The broom I am jumping now is the publishable paper - it is due November 1.
I started this paper two summers ago but I had to put it away because I didn't know enough about writing a scholarly paper. It is not as easy as it appears.
I picked it up again last Spring while taking a seminar on how to write a dissertation proposal. Working on both simultaneously seemed to get the juices flowing. I submitted an abstract and methods section to my adviser for approval. A respected editor, he gave me the green light to continue.
Then, I took a stats course specifically for experimental designs to help me conduct the analysis for the paper. It turns out - less is more. The more simple the analysis, the easier it is for audiences to understand (at least that was the advice I got from a RAND researcher/child psychiatrist).
If it wasn't for my clinical experience and training, I would not be here. If it weren't for my research training and experience, I wouldn't be here. I am now integrating both passions. Can you see the light explode as they begin to fuse?