Dissy!

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!

Woah it’s been a while!

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?

Take a breather, or not

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…

Madness, madness!

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.

Boxing Day Blues?

The panic is over! Christmas is done, Father Christmas’s guts are much diminished (if that sounds like a step too far take a look at my last post and all will become clear), and everyone has returned to their normal stations around the house.

But what does an English Lit student get for Christmas? The complete Sherlock Holmes of course! Because Benedict Cumberbatch graces our screens once more in the new year and personally I can’t wait…

Oh, also Batman, always Batman. Because everyone loves Batman (or he beats you up).

‘Til next time folks, most likely different bat-time but same bat-place!

Travel to play

Ohhhh my it has been a while since I last posted!

The reason for this is simple; life is hectic and mad! Two more assignments before Christmas to get done, but they’ve been nice and spread them out one a week so very much do-able.

Hope anyone who listened in to our Punk/Rock Mixer on L:39 Radio enjoyed it, and actually because of the radio this blog is actually being typed up to Cotton Eyed Joe which is pretty Epic.

This weekend I was off in the lovely city of Cardiff indulging in nerdy behaviour of the most dire kind… Which was really fun and definitely a needed break from panicked reading and writing. I had a snake that could speak and read books while we all discussed what to do next, I wish he was real so he could do my assignments. Clever snake.

But seriously, I am quite clear about the distinction between fantasy and reality… I mean, thinking that I really was a Tiefling Sorcerer would be crazy.

 

Assignment! Cast Fireball!

Week off! Oh, wait…

It’s reading week, so curl up somewhere warm and get going!

No, I'm not really going to read all of these in a week... Already read most of them.Reading week is perhaps the most under-appreciated of bones that English students are thrown. Traditionally students will glance at the work that they have to do in the next few months, refuse to consider how many books this will require them to read and spend the first reading week of the year recovering from Halloween hangovers.

I, however, shall glance at the work I have to do in the next few months, run a quick calculation of how many books this will require, decide I can do it in a few days and read much more interesting books. Most of the books in this picture are extremely good, so consider this a recommended list! Except Stephen Donaldson, he’s rubbish.

We’re all a bad example though, and will probably all justly fail. On the other hand… Julian May is more to my taste than Shakespeare. Also, reading things not related to the course will make you a well rounded person and keep you sane (ish, this is a Literature course after all).

Next time, a look at the best thing about an English degree at Edge Hill Uni! Are you excited? You should be.

Rock/read on.