Graduation—sooner or later?
At Lancaster University, doctoral students in the English & Creative Writing Department typically graduate in December. Brrr. But despite that, my sweetie, who is nothing if not intrepid, suggested we combine a winter graduation with Christmas in London and a visit to the Christkindlmarkt in Bavaria. Shopping? I’m in!
Then, last week, my supervisor told me that, instead of graduating in December 2021, I could move it up to July 2021. Which then precipitated a crisis greater even than missing the Christkindlmarkt.
- I’d have my degree earlier!
- Travel in the summer is much easier and packing less complicated (no Sorels, no parka)
- Sweetie and I could go to Scotland afterward
- Complete chaos in my regular book production schedule. Removing five months removes two books, which is half a year without a release.
- I’d already removed one book in order to devote the first three months of 2020 to finishing the first draft. With the new schedule, I’d need to finish the final draft of the novel + the nonfiction thesis by autumn. That’s only six months, and working flat out to the finish line. Which leaves no time to write my August 2020 book (One for the Rogue) or the November 2020 book (The Judge Wore Lamp Black).
- My funding runs out in June 2020.
I’ll need to decide what I’m doing by the time I have my third-year review in April. Is it worth disappointing readers in order to have my degree half a year sooner?