Allow me to brush the dust off this blog. What have we been doing with my life for the past academic year? The same thing we do every academic year Pinky…play videogames, play Ultimate and get my work done just at the point where it becomes personally terrifying not to. I won’t say it’s been an ideal formula so far, but neither has it particularly let me down. Aren’t I the very picture of academic acumen?
Not to say there hasn’t been anything worth blogging about over the last five months, only that I’ve been lax in reporting them. Well, all that changes now that we’re entering…
THE TWO WEEK DISSERTATION RACE
I’ve got an important piece of work due in two weeks. It’s my dissertation, which for Creative Writing is a 6,000 word piece of writing, followed by 2,000 words of fancy-worded introspection, where I conjure up authors and texts I may have barely heard of that certainly had an immeasurable influence on my work. My piece has got a tinge of fantasy flavour, like if you’d spooned fantasy in your tea then used that same spoon to eat your cereal with, and plays with pre-conceived audience perceptions of narration and blah blah blah literary speak blah. I’ve got the ideas down, a quarter of it written, and a bulky plan, and now it’s time for the execution, one way or the other.
So why choose now to reboot blogging? Because writing this seems like the better alternative to writing the work that actually needs to be done. It’s a strange kind of procrastination and one that I’m no stranger to. Also because I suspect I can write wry observations far better than I can a piece of fiction. At any rate there’s a few topics lingering on the edge of my mind that I may just hammer down on cyber-paper each day before attempting to do serious work. I’ll pass it off as an intellectual warm-up.
It will be an adventure. It’ll quite likely be the kind of adventure where the plucky youngster must face up to how his dapper enthusiasm is meaningless in the face of a cruel world, but it’ll be an adventure none the less.