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Trudging along, need to speed up! - Helen's journal and online home
In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
heleninwales
heleninwales
Trudging along, need to speed up!
Today I was poking at the final 2000 word essay for the children's literature course and there is still the 3000 word essay for the End of Module Assessment (bigger project that replaces an exam). Though I have enjoyed some aspects of the course, right now I just want my life back so I can start writing my own stuff. I really don't like studying literature, but this was the lesser of several evils and the only course I was interested in that combines with what I've already done to give me a BA in Humanities with a specialism in creative writing.

I didn't poke at the AS-level maths project that needs to be finished by the end of the month. I have, however, updated my computer's virus protection and paid for another year of LJ. I have also emailed our son some photos of him as a baby. Something to do with a Guess the Baby competition at a party he is attending next week.

My next job is to go and buy some food so we can eat an early dinner before driving G to give another talk on geology to the University of the Third Age.

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readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: April 17th, 2012 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Your post resonates. Being conflicted between what we want to write & what we need/have to write is a pain.

One of the reasons I resisted any kind of ongoing further education into my middle-age was because I dreaded the 'have to' element. I do admire you, Helen. I think I'd have gone barmy by now!

The conflict can also arise when 'life' gets in the way & we are redirected. Even when it's a nice direction, the underlying desire to 'just write' niggles away. I have visitors this weekend. I love them & can't wait to see them - I just wish I didn't have to do all the preparation/domestic stuff beforehand.

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 19th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm hoping that next year's course won't interfere with the creativity. I do like studying and mostly it's not intrusive, but as I always suspected, studying literature conflicts badly with writing the stuff, which is why I've always avoided it in the past. But there was no point in claiming another OU Open degree. I already have one and this time I want BA (Hons) Humanities with a Speciality in Creative Writing. :)
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