Jenny's PhD Dissertation Writing Year of Support
$80 raised
2% of $5k goal
3 contributors
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I can do my best to tell you what I need, and want to do. And why, maybe, you should care. I don't even know. I just am in such a bind. I don't know if I will have enough teaching jobs next semester to make the rent. But at the same time, if I want to ...
I can do my best to tell you what I need, and want to do. And why, maybe, you should care. I don't even know. I just am in such a bind. I don't know if I will have enough teaching jobs next semester to make the rent. But at the same time, if I want to finish my PhD, I need to stop having too many teaching jobs, so that I can one day have a real actual PhD and get a real actual secure and steady teaching job. But, I need money. 2,000 a month, to be exact, if I am going to pay my share of the household living expenses. Not even anything fancy, just rent, gas, health insurance, and food. 2,000 a month between now and December 2013. How much is that? 24,000.

My project? Writing. A lot. Writing about the local food movement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and about the people who are in it, the people, most of them, at least the ones that I have had the honor to have interviewed, women, who are working on issues of urban agriculture, food security, food justice, food democracy on every level from digging up spaces for community gardens, running non-profits and social justice organizations to increase funding, visibility, participation, and enhance the success of this movement, and coming up with creative, amazing, tasty ways to cook, share, and talk about good, local, healthy food.

Now, to turn all of this into 200 beautiful pages. And I don't have much to give back to anyone in return. A thank you card. A copy of my dissertation, pdf!, when finished, a hug, a flower, - I just, - the only money I have in this world is debt money, fake money, imaginary money, and the only thing, right now, I can make, - create myself, - are words, ideas, thoughts, - so, I can do that. I also want to learn how to knit. Or sew. Or make felt creatures. So, we could talk about that as a thank you gift, though, you may have to wait until 2014 for anything of the crafty nature. First the writing, the writing, the writing, and then, the learning how to do other things that other human beings do, especially in this crafty awesome DIY world.

I have my writing. I just have to start writing. But, to do so, requires taking some of the pressure off of needing to work to pay the bills. I know it is a luxury to even think of asking for this, to even think of this as a possibility, but, I thought I'd try. I know everyone has a life. Everyone has work to do, dreams to follow, and that, everyone, or almost everyone, in this nation has debt up the wazoo. I just thought I'd poke around on the internet begging world, in case something amazing happened. Someone with money to spare and a heart for local food and PhD dissertations, perhaps.
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