The D word

It is inevitable that I would mention my dissertation every now and then. Or I’ll call it the D word, if it would keep my heart rate steady when I have too much of it. I will, of course, do my best to keep the D word to a minimum.

Today we attended a lecture that got us talking to one another about what we intend to write about. Finding people with roughly similar interests helped. Until recently I was a little freaked out, although it was partially because of my difficulty in securing a supervisor. It took two rejection-filled weeks; at least it’s all sorted now.

My excitement might not come across right now because I’ve been on campus from 10am to 9pm, but I’m looking forward to writing on the Gothic in Roald Dahl’s adult fiction.

Laptop Lament

I believe my laptop had a traumatic life before he came into my possession. Whenever I introduce a new program to him, he shuts himself down. Repeatedly. At times even when nothing’s been said or done, he turns blue and shuts down again. Repeatedly.

I’ve had him checked before. There doesn’t seem to be much I can do about it. Backing him up is standard, I know. It is something I do willingly and regularly. But there is a limit to how much I can take. We’ve not even been together for that long, for goodness sake.

This can’t go on. I dread to think what it will be like when we have deadlines to keep. Not to mention the dissertation! What if he gets a nervous breakdown just when I need his solid support?

I won’t stand for it. If he insists on being this sensitive by the time I really get into my dissertation, so be it. There are plenty more computers on campus.

Fresh Snow

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I write this while the world outside is covered in shimmering white. Yesterday it looked like an oversized snow globe; it was beautiful. In fact, it still is. It’s Narnia out there. But now that I’ve pulled an ankle muscle and the buses aren’t running as frequently, the idea of having to walk to and from campus isn’t pleasant. On long icy roads that seem to never end, mind you. Anyway, snow-related topics would definitely pop up again so I’ll drop it for now.

I suppose as this is the first entry it would be logical to begin at the beginning. Although, if anything, starting this blog isn’t exactly a beginning. I used to maintain another one I’d created when I was 17. It went on for years and recently came to its natural end. I needed a fresh start.

Assuming that this reason is as good as any, here is the second. I’m one of the many people out there who love to write and want to get into a routine. Well, back into it anyway. Expect loads of anecdotes, occasional photography and perhaps a video or two.

Well then, this is where I leave you be. The snow is thick so be careful on your way out. I’m sure once the snow thaws and the ice is gone, we could become good friends.