Awhile back, I told you of my woes in trying to get Result C from Experiment 3. Well, I’m in the midst of Experiment 4 which will hopefully give me Result C.1. I have great hopes that it will do so because I did a quick and dirty experiment and got Result C.1.preliminary. I should be really excited. And I am, sort of.
See, I’ve been spending the past couple of weeks trying to refine the outline of my paper. A good paper should tell a story. And I think I have a story. The problem is that right now, the story is full of holes. I have a lot of data. But that data isn’t in a form that is publishable. Some of getting it publishable involves repeating experiments with the right controls or running a gel that includes all of the samples I want to directly compare. But, some of it involves new experiments. That scares me because that’s how I got Result Fish when I did Experiment 3. And while that story is going to turn out okay in the end (I think. I hope.), it still meant that I had to take this several week diversion trying to get it all sorted out.
The bottom line is, reconfiguring this outline made me realize just how far away from graduation I really am. And it’s a lot further that I thought it would be.