22 June 2009


An interesting thought came to me yesterday. Yesterday, I was writing a short document about my research interests. This is for an application that I am currently processing. Anyway, I had to state what my research is about, and what my academic interests were in general.

So as I was writing it, I came to the point where I had to sort of describe briefly my dissertation topic, and where it is heading towards. As I was describing it, suddenly, the things I was pondering about, the multiple theories I am pitting against, the hypotheses that I was testing, all those stuff, they became clear to me. I felt like my writer's block for the past couple of weeks got dislodged, and I got unstuck from my stagnant location.

I suppose given the fact that I had to explain what I was doing to someone who may not have a clue or the necessary background knowledge, so I had to explain it to the level of a common man. I suppose since I had to assume that the person who will be reading this has no knowledge whatsoever of the assumptions that I am making, I had to start from the beginning, explaining basically from Square 1. And that process helped.

Anyway, so yeah. I am finishing this up, and waiting for the recommendation letters from two professors. Hopefully, something good comes out of this.

(Soldier with Cape, from my DC Memorials Series)


  1. I perfectly understand! Sometimes you just have to bounce ideas on someone (even if the someone is just an imaginary interlocutor, like in a letter) to see more clearly.

    Good for you!

  2. Zhu,

    Yes. Sometimes, one just has to have a reason, no matter how trivial it is, to verbalize ideas, and things get clearer.