What a rollercoaster! This time last week I was in a hotel room in Bristol (booked in advance by my thoughtful partner) frantically going over my thesis and the notes I had prepared for my viva, which was scheduled for 10am the following morning. I had told only a few people that my viva was… Continue reading I Did It! I Passed My PhD Viva!
Hello readers, I’m back. I broke the cardinal rule of blogging and just… stopped. Mea culpa. It has been quite a year. Mostly in really good ways. Also in some terrible ones. Let me briefly explain. I’ve just been looking back at some of the things I said in my post ‘2016: The Year of… Continue reading Why I Haven’t Written a Blog Post in Over a Year, and Why I’m Back
‘But all this year’s been a busy blur; don’t think I have the energy…’ The festive tune ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses struck a real chord with me this December. As the year drew to a close, I found myself tired, stressed, and with my energy reserves completely drained. 2015 was a perfect storm… Continue reading 2016: The Year of Balance
‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ – Edmund Burke. So here I am, doing something. I don’t tend to get political on this blog, but perhaps it’s time to do just that. I disagree with the whole notion of war. I wonder how, as a species, we… Continue reading An open letter to John Glen, MP (#DontBombSyria)
A year-and-a-half after upping sticks from London to York to start a PhD, I’m now halfway (at least theoretically!) through my three-year programme. This moment seems like a good time to take stock, look back over the past 18 months, and see what has changed since I last wrote about my experiences at the 6… Continue reading Halfway There…
At the end of 2012 I wrote a blog post explaining Why I Decided to Quit My Job and Move 200 Miles to do a PhD. Now, half a year later, I take a look back at the first six months of my PhD and consider the highs, the lows and what it’s been like… Continue reading 6 Months into the PhD
A week or so ago I found I had been nominated for the Liebster Award by not one, but two bloggers, separately: Sarah’s History Tales From A Tour Guide I’d never heard of the Leibster Award before, so this was rather a surprise! An online search later, I discovered that it’s an award chosen by… Continue reading The Leibster Award
This post was going to be my first monthly Arthurian piece (on the Welsh text Y Gododdin) but that post will have to wait. Something more important has happened, and I must write about it. Last week I lost my stepdad, David. Actually, I never called him ‘stepdad’ whilst he was alive, but that’s what… Continue reading Memories of a StepQueen