Volcabulary

What's in a name? More specifically, what's in the name of a volcanic hazard? Different names carry different meanings, conveying an emotion or communicating a threat. Volcanic vocabulary ranges from the descriptive ("the fire like a Christmas tree"), through the technical ("pyroclastic flow"), to the sensory ("roaring"). Language is fundamental to knowledge of volcanic hazards. … Continue reading Volcabulary

Featured post: the “ExPhDition”

Coming to the end of a PhD is a strange event. Unlike the closure granted by the final exam and graduation party of an undergraduate degree, finishing a PhD involves a number of milestones along an interminable path: compiling the first thesis draft, receiving all your supervisors' comments, finishing your conclusions, submitting the paperwork, uploading … Continue reading Featured post: the “ExPhDition”

At your service: the merits of Overleaf

"It's not what she said, it's the way she said it". Most of us have heard this phrase before. In conversation, the delivery of a message is as important as its content. A PhD thesis is no different! While students and supervisors spend years on building the thesis content, we may neglect to discuss the … Continue reading At your service: the merits of Overleaf

Twists and turning points

Do you like to write? I do. Dusty bookshelves and corners of the internet are littered with my old blog posts and half-finished journals. I was a teenage bookworm who would happily spend hours wriggling through the twists of fiction, poetry, and travel memoirs. When I started my PhD, I made the acquaintance of academic … Continue reading Twists and turning points

Nine turning points: a writing exercise

Below is the “turning points” exercise I completed at a workshop I attended in April 2020, "Finding Your Voice As An Academic Writer". The point of the exercise is to rewrite an aspect of one's chosen subject through a series of "turning points", just like twists in a work of fiction. I study Volcán de … Continue reading Nine turning points: a writing exercise

I was featured on another blog!

I'm really proud to say that I recently had a blog post published on another site. The site, DoctoralWriting SIG, is a forum for discussion of higher education writing. It's not only for PhD students and researchers, but anyone interested in sharing knowledge and talking about issues associated with academic writing. Recent blog posts have … Continue reading I was featured on another blog!

When to weigh anchor

"It came to me in a dream." This sentence has been the explanation given by visionaries throughout history for their inspiration: religious mystics, Frank Ocean, this amazing footnote. But as the rudder that steers the passage of a career in an ordinary life? That seems foolhardy. And yet ... such dreams can clarify subconscious desires. … Continue reading When to weigh anchor