Day 11. 84 pages, 37,034 words.
Well, the good news is, the book is going splendidly. If I keep up this pace (please note, I won’t), I’ll be done by Day 30. I was sort of expecting the books to get easier and faster as I got towards the end because I had so much of them plotted out, but this is beyond projections.
Losing my job sort of helped, but the truth is, I’ve been busier since losing my job than I have been in years. Looking for work, applying and doing questionnaires and assignments for recruiters, and this thesis I’m checking, that turned out to be way more work than I expected. I didn’t quite nail the editing level I should have been going for, and as a result I did a lot of rewriting on the first 60 pages or so that I shouldn’t have done.
Apparently University English has evolved since I was doing my Bachelor of Arts, and now it is enormously complex and practically impossible for a layman to understand. And that’s cool – I think by the time you’re writing a PhD thesis, you should be talking at a level your interviewers will understand but not necessarily the head-scratching BA Language Validator who’s running through looking for stray Finglishisms.
Anyway, it’s fun and a very interesting read. I don’t suppose I can say much more than that. Oh, and it pays reasonably well – the university takes a huge bite in fees but my employer generously agreed to pay those separately because it wasn’t part of our agreement, and the tax office takes a whopping bite in the mid-30 percent bracket, but I guess I’ll get to claim on that and oh well, it’s all moolah in the bank.
Yesterday was pretty frustrating, but only because I didn’t get much work done and I have this job interview looming over me today. More info later. Oh, and Toop decided to have a flail on the couch and kicked a plate of (thankfully warm, not hot) porridge all over herself, just to end my day on a high note. I had to excuse myself and go to sit in the sauna for a while to cool off.
I could do that, because the sauna was switched off.
Bring on Tuesday, motherfuckers!