November 08, 2010

Better News – Assignments and Stuff

Better day today, except that I felt unwell and couldn't breathe through my nose.  Time of the year has something to do with it, being the soggiest day in a while.  Lots of drenched students around, with a myriad colours of brollies.  In my imagination more than in reality.  Most people had black, some pink or red, some blue.  Many with spikes out on show and compromised function as a result. 

The Portfolio we need to submit seems a long way off, but February will soom be here and I want to be organised.  I need to work on the basis that someone usually goes pear-shaped near submission, so why tempt fate? 

I want to start asap, so I asked about what the submission entails.  I don't want to know things like word count etc - I already know stuff like that from the MA in Writing Handbook.  What I need to know are things like:

- can we submit writing that has been workshopped, or must it be new writing?

- what does the critical analysis/commentary entail?  I know I've got to show problems and solutions, but I didn't know if this was to be in a formal, academic, essay style, or whether it should be in a more relaxed, personal reflection in the first person which read more like a writing log.

I feel happier now that it's been clarified and want to make a start on it as soon as I can.  First, I need to start writing the next chapter of my creative piece for my next workshop.  I realised today that I've got to take it in next Monday ready to workshop the following week!  So soon?  It'll be the last workshop for me this semester, so I'd like to use it for an experiment. 

Better get stuck into it, I guess.  I need to sort out what's what in the novel synopsis and novel chapters - or maybe look at character conflicts.  Linking the main threads for my two main characters needs attention.  Maybe I should use the workshop to look at that. 

Hmm...  time to don the thinking cap.  Before that, I need to get my Research Methods work done.  Better get on with then.       


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