I've had a busy couple of months pursuing other creative pursuits, hence the lack of journal entries. This post goes into what they are. It also has my university module results, and a review of the fantastic book 'Ad Hominem', by Eric Gay. I hope you enjoy it.
Module four was a nightmare from start to finish, pushing me to the limits but hopefully being overcome. As the FPL Nightmare series concludes, the new phase of my writing career begins, and the resolve to succeed on my own terms deepens.
I'm pleased to say I'm through the worst of the bout of depression I've recently experienced. Unfortunately, it came too late to prevent my worst assignment score ever, which leaves me with a real challenge on my hands.
After nearly two years of feeling unimportant, the World Championships have reminded me why darts is the greatest sport in the world. Also, some updates on my writing plans and my degree progress.
In my first journal entry for two weeks, I discuss why the time was right to take a short break from writing - because I've published my second book, while also reaching a key stage in my mental health novel. I have also received the score for my third module - the first that counts towards my final degree.
With my Open University studies over for another year, I thought I’d share some advice on how to minimise stress levels ahead of the big assignments.
I haven't done a writing update for a while, and I have a big week up ahead with regards my writing and my degree, so I thought this was a good time for one. Hopefully it’ll help minimise my stress over the next eight days.
This latest journal entry talks about the structure of my writing and some possibilities for the future. It touches on therapeutic societies and whether they are a good or bad thing, before discussing my lockdown fatigue. Finally, there are some short reviews of films I've seen recently.
Chapter Seven: The Struggle For Relevancy, Reminiscences of the Glory Days, Mortgage Rejections and University Successes
I talk about the difficulty in attracting readers to my website, while remembering the days when my work achieved overwhelming reactions. I discuss being rejected for a mortgage, and the challenge of completing my university assignment with very little time to do the work.
Chapter Six: Helping Children Grieve For Pets, A Six Year-Old Reviews AEW, University Update and Bizarre Google Search Terms
This chapter focuses on how my partner and I helped her six-year-old daughter with the grief of losing her pet cat. It also has my partner's son's thoughts on this week's AEW Dynamite, an update on my university issues and the strange search term that will get you to this site.
A bit of a stressful week this time, with buying a new laptop proving frustrating, and my issues with funding my university course still unresolved. Despite those major irritations, I have rediscovered my writing fire, while still finding time to enjoy things in life.
My online journals begin with the stresses of university, the irritating aspects of being on-hold over the phone, the positives of home-schooling and the entertainment I have enjoyed this week.
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Dancing With Disorder
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