Jan. 17th, 2017

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"If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: ‘It’s gonna go wrong.’ Or ‘She’s going to hurt me.’ Or, ‘I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore …’ Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down."

Ray Bradbury

Picture is unrelated - it reminds me of dreams that I have had, but Bradbury has a point.

I have had an abortive few days and feel a bit behind but after overhauling the chapter - I have decided to restructure it a bit, or it will not flow and relate to the first chapter.  It is the symbolism through magical realism that I am interested in.  There are clear binaries here that underline rigidity here and how it affects at least the first two novels and the interactions between the main characters (I say this, treading carefully, as I don't want to end up citing myself, as per uni requirements).

A lot of this is trial and error and I need to formulate this properly.  I have emailed said lecturer for time and place for the end of the month, so I can go as far as I can with it and then get advice as per before.  I have got 15 weeks exactly til dissertation hand in (though it will be earlier as it is slap on top of a bank holiday) and just a little over 17 weeks until the Final Curtain (last modular hand in = 18th May at 11am).  I am now bricking it!

What bothers me is that it STILL looks like more of a plan than an essay chapter.  Well, PARTS of it looks a bit like an assignment - I think I have to abridge a LOT of stuff, especially re the Grand Duke as that goes on forever.  I know that assignments go through many incarnations before final submission, but this is looking a bit shabby at the moment.  Plus, I am a bit bothered as Hubby needs to use my office for one of his client's year end tomorrow - exactly at the wrong time, which means I will start late AGAIN.  Maybe I can print the plan and try to chop it about the old fashioned way i.e. pen.

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