So, I managed to get my essay off in time. 2,500 words, with 20 sources/references, left me little space to actually say anything, and, as usual, I have no idea how good it was/wasn’t. I only came up with a decent outline the day before it was due, but by that time I had 1,400-odd words of notes. So, trimming them a bit left me some room to tie them all together. And since then, I’ve been more avidly avoiding writing.
This is despite the fact that one of the avoidance techniques I used was clearing my office at last. The calendar on the wall read March 2010. I cleared out 10 file-boxes of thesis stuff. I rediscovered floor space, and about 7 partly used notebooks. I have a problem with buying pretty notebooks, or even serviceable ones, and then either not using them at all, or writing a page or two, and then forgetting the notebook exists, or hating the sight of my hand-writing, or the pomposity of the content, and not touching them again. I am going to put them all in a line on a shelf, and work my way through them. At least one can be used for my novel!