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?

We have a problem…

One very handy thing about Edge Hill is that you can do a dyslexia test for free, with a consultation to discuss everything involved in it. And you can book an appointment within a few days of going the Ask desk in the Library.

This all came about for the same reason that I have been absent for so long, I forgot my password for the University online system and due to the Easter break couldn’t get to the Library to reset the password! One thing that any of you that are now going to be at Edge Hill come September should know that I didn’t is that there is a number on the back of your student card that you can ring to sort these problems out without going to the Library in person. Shiny right?

On the same topic, the SIC team at Edge Hill are incredibly helpful and will sort out most problems that you have while studying here… They’re a first port of call for any distressed student.

A particularly grounded blog from me, but what can I say I’m knackered… Still have 4 assignments and 3 exams to go before summer!

All of the options…

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.

Busy busy

The votes for the new SU team close tomorrow and it’s been one hell of a roller coaster week…

A lot of plotting at our favourite watering hole for the campaign team and hopefully tomorrow I can happily reveal our fabulous candidate!

Keep your fingers crossed, I might have to cross my toes too…

‘Til tomorrow, keep it shiny.

How on earth did that happen?

It’s the time of year for finishing off the last few assignments before escaping to gorge yourself on Christmas goodies, so I thought I’d share my work plan!

Step 1: Read the assignment, normally a few days after the last one was finished.

Step 2: Spend a few days considering the question, and decide whether or not it is interesting. If it is interesting, begin research, if it isn’t, ignore it until…

Step 3: It’s the night before the deadline, so it’s time to write! But not right away, first comes a few hours of procrastination, mostly consisting of youtube and taste of awesome.

Step 4: At around 4-7am it’s time to write, so the essay gets hammered out in a few hours. This goes a lot easier if the question was interesting and I’ve been reading for a few weeks, but it never takes more than a 5 hours to finish an essay from this point even if it’s the single dullest question in existence.

Step 5: Run home, shower, run back, hand in the essay, and get some much needed rest!

And this is what will happened last Friday and will happen next Friday, except there will be no much needed rest because I have another radio show 8-10pm next Friday… So tune in and join in the fun that results from a night of working hard instead of sleeping!

Mixed bag

What a mental week. Possibly my best attendance this year and got so many things sorted! Yet, still no real work done on any of my assignments for this year. Because I’m just brilliant like that, clearly.

List of assignments to do include;

One overdue critical review on one book from a set list.

Two increasingly imminent full length essays on very different topics.

One presentation that is far to close for comfort.

In preparation for these I have scribbled notes scattered around my desk, and finally have all of the set texts! Quick tip; Blackwells can be pretty useless and take months to deliver a single book, and then deliver another one within days. Order books early if you want to avoid being skinned alive by overworked and nouty tutors.

In other news, I have a radio show next Friday from 8pm-10pm. Tune in if you can but I will warn you to expect explicit tunes and banter in the last hour!

Woop woop!

A beautiful disaster

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!

Quick tip: when adding sugar to wine, use a bowl…