Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Blogging because I know I should...

Back from Adelaide.

It was a good trip. Figured out how to pay for Foxtel on the way there (yay for me!), so the trip over was bearable... The trip back was a tad more of a pain though, not screens, night time, so no view, and basically feeling tired...

Oh, I saw some DVDs while I was over there; Hairspray (I liked it though I can see it wouldn't be everyone's taste), The Brave One (with Jodie Foster) and The Manchurian Candidate (WEIRD conspiracy movie with overtones of Hamlet), and Children of Men, which wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, though there was basically no character development to speak of (and that would have improved it)...

Ate crap and am suffering the unmentionable consequences that only other pregnant woman might guess at - argh, pass the Rennis and the licorice...

Oh, yeah, and I saw my supervisors. A much more positive experience than I was expecting it to be. My female supervisor is just BRILLIANT, I wanted to pack her in my bag and bring her home with me! My male supervisor was actually ok this time, though we've now both established that he probably is most afraid of having to actually READ my "Chick Novel", rofl...

The working title is "The Obstetrician's Daughter"... Just for a tease, but it gives you some idea of why my 40 something academic, Aspergers spectrum, ADD suffering male supervisor might not be THAT enthused... He STILL thinks the baby should be born in the middle of a supermarket and that the woman's husband should be having an affair with a shark...

Never mind...

Lots of work ahead. My main supervisor - I shall call her Roseanne - wants a work timeline from me asap, as well as a more in depth synopsis. Then she'd rather read the entire first draft (to get a fell for the strengths and weaknesses of the plot) in one go and would like me to aim for one chapter a week (2000 words), or so (maybe one a fortnight, depending on how I think I'll go) and then we'll work on the edit... I'd like to have the first draft totally out of the way before bubs arrives.

At least she was the one to say that I have a year from NOW to finish, as opposed to a year from February, whoo hoo!

Oh did I mention I have to wtite an exegesis (look it up!) for the novel, that's another 10 000 words on top of the 40 000 word novel, and consists of a review of three texts that are similar to the one I'll be writing in some way and influenced my writing in some way. An objective review of all my research (from journal articles, books, the media, interviews etc.), and a review of writing texts I referred to and used in the writing of the novel...

1 comment:

Clel said...

Sif, that sounds really great, I reckon you will really enjoy it, exegesis and all! I love the sound of the book (duh), and glad the trip was useful.

Teenagers and the failing parent...