The Dissertation Diary – Procrastinating


Sorry to have kept you waiting so long diary, but I’ve been busy. I’ve been to the other side of the world and I’ve been deep in university research. I’ve had hospital visits and moments of alcoholic self destruction. I’ve also been playing Halo 4… Sue me.

So I’ve been busy and been researching agents and how to get myself published once I’ve written a manuscript. I don’t think I fully appreciated how hard that would be without having a manuscript. I’ve had to make a lot of assumptions and judgements which I hate doing with Uni work. Good thing though is that I’ve got a lot healthier and lost a lot of weight. I’ve been going to the gym and can now comfortably run for 5km without dying. This is good seeming I plan to lead a fairly sedentary lifestyle otherwise.

Ok so that the personal stuff out of the way, but what about my story? Well, nothing has happened. I’ve been so busy that I’ve had to stop plan everything properly and get my process sorted. That’s not to say I haven’t been writing but just not my story. I’ve thought about it a lot though and had a very good productive conversation with my editor about how implied certain parts should be. I also have looked in to some serious research about one of the events of the story, and that’s visiting the Northern Lights.

Now I’ve never been but its a dream to go. Come January, I’d be in a position both with work, money and time to have a quick weekend away in Norway and go and see them. Now this probably sounds rather stupid that I take a two day holiday to see something I’ve always wanted to see under the “excuse” of research. But there’s going to be a lot of stress in the following months, lots of morbid things to research and to have that experience would be amazing, not just for the story but to remember why I’m doing all of this.

But for now, t-minus 5 days until whiskey can be consumed again. Got a great couple of bottles from Japan that are screaming to be consumed.

Read: Angels & Inscets – A.S. Byatt, World War Z – Max Brooks

Reading: Tailgate To Heaven – Adam Goldstein


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