I wrote the paper mentioned in the previous post, and decided that it is essentially <edit>
worthless. not usable</edit>It’s not so much that the paper isn’t good, it’s that it’s too big. I bit off way more than I have time to chew.
So the next step is to take a walk. I’m heading out of the forest for a minute so that I can get a good look at it. I’m going to identify trees as I go, but I need to look at the big picture. Wow, that’s an awkward metaphor.
The next step for me is to make a list of everything. Everything I’m interested in, all the questions I want to someday investigate. This is the research equivalent of “what do I want to be when I grow up?” I can’t answer these questions yet. If I could, then I wouldn’t need to do the research (alternately, if I could, I would likely be wrong).
Someone, I don’t know who, once said “Of course I think I’m right. If I thought I was wrong I’d change my mind.” Not really relevant, but funny.
The list is not yet finished, if it ever will be. It’s still ruminating in my brain. I will attempt to make a semi-final form over the next few days. I say semi-final because something like this is never finished. A research list is like living a happy life. As Socrates said, we can’t tell that a man led a happy life until he is dead. (hence “count no man happy till he’s dead”).
Anyway, the list:
- Writing Studies
- Writing History
- User Centering
- Artificial Intelligence
- New Media
- History of writing
- Methods of writing
More will come. I guess I could say that there will be further iterations to come.