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Month: January, 2015

State of the Studies

Just one more paper to write this week and I’ll be done with this semester. All together now: yay! Next week however, the first block of the second semester starts, so apart from writing the paper, I will also have to start preparing for that.

I’ll be taking two classes, one will be a repeat (Shakespeare) and the other will be a “start up your thesis”-class. I already  have a general idea of what I want to write about, so I’m on schedule with that. Let’s hope I manage to find a supervisor who is into my idea, or if not, that I figure out something else to write about quickly, as I have to hand in a quarter of the thesis at the end of block 1, which is in 8 weeks.

Block 2 starts immediately after that and it will be a super busy block for me: not only does the Shakespeare class continue, I will also start two other classes. One (modern and contemporary literature) I’ve already taken and Creative Writing, which is a completely new class. On top of that there’s still a long-lingering exam from last year that I need to do sometime in May. It should all be possible if I stay healthy and/or don’t freak the f*ck out, so I’ll be checking myself as not to be wrecking myself.

I am really looking forward to the next semester starting, as it will be the semester in which I finish up the largest bulk of what I still have to do, leaving only a thesis and the class I dropped last semester to be done in the next academic year. Strangely enough, I’m actually starting to sort of enjoy the process, probably because it’s finally a manageable amount of work: my “Things to be done to get degree”-document where I detail each and every mini quiz, test, essay, paper, and presentation I still need to do, is now only 2 1/2 pages long! Yes, this is including the class where they make us take 26 tests to get to one grade. Yes, that is excessive, but in line with my debittering, I’ve decided to not let myself get annoyed with it. But yes, in short: it’s still a lot of work, but the end is in sight, and I’m actually quite stoked for the coming months.


Hibernation mode

For a while there I thought I was sailing smoothly through this winter, but a couple of days ago I realised that despite vitamins and fancy daylight lamps, yup, I am tired. Le Tired, even. Combine that with preparing for exams, waiting for the results of said exams, waiting for yet another decision from The Powers That Be, and we’ve got a “study, eat, sleep, wash, study, eat, sleep”-situation going on.

Fear not, I’m not depressed or even unhappy, I’m just not in a state that is very conductive to creativity. So although I technically do have some time asides from studying that I could be using to write zines and sketchbooks and extensive blogposts, it’s just not happening right now. Lots of sleeping is what is happening, which, considering I’ve been having these moments again where I think I still need to do things that I’ve already done weeks ago, seems like a great idea. Creativity will surely happen again when my mind is caught up with my life.

Helping me with the chillaxing, is Clark, and this is what it looks like when he cuddles me:

Clark snuggle

Best face ever, y/y?

Reshooting the Ghost Ship

This week, I had some technical setbacks: not only did my fancy smart phone give up the ghost, the SD card on which I had a couple of pictures for my sketchbook project also crashed terminally, so I had to reshoot a light sculpture and a Christmas tree. By myself. In the dark. Not my favorite activity, as apparently there’s still men who are so bewildered by a woman with a camera, let alone a woman with a camera and a tripod, that they feel the need to assert their patheticness by yelling stupidities and/or braking and driving by reaaaaally slowly, while staring in a not-too-intelligent way. Yeah, I don’t get it either.

Anyway, despite this annoyingness, I did manage to get the pictures I needed. I now have all the pictures for my sketchbook project printed and ready to be pasted. A post on this process to follow of course. For now, have an a-tad-too-fast gif of some of the outtakes of the ghost ship:

Boat on fire

Ghost Ship

Data gathered! Thanks everybody!

Yup, I’ve managed to gather all the data I needed, thanks everybody for filling in my questionaire and for reblogging my post! I will now be turning this data into fancy graphs and pie charts, to be used in a presentation and a paper.

As soon as everything is done, handed in and graded, I will of course write a post here on the what, the why, the how and the results.

Stop! Questionaire time!

Yup, it’s questionaire time again! Do you have (no) strong opinions on (the usage of the) words “Dude” and “Bro”, or just enjoy filling in questionaires? Here’s your chance to help me, a 4th year student of English Language and Literature, gather data to be used in a presentation and a paper:


If anything is unclear or if you have any questions, you can contact me either by leaving a comment or by emailing me at, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your help!

ETA 6 January 2015: All data has been gathered and the questionaire is now closed.

Happy 2015!

First of all: happy 2015 everybody! I hope your year has started off well, and if not, that it will start being awesome as soon as possible.

This month will be spent finishing up the linguistics class I am taking. The people who enjoy doing questionaires will have a field day tomorrow, as I will be posting one then. Unlike the previous one, this one will be short, sweet and (hopefully) simple, no counting on fingers necessary. Hopefully, I will be able to get some wonderful data that I can then turn into both a presentation and a paper, which will help me pass the class.

Once that is done, it will be time for the second semester. I will finally be taking a couple (as in: 2) classes I haven’t done before, on top of two I’ve already done-but-not-taken-(all)-the-exam(s)-for. One of the new classes is actually completely new: it’s a creative writing class which previously did not exist at the UvA at all. Yeah, I know. Then again, I’m not too upset about it not existing previously, because if it had, I would never have gone to Berkeley and I don’t want to entertain that thought for even a second.

The other class will be the preparation-for-your-thesis class. I am still entertaining several ideas as to what I’m going to be writing about that are all subject to change (read: I’m probably not going to be writing about Polari, no matter how interesting I think it is), but I have decided that I will be writing about a linguistic subject and not a literary one, so there might be even more questionaires happening along the way.