I've never been a millionaire but I just know I'd be darling at it.
~ Dorothy Parker
Science research can be done on the cheap or with some serious bank. Whatever the amount, the money is likely from a grant and that grant will have to be written by you (unless you have grant writing elfs). You'll probably burn the midnight oil, work your fingers to the bone and a few other idioms. When I think of grant writing, Big Worm from the movie Friday comes to mind....
Grant writing can be an emotional roller-coaster. Excitement over a research idea can turn to frustration over writer's block. Jubilation at getting 9 pages done can turn to despair when, after a re-read, you realize 6 of those 9 pages are total crap. Grant writing can be high stakes and involve late nights, little family time, no social life and falling behind on True Blood.
If ever a process needed a soundtrack, it's grant writing. Songs that motivate and help you keep it together. Here are a few songs that are going in my grant writing soundtrack. Perhaps you've got a go-to grant writing playlist? Share a few tunes by commenting.
Rb's grant writing soundtrack
I need a dollar ~ Aloe Blacc
She Works Hard For The Money ~ Donna Summer
Gin & Juice ("...with my mind one my money and my money on my mind...") ~ Snoop Dogg
Killing In The Name ~ Rage Against The Machine
Drop It Like It's Hot ~ Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams
Money ~ Kingsmen
I Got 5 On It - Da Luniz
Money (from Cabaret) ~ Liza Minnelli & Joel Grey