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Good old Ozzy - totally get this as I felt the same whilst reading parts of my diss reread yesterday, but mostly it was about rewording.  Today I will sort this out and then look at my checklist as I feel that some of the arguments could be stronger and maybe better sign posted.

More later.

OK, so I have reduced the word count down to 9,331 and will read Mock Up Part 2 tomorrow.  I will also consider a few other essays and maybe some older classic texts, try to write a conclusion and create the inserts.  As of tomorrow, I have nine days left.  Getting closer, folks :-D

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I have just printed all 38 pages off and nothing brings to light editing bloopers like the printed version and a pen.  Have been with this since midday and am a couple of pages away from ch 3.  However, I do feel better looking at it, because I think it only requires tweaking in the next couple of days, plus the additions of a bit more bio and academic resource (not to forget the conclusion - still don't know what that is as yet).

The GIF is unrelated - just loved the look on kitty's face :-D

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Started late and really not wanting to do this as I had a long day yesterday.  I am about 70-80% through ch 3 rewrite but I am aware that the chapters are starting to look like three entirely different essay and that is a bit of a worry.  I don't mind that there are some different arguments and there is a sense of a continuation on a theme, but I think I really will have to nail this soon.


(PS -  took a look at my profile today and saw one cherish LJer has deleted their account and at least one other who is in the process of doing so.  I was warned by both, but am cross with this LJ ToS agreement,  which is in conflict with so many people's freedom of speech.  I am wondering if DW will really be able to pick up where LJ left off and revive a blogging network.  For the record, I don't like the politics on LJ, either - yet DW needs to prove to me that it is woirth staying with them, if I DO decamp.  Plus - WordPress is not exactly chatty, is it?)

* cue tumbleweed and a mournful harmonica sound *

I have got to the last page and will sort that out tomorrow.  Right now "All I see is words with no meaning" (thank you A. Tsibulya).  I have just run the chapters together as an MD mock up and right now I have got 38 pages/9,518 words which I will read as a project tomorrow.  You can't read it as a whole on the pc and paper makes it more frightening, but easier to read.  This is without the conclusion or aforementioned inserts which will bring the contents nearer to 50+.  Arggghhhh! It's all becoming horribly real :-/
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Do you know what I find the most exhausting at the moment?  The need to justify my observations.  Tactical arguing.  Which has been of course the whole driving force of the degree, but I am done trying to find contradictions to what I am writing, then textually shout them down.  If only is WAS still just statement/evidence/analysis.  As in 'this is my evidence, thank you and good night.'

Today is about wading in and rescuing the rest of chapter 3.  Yay - said no one ever.

One thing that I find quite interesting today is that aspects of my ACCESS course sociology/psychology have come back round to meet me four years after I first learnt it.  'Episodic Memory' is one,  the other is something which I can't discuss (not REALLY wanting to be plagiarize myself at this late stage), suffice to say that it is relevant to the picture below.

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I have made substantial changes and am feeling a lot better.  I am about 80% the way through and will be checking my amount of references per chapter.  When I am done (hopefully in a couple of days) I will be printing off the lot and reading it all together and see how it fits and what I need to do in order to change obvious blips and bloopers (I think there will be a bit of a rejig of ch 1 and track down those essays so I can mix some of them in with the other answers.

I am calling it a day for now - just heard from the satire lecturer, who has informed us that the 5% we make up will be on discussing found satirical clips and discussing them with gusto.  Not sure if I am going to chuck in words like 'Menippean' at this stage - I'll see what I can rustle up.
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I finished ch 2 early yesterday and then snuck out for tea and cake at my sister's.  Being ever the aunt for quirky prezzies, I bought my niece a pack of cat socks, equipped with large eyes and cute little ears.  Cue 'Squeee' from little one.  Think she preferred them over the Easter eggs.

So, I am back to ch 3 with a LOT of quotes to fiddle around with and quite a bit of paring back to do.  I have 15 days left til hand in.  Trying not to freak out at this point, but I have a lot to sort out for the end production.  It goes something like this:

  1. Title Page
  2. Acknowledgements (optional)
  3. Table of contents
  4. Introduction (including details of any abbreviations)
  5. Chapters x 3
  6. Conclusion 
  7. Appendices (if any)
  8. Bibliography
  9. Plagiarism statement (see handbook)

So - a fair bit of sorting/printing to do.  Not a lot re the basic housekeeping - it's the grand edit that's important, plus the biblio and submit sheet.  Back to the drawing board - I have emailed more notes to my account in a bid attempt to tighten some of this up.

I have been looking at ch 3 and have substantially winced, because in comparison to ch 2, it is full of holes.  I suppose that is to be expected.  What is NOT to be expected is that I have a couple of key quotes missing, cannot find said quotes in notes, only to find that the Wise Children book has gone missing.  Hubby is usually very careful about my stuff, but there was an incident about a fortnight ago, when we had a succession of wood mice move into my office.  Now the place is absolutely crammed with reference books, paper folders, essays etc and I could not find it at all.  Cue Hubby having to go carefully through it all for over two hours.  Tense time, but it was found at last.  Am a little behind and need to get things sorted ASAP re the essay.  Right now, it's a mess and from a distance, like my office, it looks like it has had a session not unlike 'slash and burn' agriculture.

A difficult day - so much to reappraise.  I have a feeling there will be a substantial rewrite of ALL of it.

Can't you see me here mama
Mama, mama, mama, please
Can't you feel my heart
Can't you feel my heart
Can't you feel my heart oh
Now listen to me mama
Mama mama
You're taking away my last chance
Don't take it away
Can't you feel my heart?

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Usually, I would celebrate Easter, but I find that I am too busy in the final throes of the degree to be able to do this.  Plus, Prodigal 1 is working, Prodigal 2 is nearly forty miles away with his girlfriend and as I am under degree-related house arrest, I cannot see sister, niece, granddaughter, friends etc.  I know it won't be long now and I know that in the future I will be expected to work holiday weekends etc but at least a) I will be paid, b)I will be allowed to take legitimate time off.

Meanwhile, full steam ahead.
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Ad previously written, I will attempt to get ch2 finished by midnight tomorrow.  Plus side is that some very important books turned up today - thank you, Amazon Prime!

But onto basic maths - I have to divide up the dissertation word count roughly as follows.

1,200 = Intro
2,700 = Ch x 3
0,500 = Conclusion
0,198 = Spare Words (just in case)

I need to shave off 159 words before I close ch2 - however, that might not be a difficult as I think.  I seem to have doubled up in a couple of areas i.e. said the same thing in a different way and on more than one occasion.  I will keep to the deadline as being 23:59 tomorrow night, so I can start fresh and well for the overhaul of ch 3.  Clicketty click.

Need to get rid of 107 now, but will leave it til tomorrow, as I have gone word blind.  I have also added Word Dumps to the end of each essay so I can either dump what I don't need at the bottom, moving them to another Dump Document, or put in reserved quotes from other essays, so I can mingle and blend from the the dump into the essay.

I have totted up that I have got about 9,550 words all in, but with a long way to go, which means getting a transcript of the intro, pasted onto a new document - boil it down to its key components, then use them as a checklist against everything I have written in the up-and-coming chapters.  Plus I have a 500 word Conclusion to write.  At this rate, I believe I might be on time instead of running perilously behind.  Then I will have to do a crash course in 'Nightmare Abbey' - a pain as there aren't any Audiobooks that cover it.

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Done with the note taking, now it is time to add to the essay and get this project edited and done.

I have not got 2,962 words for ch 2, of which I will have to substantially pare back and make those arguments work.  Not for the first time, I wish I had more time, but I want this chapter tied up by Sunday, so I can move on. I think I am going to have to pull in more critical names, but I kinda like the arguments as they stand.
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Today is about copying out quotes from the 7 day loan books with view to giving them back tomorrow.  Left it til last minute, but I am fairly good at typing fast and will record the data re publishing house/year etc.  Not overly fond of lugging the lot to Plymouth tomorrow, especially so near to Easter hols (trains will be packed).  So heads down on the starting block......GOGOGO!


I have written over 1,500 word notes today with view to writing more.  Wish the diss would go this easily!

So very pleased to find more perfect quotes to support my stuff - over 2,500 words in note form.  Perfect - can argue with much more clout.  After my excursion to Plymouth library for one last round up of books tomorrow, I will come back and carry on with my note taking with other key books :-)
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People on NaNoWriMo tend to know about Plot Bunnies, which are defined as the following: plot bunny is a story idea that refuses to go away until it is written. The term's origin is unknown but is known to predate NaNoWriMo. Because plot bunnies tend to multiply quickly, the term is thought to be related to the oft-quoted John Steinbeck quote about ideas and rabbits - "Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." --John Steinbeck.

From the Wikiwrimo website.

I believe that it assignment writing, this is pretty much the same thing - except you are writing about other people's plots but en route, you are trying to read it from an obscure angle and trying to work out the intentions of the theory reader as well as the political intent of the writer etc.  So, by extension, I believe I have a variant of Plot Bunny (academic strain), possibly a relation to the Lopearred Sitting Around Bunny, possibly known as Can't Find Your Own Bun With Both Hands variant.

I can identify with the pic - it definitely feel like this.

I have started ch 2, not realising I had so little in the final cut.  I have far more in previous drafts, but will have to use the information sparingly, because it was up in the 3,500 mark and I really should discern.  I find I am not alone in the struggle for getting through this.  One look on the students' forum shows that one has quote "hardly started"; another is about half way through, another is "getting an extension" for hers.  One has chapter one and two, isn't doing a chapter three and doesn't have an intro or a conclusion yet (re conclusion - me neither.  I am kinda hoping it will be apparent when I have finished writing the rest of it.  500 words of 'Well, f***ed if I know").

Well, I had better add to the rest of it, or it will look like I haven't achieved much today.
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After substantially rewriting the intro, I look at Chapter 1 and draw a bit of a blank, but I am aware that either the next two has to draw similar content, to ch 1 Or I have to rewrite ch2 and ch 3 first - THEN go back and rewrite ch 1.  I think things will be better re ch2 beginning, so other than a few nips and tucks, I am leaving ch1 alone for a while.

I will have to possibly link up other secondary books - I used 'Handmaid's Tale in ch1.  I cannot think of a literary book that links so closely with either prostitution or appearances.  Scratching my head here.  Will post on several forums for advice in any case.  You will be surprised how many closet bookworms come out of the woodwork with good counsel at the 11th hour :-D

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Above is the Writer's Cafe at the top of Babbage Building. Very empty.  The campus was quite busy - very few lecturers around but most of the students are revising etc.  Classrooms are curiously full - let out to companies outside the uni set up.  Last peek in looked like a 'buddy bonding' course that business are so fond of.  Sweet.

In regards to my general output, well, I have overshot my timetable by about 2 days, but I will restart tomorrow.  I am done with the intro for now and will go forward with the beginning of chapter one tomorrow.  I wanted perfection - but I feel I am not going to get close, until I let the intro go for the time being and concentrate on the rest.  Thankfully, the first chapter looks like I will not need to do so much to it (I hope!).  Plus side is bringing home several wedge books that filled the rucksack and gave me a hernia on the way down to the railway station.  The price of paying for state-approved education.

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A far better day today, but running slightly behind.  Was up early, started on time and managed to unravel a lot of my intro and sew it back up with new thread.  Not going to push this metaphor any further, but will need to do some in depth research on this tomorrow and embellish some more.

An arrival of the dreaded migraine meant that rain stopped play for an hour and a half until the tabs kicked in.  A combination of stress, bad diet, most definitely coffee and light sources from three different angles i.e. sunlight rebounding off of bookcase, overhead and angle lamp = buzzy fuzzy head.  Usually sight becomes obscured in one eyes then spreads - this time it came as a bank of fog underneath my line of sight, then proceeded to close round into a tunnel effect.  Thankfully this has passed, but need to stop for the night, so it doesn't re submerge tomorrow.
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Had mini heart failure earlier as I realised the old intro I was using as a template for my new intro, was not the refined one I sent off in December, but its knuckle-dragging cousin from several incarnations earlier.  I had also lost that original intro and somewhere along the line I mislaid the work I was working on.  Seriously, like WTF - where could it have possibly gone to???  I couldn't even remember what it had been titled and saved to.  Crap-oh-la.  Mood not help by goons from the House of Wrong next door, who had put an industrial pressure washer on.  It echoed round the courtyard, rattled the metal tower (currently up to service gutters etc) and rattled the cats, who were looking imploringly at me, asking me to stop whomever it was who was making the racket.

I had expected to be further forward.  I will stay up a little later to compensate.  After this, I will envisage clouds scudding across my ceiling etc.  Find my 'happy place'

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I want to run away at the moment. Terrible bouts of side tracking and procrastination - which are not worth it, as my head does a number on me if I am not at my desk.  I have to make a decision as whether to tackle each chapter by book and discuss the characters' archetypes within, or each chapter by archetype and identify the books/characters within each.

I have gone passed the date that I can contact my diss lecturer and I need to make this decision soon. Which will carry the best arguments, I wonder?  Which can I sustain better? One will be comparatively boring and may give me less marks, the other will be a headache and a bit of a gamble - which will pay off IF I can sustain the argument.  Godsdammit!!

I have been...well, not doing a lot at all, but not through procrastination.  I hadn't realised how wound up I was about it all.  I am no longer worried about leaving uni or life after it - in fact, I am quite looking forward to it.  The angle of the diss was really getting to me.  Think I am going to play it safe and do one chapter per book, because the other option is only possible if I was concentrating purely on archetypes, then the latter would have been perfect.  Alas, I don't think I can structure an argument from that angle, unless I had a big chunk of time and guidance to do it.  The problem is about word count i.e. never enough.  Let me tell you, if you have plenty to say, 8,000-10,000 words is nothing, even if you pare back the good stuff and economically cherry pick. I could do it if it was the dissertation for the MA (15,000 words), but I think I would be cross eyed and gaga by the time I finished.

Hubby, Prodigal 2 and Nay (P2's g'friend) are going out to CrapDonald's - I am going to use my time solo to thrash out the problem on Dictaphone.  Sometimes writing alone doesn't sort out a muddle and I want time to get this straight.

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I have been away from the PC for a fair while (bad night/bad stomach etc), but at least I have found out the following a) date for seeing diss lecturer (need to get my third chapter essay plan to him at the weekend), b) I know exactly what the last assignment questions are now - it is either going to be Nightmare Abbey, or Galapagus c) even if I was having sleeping probs the other night, the brain had a 'Eureka!' moment, when I realised exactly what I was going to write about in chapter three d) the healing properties of sleep and apple cider vinegar <--- seriously, anyone with an acidic tum should drink it - diluted in water.

More plodding and chipping away - started by pasting draft one into new draft two and begin tapping away :-)
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Yesterday, whilst nursing a uncomfortable face with a well-received hot water bottle,  I transferred notes for Wise Children across and today, I have begun the final chapter.  I had to leave Chapter two hanging in mid air as lecturer hung onto it until it was too late for me to write anymore for him - so I will have to back track on this and write the ending in a couple of weeks or so.  I did a tally as to how much of the dissertation I have written so far and with Intro/Ch1/Part of Ch2 = 5,267.  Ch 3 is basically a bunch of notes and currently stands at 1,482 = Altogether approx 6,309.  That number has made me feel a lot better, but I know it is something I have to really get my skates on for.

As of 3 weeks ago, I have had to chop Classic FM off, as I can't concentrate with it on and instead am content to listen to 'Brown Noise' (which I know sounds dodgy, but it's just 'White Noise' with the top end capped off.

So - plodding on :-)
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Right now, OP - I totally agree with you.

Once upon a time, back in the time when the final BA year was probably half a decade ago, a 2,500 word essay would take about six days to write and less than a couple of days to turn round.  Now it takes nigh on a damn fortnight and trying to find the magical ten resources has been challenging (a problem if you have used a fair few citations from one essay - not so bad if you are directly quoting from the resources they have used).

I am not the only one caught up in pondering and making an idea stretch into an essay.  When asking 'What are the targets of Swifts 'A Modest Proposal'? I answered 'the English colonization of Ireland.'  That's great - 5 words down, 2,495 to go, but at least I have stretched it to the full word count.  Unlike a fellow classmate, who on being asked 'Irony works in satire, do you agree?' answered 'Yes I do' but has only got as far as 1,200 to argue that point.

I am looking for a couple more quotes from books, then I will complete the biblio, proofread and hit send.  Then rest a while to ponder the rest of the dissertation and the last of the satire essays.
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After days spent wearily plodding at a desk, i took myself out for a short drive and a bit of a walk about.  It has actually made that transaction from not being quite so cold, to Spring being literally around the corner - and a very blessed sight it is.  You don't quite feel like skipping along  just yet, but definitely the step has become more * ahem * spring-gy.  Anyway, I am back at said desk, trying to untangle my argument before I add anything meaningful from other texts.

Found this on Facebook, which is a mosaic from Baobab Tree Mosaics - link HERE.  I think it's fabulous, like the Lindt Bunny made large :-)


Have rewritten the third draft and let me tell you, at about 20:00 this evening, I thought that the bloody lot had unraveled.  Nil desperandum - I pasted across piecemeal to another document and tweaked en route and viola! Possibly another essay finished, with minor adjustments, academic sprinkles, bibliography and proofreading.  Then it's onward to the final straight of my major dissertation.  The joy.

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I am pleased to say that I am a * lot * further down the line, my end of day count being 2,337, but from page 5-9 needs extensive rewriting (or at least, writing from another angle - long story, but it is important that I question the status quo and proffer a different light).

Tomorrow briefly, i will search for essays as the library at Plymouth has been devoid of actual Swift books - some one has denuded the lot and I am left with a couple that I managed to get on the hop from Amazon.  This is the penalty you pay for being a distance learner - the books are whipped before you get a look in :-/

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