I’m posting this a week later than intended as I had another mini deadline on the 10th of July, for 2000 words of creative writing. Summer is full of these mini deadlines to make sure I’m on track with my 20000 word dissertation!
I was offline for most of June to focus on assignments. Given everything that’s happened in the month I’ve been away, I just want to say:
This is a safe space for all.
Black lives matter. Trans rights matter. Love is love.
My novels in progress have LGBTQIA+ characters, my best friend is trans, and there’s no room for homophobia or racism here. I’m here to share amazing, inclusive, representative stories. That’s what matters to me.
I chose to study my MA part time as I knew I’d struggle with deadlines. Until now it’s been manageable. These last two modules though? They’re back-to-back with no break in between. I’ve gone straight from one assignment to the next, and my stress levels are at an all time high.
Expecting part time students to meet the same deadlines as full time students at the end of the course? Not cool. On top of that my partner’s work has been hell, food retail in lock-down isn’t fun, and even Merlin’s acting out!
My final assignment is due in September. I can extend the deadline if necessary, but at this point I just want the MA to be over with. Thankfully I get to choose my final project, a Beauty and the Beast M/M retelling, which makes the reading material more interesting!
I’ve been cycling more, as exercise improves my mood, but despite social distancing measures the beach gets so busy! The seafront is beautiful and quiet before 7am though:
There are still more people than I’d expect on the promenade, but I guess I’m not the only one trying to avoid the rush!
Leo Loves Aries: A simple, enjoyable, M/M romance with little angst.
Psych: I’ve re-watched 4 and a half seasons so far. The romantic relationships still annoy me, as there’s no chemistry between characters who get together and plenty of chemistry between those who don’t, but the rest of the show is still awesome.
Beauty and the Beast: Live action and animated films, for university. The animated version is much better than the live action, because the live action turned Prince Adam into a whiny spoiled child and the magic book is a plot hole.
Legends of Tomorrow: We’re midway through season 4. Unlike anything Disney, Legends has plenty of LGBTQIA+ representation and I love it.
To Read: Beauregard and the Beast. This M/M Beauty and the Beast inspired gem has been on my reading list since before it was released, when the author shared amazing quotes on Twitter, but the MA doesn’t leave much time to read for fun. Thankfully my dissertation choice means I can read it guilt free, as research!
Everything’s on hold until I finish my dissertation, except the occasional fanfiction I’m writing to de-stress. I’ve written 250 words a day for my dissertation since the start of June, and I miss my other projects. I don’t think writing to strict deadlines suits me: I can’t wait until I graduate and can set my own, much more reasonable, deadlines, for my stories!
Merlin started attacking our wallpaper again, after a long time of not doing it. We decided to peel off the layer he’s destroyed, and the one underneath is much better. When we eventually redecorate we’ll be painting for sure!
It’s odd, but I think pets react to how we’re feeling. Hopefully once we’re both calmer Merlin’ll calm down too and start eating wet food again instead of demanding kibble!
I didn’t want to do this, as I love blogging, but I’m going to take an extended hiatus to focus on my dissertation and the final stretch of my MA. I’ll be visiting other blogs during my break, as I hate missing out and love reading them, especially the Author Toolbox Hop posts which often help me with my essays! I’ll also be on Twitter for #sunscribbles on Sundays 🙂
I’ll return to regular blogging in October*, with details of my dissertation and a review of my MA, which I’m really on the fence about. Only a few more months until I’m no longer a student!
*I’ve extended my break until 5th January 2021, to give me time to finish my university assignment: It was originally due in September, but I struggled to focus over summer because of the Covid Pandemic. I applied for an extension and now have until December to finish it. Good luck with Nano for those participating, have a good festive period, and see you in the New Year!
Thanks for Reading!
Watch anything awesome recently? Read anything cool? Got any recommendations for fairy-tale retellings I should read/watch for my dissertation? Chat in the comments!