People have started returning to uni! Soon everyone will be back and it will be time to start writing again… Which isn’t so fun but everyone will be back so I can cope. I’m tired. They should all come back now.
September is well and truly upon us, and in just a few weeks uni will resume and a whole year of new faces will replace the ones that have just left.
Considering how shellshocked I feel about this, especially in my house and considering next year it will be ‘us’ leaving, i’ve always wondered how tutors feel about it. They only have three short years with each massive intake of students, yet the slightest offhand comment from them could be just the right thing to make a difference to someone’s degree. Not in a ‘tutor’s words are gospel’ sense but in a ‘you will have to listen to these people every week for an hour for 3 years’ kind of way. Yet for them it must seem odd, slightly pointless even, to make an effort to know students sometimes. After all the group they interact with changes every year, so I guess musing on this topic has given me a small nugget of advice (and nostalgia); if you happen to have a tutor who actually connects with you and makes an effort be sure to listen to them, and if others seem cold well just think about how they’ve lost a group of people after 3 years and are about to lose another one, regardless of the fact that lovely people come to replace them.
This headache seems to be making me write sad things, so back to bed. Be good!
So since my last post I have been looking like mad for a second job while trying to work on a gallery space (i have a meeting to finalise terms tomorow!) and playing Guild Wars 2 with the Edge Hill crew! It’s a lot of work (even if some of it is fun. A lot of fun) so lets keep it short before I go back to this application form.
Freshers week! Will you be there?
I won’t. Not letting you lot make me sick when I have a dissertation to do! Did I forget to mention I was working on that? Back to it then… Chow!
After moving, not having internet, getting a phone with internet but getting locked out of the uni system and being too busy moving again and sorting out real internet to sort it out, then being occupied sorting out things for next year and nearly forgetting despite being on campus I am finally back! What has been so far a hectic summer of mad running back and forth, packing and unpacking, reminiscing and planning the last major event is nearly upon me. I am talking, of course, about oggcamp! This year hosted at John Moores University in Liverpool and with a special message from Stephen Fry it looks to be even better than last year.
But what is oggcamp I hear you ask? Oggcamp is an unconferance (their phrasing not mine, bear with me) of all things open source, if you’re confused by that term the Firefox web browser is an open source project as is Android for phones. Free, legal, open software which allows you to have a look at the code behind it an edit it how you like. It’s wonderful cause and so a weekend of talks about what’s new and upcoming is just great.
One more item of nerdy business before I have something to show you, Guild Wars 2. Buy it, play it, love it, and join the Edge Hill guild we’re going to be setting up. If you don’t know what that is despite reading my other blogs look it up. Now.
Welcome back. Excited? Good me too. The last thing for tonight, I have been painting and selling in Ormskirk so i’m going to upload some pictures for you!
There we go, pretties and a rant. Now i’m out it’s definitely bedtime! Chow darlings.
So today was the first meeting with my dissertation tutor, Peter Wright, and what a wonderful day it is!
Now I have free reign to begin researching and whittling down the information that I’ve already gathered, so it’s time to record some playthroughs of the games on my list! Watch this space if I can I’ll put up a snippet for you guys…
Gotta run, many hours of fun ahead!
But second year is over! And I’m already neck deep in exciting research for my dissertation!
Did you know that there are a whole heap of video games based entirely on the work of H.P. Lovecraft? You know, aside from the fact that nearly all horror FPSs rely so heavily on his ideas that it’s almost laughable… Anyway, I did know a few, but now I’ve found a list of all of them by accident! So the number of games I have to play through and make notes on over the Summer has rocketed and I couldn’t be happier!
Excitable post over, but this is so very interesting… Must read through ‘Pickman’s Model’ before my next blog… But for now, the modules I have chosen for next year should make for some interesting reading. Science Fiction and Gothic Romanticism are my choices and the two core modules for third year are Victorian Literature and Modernism.
All the excitement of another year of studies and none of the workload! Who doesn’t love Summer?
Or not. Today I decided what modules to take next year, which is always a frustrating process… However, here’s what I settled on;
Victorian Literature (compulsory, and self-explanatory)
Make it New (compulsory, focusing on modernism in texts)
Science Fiction (self explanatory but looks really interesting, and I won’t have to buy any books because they’re all on the shelf I posted a picture of!)
Gothic Romanticism (focusing on the start of the Gothic as we know it today, with a fantastic reading list)
Other than that you’ve seen my dissertation plans (so much fun still) and Victorian Gothicism looked fascinating but unfortunately clashes with the Romantic kind of Gothic. Which is a real shame since the reading list includes The Picture of Dorian Gray and Jekyll and Hyde!
Anyway, lots too look forward to and little to lament… Read over Easter. Read lots.
But such is the price you have to pay for interests outside of your course. This morning I’m up for another slot on the uni radio station, which is always good fun if ill-timed!
In literature related news, this week saw a limited number of students off on a field trip to Wordsworth’s house. Exciting events of this trip included an extremely nouty woman who got angry when we tried to enjoy tea and biscuits and a useless guide who forgot the correct term for a cupboard and called it a “coal-hole”. Hilarity ensued. The trip was, of course, not intended to be a study of the more peculiar specimens in academia but an aid to the Order and Chaos module. I’m not sure what we learned on that front apart from the Coleridge was a pushy so-and-so and made inconvenient house calls without warning, oh and Wordsworth was very unimaginative with pet names!
Ah well, it was a fun day out with the wonderful staff and involved singing on a bus, so definitely not a day wasted! Especially not since we found a lovely pub to escape the rain in…
Viva la reading week!
This is supposed to be a quiet month with no assignments due in… But I have filled the time!
A proper argument is starting to form from the primordial ooze of my dissy notes, slowly but surely.
There are many interesting books to read for the rest of the semester, including some fabulous stories of the supernatural and some modern crime books (that to be honest are a bit out of my field, but hopefully live up to the excitement they’re causing with those more familiar with the authors). And how could I forget the 18th Century novels, Austen anyone?
In less academic news, my lovely partner in noise-pollution and myself will be bringing you classic rock and punk tonight at our usual time (8-10) and tomorrow, as a rare treat, we will be relaxing with a brew to the softer side of rock in the breakfast slot 12-2pm! Do you feel spoilt yet? You should. If you have any requests, or would like to join in with tonight’s feature of bands that used to be great but turned rubbish, give Chezzer and Chazzer a shout out on the L:39 radio Facebook page!
As an end note, if you have any questions about English Lit here at Edge Hill drop me a tweet or a comment and I’ll get back to you asap.
Now get back to your books! No, seriously…
So it’s been a hectic few weeks back, hence the lack of blog… But things are definitely looking up since this semester it’s an end to the Gender Studies modules and off to pastures new with Writing the Supernatural and Crime Fiction. One two many comments about Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr for a Literature group cropped up during a discussion on Sherlock Holmes but at least no one has mentioned the frankly horrifying new set of books by the truely awful writer Anthony Horowitz.
In other exciting news, my dissertation ideas have been forced into four distinct themes with the help of one of our wonderful part-time tutors here at Edge Hill, and my personal tutor has returned from sabbatical so they have been passed over to him for inspection! He has been missed, if you do chose to continue your education at Edge Hill then you will quickly realise that the Head of First Year is also the darling of the department and the light of his students lives. And he’s been gone for a whole semester, how did we ever survive?
In less happy news, my picture for this is shocking and it looks like there’s a hole in my fringe because of the light. Not impressed.