Back at the beginning of the semester, I wrote about a problem I've had in the past with MA students who disappear for a couple of months and then send a chunk of work and hope for a quick response. And despite my request that it not happen, it's happened. I sent the student an email last week, asking about hir disappearance, and zie sent me a short apology and a revised chapter and a new chapter.
I'm so frustrated. I've been slowly reading, stopping when what I really want to write on the paper or in my response how frustrated I am to be reading a thesisless, argumentless hunk of writing. I don't know what to call it, but it's irritating.
And then, of course, I wonder about the quality of my own dissertation draft chapters. I don't think I was so aimless in my writing, but it's hard to tell retrospectively. I hope they were better.
I resent the amount of energy I put in to responding and then get a new chapter (or revision) that doesn't seem to have taken anything away from the previous responses.