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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
heleninwales
heleninwales
The end of the course
I completed and submitted the final assignment for the children's literature course this afternoon! Yay! I have my life back now. :)

A moment ago, I yawned and thought, "Why am I so tired?" And then I remembered that today I had: done an hour on the final nitpicky corrections for the essay; taken Brith for a 3 mile walk; typed the nitpicky corrections into the essay and written a conclusion, given the (rather long) front grass the first cut of the year; and cooked dinner.

Yes, that's why I'm tired!

Not getting to bed until midnight last night didn't help either. I went as chauffeur, technical support and general dogsbody to help G give another geology talk to the U3A last night. As the group meet in Borth y Gest, by the time the meeting had over-run to 9:30 and we'd driven home and had something to eat, it was very late.

Anyway, the children's literature course is safely completed, two days before the actual deadline. After some ups and downs during the course and a very low point at the third assignment, where I got sidetracked into reading about Barrie's life and made a mess of the Peter Pan essay, the last few essays have achieved good marks and I felt that this final essay (which counts for 50% of the marks) flowed quite well. I may, of course, have totally missed the point of the question, but I thought it was a decent essay, so I feel that I have finished on a high note.

We don't get the results until the beginning of August, which is when I will get the AS-Level maths result too. I will let you know how I did in due course.

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: May 22nd, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
How did you get sidetracked into Barrie's life? (Poor guy, what a mess he was!)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 24th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just got intrigued by Barrie, because he had such a difficult childhood. And there seemed to be quite a bit in the media about him at the time, mostly accusations relating to improper behaviour with children, but I couldn't find any hint of it in his writing, only a deep sadness and a longing to be able to play like a child again.

There was one rather spooky thing, which was that he and the children new Scott (of Antarctic fame) and they played in the park at finding the South Pole and joked about how when he got there, he would find someone else had beaten him to it.

Anyway, all this was very interesting, but meant that the essay missed the point of what I was supposed to be writing about! :(
sartorias From: sartorias Date: May 24th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
From everything I read, he didn't molest kids, but he did get crushes on them. It was interesting reading about him in Cynthia Asquith's journal, for instance, and how involved he was with her kids, especially her middle boy, Michael.

Peter Pan is both sentimental and astonishingly savage. Quite an odd book!
pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: May 22nd, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! Enjoy ... but first, rest.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 24th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I have rested and now I'm eyeing all the housework and gardening that I can no longer put off. I've been using the excuse, "I have this important essay to write," but that won't work any more. :)
brownnicky From: brownnicky Date: May 22nd, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 24th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It's great to reach the end successfully, but now I'm eyeing all the housework and gardening that I can no longer put off. I've been using the excuse, "I have this important essay to write," but that won't work any more. :)
brttvns From: brttvns Date: May 22nd, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done - pat on back.

Hwyl fawr
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 24th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks.

Only problem is, now I'm eyeing all the housework and gardening that I can no longer put off. I've been using the excuse, "I have this important essay to write," but that won't work any more. :)
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: May 23rd, 2012 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations. Here - have your life back!
:-)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 24th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. There is just one problem... It's great to reach the end successfully, but now I'm eyeing all the housework and gardening that I can no longer put off. I've been using the excuse, "I have this important essay to write," but that won't work any more. :)
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: May 24th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, OK, I see the problem. Just adopt the 'Life's too short for housework' rule. Works for me.
coth From: coth Date: May 23rd, 2012 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Well done. And enjoy your life for a while - it's worth having.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 24th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks.

It's great to reach the end successfully and it's nice to have my life back, but now I'm eyeing all the housework and gardening that I can no longer put off. I've been using the excuse, "I have this important essay to write," but that won't work any more. :)
From: cmcmck Date: May 23rd, 2012 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Well done you! :o)

I haven't done any private study (as aside from my professional stuff) since completing a Postgrad Diploma in Modern Scottish History with the University of Dundee about six years back- the need to earn a few bob tends to get in the way!

Enjoy having your life back- it won't last, y'know! :o)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 24th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks.

It's great to reach the end successfully and it's nice to have my life back, but now I'm eyeing all the housework and gardening that I can no longer put off. I've been using the excuse, "I have this important essay to write," but that won't work any more. :)
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: June 1st, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hoorah! Well done for getting everything completed - now it's all over bar the waiting...
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