What Have I Been Up To? Dissertation Writing…Sort of…

I hope to post regularly this semester, but I hope to finish my dissertation completely this semester as well. Between the two choices, I may have to set aside this blog a bit while I analyze, write, research, and revise (repeat).

Here are some comics to make you smile on a Monday. I think these apply to any writing task, not just the dissertation or thesis.

PhD Comics: Thesis Writing
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: Our Thesis
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: Finished Thesis
[Source: PhD Comics.]

I very much relate to this one below, especially the coffee part.

PhD Comics: Blood Sweat Tears Coffee
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: Writing Your Thesis Outline
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: Your Thesis Title
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: The Thesis Repulsor Field
[Source: PhD Comics.]

This is me, below. I hate to admit that, but it is.

PhD Comics: Why? Why???
[Source: PhD Comics.]

And, this gem below is me, too. (Insert a friend or roommate, though, not a boyfriend or spouse.)

PhD Comics: You Have Started Writing, Haven't You?
[Source: PhD Comics.]

Last but not least, The Thesis Committee, below. I’ve posted this one before, but it is so wonderful I want to post it again.

PhD Comics: The Thesis Committee
[Source: PhD Comics.]

How do you procrastinate when you write? I mean any writing…a blog, a paper, a news article, a letter to someone, or, a thesis or dissertation.

I think I am past the “dread” stage, and I hope I am past the worst of the procrastination stage. I want to finish and start the next phase of life. This has been a wonderful journey, but it is time to move on.

And now, I’ll stop writing this blog post as a form of productive procrastination, and get back to the dissertation writing.

Have a great day!

If Game of Thrones Had Mass Transit…

What would a mass transit map for Westeros and EssosThe Known World from The Game of Thrones—look like? Michael Tyznik decided to find out and created these wonderful maps that both explain and poke fun of the complicated story lines of the book and HBO series.

Inspired by the work of Cameron Booth and his awesome Transit Maps Tumblr, I created these rail maps of Westeros and The Known World. Hopefully fans will notice some small touches — the closed stations along the Wall Line, for example.

Prints of the maps are available starting at $40 at inPRNT: Westeros and The Known World. You can also view the maps at high resolution on my Flickr: Westeros and The Known World.

Here’s the starting point. Clicking on the images will take you to a larger, zoomable image.

  1. We’re at the main station for the city of King’s Landing, viewing a map of “Rail Transport in Westeros”.
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  3. Next, we can view more closely the full transit Routes map and Key of “Rail Transport in Westeros”.
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  5. As you can see, in Westeros, all roads lead to King’s Landing.
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  7. Rail transport even extends to Pyke, on the Iron Islands.
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  9. The Known World has mass transit in Essos, as well. Here is the Key, plus “Routes in Essos”. Based on the map alone, Essos is more sparsely settled than Westeros.
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  11. Please note that the service to Valyria has been discontinued, while service to Slavers Bay and the Gulf of Grief continues.
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  13. Please note the closed stations along the Wall. Castle Black, as always, remains open and on guard. The distance between Winterfell and Castle Black is approximate.
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  15. Last, but not least, is a close up of the Key and “Routes in Essos” from “The Known World” transit map.
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    These maps are a labor of love. They show a great attention to detail, artistic ability, and creativity. I think these maps are a lovely way to mix reality and fantasy.

    What do you think of the transit maps. Do you have any comments you’d like to make?

    Valar morghulis, dear readers.

    [Source: Michael Tyznik via Buzzfeed.]