Hello DA! Giddy God it's been too long since I gave you an update.
The most exciting thing to happen to happen to me (as the title suggests) is that I finished my dissertation!
I had it printed and bound and handed it in yesterday. I'm very glad to have that weight off my shoulders; I've been working on it since the summer holidays and I was starting to think I'd rather headbutt through a wall than write another word. It's definitely the most work I've ever put into a project, and by the end I couldn't even tell if I liked it anymore. I sacrificed a lot of my original ideas for the sake of getting a better grade, and I can't tell if that was good pracrise or if I should've had more integrity. After you've edited and re-edited a piece of writing enough times, the words stop looking like real words!
Besides that, I've been having a lot of fun with this semester's Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing class, which has had me reading very silly old books like Conan the Barbarian and Elric of Melnibone as well as some true classics, like War of the Worlds. Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is also on the module, and possibly now one of my favourite books of all time. The course is also giving me an opportunity to re-read Trudi Canavan's Black Magicians Trilogy. I forgot how much I loved them and how attached I am to the characters! Reading them makes me feel thirteen again.
Less exciting is my Creative Visions class, which I was led to believe would be about writing dystopian futures - Uglies is on the reading list. Although dystopia does feature, unfortunately it's more about environmentalism than anything else. It's a topic that I know is important, but it comes across to me as preachy and often very misinformed. Oh well. I suppose every class can't be my favourite class.
Well then! *Brushes hands* On to the next job: applying for my Master's. And getting housing.