This week was mainly spent recovering from NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t prepared at all for the MASSIVE comedown I experienced when I hit that target of 50k words – someone told me NaNo is like running a marathon, you need time to cool down afterwards or you just break. So that’s what I’ve been doing.
I also finally watched She-Ra and the Princess of Power, and if you haven’t watched it already I INSIST you do so immediately because it’s genuinely my favourite thing right now!
This week was completely dominated by NaNoWriMo, which in case you were wondering, I ACTUALLY BEAT!!!! 50,000 words of story and I couldn’t be happier about it. I reckon it’ll take another 20k to finish the plot, then I have to go through and make a first draft. Exciting stuff. Also, the PLEXUS committee elections kicked off this week, so by this time next week, I’ll know if I’ve blagged myself a position, which is WAY scary!
This week has been the poster child for bi-polar moods. I’ve been super productive, writing and studying loads, and it’s been totally amazing. I’ve also been utterly miserable about a whole lot of stuff, which was less fun. On the plus side, I’m about 5,000 words away from beating NaNoWriMo which is totally awesome!
I can’t remember it, so it must have been good! Seriously, I can’t remember it. I’ve done a heck of a lot of writing though, for my #NaNoWriMo project, which is now sitting at a whopping 24,634 words! Which, obviously, I am incredibly happy with.
This week was very busy, and a little depressing. But most importantly it was the start of NaNoWriMo 2018! I’m pleased to say I’ve managed to keep my word count so far, and the story seems like it will be a lot of fun. I’m excited!
I can’t remember any of this week – that’s probably not such a good thing! All I know is that learned I’m up against 3 others for a position on the LGBT committee at my uni, I put myself up for a new position (Equalities & Support Officer) and I just submitted my first assignment. Oh Yeah, and I planned the sequel to my NaNoWriMo novel – so I do remember some of it!
So I’m a little late with this one, but oh well. This week has been study central. I’ve got to terms with making notes (after seven years of not bothering), I’m breaking my study up into chunks and all sorts of good stuff. I got my study area set up nicely and things are starting to come together. Also, big news, I applied to be the Trans Officer for my university’s LGBTQIA+ committee, so that’s exciting…hopefully I get it, you never know, maybe I will…
It’s the end of my first week, and I have very mixed feelings about everything. I’ve had a difficult week mental-health wise which has obviously put a damper on just about everything, but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy.
I’ve done First Contact with my tutor for the year. Our tutorials are supposed to be done via telephone, which I am unable to do, so I was pleased to see my tutor was accommodating to that and will allow me to make contact by email. Of course, I was confident this would be the case, because so far my experience with the Open University’s accessibility procedures has been really good.
I’ve also completed my first weeks study content. This week’s work was mainly about how to be an Open University student, which as an alumni I already know, but it has encouraged me to think critically about my approach to study. Over the last 7 years, my studying has been slap-dash at best. I took probably 3 pages of notes, total, I did every weeks worth of studying in one or two big chunks and when the time came to write assignments I stressed and wrote frantically for days, without much actual planning involved. As it turns out, I actually am quite effective with a fluid learning style (one of the advantages of the OU over a brick-and-mortar uni) but I can make changes. I’ll be going out an buying a cork-board and a whiteboard and I will try and combine my existing fluid style with a little bit of planning.
Finally, I’m pleased to see some changes to the way the study materials are presented. Each section is broken down with a guide saying how long it is expected to take. There is a study recap at the end of the chapter, and included in this there is a little box listing the things you have achieved by completing the chapter! I don’t know if it’s specific to the Access course (which prepares you for university level study) or if the features are new to the OU generally, but they were a nice touch.
The little guide-to-the-box sheet has this to say about Washington Black:Described as “nothing short of a masterpiece”, Washington Black is the perfect choice to celebrate Black History Month. (…) Edugyan takers her reader from the Caribbean to the Arctic, to Nova Scotia, London, Amsterdam and even Morocco (…) analysings the human condition as she explores love, friendship and history throughout Wash’s extraordinary journey.
And did I mention that it’s super pretty?
Now let’s have a better look at this months goodies!
So first up, we have a little pin-badge by Nyanza D, whose work you can find at https://nyanzad.com/ which you should totally check out. Some really cool artwork on there, including some really excellent body-positive pieces I really love!
Next up, we have a beautiful sticker (about the size of my palm) and key-ring from Red Bear Universe. The sticker is going straight on my laptop ’cause it’s awesome! Also, here’s an up-close and personal look at the key-ring:
Is that not the cutest little key-ring you ever saw?! Don’t bother answering, ’cause I know it is!
So there we have it, another months worth of super special, super lovely books and gifts. If you’re not already supporting Books That Matter and the authors and creators they are working with, you should be!