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Giving up on page 367

This last chapter is killing me — which proves that it’s not a good idea to keep working on a project for six years. Especially when you also plan to write two novels in those six years, thus improving your English by heaps and bounds and what not. AAAAAAAARGH!!!!!

Take this sentence: “Here, more than before, human qualities mix with those of a monster.” (= elaborating on a passage about hero in Teresa Medeiros’s The Bride & the Beast). It’s not quite right, is it? “Here, more than before, human qualities blend with those of a monster” is much better, isn’t it? These things drive me nuts! NUTS!!!! *head desk* *sob*

And the worst thing is: I’ve run out of chocolate!

Almost there!

Can you imagine it? After years of labour, months of tears and sweat (okay, not that much sweat), the baggy monster is about to keel over, kick the bucket and fall down dead as a doornail. And then I will be released from the chains that have bound me to my computer. The prospect is slightly overwhelming.

I won’t know what to do with myself when I’ve finally handed in the dratted diss!!!

Well, that’s a lie. I *do* know what I’ll do with myself. First thing: bake egg liqueur cake before the eggs in my fridge go off. BEsides, it’s been ages since I’ve had egg liqueur cake, and you know how much I love it.

Next thing: sew! I’ve promised a tea cosy to one of my friends (well, three of my friends, really) and I also want to try my hand at quilting. This looks like a nice, easy, but utterly adorable project. And I want to sew a doll, too! One of these – aren’t they darlings? Look, there’s even a Flickr pool for pictures of dolls made from this pattern. 🙂

But for now — let’s kill the dragons dead!

On Today’s DD Menu

Going over the dratted diss and checking whether all my sources have made into the bibliography. Compiling list of sources which haven’t made it. (Sources are like sheep, aren’t they? There are always a few that manage to get away.)

Nearly all of the lit on Tolkien didn’t make it into the bibliography. They all went in search for some shiny ring, I bet.

Signs of Life

Surprise, surprise, I’ve not been eaten by Teh Horribelz Dragonz! (Though it was near thing …) And I’m deliriously happy to announce that by the end of next week all dragons will be dead as doornails – in other words, by the end of next week my baggy 390-page monster will be finished. (Woohoooo!!!!)

At the moment I still have to do all these annoying itty-bitty things like inserting final corrections, making sure the bibliography is complete, sorting out footnotes, etc. Have you ever noticed that if you write something in MS Word on Computer 1, transfer the file to Computer 2 and open it there, the formatting is not quite the same and you end up with a different amount of pages? Very annoying that. In order to prevent such things from happening, I’ll have to connect the printer directly to the notebook. Too bad that the printer stands in one of these computer-cupboard thingies – it’ll need advanced acrobatics to get it out of the cupboard thingie and onto the desk. Hmph.

So what will I do after I’ll have finished the dratted diss? Well, first I’ll have to mark papers and exams and such things *roll eyes* And afterwards …

I’ll sit in the garden and sew & embroider tea cosies. 🙂 Or I’ll try my hand at quilting. I’ve fallen in love with several of the Moda fabric collections and they would make such wonderful quilts.

And, of course, I’ll return to my Regency England and – oh my gosh! – write!!! You don’t know how much I missed writing in these past few months. It’s horrible when you’ve got all these stories bottled up in you and you can’t let them out. Waaaargh! Horrible, horrible, horrible, I tell you!

Scholarly Weekend Activities

Researching English mummers’ plays!

The English folk play dates back to the early eighteenth century. It’s a seasonal visiting custom, which means the same play was performed on or around the same day year after year and the performers went from house to house and from pub to pub in their area. Most plays were performed between Christmas and New Year, but there are also records of Easter plays (Pace-Egg plays) and of Halloween plays (Souling plays). The latter are also characterised by the appearance of a Wild Horse character towards the end of the performance (in the Souling plays two different visiting customs have fused into one: the mummers’ play and the hobby horse).

Mumming used to be a working-class custom and the participants were all men. In towns there were also boy teams, and in addition, larger towns and cities seem to have had more than one team (as you can imagine, each team tried to best the other *g*).

The most wide-spread type of mummers’ play was the so-called Hero-Combat play (’cause there were characters with each other – obviously!) and guess what! St. George appears in most of them. 🙂

Here’s a modern-day example of a Souling play. (Love the Wild Horse!!!)

Signs of Life

After many tears and headaches, much tea and chocolate, I’ve finally managed to overcome the stupid researcher’s block which has plagued me for most of this week. Yay! (Now let’s hope that the migraines will disappear, too!)

Here’s a clip I found while following the link azteclady provided (thank you!!!). Isn’t it fun?


Speaking of “The Sound of Music,” did anybody else cry when Hollie Steel sang “Edelweiss” last night?

I’ve just realised …

It’s been ten years since I found the article which inspired me to write a seminar paper about dragonslaying and gender roles. And then I found more and more and more and even more material on the topic, so that it eventually became the topic of my dratted diss.

Ten years!

Wow.