TQ: major revision

From the reviewer:
" I enjoyed reading this paper, and find its topic interesting. I also appreciate the approach taken by the authors, which combines an empirical study, a modelling effort and corresponding analysis, and finally managerial recommendations which are of real practical interest. I do have a few comments on the interpretation of the results in the empirical section of the paper, some assumptions in the modelling framework, and the results of the numerical section. However, if these comments could be addressed, then I believe that this paper would make a nice, comprehensive, contribution to the literature."

TQ: a bumpy ride

K. always need reassurance. He needs to learn that this is a real game. As such, there will be win or lose. The question is how you deal with it. If you cannot control your emotion, and let the temporary setback consume you,  you won’t get very far.

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Hi, K,

We put a lot of efforts into this paper. I have no doubt about its quality. I would be surprised if AE would reject the paper for quality reason. Even if it is the case, we can still go for MS: our paper is much better than B.’s. 

We will prevail.

L.

Hi L,

I think the AE rejected the paper – the status indicates waiting EIC decision.

K.

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To wait, or not to wait, that is the question

Yes. That is the opening of the paper I am working on. In the last few days, I tried to work out the first draft. The process has been painfully slow, for two reasons. First, the subject is new. Without expertise, I have no confidence to just write as I know. Instead, I spent quite some time to read others’ work. The notes I took is about 100 pages long. The rationale is simple: only after knowing the literature, you can position your work, that is, tell your own story.

Second, I was interrupted by teaching. This quarter I teach four classes. This is a very demanding schedule. It took toll on my productivity. As you may know, writing an academic paper requires long time focus—you must pas the bar of the first round review.  Otherwise, it is a total waste of time, as much as half year’s work. For teaching,  although I have taught the subjects before, this time I add new stuff. So it is quite taxing.

The good news is, the teaching is over. And I have full control of my time till next April. Use it wisely.

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DAY 190, 5PTS, 3.25F

[ROUTINE]
RUN: 2.1MILES, 9.5MPH, 13MIN;
SWIM: 1KM;
LEARN: 0;
SLEEP: LATE, 1:30AM;

[WORK]
TQ2: FINISH READING THE RATIONAL CHOICE MODEL, 4HRS;

[HAPPY MOMENT]
RECOVER FROM FATIGUE, GOOD GOOD AND REST HELP;

[SELF]

PREPARE TEACHING. YES. YOU MUST PREPARE WELL THIS TIME. YOU KNOW THAT THE FIRST CLASS IS CRITICAL. IT SETS THE TONE FOR THE REST. IF YOU GET IT RIGHT, THEN YOUR LIFE WILL BE MUCH EASIER LATER ONE. SO PREPARE WELL. DEVOTE SATURDAY FOR PREPARATION.

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[SAN DIEGO, CA, SUMMER, 2008]