The End Is Near

Well thank the gods and goddesses for that. I personally cannot wait for A103 to finish, and to start A215. I’ve ordered some books for the new course, The Chambers Dictionary 2008 ed. and The Penguin Rhyming Dictionary amongst others, coz let’s face it when it comes to poetry I need all the help I can get.
I think I spend more time on the A215 forums than A103, although I will really miss some of the people there, especially the Oxford Gang and the people I’ve met at Day Schools.
I’m not really in a typing mood today, I couldn’t sleep last night and then when I finally fell asleep I didn’t wake up till midday, and have been dreadfully tired all day.
Back to work tomorrow, more mindless tasks, working for people with less than half my intelligence. It’s my own fault of course, I can do something about it, quit, apply for new jobs etc.

I just need to get my ass into gear!

Apologies for the layout…

For anyone who has been on the blog in the last few days, you have my sincere apologies for the messiness. I have been experimenting with the template and it hasn’t really been going very well so back to the old way for now.

TMA07 went in at 23:53 so that was quite nerve wrecking, have promised to myself that I won’t do that again, TMA09 should be sent in by the end of August and I’ve scheduled myself to do TMA08 the first weekend of September, that way I can used the tutorial efforts of Oxford and the 60’s Day school to best use.

At the moment I’m just looking forward to finishing A103, there is just too much on the course that doesn’t interest me. My A215 registration is now showing on my StudentHome page, and OUSBA accepted by application for an account with was surprising but very very good. I’m not sure i would have been able to start A215 this year if I hadn’t.

Dares

Last year I did a dare a day picking my favorites from the various Dare threads on the NaNo forums. It worked really well in moving the story along when I got stuck or had written myself into a corner. I was quite lenient with myself though, and just pick a dare each day from a list, so this year I hope to make it a bit more challenging for myself by having to pick a random dare (from a hat or a bowl or some such), and I also hope to get some suggestions for dares from anyone who wants to contribute.
I’ll see if I can’t find my list of Dares from 2007 , they are very varied, some were a surprising help to the story, but most were just a help in moving things along and had to be cut when the editing started.
Talking of the dread editing, I’ve only edited the first half so far, got a bit unmotivated after cutting out half of everything I wrote 😦 I’m feeling better about it again now though, maybe I was just doing it a bit too close to the event (January), so have cautiously started the cutting process again.

So the Nano season is upon us once again

Now what the heck am I talking about? It’s only August isn’t it? But I’m starting early this year, I failed miserably on last years goal of completing Nano as well as writing a blog through it all. The word count got to 63,000 so can’t complain about that, but I did not have time to write a single blog post all November.
So by trying started the blogging process earlier I hope to have a certain routine to it by the end of October 🙂
As of yet I have no idea what I’m writing about, or even what genre, fantasy worked very nicely last year, but I’m kind of missing my little bodice rippers so we’ll see.

Still writing TMA07

Yupp, fraid I am. The deadline is of course midnight tonight (1st of August) and so far my word count is 22 words. So that’s just another 1478 left then, I have a great essay plan drawn up though and plenty of examples, but I just can’t seem to get started. For anyone interested here is the essay title:

With careful reference to two of the works studied in Block 5, show how attributes traditionally associated with masculinity and femininity are contrasted.

Of course as I already blogged I chose WSS and DJ for my two works, which I don’t regret at all because both are so full of examples. And herein lies my problem, where to start?
I have given each work 500 words, which I have a feeling will be way too little, but it just can’t be helped. I was originally going to look at them side by side, but I’m saving that for the conclusion now, I think. I’ve further broken it down so that each work will either have two paragraphs of 250 words, or three paragraphs of 175 words (stealing a few words from the introduction).

Well I suppose I’d better got on with it, but I’ll keep you posted on my progress, shall we say every two hours?

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