I'm getting a bit panicky about the lab reviewing my paper next week. Today the paper we read got pretty harsh criticism and I fear that mine will have similar issues.
I seem to be adept at thinking myself into a place where I no longer know what I'm trying to say in my writing. It goes something like this: I have an idea (like this review paper) and I want to answer a question. I start reading the literature. I write my ideas. I try to fill in references for the ideas I can't quite place. While looking in a particular vein of research, I come across something that challenges some major component of my topic. Then I revise my writing in light of the new discovery. I try to continue expanding on my original idea but now I have no idea what the point is anymore since I've read so many different things that seem to render my question irrelevant, and here I am all confused about what I want to say.
This morning I put BOTH contacts in my right eye and spent at least five minutes trying to figure out why my vision got worse when I put the contact in. I put my left contact into my right eye (on top of the actual right eye contact) and took it out TWICE before I realized what was going on. In 8 years of wearing contacts I have never done anything like that before! This is the state that I am in today.
Now that I have my contacts in the appropriate eyes, I think I need to step up to my dry erase board and take another look at the big picture of my review.