Half asleep and ranting away the day.

– posted an hour after writing –

With the deadline of the first draft of my thesis approaching faster than a blast beat, and a mountain of key quotes, rough notes and new original observations to edit into some cohesive case study chapters – things in Simon’s Honours HQ are getting pretty tense. It’s 11.30pm on a Wednesday night.. I think that means it’s time to head home.


Today’s word count was encouraging, and I was able to implement the first of the structural changes that I have been toying with in my last few blog posts. But I am concerned by the way that the restructuring of my thesis has damaged the once orderly presentation of my Scrivener project. In the space of two weeks, my Scrivener project file has shifted from being the most organized uni-related endeavour I have ever worked on (see my previous post about scrivener labels), to its current appearance as a haphazard, anxiety inducing trainwreck.


This is in need of drastic change – starting first thing tomorrow morning.


The section of my work that is most daunting to peruse over at the moment is my chapter on the relationship between concept albums and media technologies.

The chapter is paramount to the flow of my thesis. It needs to document the ways that the concept album format has been influenced by the ongoing progression of technology over the course of nearly half a century, while critically engaging with the four albums that I have chosen to explore as case studies. At the moment, it doesn’t really do either of these things – for reasons that I am aware of, yet find hard to articulate in words.

I can recall how my introduction chapter (which appears to be taking a nice-ish shape now) went through a similar phase of utter disorganization, before it slowly but surely developed for the better with some perseverance and patience.


While there are so many things in my other ‘work-in-progress’ chapters that require revising and tempt further attention, the truth is that no component of my work requires more dedicated effort than this one. Given its importance to my pending next steps, of developing a strong conclusion and evaluating the outcomes of my research, this chapter is the only thing that I should have open in Scrivener when I sit myself down for study in the morning.

In more uplifting news – my progressive rock band Kettlespider had a good day. The photo below says it all.

Kettlespider earn some 'played on triple j' honours!

Kettlespider earn some ‘played on triple j’ honours!






About simonwoodhonours

Simon Wood (Honours in Media and Communication) is an RMIT student whose specialist discipline is in the 'contemporary music industry'. For his honours study in 2013, Simon will be researching the ‘concept album’, and its significance within the contemporary music industry.
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