The other night me and three friends got together to celebrate our MA. Although we were uncertain of our marks no one had said that we hadn't passed and everyone had got an invite to the ceremony.... So we all passed. We went to a lovely little pub in the center of Lampeter, all home… Continue reading MA celebrations!
My new term started today with my lecturer handing me my dissertation proposal and being told to hand it in to the postgraduate office. I have sent emails to this office but up till today it drifted in the ether for me. After a complicated trip in the rabbit warren that is the university I… Continue reading Back to University….
Today was the first day of the masters and we all went to the Dylan Thomas Boathouse to meet and have a poetry reading. It helped that it was also National Poetry Day... Something I should have known about but didn't. If you don't know the Boathouse it is in Laugharne in Wales and is… Continue reading Dylan Thomas Boathouse
I am studying children's writing for the critical essay and something comes up in one of my workshops. Are some of the subjects too adult for the age range? I start to look. What subjects are taboo? And I have found the answer - none. You can write about anything for children, it's the way… Continue reading Dissertation 6
What do I use for writing fuel? Well there are two answers, the first is what I keep myself going with... and the other is where do I find my stories. Firstly, I don't eat when I write and I only drink tea and water. Honestly, after a long writing session, I can eat solidly… Continue reading Writing Fuel
I took my first class. It was nerve racking. I mean I hadn't slept the night before and I turned up early only to find that the door was locked. Now I know that Trinity St David is the smallest university, but this had been part of the old building. It is beautiful but I… Continue reading Workshops and teaching
Surprisingly the first chapter is written - :O Was it easy? Hell no! I sweated over this. It was a labour to get out onto the page. But it wasn't the planning or the content that got me. It was the expectation. I have a number of people who read my work - because of… Continue reading Dissertation 3
It’s about a serial killer. I didn’t think about the research involved when I decided on the plot but the research is huge! So to go with my book of chapters I have now a book of death. It sounds gruesome and it is. Each death my killer will perform is in this book. I… Continue reading Dissertation 2
What to write and what not to write? Now that the coursework is in and the lectures are finished I am writing the dissertation and nothing else. That means I have gone from writing a huge amount of words to planning and few words. So I want to take on another project at the same… Continue reading The Future
It has got to be the ghost story… At the moment a lot of people are asking for ghost stories so I’ve got to write a couple very soon. It is difficult though if you have nothing more than ‘ghost story’ as a starting point. In this case I have used ‘ghost’ loosely to involve… Continue reading Inspiration 5