Well I finally did NaNoWriMo. Have been saying that I would participate in it for years now and I finally got my ass in gear, dusted off the copybook that contained my story that I had started as an undergraduate and started working on typing it out during the month.
The first week went ok for me, had little to no problems. Then came Sunday, the start of the second week and a tiredness had come over me then. I did however battle on a good bit with it as best I could.
Wednesday was possibly the worst day stress wise to try and get any typing done, what with having an appointment up in Dublin in the evening. Nevertheless, as soon as I got back to the hotel room, I worked at it until the 12am deadline. Thursday was a little manic also, but steadily working until I hit my personal target of 2,000+ words with just 5 minutes to spare helped a lot.
Week Two went well for me. It was rather difficult to really keep myself motivated, however I had stocked up with tea and had a little ritual of tea and yoghurt raisins or nakd bars when I would go to write some more in the evening (I had decided to fast off sweets for the month of November) as well as writing in the morning before I started work and during my lunch hour. So I emerged the end of week two relatively unscathed.
Week Three was a little more problematic for me. I was kind of busy as well with getting the cinema times post together and posted on the Irish Whovian blog for the Doctor Who 50th that Saturday. However i did get it fully up successfully. Saturday was the only day that I didn't reach my daily limit. One day out of the month wasn't too bad to miss.
Week 4: The final week. Winning commenced that Monday. I would have been finished only I missed that Saturday(but dammit, it was soooo worth it ^_^). However it didn't really matter that much in the end as I was nearing the end. On the Monday, we had to go again up to Dublin. However, I still did manage to get to my limit for the day. I worked a little after midnight until I hit just over the 50K mark. Then I validated it. However, when I did validate it, I made sure that I had a bit of an ending set up. I was far from finished though, after I had validated. I set about checking to see did each of my scenes that i had wrote properly linked into each other. That took two days to do, thankfully I was only worried about the final few chapters, I had a feeling that the start chapters were ok. By the time I had finished, my total word count stood at 51,133.
Needless to say, I am thrilled.
The story of finally writing my novel down started a good couple of years ago in a hotel room in Carlow, I had moved out from where I was staying as it was affecting my health(it was too damn damp and I had pneumonia as a child, which has affected my lungs permanently so it just didn't suit me to stay there. I'm not asthmatic from it, I just get very painful chest infections). And I remember that I was watching that Scott Walker documentary and being inspired to write by it. I wrote the first couple of chapters in a notebook, but it was slow. It was originally going to be about the Picts of Alba, however I soon ran into problems with that. And I found it hard to get back to it. So when I say that I "dusted off the copybook", I really actually did. This idea would just not go away from me. It burrowed into my head like a Ceti eel and refused to budge. So finally this summer I originally took it down and tried to do something with it.
The first thing that I changed was the location. Going with the old saying of "going with what you know", it was really an easy decision to do that, as the other idea was just not working out for me. This slight adjustment proved brilliant for me. It really opened up the story for me and allowed me to add new characters that I had thought that I couldn't before and do things that i couldn't probably have done before.
Maybe it was because of how I had gone about writing it up this time that had helped me.
However, I must iterate that every writer's writing habits are going to be different, what would necessarily works for one person will not necessarily work for another person. However, I can give a few tips that I did that worked for me, however again I reiterate, every writer is different and what works for one person might not work for the next.
1.Plan well in advance: Some writers just tell you that you might want to plan ahead. I'm taking a bit more of a definate stance on this: Plan your writing ahead of the first of November. This is crucial as during the month you will find yourself having to go back to reference your own notes that you made. It also helps to refresh your memory about what you wanted to happen in the story and the direction that you wanted to take with it. It is a real handy tool when you find yourself face to face with a writers block that you can't quite shake off. Your plan could contain some little nugget that you have forgotten to write about that could help to get those neurons firing again with ideas.
2.Research the topic that you are covering well in advance of starting: If, like me your subject matter is one that you really found interesting and had found it hard to shake an idea out of your head. Go research the topic a little more. It could hold the key to expanding the wealth of characters that you planned to create or help you to be accurate about the topic that you have picked to write about.
3.Treat it like some people treat writing fanfiction: Get it down on page: It doesn't have to be any bit elegant or in any way up to your usual standard, however you will find that when you go back after November 31st, you will have achieved an complete work With a beginning, middle and end.
4.Another thing that is essential is to know for yourself when is the best time to write for you. Everyone's time for writing is different, some find the morning the best time to write. Some find at night. I had been lucky enough to find some time in the morning and during my lunch hour too to get it done. However when I got home I would give myself until 9:30, sometimes even ten to write. Then I would continue to do so up until 12AM.
5. Another little tip that i have would be one which was given at the start of the November NaNoWriMo month by Tim in the video below which really worked for me was to write the first line of your next chapter each time to set yourself up for what happens next. This was invaluable for me as I would often feel very frustrated when faced with a black page.
6. Remember to take a break from your writing for a few hours. You will come back more refreshed and think of more when you have been away from it for a bit.
7. Remember to read something during the month not related to your own work. It will help you to relax a bit and also might help give you ideas for your story (but don't plagiarise)
8.Be tenacious, be consistent. Write every day if you can. As Dory from Finding Nemo sings 'Just keep swimming', and that's what a person has to try and do when 'swimming' that ocean we call NaNoWriMo. We have to keep going and try not to give up so easily.
- Feeling: accomplished
- Background Noise:On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
Well, the time finally arrived for me to go to Wolf's Bane con. By the time it happened I was just so anxious to get there and get my missing e-ticket that I didn't really get nervous or really that excited at all about the convention.
Con registration was at five even though I had thought that it would have been at either 1 or 3pm. Only found that out the night before when I had my flight booked for early that morning. There was a teen wolf table quiz and a disco on in the evening after we had registered. Felt should have had DVD showing with lots of comfy cushions instead as everyone seemed to be too tired to function after trying to make it to the con. Stayed at disco until 11:20 when I decided to mosey on up to my room.
Saturday was the start of the main con events.Went to the Opening ceremony in the morning.Got photos with Tyler, Keahu and JR on Saturday. Got my free autographs on Saturday. Stephen noticed my triskele necklace. JR and Keahu noticed my ' McCall Pack' t- shirt. Went to the talks with Tyler and JR on Saturday and sat in on the end of the first on with Keahu, Stephen and Sinqua and also went to the one for Melissa Ponzio and Linden Ashby. Went to the theme party and stayed until 12:30
Got my Linden Ashby and Melissa Ponzio group photo and Melissa Ponzio photo done on Sunday. Went for second set of paid autographs also, would be definably something I would get done fully on the first day next time. Stephen noticed my wolf necklace too on the second day.Saw the Pivot questionnaire and closing ceremony then.
I was hoarse by the end but didn't care. And I met some great people at the con. Was relieved that I had taken the extra night in the hotel to recover before my flight home in the morning. I absolutely loved it and would definably go again to the next one next year.
- Feeling: giddy
I haven't had the best bit of luck when it came to planning to go to conventions. In fact as I have mentioned before, I had been a little gun shy since a past experience with a cancellation of a previous con. That's why when it came to deciding to go to DCC, I surprised even myself and decided that Friday to go to the Sunday events,I was working Saturday. It took place over the weekend of Saturday August 10th and Sunday August 11th.
So after work I stocked up on supplies (I had been watching a whole lot of con survival videos and reading convention survival blogs before this so I sort of knew what to expect), I picked the t-shirt I was going to wear to the convention (no cosplay for now, am not brave enough yet) and readied the bag for the morning.
Headed up in the morning but got lost along the way. Was peppering as I had only a few minutes to spare before it officially started.But I got there alright and got my wristband for booking it online. I was impressed when I went in at how well organised it was in terms of how well all the dealer tables looked there. There was plenty to do while I was there. I went to see what type of props they had from the prop store.com . Was pleased to see that Stargate SG-1 was represented by a Jaffa and Ori costume. Also there was 3 different Batman costumes and a load more bits there. I had quickly tried to to find the table for Sub City as I really wanted to pick up the original cover of the new League of Volunteers comic. Thankfully there was one left there and I snapped it up.
Went then for autographs. Unlike 3 day events, these were not at a set time only so you could mosey down in your own time. Except for when you wanted an autograph from Charlie Adlard, you have to plan that one in advance, but I shall get to the reason why a little way down in this post.The thing about going to get anything signed is that you don't necessarily know how to act when you are standing in front of the person getting your poster/CD signed. I had only ever done that for a couple of CD signings and that was all. And I have to admit that for some reason I always felt a bit awkward. Maybe because I didn't go to much stuff like that before.
I headed over to Ron Donachie's table to get a photo signed and then it starts up again.
All of a sudden I feel like an awkward squirrel person, I feel that feeling I get when I'm nervous when my right leg gets a tingly feeling.
My brain is screaming SAY SOMETHING, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SAY SOMETHING OR YOU'LL REGRET IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS.
"This is my first con"
Oh God...did I just? Oh God I did, I sound like such a noob. Oh no!
And all of a sudden I understand how Molly Hooper felt in that scene when she's trying to make small talk with Sherlock Holmes in The Reichenbach Fall and Sherlock stops her mid way.
That embarrassing moment over, I headed to Femi Taylor's table, this time I keep my mouth shut. Femi is a lovely person to meet, I felt a little more at ease then.After that I went to Brian Muir's table, which was a bit of a thrill for me as I'm a bit of a fan and his designs of the robots have really helped to define the look of the Star Wars franchise.
After that I decide to go around to where the DeLorean and KITT from Knight Rider was at the con, they had a Dalek and R2D2 there too. They had also a wrestling ring set up in the space outside as well as various different stalls for food. I had brought my own food, like healthy snacks and a wrap that i made up as well as bringing a bottle of water though because I had heard that there was a tendency for con prices to be quite expensive. This worked well for me, so I think I may continue to do this.
I went into the screening of the Collider movie being shown. Found that to be cool. It was also nice to take a break from walking around the stalls for a bit. Stopped afterwards for lunch and walked around the stalls one more time before deciding to join the queue to get my comic signed by Charlie Adlard.
Stood in line for Charlie Adlard's autograph from 2:30. It was 4:30 before I got my comic signed by him. So many people were in line for just sketches. I felt that DCC should have had a separate time each day of the con for people who just wanted to get sketches from him.
The con started to petered out after that and everything was over around five o' clock.
Despite the Charlie Adlard, it was really a well organised enjoyable con. It is definably an event which will be in my diary for next year.
Here's to DCC 2014. :D
- Feeling: happy
Well, it's nearly time for Wolf's Bane. Am really really nervous as it's my first 3 day convention. Earlier on this month and on the hop I decided to go to the absolutely brilliant Dublin Comic Con. As you know, I had made plans for to go to a convention a few years ago by the name of Housebroken, but the entire event was cancelled. Needless to say, have been a bit gun shy ever since then in trying to go to conventions.
I have booked my hotel accommodation and also my flights. Just clearing up a few things now before I go. I know as I am traveling from Ireland, I don't necessarily need a passport, just some form of ID like a licence. I have it, but I would honestly have felt more secure having my passport, so I reapplied for it.(I lost my old one which went missing when we had an oil leak at home a few years ago) I have to say, I would definably recommend to anyone who wants to get their passport fast to use the Passport Express service that An Post offers. It's fantastic and my request was dealt with in a very prompt manner indeed.
And in more recent news, Tyler Posey isn't going to be able to attend the con now. I feel like a right eejit now as I had forked out €22 for a 'McCall Pack' t-shirt to cover my ass at the convention. But hey, at least I can wear my triskellions to the con without worry right :D. Am planning on wearing it now to the convention, regardless of that. Will probably show off the t-shirt on Vine before I go too, it's a nice shirt. Also, am planning on wearing my yin and yang lioness pendant or my Wolf talisman to the con at registration I think. There might be sign of me 'Nerdfightaria' t-shirt there too.
Also, there has been a great has been a great bit of development in terms of guests. For being very quiet before, There are now four new guests announced. Now looking forward to meeting Sinqua Wells, J.R Bourne, Keahu Kahuanui, Linden Ashby and Melissa Ponzio as well as the original guests of Tyler Hoechlin and Stephen Lunsford.
There has also finally been news filtered in regarding the pricing of the convention and theme parties. A bit happy that they finally are focussed on the event. Even a couple of days ago there was word about the lanyard and programme art. So things are finally progressing nicely.
Unfortunately now at the convention there is going to be no dealer room at the convention which sort of is a bit annoying as I had already factored in the costs for the dealer room stuff when I bought my sterling in the Post Office. But anyways, what am I supposed to do. I mean, there was time enough to organise all of the stuff to do with the dealer room months in advance if they didn't get side tracked with other events that they had in the future. Sure when everyone was fretting about the tickets, they announced the first guest for an event that wasn't until next year.They certainly didn't do any of that when it came to Wolf's Bane while planning that other event. Anyways.
Have a little plan for posts on Vine, planning on using the tag #WolfsbaneVine during the con. So shenanigans will ensue.(Anyone willing to wear a wolf mask and do the elevator bit in the Gangham Style vid let me know)
Am really really excited about this convention,
- Where Am I:Ireland, Ballinasloe
- Feeling: bouncy
Well, it's coming up to that time of year again, the Galway Arts Festival is coming up in July. I have booked my tickets. Am going to see Imelda May, Stella and Lou,The Night at the Proms with the RTE Orchestra and the Heathers in concert. Am really looking forward to it. As well as that, the Galway Film Fleadh is going to be freaking brilliant this year with Zachary Quinto and Saoirse Ronan both going to be in attendance.
Have also booked tickets to the 'Wolf's Bane' Teen Wolf convention that's taking place at the end of August start of September. Have booked the hotel, just have the flights to book and also have to get a replacement passport as I lost my old one.
Work is going really well for me. Am really really happy and contented going into work each morning. Am finally getting to see what the hard slog of earning my Masters has accomplished (even though it's only for a short time). It's great to be working hands on in the library and helping the library patrons. You learn an awful lot about people working at the desk. Am learning an awful lot from my colleagues also. Am really blessed to be working with two very genuinely lovely people.
Got back writing my original fiction. Changing it around a bit from what I had originally wrote. Scrapping what I had written before but will use it at a later date. As an introduction, I felt that it wouldn't be appropriate at this moment.I will be using it though at a later date.
Nearly finished my Teen Wolf fanfic. Waiting to see how the canon plays out in season 3 before I am happy to publish it. Very happy with it at the moment though and have a second sequel fic planned. Have to get back with 'Subversive" now as well as my other Sherlock fanfics that I was working on. Also have to get my other ones typed up. Will get to that in time.
- Feeling: busy
- Background Noise:Win in the End by Mark Safan
Well things moving along for me at the moment. Had applied for two jobs. Hoped to have heard some good news regarding them both, but so far got bad news in regards to the first job. I didn't get it, it would have had me working as a tour guide. I still haven't heard from the other job. On a happy note, I had a very fortunate turn of events though with a previous disappointment that I had. It turns out that the internship, that I had applied for through JobBridge came up again and this time I got it. I am absolutely thrilled as I really really wanted get that opportunity to begin with.
Started working at the start of May. The work is good and I am enjoying it thoroughly.
Watched Doctor Who and loved it. Finally getting to see part two. The season finale was fantastic. Also had been looking forward to seeing Sky Living show Season 3 of Teen Wolf, but it was announced that they had dropped it. Which is so unfortunate as this season looks to be fantastic. Thankfully though, in utter desperation not seeing the DVD of Teen Wolf season 2 released, I found a way to see it. That does not mean that I won't buy the DVD, I will be doing that too. In fact I already have it preordered.
Working currently on the script for my first vlog also, I do like to multitask. Have to also get my equipment together for to blog properly. Still finding it hard to find the time to go in to get equipment. have the introduction almost ready to post up.Pleased with progress on the script. It's just for the first video, but I do want to say what I mean rather than work ad hoc. I have a little bit of a habit of leaving out something that Hopefully I won't.
- Feeling: accomplished
- Background Noise:High Hopes by Kodaline
A new season is here and with that comes a renewed hope and personal drive. Winter is a season that can, despite the many happy festivities that can occur during that time can leave the person a little drained in body and, in my case I'm afraid can cause illness to occur. Of course, with illness comes a lack of energy and the inability to get the most important of tasks finished. But what's in the past is in the past, we move forward and use the chance we have been given to help make things right. People who read my tweets would have noticed that I have been loosing my sleep over this course and the trying times it had put me through. On the upside, I received my LAI card and am rather chuffed.This May though I am hoping to finally leave this long chapter of my life behind me. Also on this blog, people may have noticed the disappearance of the ads from here, that is because I finally got a paid account here.
So what's next for me when I'm finished?
Well I have been trying to get a job in my chosen field for a while now. I have visited libraries and have even applied for an internship through JobBridge for a local library placement that I wasn't successfully in getting again this year. I'm trying to stay optimistic. Hopefully there is a job out there for me. I am a very good worker. I really want to work in what I'm qualified to do. All young professionals know what I'm talking about here and know of what is crippling both the public and private sectors at the moment in regards to staffing. It is a little frustrating, but I'm hopeful that things might get better, they have to.
Doing something new:
Apart from this, I have decided that as well as blogging, I'm going to take up my camera and vlog a bit. I have a new channel set up all ready to go. But I cannot do anything until I get this work finished. Will be doing an intro vid, but it will be just saying what the channel is about and will be text based.
Needless to say I am a bit nervous about it, but really want to follow through on it this time. Before I have tried to start vlogging, but always things ended up not to be. I did try to do it once before but never really followed through with it. I hope to try and do it this time though.
And a final word on my fandoms:
Well a bit saddened that Being Human UK is finished up. It had however a fantastic run. I have to say that although it may have ended, it is definably went out with a bang. And as I keep pointing it to people online bemoaning the fact that it IS ending, let me just say that really when you think of it, in the context of this particular programme you can't really get any bigger than having the devil as a villain in your show. And as Toby Whithouse pointed out, it's left to us fans in seeing how it goes next.
It was very fun to see Toby Whithouse playing Secretary for state in the episodes this series, although it did cause me to note that now that that has happened on Being Human, we should probably in about a year see SteMo playing the Prime Minister in Doctor Who.
Also was saddened to see the end of Merlin. It was such a fantastic series and the final series didn't let us down in that regards. Finally we have seen what we have gotten to see what we have been waiting for since the start of the series to happen had finally happened. What I'm talking about is that Merlin's magic was finally revealed.
Doctor Who started back over the Easter. Have to say that I am really impressed with Clara Oswald as a companion. She's clever, witty and a bit hyper. Really how I like my companions. Also impressed by the new look that the Doctor is sporting this series. Again, this is sort of a clever little thing done by changing the Doctor's costume. Each time the Doctor changes companion it would seem we get a variation of the original costume. This also can be read into what it means in canon, you have been left to speculate rather an awful lot of the changes in costume is a bit like the Doctor closing a chapter of his long life. In fact the first time that this particular fact becomes clear first when you watch back in series three of the New run of Doctor Who.
I have added a few more fandoms to what I already like. as you guys know, I'm a big fan of Being Human UK, Sherlock, Supernatural, Doctor Who. Well now I have a couple more fandoms that I have gotten into.
In the last couple of months, I have gotten into watching and catching up with Teen Wolf which I really really enjoy. Also have been watching Arrow since episode one first aired on Sky One back in October and I love it. Also love watching Beauty and the Beast on Watch.
- Feeling: okay
The Internet has proved to be a revolutionary tool, even more so with the advent of social media. The person on the Internet has more ways to communicate with the outside world and even address grievances that they themselves encounter.
Some of us cut our teeth on forum message boards where we would have first of all have encountered online trolls. However, these encounters are now few and far between due to rules on forums being tightened and more importantly migration to social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
The main problem with Twitter is that people do not treat this as a public platform that they are as publicly liable for what they post on Twitter as one would be if they posted something liable and damaging in a blog post. Instead certain individuals treat Twitter like they would a text conversation. People who do this have to ask themselves, if figuratively speaking someone got a hold of your number and started sending you abusive texts. How would you feel, you would feel hurt, you would even contact the Gardaí. The point that I am trying to say is, like with texting people, there is an etiquette to follow when tweeting.
People who own a Twitter account who find themselves victims of cyber bullying must remember that there are four effective ways of dealing with online trolls especially on platforms like Twitter:
1. The main thing people need to remember when experiencing Twitter threats or extreme vitriol directed towards them is that Twitter does provide a block function.
If blocking doesn't work, you can always report to Twitter who will report it to the relevant authorities.
2. Develop a thick skin, not everyone will be a fan of what you have to say or even what you believe in. If you do receive a mean tweet, learn to laugh it off and move forward never think of that comment that's in the past.
3. Move your profile to private. The best thing Twitter offers to tweeters is the ability to make their profiles private. When I found my profile of nearly eight years blocked in November, I found myself using one which I had set up on a whim and had considered deleting it before. When my original account was unblocked, I set the other to private. I used the time that I was blocked to look at what I was doing wrong in terms of tweeting and adjusted my behaviour accordingly. I no longer participate in all the follow shout outs that would occur during the week, but in rare occasions I might make the exception. Instead I'm choosing to thank people for their messages as genuinely I am always chuffed when I do receive their messages, if I don't reply though, it's usually because I'm dead busy, not because I'm ignoring their messages.
4. Delete the account, this must always be seen as a last resort. But sometimes the best thing to do is to just walk away. This is hard for me to suggest to people because I have seen the tragic loss to Twitter of fantastic tweeters such as Ryan Tubridy,Steven Moffat and Jeff Davis and I love using Twitter myself. But if you feel that this is truly the way you want to go, you can. Remember though, if you change your mind and miss the hubbub of Twitter you can always reactivate it, as long as you do it within a thirty day period.
- Feeling: contemplative
Whilst I was browsing a well known Irish news site, I stumbled across a post showing the Christmas message from our president. The speech was the usual, what you would expect for a Christmas message. Scrolling down the page to the comments, the usual 'cheery' bunch started on about current dire straits we are in in this country.
"That's it" I thought. Any other time I would be in agreement with them, but this week is a time to be quiet about stuff like that. This Christmas week, regardless if you believe in it or not. You have to respect people who choose to celebrate it.
And this need not just be in a way that can just purely materialistic, think of the Charles Dickens tale 'A Christmas Carol', in particular about the lesson that story tells us about keeping Christmas well in our hearts. This would mean goodwill and love towards your fellow men or women. The thing to bear in mind is, no matter how bad and stupid the world gets the rest of the year, on this day we should be happy to be with the people we love or who are good acquaintance.
You need not be alone on this day, you are not invisible, there are people in this world that notice you. You matter.You are important. To quote 'Doctor Who', funnily enough one which DID in fact air on a Christmas Day 'You know that in nine hundred years of time and space and I've never met anybody who wasn't important before.'
However, if I get back to 'A Christmas Carol', some people might however point out that as well as showing Scrooge the good in this world that can occur at Christmas, he also gives Scrooge a glimpse into Ignorance and Want. Unfortunately this is something that is the case, but as the ghost himself tries to show Scrooge, these things can be overridden by a simple human kindness. However, as tragic at times as the season can seem to be, that when something terrible has occurred in this world that makes people question our fidelity to kindness and goodness. The most important thing we must keep in our hearts at these difficult times is hope.
If this season gives me one thing, it's that it gives me renewed hope in what seems to be a dark world at the moment. Take the imagery of the lighting of the Advent candles to make each Sunday before Christmas. This particular custom is one we take for granted, however it is one which could well date back to pre-Christian times when our Celtic ancestors used to light fires on the shortest days of the year. Perhaps our Celtic ancestors wanted to light the way for the coming of Spring, perhaps this is what gave them renewed hope. That's what the lighting of the Advent candles mean: hope and anticipation for the future, a hope that in the future maybe just maybe things might get better.
John Lennon in the song 'Imagine' sung the lyric 'You may say I'm a dreamer' , and maybe by all accounts people I may well be just that, a dreamer. But I believe in what this season in particular can do for people. In conclusion, I must once again reference that great tome that helped, for me to define what Christmas is at its core. I think my feeling on the season is best expressed by Scrooge's nephew Fred:
"There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round - apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that - as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it! "
- Feeling: busy
Have been a bit busy catching up with life things which had built up while I was still in college since January. I caught up a bit of reading. I finished off reading 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' and am now onto 'The Turn of the Screw', Also am reading Caitlin Moran's book. Also started and finished the excellent book by Alistair Duncan.' An Entirely New Country'. Am nearing the end of reading the Complete Penguin collection of Sherlock Holmes stories.
I felt as if I'm in a bit of a limbo in regards to my course. It reinforces my feelings that if I ever do another course after I finish this one, I will be doing it closer to home.
I am so tantalisingly close to the end of the course now, it has been such a long road to travel. I cannot wait to be finished.
In terms of my dissertation, I am just getting it done now due to a delay with one of my subject results. Hopefully it will be the end though finally in a few more months for me. Had to go ask for an extension due to my continued bad health over the past while.I really cannot catch a break between a family death and now this. Hope to hear that I was granted an extension, might signal a change in luck for me if so. I have been trying to get my work done but I have not been able to because of pain. It really disrupts the ability to write and try and do anything.
Doctor Who was absolutely brilliant, we only got five episodes this time. The last of which ending with saying a goodbye to the Ponds. We also got to see the new companion in action a little early on in the series in 'The Asylum of the Daleks'. Am looking forward to seeing her first appearance in the series alongside Matt on Christmas Day.
Was really impressed by the adaption of Parade's End that starred Benedict Cumberbatch. Am also really looking forward to seeing the first Hobbit movie. Am intrigued to see how the three movies pan out. I have read the book last Summer so am looking forward to seeing the finished product. From what I have seen of the production videos when they were released online, I am positively hopeful that it will work out well.
We have found out though that Sherlock S3 filming was postponed until March. So a bit longer to wait for that. I actually don't mind so much. Teen Wolf Series 3 started filming there a while ago. Am looking forward to seeing it when it airs. Being Human has stopped filming a few months ago. Am really really looking forward to seeing the new series five now in January.
In terms of my writing, I had reached a bit of an impasse and have had a small writers block for the last month. Thankfully have started back in writing my fanfic now so am back working on both academic and fun writing. Have another chapter of my fanfic finally posted up and am happy to report that I have already 200 plus words wrote of the next chapter already. Am working on a Teen Wolf fanfic at the moment, have about 3,000 plus words wrote, but haven't them broken up into chapters yet.
- Feeling: chipper
- Background Noise:Win in the End - Mark Safan (Teen Wolf 85 Soundtrack)