Monthly Archives: August 2012

sustain your writing – find a palate cleanser or ten

We all know what a palette cleanser is right? We’re academics so we must have encountered the ubiquitous sorbet either in chilly reality or on one of those food porn tele programmes :)? Or we’ve been to a wine tasting … Continue reading

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is writing a book chapter a waste of time?

A couple of weeks ago a colleague suggested that I might want to offer some advice on whether it was better to write a book, a journal article or a book chapter. Coincidentally, just this week @deevybee published a blog … Continue reading

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(book) review with A VIEW

I was recently asked if I would write something about book reviews. There are some pretty helpful posts already out there about book reviewing and I’ve had a go at the topic before too. So check out: Why write a … Continue reading

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academic writing – learning from practice

I’ve been thinking recently that one of the problems with writing is that, by and large, we can all do it – and we all DO do it. Being in a literate society means that writing is a bit like … Continue reading

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reflection on writing – or – Pavlov’s dog rules

I’m sure we all know the story of Pavlov’s dog. It learnt to salivate at the sound of a metronome/bell. Poor little sod kept on thinking the noise heralded dinner, which it did – but only some of the time. … Continue reading

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a reflection on working collaboratively

I recently led a discussion on ECRchat about working collaboratively. A lot of the discussion was about how you find people to work with and what you need to do to set it up. Of course not everyone wants to … Continue reading

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thinking about theory

Has your supervisor told you that you must ‘do theory’ in your thesis ? Nothing like this kind of comment to bring about a real case of the jitters. Thesis Whisperer recently posted about just this situation and you might … Continue reading

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how to read an academic book closely – part three – sucking the stone

There are some books that are important to your study and some that are critical to your ongoing research agenda, and some that you just love. There are also some writers whose work you want to know in great detail. … Continue reading

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you just got published? don’t tell me about it

Nottingham has the reputation of being a gritty kind of city. It’s got some big estates as well as two universities and it’s the mere existence of these estates that has earned the city a somewhat undeserved reputation as being … Continue reading

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