I guess I’m not going to get any brownie points for keeping my blog up to date! However I do feel that unless there is something useful to pass on then it is not necessary to just write for the sake of it. Since my last update and meeting with my supervisor in January I have just buried myself away to research and write. In a moment of madness I said I’d send her a big chunk of writing and it was only when I started that I realised how much I’d taken on, especially as some aspects had not been looked at before 🙁 However I felt that if I sent her my Introduction, Methodology and skeleton Literature Review then this would form a good basis for building on especially during the summer months. For me, I need to be well organised or the amount of sources feel as if they are taking over at times. So it is very much a day at a time and staying on track, not getting side-lined and digging deep.
I eventually submitted 14,000 words so although it was a bit rough round the edges in places and felt a bit rushed towards the end it can now be fine tuned. It showed also the importance of having a critical friend who can point out even minor errors that you may not have spotted. Still I am only in Year 2 so have time hopefully to make big improvements.
Some of the sources I have consulted have been more than challenging. This rare book is worth a mention as the captions with the images are problematic in many cases but as a source of images can provide interesting information.
Following my supervisor’s meeting last week I now need to submit a rough plan of action and beginnings of Chapter 2 ready for July. If anyone says this is a big undertaking was making an understatement as I’m sure I’m not alone in continually questioning my ability to do this. Still I’ve survived so far so that’s a positive!