Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Course-wise we are looking at The Secret Agent and The Ladies' Paradise this week.
On a less pleasant matter I'm still having issues in the non-Uni world. Yesterday I managed to lose my keys and, as T is away at the moment, I locked myself out. Luckily the locksmith came quickly and fitted a nice new lock for me. I must have looked very suspicious, just standing outside a door as it got darker and colder but at least it wasn't too cold and it was dry and I was back inside within an hour of calling the locksmith. About two hours later I realised my boiler wasn't working so no heating or hot water. Because of my schedule the first time I can get British Gas out is Friday morning. I can cope without the hot water (lots of kettles) and I've persuaded myself that it isn't that cold so I don't need the heating (and indeed this morning seems to be as bad as it will get) but please keep your fingers crossed for me it's only a little part that's needed and not a new boiler!
Thank you for reading & hopefully the next entry will be more cheerful. I'm hoping to finish Vile Bodies and the new Stephen King so will try and update on those. Thanks again ...
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
It's 'Reading Week' this week. I thought that this would be a staple of all universities but as I have found out it doesn't happen everywhere let me explain that this is a week when you do exactly as it says on the tin; catch up on your reading. It's a real luxury and enabled me to write the first draft of my first essay yesterday. I'm suffering a bit from a cold at the moment so I'm anticipating that I wrote a load of old rubbish but I'll find out when I start to edit tomorrow. The thing that is worrying me most is King's reference differently from the Open University so I will have to pore over my MHRA stylebook tomorrow and see if I can make sense. I always think the worst thing about an essay is that blank piece of paper staring at you so at least I have plenty to edit (or so the theory goes).
My other goals are to do some reading about T.S. Eliot to help me think about my MA dissertation and enable me to start talking to someone about a PhD proposal (how scary is that - we're only 6 weeks into the MA!) I've identified who I think could be a supervisor if King's will have me and will need to approach him next week but I want to be able to say something sensible to him. In addition I need to sort out my thoughts about one of my module essays particulalry what texts I will use & what approaches. I feel a bit muddled at the moment so hopefully that will all be sorted by next Tuesday (yeah, right!)
But I have taken the opportunity to read some books which aren't on the course - yay!
Anyway I must get back to T.S. Eliot so thank you for reading.