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February 04, 2006

Saturday, 04 February

Egads! Another week escapes me without blogging. Slippery as an eel, it is.

Chapter has progressed, though more slowly than planned. I seem to recall that my failure to post on Tuesday was a result of my being utterly despondent at my abysmal progress in the course of the afternoon. I sat for four hours and wrote about a hundred words; was literally tearing my hair at one point — then it hurt, so I stopped.

Wednesday and Thursday were lost altogether, to a visit from my family and work at the Learning Grid respectively. Overcompensated for missing Greek midweek by covering half of yesterday afternoon's lesson at home beforehand — three hours travelling to campus and back almost entirely wasted. Once I was back, though, I added 400 words in a couple of hours [a fairly respectable rate] — my work screeches to a halt every night at six-thirty, though, for Masterchef Goes Large. I am hopelessly hooked.

Tacked another 200 words on the back end of the thing this morning. I have nearly tiptoed through the minefield of discussing the antiquarian references in Servius, where the lacunae in my knowledge are most perilous. Once I can launch into the stuff about [biographical] allegory — tomorrow, hopefully — I may be able to start galloping off again, as I kind of did at Christmas. Current word count is about 1500.

Trekking off to the Learning Grid again in about a half an hour; should be back for five. My plan is to take the chapter on USB drive and maybe sneak a hundred words or so if it goes quiet; that was, however, the idea last Saturday as well and I didn't get more than five minutes' peace in all the three hours I was there. So who knows?

Ditched Garcia Marquez's Collected Stories after the first three chapters, because I found the first of them oblique and rather tedious, lacking utterly the charm of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love In The Time Of Cholera, which I so enjoyed last month. I am now spending my bus journeys reading furtively The Vesuvius Club, debut novel of Mark Gatiss [of the League of Gentlemen and also writer of Doctor Who's "The Unquiet Dead"]. Pretending I am enjoying it less than I am.

Got Kate to order me the Vintage edition of Don Quixote from the bookshop. What on earth possessed me?


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