’ve always taken the time to do in my academic career, but where this thesis is concerned, I think it’s absolutely necessary. It’s a shift of thinking to go away from a standard, stone-set academic calendar to the notion that this is MY project, that I get to do at MY pace. Quality has to be most important thing, and I’m going to try to be mindful of that from here on out.