I wish I could read a whole book without being distracted by the ideas I get

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I just read Fannie’s post on how she struggles to find the time to write her thesis, and I couldn’t help noticing some similarities with my situation, in spite of the fact that we are at two different stages of our research—she is writing her thesis, I am defining and planning mine.

Last year I started my PhD in an amazing program that requires the completion of several courses, with an original—relatively vague—research question in mind, and with the awareness that this idea was going to be revised in the light of these courses. I saw—and still see—these courses as an inspiring source of tools and ideas, as well as an opportunity to acquire up-to-date knowledge from professors that I think deserve the title of pioneers.

Now, at the end of the fifth of these courses, several months before my comprehensive exam, everything is proceeding more or less…

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