Like most people, my PhD has changed quite a bit since I excitedly (read: frantically) wrote my proposal and started approaching universities three years ago. My original plan had been to look at talking animals as moralists in the poetry of Marianne Moore, Ted Hughes and Luke Kennard. As it stands, Mazza Moore may be the … Continue reading The Moral Maze of my PhD Research
Hello! I'm back from my trip and just about recovered from jet lag - a 19 hour return journey always seems so much shorter when you're excitedly booking a holiday, right? So Shanghai is great! Extremely different from Edinburgh, obviously. Once again, I highly recommend the SGSAH 'Speaking My Language' course if you're interested in … Continue reading Recovering from the 2nd Year Slump
As I mentioned a couple of blogs ago, I’m in Shanghai right now, so wrote some posts ahead of time to keep you entertained, which means I’m weirdly writing to you from the past, imagining a future in which I’m eating tons of noodles. Since it’s a pertinent topic for me right now I thought … Continue reading Taking a Holiday During your PhD
I’m not sure I know anyone who isn’t a massive fan of procrastination, myself included. Even though I really enjoy my PhD topic and have a list as long as my arm of poetry journals I want to submit to, I just can’t seem to help seeking distractions. In order to stay focused I’ve had … Continue reading Focusing on Organisation in a PhD
In the words of Snoop Dogg when he featured on Katy Perry’s seminal hit California Gurls, “Greetings, loved ones”. I hope you’re all well and safe. I’m currently writing a bunch of posts in advance of the next couple of weeks because I’m going to Shanghai on Wednesday WHAAAAAAAT?! Pretty exciting/nerve-wracking! Last year I took … Continue reading A Scheduled Stop
As I mentioned last week, I'm staying in the Borders right now (avoiding the Fringe and trying to write up a chapter of my thesis) and I've been ALL about getting back to nature - hugging trees, eating dirt etc. The house is just on the outskirts of a little town called Langholm, where everyone … Continue reading Creative Approaches to Research (and blogging…)
Hello! Hope you're all well and safe and getting loads of 100% satisfying/useful research done. I know I'm enjoying sitting indoors on the first sunny day of August that Scotland has seen this year, reading all about D.H. Lawrence's theories of the dark, intuitive "blood-self" and the intellectually clear "nerve-brain-self"...*smile* We're staying in the Borders … Continue reading Do you ever feel like your PhD is trying to kill you?
Well hello! I’m Marianne and I shall be your SGSAH blogger for the next 6 months. To begin with, I thought it might be a good idea to tell you a bit more about myself so you can hopefully relate to the person behind the typeset. As such, I have prepared an informal statement: My … Continue reading All Change