What’s to say? I am a writer who loves a good story well told whether in words, photos, or video. But at the moment, this writer is hamstrung by her quest for a doctorate in the Humanities. Simply put, that means good stories have to wait while I spend every waking hour journey toward the Ph.D.

I’ll share my struggles, triumphs, irritations, and random disconnects that keep me sane in this insane pursuit. Why “Walking Distance”? Because I keep telling myself I’ll get there, one step at a time. Hang with me. I would love your company.


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  1. Hi ! I am an aspiring writer and I am done now with my PhD in Comparative Literature. I just wonder why you decided to do a PhD since it is worth nothing for the job market, as my experience of job seeker is making me realize it. It was such a waist of time and energy to finally get nothing but a piece of paper.

    • Hi Jess,
      Thank you for your comments. I can understand why you would feel this way, so let me offer my perspective. When I began my PhD journey, I was fairly certain I wanted to teach at the university level, fulltime, and to do that, you need a doctorate. Had I really given it more thought and exploration, I might have pursued an MFA in creative writing or something similar, since truly the thing I want to do more than anything is to write. That said, I am so far along the path to completing my PhD, I cannot turn back and I cannot quit. So while it may seem like “nothing but a piece of paper,” I view it as a huge accomplishment, whether I decide to teach later or not. The process of research and writing is certainly teaching me many things (about my topic as well as myself), and I don’t believe any kind of further education is every a waste of time.
      I wish you good fortune in your writing adventures! Enjoy the ride, my friend.

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