Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

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Jane Hutchison (direct-to-the-point writing)
Ernest Hemingway (simple words writing)

Friday, September 17, 2010

The New Journey of Data Processing

after the 81 transcripts, i'm now in the steady slow process of data processing. in the Lord of the Rings saga, this is the long road from the Council deciding to have the Ring thrown into Mount Doom, and Frodo blindly volunteering for the task, to the tributaries of decisions, false notions, promises and commitments gone through by Aragorn, Gandalf, and the team of Frodo and Sam. These four form the major strands into which Sauron would later be defeated; the Ring ultimately destroyed. 

one look at my data, and i know, the 81 household transcripts form just one strand, apart from the data on organizations, on institutional players, on naga's political economy, on the dynamics of low repayment, and the dynamics of rights buying and selling. underneath each strand still are sub-strands i have to weave into patterns and behaviors that make sense. like for the household data, sub-strands include the phenomena of closed and open communities, gender issues, repayment performance, tenure security perceptions and settlement histories. we are talking of just one strand here.

i feel like i want to write. but perhaps this impatience is empty because i have nothing to write about in the first place, without going through the grinding process of data processing. here i have an inch thick of transcripts that today have been initially translated into organizational timelines and tabled org profiles. next week, the household data would be further organized into matrices, roughly 9 excel files, to become 'readable'  and hopefully 'writable'.

now i'm about to enter the mountain's virgin forests.

Thanks to for the pics: (1) and (2)

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