katherine_b: (Allo Allo - Only Tuesday)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 02:05pm on 19/04/2011 under ,
Yes, that's right, any rumours about my demise were extremely premature, if not outright blasphemy. I have been completely snowed under with thesis and the writing of my second book, but of late I have found time for other things. Hopefully this include rather more LJ in the future.

In the meantime, for the Whovians on my flist )
Mood:: 'chipper' chipper
katherine_b: (Allo Allo - Only Tuesday)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 02:05pm on 19/04/2011 under ,
Yes, that's right, any rumours about my demise were extremely premature, if not outright blasphemy. I have been completely snowed under with thesis and the writing of my second book, but of late I have found time for other things. Hopefully this include rather more LJ in the future.

In the meantime, for the Whovians on my flist )
Mood:: 'chipper' chipper
katherine_b: (Writing)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 06:20pm on 06/11/2010 under , , , ,
Greetings all!

I thought those people who enjoy my writing might appreciate an explanation for my long delay in posting anything Doctor Who-related, those who are curious about my other writing would appreciate an update on that, and those who are just sticky-noses might like an update on my life in general.

As many of you will know, I am currently writing my PhD. (Procrastination is a wonderful thing. ;-) I have to submit in August 2011 and have a number of dates for things to be due before then. The first major one is to have a draft of the entire critical section of the thesis complete by early December, which is (dear God!) about four weeks away. I'm sure you can understand this is putting rather more constraints on my time than I would usually have.

Naturally, I am not spending all my time on my thesis. However, as well as the critical element, there is also a creative section, which is a diary set during World War II in Berlin. This has been slowly coming together over the past two years or so, but is a long time from being ready. Luckily I will have about six months early next year when my critical supervisor is away to work on it.

What this means, though, is that while I was writing that work, I found it very difficult to work on the Chalet School book I have been plowing through since 2005. Being set in a similar era, but with such dramatically different style and voice, focusing on one makes it hard to get back into the mindset of the other. In fact, until August, I'd done nothing on Muellers for more than 12 months. However, now that my creative thesis story is on the back-burner, I have begun a reread of the Chalet School series and have also returned to working on Muellers. I am now half-way through chapter 7 and am aiming to get a first draft complete by the end of the year. This will mean, while I shift focus back to my creative piece for my thesis, those responsible for helping me knock Muellers into shape for publication can work on it.

The nett result of this, though, is that I have had to shelve my Doctor Who writing for now. I have similar problems with Chalet School and DW in that their extreme differences in terms of style, voice and tone make it hard to jump from one to another. While I can promise that I will have the Secret Santa fic ready, I'm not sure how much else I will manage. I'm sorry to those who enjoy my writing, but I will return in the New Year with a vengeance!

I will also do my best to read and comment on as many fics as possible, but I hope you will forgive any absences.
katherine_b: (Writing)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 06:20pm on 06/11/2010 under , , , ,
Greetings all!

I thought those people who enjoy my writing might appreciate an explanation for my long delay in posting anything Doctor Who-related, those who are curious about my other writing would appreciate an update on that, and those who are just sticky-noses might like an update on my life in general.

As many of you will know, I am currently writing my PhD. (Procrastination is a wonderful thing. ;-) I have to submit in August 2011 and have a number of dates for things to be due before then. The first major one is to have a draft of the entire critical section of the thesis complete by early December, which is (dear God!) about four weeks away. I'm sure you can understand this is putting rather more constraints on my time than I would usually have.

Naturally, I am not spending all my time on my thesis. However, as well as the critical element, there is also a creative section, which is a diary set during World War II in Berlin. This has been slowly coming together over the past two years or so, but is a long time from being ready. Luckily I will have about six months early next year when my critical supervisor is away to work on it.

What this means, though, is that while I was writing that work, I found it very difficult to work on the Chalet School book I have been plowing through since 2005. Being set in a similar era, but with such dramatically different style and voice, focusing on one makes it hard to get back into the mindset of the other. In fact, until August, I'd done nothing on Muellers for more than 12 months. However, now that my creative thesis story is on the back-burner, I have begun a reread of the Chalet School series and have also returned to working on Muellers. I am now half-way through chapter 7 and am aiming to get a first draft complete by the end of the year. This will mean, while I shift focus back to my creative piece for my thesis, those responsible for helping me knock Muellers into shape for publication can work on it.

The nett result of this, though, is that I have had to shelve my Doctor Who writing for now. I have similar problems with Chalet School and DW in that their extreme differences in terms of style, voice and tone make it hard to jump from one to another. While I can promise that I will have the Secret Santa fic ready, I'm not sure how much else I will manage. I'm sorry to those who enjoy my writing, but I will return in the New Year with a vengeance!

I will also do my best to read and comment on as many fics as possible, but I hope you will forgive any absences.
katherine_b: (flails incoherently)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 06:28am on 23/06/2010 under
Ah, this is definitely the life! At this moment, thanks to the wonder of frequent flyer points, I’m sitting on the upper deck of a Boeing 747 high above the Caspian Sea. I left Australia 18 hours ago and spent the first eight hours in cattle class, but I’m now reclining in a business class seat, having been fed beef and chicken satay kebabs, salmon, lamb shanks in rosemary sauce, and ice cream for the main meal some six hours ago, and looking forward to lobster medallion and a grilled beef tenderloin within the next two hours or so. I’m wearing the free slippers I got given, have a proper duvet over my knees, and might have another drink soon. Not to mention that, if I want anything at all, the question comes almost immediately: “How can I help you, Miss Bruce?” It’s the first time I ever felt as if I mattered on an airline.

This trip is much longer and more thorough than the fly-by-night visit a year ago. I have been asked to present a paper at a conference on Life Writing and Intimate Publics, and since this is almost exactly the topic of my PhD, I’ve got some grants from my University, which is making this trip far more affordable than it would otherwise have been. Thanks to that, once the conference is over on July 2, I’m going to hire a car and drive through much of England into Scotland. My flight back to Australia isn't until July 20. I’m ruing that I didn’t come several weeks ago and go to the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, but that will have to wait for another trip.

Among other things, the trip into Scotland gives me a chance to see where my family came from five generations ago. There will be lots of photos of gravestones and churches. Still, it will be lovely to have that sort of history, and thankfully most of the legwork was done by another member of my family. I’m also catching up with friends all over the country and, as I’ve been through a lot of England and Wales before, I’m visiting specific places of interest that I imagine most people would think makes for a bizarre combination of holidays.

* * *

That was all written on the plane, but it’s currently almost 6am and since I’ve been asleep since before 7pm last night, I think it’s reasonable that I was awake at about 5am. I was a bit sick last night, so perhaps all that fancy food didn’t agree with me. Whatever the reason, I’m over it now and have a day at the British Library to look forward to. Apart from the books I want to view, I’m also going to see the Magnificent Maps exhibit.

Tomorrow I’m out of London and going to visit Chartwell and Hever Castle. Friday will take me to the Guildhall Museum, the Battle of Britain Museum and the White Cliffs. (Told you it was eclectic.) Then off to Brighton for the conference.

And yes, I’m sure I’ll have time for writing…
katherine_b: (flails incoherently)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 06:28am on 23/06/2010 under
Ah, this is definitely the life! At this moment, thanks to the wonder of frequent flyer points, I’m sitting on the upper deck of a Boeing 747 high above the Caspian Sea. I left Australia 18 hours ago and spent the first eight hours in cattle class, but I’m now reclining in a business class seat, having been fed beef and chicken satay kebabs, salmon, lamb shanks in rosemary sauce, and ice cream for the main meal some six hours ago, and looking forward to lobster medallion and a grilled beef tenderloin within the next two hours or so. I’m wearing the free slippers I got given, have a proper duvet over my knees, and might have another drink soon. Not to mention that, if I want anything at all, the question comes almost immediately: “How can I help you, Miss Bruce?” It’s the first time I ever felt as if I mattered on an airline.

This trip is much longer and more thorough than the fly-by-night visit a year ago. I have been asked to present a paper at a conference on Life Writing and Intimate Publics, and since this is almost exactly the topic of my PhD, I’ve got some grants from my University, which is making this trip far more affordable than it would otherwise have been. Thanks to that, once the conference is over on July 2, I’m going to hire a car and drive through much of England into Scotland. My flight back to Australia isn't until July 20. I’m ruing that I didn’t come several weeks ago and go to the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, but that will have to wait for another trip.

Among other things, the trip into Scotland gives me a chance to see where my family came from five generations ago. There will be lots of photos of gravestones and churches. Still, it will be lovely to have that sort of history, and thankfully most of the legwork was done by another member of my family. I’m also catching up with friends all over the country and, as I’ve been through a lot of England and Wales before, I’m visiting specific places of interest that I imagine most people would think makes for a bizarre combination of holidays.

* * *

That was all written on the plane, but it’s currently almost 6am and since I’ve been asleep since before 7pm last night, I think it’s reasonable that I was awake at about 5am. I was a bit sick last night, so perhaps all that fancy food didn’t agree with me. Whatever the reason, I’m over it now and have a day at the British Library to look forward to. Apart from the books I want to view, I’m also going to see the Magnificent Maps exhibit.

Tomorrow I’m out of London and going to visit Chartwell and Hever Castle. Friday will take me to the Guildhall Museum, the Battle of Britain Museum and the White Cliffs. (Told you it was eclectic.) Then off to Brighton for the conference.

And yes, I’m sure I’ll have time for writing…
katherine_b: (flails incoherently)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 08:59pm on 03/11/2009 under ,
AKA, a follow-up to my my life sucks and it was even my birthday! post from four days ago.

This is the weekend that followed the Spectacularly Rubbish Week (TM) and I'm pleased to report that it was better.

Quite apart from the gorgeous icon that [livejournal.com profile] loves_glamour made for me, things are definitely looking up.

After being rather anti-social for the entire weekend (read, I was all but tied to my desk for four days) I managed to get the Large And Important Report done. This is for a meeting for my thesis that will take place on November 17. This is now All Done and I am mostly satisfied with it. Considering the huge amount of work I did in four days, I should be more than just 'mostly satisfied', but I'm too exhausted now to feel much anyway. I am going to go bed soon (yes, I know it's only 9.05pm) and recover.

However, as I have done the report and can't do any more on it until the meeting, this means that I now have two weeks to do nothing.

Oh, all right, we both know I won't be doing nothing. Instead I shall be Writing Fic. I will try to shoot off my weekly challenge piece tomorrow (I have done the one for last week, but it is tied to this week's, so I want to post them on consecutive days, which can't happen until the second part is done). Then I shall get my Support Stacie story done. It is about half-done and I know exactly where it is going. I just have to sit down and do it. I suspect that will be this weekend's task.

I also have a dance exam on Wednesday week that I must practice for.

I need to start swimming again to try and lose weight. Oh, and I have to cook tomorrow for the rest of the week. And go into the city to drop off hard copies of my Large And Important Report.

Still, at least the major stress it out of the way. If nobody minds, I'm going to bed...
Mood:: 'drained' drained
katherine_b: (flails incoherently)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 08:59pm on 03/11/2009 under ,
AKA, a follow-up to my my life sucks and it was even my birthday! post from four days ago.

This is the weekend that followed the Spectacularly Rubbish Week (TM) and I'm pleased to report that it was better.

Quite apart from the gorgeous icon that [livejournal.com profile] loves_glamour made for me, things are definitely looking up.

After being rather anti-social for the entire weekend (read, I was all but tied to my desk for four days) I managed to get the Large And Important Report done. This is for a meeting for my thesis that will take place on November 17. This is now All Done and I am mostly satisfied with it. Considering the huge amount of work I did in four days, I should be more than just 'mostly satisfied', but I'm too exhausted now to feel much anyway. I am going to go bed soon (yes, I know it's only 9.05pm) and recover.

However, as I have done the report and can't do any more on it until the meeting, this means that I now have two weeks to do nothing.

Oh, all right, we both know I won't be doing nothing. Instead I shall be Writing Fic. I will try to shoot off my weekly challenge piece tomorrow (I have done the one for last week, but it is tied to this week's, so I want to post them on consecutive days, which can't happen until the second part is done). Then I shall get my Support Stacie story done. It is about half-done and I know exactly where it is going. I just have to sit down and do it. I suspect that will be this weekend's task.

I also have a dance exam on Wednesday week that I must practice for.

I need to start swimming again to try and lose weight. Oh, and I have to cook tomorrow for the rest of the week. And go into the city to drop off hard copies of my Large And Important Report.

Still, at least the major stress it out of the way. If nobody minds, I'm going to bed...
Mood:: 'drained' drained
katherine_b: (DW - Donna FFS)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 08:23pm on 31/10/2009 under ,
...and a bit of news.

I have had a spectacularly rubbish week. Argument with a senior colleague at work (is it an argument if you just sit there while she screams at you?), bit of a dressing down from step-mum while out for dinner to celebrate my birthday, and I had to pay $100 to get my car back after parking in a public parking garage in the city that inexplicably closed at 8pm on a Thursday night. One of my lecturers wasn't too well, so she gave me a lot of 'constructive criticism' on my thesis chapter. And I may be getting sick again.

So, yes, after all that, the request. It's only for those people who 1) can make gorgeous animated icons and 2) have watched the new SJA episode with the Doctor in it.

And to avoid even the tiniest spoilers details are behind this 'ere cut )

It made me giggle like an idiot and I'd adore it if someone could make my week happier by creating that for me. *iz hopeful*
Mood:: 'blank' blank
katherine_b: (DW - Donna FFS)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 08:23pm on 31/10/2009 under ,
...and a bit of news.

I have had a spectacularly rubbish week. Argument with a senior colleague at work (is it an argument if you just sit there while she screams at you?), bit of a dressing down from step-mum while out for dinner to celebrate my birthday, and I had to pay $100 to get my car back after parking in a public parking garage in the city that inexplicably closed at 8pm on a Thursday night. One of my lecturers wasn't too well, so she gave me a lot of 'constructive criticism' on my thesis chapter. And I may be getting sick again.

So, yes, after all that, the request. It's only for those people who 1) can make gorgeous animated icons and 2) have watched the new SJA episode with the Doctor in it.

And to avoid even the tiniest spoilers details are behind this 'ere cut )

It made me giggle like an idiot and I'd adore it if someone could make my week happier by creating that for me. *iz hopeful*
Mood:: 'blank' blank

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