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!
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…
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?
Firstly, I shall explain my absence… The dissertation deadline creeps ever closer, and living in a house with third years, a poor wireless connection, and the only ethernet cable in the house there are sacrifices to be made. Which suck. Mostly because it means there is no facebook to see who’s going in for lectures (and then laugh at them, because it was 6am and I had a fever so was compelled to stay in bed). So there’s that issue put to bed… When someone’s doing a dissertation and it’s due in less than two weeks from now you do everything you can to not be murdered.
Now, elections! In all honesty I’m not sure if the rule about being unbiased in these matters is still in effect, after all you can’t vote in the elections yet anyway. But, the results are in. Gareth is your Vice President of Arts and Sciences. Some interesting facts that are not biased but presented in exactly the way that I found them;
1. Gareth played to the Sports student vote, who yes, bizarrely, come under the same faculty as us bookworms.
2. His major advertising ploy was his beard or lack thereof in a sequence of pictures.
3. When asked directly by a group of non-sporting English students what he would do for them, should they vote him in, replied with the words “I cannot cater for 27,000 students”.
Be afraid children.
At this point I should probably mention that I was on Rob Witchuch’s campaign team… The best and most creative team… But people are artistic plebs and didn’t vote for him. Boo. However, this does mean I am undeniably bitter and biased… Sorry dudes.
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.
The best thing about English Literature is it’s adaptability, which is why I can chose a dissertation topic that excites me as much as this one; finding the roots of two stereotyped horror game characters. Essentially I started out knowing that games were where I wanted to go with it and thanks to incredibly helpful tutors fixed on this idea. So, despite the fact that some of them now think I’m crazy, I have a set up for starting on the 10,000 word essay next year. Yay!
Look how my research grows! Complete with quick sketches and much conjecture, this is the Wall of Dissertation!
But what started out as a fun night researching things for my dissertation with the beautiful Joseph Thomas (see the side bar for a link to his blog) ended in disaster!
I’m currently writing the first assignment of the year, so I’ll make it quick.
The way I look at it you’ve got to have a sense of humour to deal with 18th century poetry. Going through it with a fine toothed comb for a close reading it would be dull if I couldn’t have a little immature giggle every now again… Oh you dirty Romantics.
Bit of Swift? Na, thanks. Get tuned into L:39 radio while you work!
Keep it light darlin’s.
P.S I might give you a sneak peak of my dissertation ideas in a few days! Keep it mum.