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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
The finish line is in sight!
I'm still plodding on with the final essay for the children's literature course and, despite disliking almost everything about the Chaos Walking trilogy, I'm doing that option because the other is too vague and I know I'd just write a load of waffle.

Anyway, I went to bed last night with about 1750 words (out of 3000), but reading them this morning there is some good content there, but no clear thread of an argument. I have therefore redone my plan (for the third time!) on the mindmap and have just resorted to printing the essay out so I can highlight which bits relate to what topic, then I will literally paste (OK, sellotape!) it back into a sensible order and then carry on from there.

It doesn't help that Ness contradicts himself with how he views the Spackle. How can I write a logical argument if the book isn't consistent? If the Spackle should be treated equally with humans, how come Todd is still 'the boy who cannot kill' when he killed one of them in Book 1? Tell me that, Ness, go on, explain that one?

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steepholm From: steepholm Date: May 20th, 2012 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Aha - I wondered if that would come back to haunt him! I remember gerald getting very cross about that when the first book came out, but having not read the other two I wasn't sure whether it would turn out to be important for the subsequent plot.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: May 20th, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
It doesn't help that Ness contradicts himself with how he views the Spackle.

And it doesn't help me that I have no idea about what or whom you speak!

*Quickly Googles 'Spackle'* - no... nothing there...
*Googles: Chaos Walking trilogy.*

Right, I get it. The Spackle. *Grin* Pay attention...

This is what happens when big people read children's books. (I mean me BTW.) Unless it's The Hungry Caterpillar or Winnie the Pooh I get horribly lost & crave language I can understand. Like Mordor! Lol!

I applaud you.

And empathise with the 'sellotape' reference. I may have to do something similar in order to more usefully incorporate various back-stories in Finding Blodeuwedd with the present day narrative.

The old version of 'cut & stick' still has it's uses ;)

Good luck - although I'm certain you will succeed.
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