Blogging from my iPhone

Well this is my first attempt at blogging from my brand new iPhone and it’s going quite well, if I do say so myself. Yesterday was my bday the not so big 2 5. I had a nice relaxing day with my darling bf and tonite we’re off for dinner with the IL’s.
I hope my next entery will be longer this was more of a test really.
Until next time xxx

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Eagerly anticipating my new course

A215 Creative Writing was the reason I found the Open University in the first place. I was just going to do that one course, no thoughts of a degree or anything, until I started looking around the site. Of course I was hooked in an instant (of course), and started A103 first to ease my way in. Along the way I decided that a BA (Hons) in Literature sounded nifty so that is now the ultimate goal, though the other courses to reach it change now and again.

But back to the much anticipated A215, this morning I received the course material which I bought off eBay. That thought is got get a bit of a head start on the course material, especially as one month into the course it is of course NaNo time. So my plan before September would be
1. Work through “The Ode Less Travelled” by Stephen Fry
2. Work through Part 1 of the A215 work book
I’ve bought myself a special notebook to use for the course, and have slowly started filling it with various ideas, though I’m having a hard time of quitting my old habit of just opening a Scrivener template and writing an idea down 🙂
I’ll let you know how if goes, as I think I’ve said before I’ll post anything I write as an exercise from The ode… on here, can’t vouch for how good it’ll be though.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

What is a sing a-long blog I hear you ask? Well it is Joss Whedon’s newest creation, a super villain with a webcam and a need to sing. Neil Patrick Harris plays the horrible Doctor bent on world domination with the girl from the launderette (or is that laundromat). Either way, Mr Whedon (with a little help from his friends), has created a web-series in 3 acts featuring the aforementioned Doctor, Penny the Laundromat girl (played by Felicia Day) and the superhero, Captain Hammer, played by Nathan Fillion.

I had been looking forward to this for a few weeks to be honest, after spotting a post about it on one of the OU forums. The first act was posted this morning on the 15th, and certainly did not disappoint. It introduced the characters in orderly fashion, Captain Hammer was a riot, as arrogant and self obsessed as any true superhero would be, and Doctor Horrible was strangely sympathetic.
As the first act ended a love triangle emerged, and luckily we only have to wait until Thursday the 17th for Act 2.

For anyone wanting to view the spectacular show just go to Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
And you can read Joss Whedon’s master plan here

It does seem to have crashed in the last few hours, if you’re on facebook join the Dr Horrible page, they’ll keep you updated. I’ll let you know how Act 2 is 🙂

It’s been a while

It’d been a busy month and a bit, with work, studies and writing. Feel really bad about neglecting my blog especially as I have so much to say :0)
So since last time I’ve had TMA06 back, not as good as 05, but a respectable 75%. Quite happy with that considering I re wrote the whole thing after realizing I hadn’t answered the question first time around.
Now we’re on to TMA07 of course, the long awaited literature part of A103. I decided early on to use Wide Sargasso Sea a sort of prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, telling the story of the so-called ‘Mad Woman in the Attic’. Personally I’m not a fan of either novel, though I am becoming a bigger fan of WSS than JE. I think it is because I can’t understand why JE goes back to Rochester in the end, she is independent at least, not obliged to listen to anyone, and still she goes back to a man who betrayed her and made a fool out of her. Now fair enough she did this for love (what other reason could there have been), but how can she trust him after knowing he locked his first wife away in the attic and pretended she didn’t exist. What in theory is to stop him from doing the same to her if he ever wanted, by marrying him she would be relinquishing her independence again. Of course if Rochester looked like Toby Stephens, I might come running back as well 🙂

But back to TMA07, my second work to use for the essay is Strauss’ Don Juan

I was really worried about doing the music piece at first, after all I’m not very musical in the academic sense of the word. But I’ve passed the course now and as long as I make the pass mark on the last three TMA’s I’ll be happy, so the time has come to experiment. What clinched it for me was the A103 study day in Manchester on the 12th, the lecturer on Don Juan, Graham Roberts, delivered an excellent lecture and made the whole process so much clearer and simplified. it was definitely a very helpful Day School.
I’m off work this week, so the plan is to get kicking with the essay, but knowing myself I’ll find a way of leaving it to the last minute. 1st of August is the deadline, I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

While I’ve been neglecting my blog Doctor Who has finished, as usual the finale had me crying my eyes out. Catherine Tate was amazing, she definitely proved that the Doc Who peeps had chosen the right person to be the Doctor’s companion. I’ll write more about it later though, as I think it deserves it own posting.

In other news I’ve been writing on a few new ideas, not really much meat on them yet, but they are coming along. One looks to be a fairytale, or rather the story of a fairytale, the other one is a contemporary story, though not quite sure of the angle yet. So far there are just a couple of characters on some unrevealing scenes, but I am putting Scrivener to good use, figuring it out. I’ve also been spending my time typing up my old hand written Forgotten Enemy story. But more on that some other time.

I suppose it’s time to sign off, more tomorrow if I’m good 🙂

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