Finding the Love: Learning how to love my PhD again

February 18, 2011

Following along this little – writing a PhD is like being in a relationship – metaphor i’ve had going the last couple of days, I wondered if there was some relationship advice out there for long-term relationships that might be applicable for my little out0of-love with my thesis conundrum… 5 Tips for Rekindling Romance in […]

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Trying to Romance a Stone…

February 18, 2011

I’m not married. I feel the need to say that. Because i suspect over the next few months there might be quite a few tidbits about a chap named Bert, who I will speak of as if we were married. We are, I guess. But only in the way that intellectual-nerdy types think of when […]

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Trying to fall in love again…

February 17, 2011

This post will be a first. It’s about the most intense relationship in my life right now. I need to fall in love with my PhD thesis again. And it’s not just because my thesis is about the closest thing i have to a Valentine right…but that’s a story for a different post (a potentially […]

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What hope have I got? On 5000 words a day and a game of badminton!

October 28, 2010

So Monday we start our version of NAtional Novel Writing Month by focusing our attention onto our own works of fiction  theses. As i was writing I came across this quote in Julia Briggs’ biography of E.Nesbit, titled A Woman of Passion. It left me slightly bemused, a little overwhelmed and wondering ‘what hope have […]

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guerilla humour: or academics playing word games

November 5, 2009

While searching for helpful literary theory resources, I came across this entry on Maclolm Haywards website of Critical terms EXHAUSTION The end result of studying for a Ph.D. in literature; the point at which a particular literary genre or critical theory has found all possible explorations for its purposes. Amusing? it is to me.

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The State of this little part of the Research nation

October 24, 2009

The sea has been angry lately. But then again, there has been so much fog and mist rolling in I haven’t always been able to see the white-tipped waves. I can’t complain. It’s only going to get worse. The days will continue to get shorter, the sun isn’t rising until after 7:30am as it is, […]

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700 is the magic number; or the road ahead…

October 20, 2009

700. It is the sum of four consecutive primes (167 + 173 + 179 + 181). But 700 sources. That’s the number, roughly, I need to compile by March for the GRO. This is the procedure by which I, hopefully, will miraculously turn into one possessing the “all-but-for-dissertation” distinction. 700. It actually seems more doable […]

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E. Nesbit: An Unconventional Woman

August 5, 2009

Interested in a young age in literature, with a great interest in William Morris, 19-year-old Nesbit met bank clerk Hubert Bland in 1877. Seven months pregnant, she married Bland on 22 April 1880; Even then the couple did not immediately live together, Bland preferring to remain in the comfort of his mother’s home, leaving Nesbit […]

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E. Nesbit: An Unconventional Childhood

July 28, 2009

Called Daisy by her family, Nesbit was born on August 12, 1858 at Kennington, Surrey (now part of greater London). The youngest of five children, she considered her early years, when her father was still alive, idyllic. Father died unexpectedly when she was 4 years of age. Her grandfather Anthony Nesbit founded the agricultural college […]

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E.Nesbit and the imagination

July 12, 2009

Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) wrote or collaborated on over 60 books about (and for) children as well as a number of collections of short stories and poetry. After Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit is the best of the English fabulists who wrote about children (neither wrote for children) and like Carroll she was able to create a […]

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