dissertation

Things I’m going to do once I finish my dissertation

Today I left my University’s Halls and moved back home (hence toady’s late blog post) which means the end is in sight and I’m very close to finishing and handing my dissertation. The deadline is 26th September but it’s got to be done and handed in before then as I will I be at my Dad’s in Spain on that date so the plan is to hand it in on the 17th

Once the dissertation is handed in (and I’m back from my Dad’s) it’s going to be full steam ahead with job hunting. I know it’s going to be tough and probably a long and frustrating process, so to keep me sane and to not get too disheartened I’m composing a list of things I’m going to do to take my mind off the latest rejection.

– Finish the Power of Five series by Anthony Horowitz. I’ve read the first four but then there was a gap of 4 years between book four and the fifth and final book so naturally I’ve forgotten pretty much everything about the story and characters. I know I could probably look up the plot synopsis of the books online before reading the fifth book but this series was a favourite of mine when I was a teenager so I really want to appreciate the finale properly.
– Watch the Lord of the Rings extended blu-ray edition. I love Lord of the Rings but I’ve never watched the extended edition, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen pretty much all the deleted scenes via YouTube but I really want to see them as a part of the finished film.
– Watch Young Justice
– Get a better sleeping pattern
– Watch Slumdog Millionaire – this might need a bit of explaining. Basically Slumdog Millionaire has been sitting on our DVD hard drive since we recorded it off the TV in January 2010. My mother and I have still not watched it – that’s 4 and a half years! We really need to watch that damn film if only to get it off the hard drive.
– Finally get Netflix. Yes I’m probably the only person in their early twenties that does not have Netflix. There’s so many shows I’ve heard nothing but good things about such e.g. Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and many many more. And then I can watch even more films via Netflix.
– Read. I’ve got over 70 books on my shelves that I’ve never read and post-dissertation would be the perfect time to read for fun. I have been reading this year during University but the majority of it has been short YA books or comic books and graphic novels as they are much easier and quicker to read and can give me a short break from the dissertation.

So yeah, they are just a few of the things I want to do when I’m no longer writing my dissertation – it’s going to be weird to be no longer working on my dissertation but I’m definitely looking forward to having a bit of rest.

Writer’s Block

I’m not trying to write a novel or anything, I’m just trying to write my weekly blog post, but still I seem to have writer’s block. I suppose that’s the thing with a weekly blog post with no real rules, I can write about whatever I want but what if there’s nothing that’s caught my eye and really makes me want to write.

This past week the World Cup has kind of taken over my life (don’t mention Spain or David Villa’s last match – I may cry) and I’ve been watching more matches than usual, especially since I don’t usually watch many of the group stage matches. So watching a lot of football at weird times has cocked up my sleeping pattern a bit, so when I’m not sleeping I have been either working with kids aged between 10-17 or I have been in the library working on my dissertation. Luckily I haven’t gotten writer’s block when it comes to my dissertation.

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What I’m going to be spending the next 8 months working on

For my Masters I’ve got to do a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation on any subject on my choosing relating to Media and Public Relations. The plan for this piece of work is due a week on Friday and for the last few weeks I’ve been trying to figure out what I’d like my dissertation to be on.

I had an idea that could be applied to both comic books and Young Adult novels so it was just a case of figuring out which one I wanted to do more. The basic jist of both ideas was looking at how the marketing materials and techniques differ for comic book/YA books film adaptations when targeting the fans of the source material and the general cinema going audience. So it’s the same area just different focus points.

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