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Must admit to going back to stage one of the second chapter and even further back to rewrite an intro, so that the rest of the essay chapters fall into place.  I am trying to figure what it is that I am missing, why the bloody thing lacks coherence.   If I am centering in on 'the mother' what does that mean in the instances that you have chosen.  On and on and on.  I have got to get a handle on this, or I can't write the diss, pure and simple.

21:25
A lot of head scratching today and a lot of referring back to the intro and the first chapter (oh and the 'recommendations to both).  What is it that I am not conveying?  Beats me right now.  Maybe I am not signposting the bloody obvious again - perhaps I am expecting them to be mind readers.  A bit 'FFS, you MUST have read the book, haven't you?' (and dare I say it, I sense that my lecturer has not = male and specialising in war history and Victorian imperialism).  I I maybe speaking out of turn and he is a sweet guy.

Going to bed.  This is going to be my ever waking breath from now til May 3rd.  67 days then - or less, actually as I am meant to get it to the media centre way before this.  Brilliant.

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Yesterday, I worked very hard, then decided to work on - despite knowing that I couldn't see properly out of my left eye.  This has got to stop, I can't keep getting migraines like this; I have had two inside 4 days.  My problem is that I get engrossed, forget to eat/drink/comfort break and most crucially, I tend to hold my breath too long when concentrating

I will carry on with the notes, but there is something else I have to read and get the gist on today in ready for tomorrow's lecture on George Villiers, Viscount of Buckingham's The Rehearsal 

18:55
Finished notes - 7,494, now onward to read this bloody Rehearsal script.
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For 'drink coffee,' read 'eat chocolate' and you have pretty much got me in a nutshell.

Today, I haven't done too badly, I managed to write up another 2,500 or so notes - another couple of hours and I should be half way.  Tomorrow will be full on, as in the evening, I will have to read something specific for the following days lecture on satire (right now, I am not sure what it is - the link is in an email somewhere).  Getting somewhere, need to make more progress.  Need a plank of Dairy Milk, but that is not forthcoming :-/
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Spring feels like it is here, with the first semi warm and sunny days since September last.  I have to fight the urge to go out and catch some shots of the first shoots of spring.  Chapter 2 isn't exactly in the bag - in fact, I posted it with great trepidation as a cry for help (messy beyond belief and I couldn't get past rearranging the same old crap).  Now I have some breathing space, it is time to go through and write up crucial notes for Chapter 3, rather than sit around letting the grass grow under my feet.

Some good and not so good news about my former fellow students.  On the NSGN front - a student who was an FdA from my old college dropped out re discrepancies about her work.  A genuine mistake on her part and it got to such a position, she dropped out in December.  I am glad to hear she is doing well and in a nice job, but ultimately very disappointing.  Her running partner also is struggling, as she took English with Politics and is finding it a strain, not to mention quite alienating.  On a brighter note, another fellow Truro colleague, who graduated last September has passed his teacher training literary test and the all important evil maths test - closer steps in becoming a teacher.  I am very pleased for him, think he will do a good job, too.

Anyway it's tappitty tap time :-)

22:57
I have written out 2,633 words today and barely made a dent (just over 10% of it) but it should settle soon, because it is about fleshing key characters out and that will be narrowing down shortly.  I have to concentrate on the relationships with the protagonists' key mother figures and add the others in as incidentals, as and when.  Dead tired now and I have Prodigal 1 and  granddaughter over tomorrow, so I won't be seeing this til about 2 in the afternoon.
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...and may I say, one of the longest in my life? I know there are going to be some that will disagree with me, but after reading his 'McFlecknoe' rant, I am actually rather nostalgic for Juvenal whining about the rich and how they clog up the street with beggars, flunkies and other hangers-on.  In short, he does go on a bit , doesn't he? Unless you have a dictionary of 17th c terms, you spend half your life trying to understand the 'changed' meaning for some of the words - i.e. the 'sinister' hand meant to be the left hand.  In short, he had it in for Thomas Shadwell, who thought he was heir presumptive to Ben Jonson. Oh dear.

I have another hour or so of reading, then I will read the rest on the train.  Let me tell you that 2 hours then goes at the blink of an eye!


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A lot to do today, as I am up in Plymouth tomorrow. I really need to get the draft to diss lecturer by the 15th February, so I can have a chat and proceed forward.  Meanwhile, here is a picture of a handy book dispenser - seemingly a Pop Up Library in Indianapolis.  What a fab idea.

18:30

The problem is - sometimes you come across a part of your work that doesn't gel.  You can't articulate WHY - you kinda know what you say, but it just doesn't come out right.  Usually, I come across this problem, I write in layman's terms so when I come back later, I can write it with more of an academic head.  This isn't working at the moment.  I look at it and it seems a bloody mess.

They say that when you are under time pressure, you produce your best work - for me it really doesn't.

21:32
Well, it's turned out a bit better now and am on the final part of the chapter about the interaction of the protagonist with the male characters and how it contributed to the rest of the story..  great.  Now I can sleep and get ready for tomorrow's lecture on Dryden.
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After very little sleep, I am back at the coalface (well, the desk) and am about to work really hard - my play off is to watch the Terry Pratchett: Back in Black biopic.  I am still looking forward to it, but I didn't realise that his closest family and friends will be playing themselves i.e. his daughter, Rhianna, Neil Gaiman, Paul Kidby and favourite reader Stephen Briggs etc.  This might be harder to watch than I had thought.

Onward.
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Plodding on as I do - enthusiasm can carry someone a long way.  Right now, it is pounding out ch 2 as per usual, in time for my diss lecturer to read it and see me in the fourth week (10 days from now). I have new impetus - after speaking to a senior lecturer, I am going to be attending the post graduate fair, with view to possibly going further.  I also am considering getting a placement somewhere via Plymouth Uni.  It is early days yet.  Have read the MA English Literature page and am definitely interested.

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I haven't been at my desk since Monday and I sit looking at it, well blankly quite frankly, my dear.  Weather is being it's usual misbehaving self, either stormy and freaky or just hungover grey.  Penzance is especially getting a lashing and the above photo is a comparatively bright one of the waves just crashing in.  More photos and footage HERE

Well, time to open up the document and contemplate the next step.

23:02
Bit fed up as I have got problems with trigeminal neuralgia at the moment, but for some reason on a different side of my face (meh, it's all related and inconvenient, though at a level that I can deal with at the moment). Can't say that I've achieved much, but I have done some work and even added academic that will be absolutely polemic to the argument.  Full speed ahead tomorrow.
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After being awake for 36 hours, I slept for 14 hours and have done very little except go to the gym today.  Tomorrow I start afresh at the desk.  My first satire sesh was excellent - run by the very excellent Dr Min Wild and we discussed the language and nature of satire and of course, Trump's presidency turned up.  This will run and run.

 

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I am deeply frustrated as events have kept me away from the keyboard and I have a VERY long day in Plymouth tomorrow - catching an early train and probably won't be back til after 9pm.  I have tried to reassemble by rewriting then trying to research at the same time.  I am becoming rather unstuck as neither are working for me at the moment.  At least P2 and Hubby are out at the moment, which makes writing so very much easier.

I have printed out my old Bluebeard mini dissertation, so I can see what kind of lexis I used there - part of this to stop me citing myself; another is that I "cannot 'brain' today, I have the 'dumb.'"

20:10

The only way to deal with this is to cut the essay into thirds as I need to crunch down the waffle to the more complex, yet still component parts.  I can see me doing this to Doomsday - but I have a mere 92 days left, so that's not an option.

Dr Strange

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I have promised myself that I will watch this when it comes out on DVD, as I haven't got the time now.  From all of the footage I have seen, it looks fantastic, so it will be another little treat for me when this course is done :-)
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(Picture is unrelated, but have you noticed that coconut oil/aloe vera/apple cider vinegar seems to be THE thing to sort out everything from Jock itch to Tsetse Fly? If in doubt, liberally daub all over life).

I have read my tutor's observations on chapter two and have now got to the point where I am scratching my head (Ti Tree oil is another).  I have amended a few things, but now I have got to REALLY think what I want to say, because I don't feel inspired to write ANYTHING on the subject.  I think I will have to scuttle off and do some research - that may help.  That and dictaphone.

21:02
Funny how things are.  I pondered for hours without writing a thing, even  cleaned the board and stared at it for a while.  Eventually, I had a 'penny drop' moment and I think I have reworked the plan to my advantage and it looks nothing like the original essay or it's plan, but I do believe that I am nearer to getting it sussed.
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Had my results and I got 63% for it - 20% of my dissertation mark.  Which is a relief.  I now know where I am going with the chapters and that makes a big difference.  However, I think I am going to have retype my frame of reference - it has to be a little more challenging and open to argument.  I think I have gone from one extreme to another - from rambling to abrupt, plus they want me to go further with the academic essays.  Great - I could argue myself into a complete loop there, wasting precious words en route. 

Freezing today, well nearly - thermometer says just under 4c (39f) and is set to drop further tonight.  One of the coldest winters we have had for a while, waking up to frost on several mornings.  No sign of snow, though.  Now I am back at Uni, I really hope it holds off, as it is far more likely to snow in Plymouth than further west (e.g. where I am!)

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Just had an email from diss lecturer and I cannot have my marks until I see him.  I am trying to see him on Wednesday, as I think I cannot go any further until I know I am doing the right thing.  After yesterdays hacking about, I don't want to have to prise the new chapter apart again.  Therefore, I have downed tools and will have a sneak peek at Satire instead.  Maybe I need a break from it in any case.
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I have made much more progress today, essentially taking the essay apart and putting it back together.  Now the thorough rewrite starts.  Thing is, I think it might be better to improve it a little, THEN take it to the head honcho for his point of view.  Which could be ages yet and I really don't want to be twiddling my thumbs.  I think I should look at the Satire syllabus and start reading up on that - it will give me a break from the dissertation and give me the heads up as to what is expected.

This is the order of play for the first couple of weeks: 

Killing Joke:  Satire, Power, Death and Comedy

The Classical Satirists: Railing, Grinning and Sitting Down to Tea/Extracts from Horace, Juvenal and Lucian.


Not sure whether to embrace this or run for the hills, to be frank.  There is a whole lot of satire going down re the recent turn of events in the western world, so I look on with interest to how this is going to be handled.

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