A Sunday Summary

A Sunday Summary 2

So… what have I been up to this week…

Well I managed to get my evil assignment out of the way (we had to adapt a short story we’d written into a script for stage, radio or screen). I chose to write a screenplay, and I can tell you, I do not have a future as a screen writer! Painful is the only way I can describe it!

On Thursday I guest posted for my friend Jo – ‘50 things to make me read your blog‘, if you’re looking for a few tips on how to keep your readers interested, you should definitely check it out!

Yesterday I met up with a bunch of lovely creative and crafty bloggers in the centre of Nottingham, it was so much fun! It’s the first time I’ve met up with any bloggers ‘in real life’ and it really wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be!



[I’m practically glow in the dark, I didn’t notice the spotlight above my head!]

We had such a great time talking about all things crafty – I’ll be posting about the day more in-depth later this week, so stay tuned!

I’m still managing to stick to my daily ‘15 Minutes of Mixed Media‘ challenge – if you want to see some of my creations then check out my Instagram feed and if you’d like to play a long, tag me (@dairecharlotte) in your photos and I’ll come and cheer you on!

I’ve got back into the swing of the whimsical reading challenge I’m hosting, after a little time away from it and I’ve also been working on a TOP SECRET project, that I can’t reveal yet, but I promise you’ll be the first to know!

So what have you all been up to this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your posts in the comments below – I’m always looking for new reading material!

D x



TMA 2 – A sneeze of relief

I think we all remember my excitement at the prospect of doing this assignment; Dombey and Son was great fun to read and the essay question had so much potential… but therein lay my problems:

1. Dombey and Son was great fun to read…

So I wanted to cram in as much as humanly possible. It was horrible having to cut out some of my favourite parts of the novel that were just not relevant to the question. Also, because I tried to squeeze so much analysis in I didn’t really include enough quotes from the book (this undoubtedly affected my mark).


2. The essay question had so much potential…

Essentially I was drowning in material. I collected about seven pages of notes from the text book, the critical reader, the novel and the depths of my brain and I don’t doubt that reducing to fit the 1500 word limit led to a less than coherent essay.

As soon as I clicked on the ‘submit your assignment’ button, the panic started to set in. But, because my tutor is epic, I didn’t have to wait long to get my mark. Less than 48 hours after the deadline and it has already been marked. Now I’m just filled with relief: relief that it’s over, relief that I didn’t fail and relief that I can consume this lemsip at a leisurely pace… before I embark on TMA 3 of course!

The next question does seem like the kind of thing to strike fear in the hearts of the villagers, but I’m hoping the Saturday tutorial will shed some light.

D x

TMA 1 – Done and Dusted

This is my 100th blog post! I haven’t been the most faithful blogger since I started, but I think I’m getting slightly better… It’s been great fun and I hope to keep going at this pace for the rest of the year. Anyway, back to the topic of this post: assignments!

I managed to submit my first AA316 Assignment without too much procrastination… I think there comes a point when you just need to stop looking at it, grit your teeth and press send.

Like I said before the Jane Eyre question seemed better than the Northanger Abbey option; I don’t know what I would have written for the other one. However, Jane Eyre wasn’t the easiest book for me to write about… the problem is it’s one of my favourites. I’ve read it so so so many times, I just couldn’t bear to pick it apart in the same way I would with most novels.

This year my seems great… less than 24 hours after the deadline it was marked and ready for me to download! I am pretty pleased with my mark but it’s not the best ever. My tutor made some good comments about how I can improve my analytical skills and the structuring of my essays… so I definitely have something to work on for next time. But you know what, this was my first Level 3 assignment so I’m not going to beat myself up about those few points that would have made my grade better.

I’ve barely had time to breathe a sigh of relief and already my next deadline seems to be looming in the distance… these are my options:

(a)    Consider the importance of female friendship in Northanger Abbey.

(b)   How significant is slavery to the central themes of Jane Eyre?

(c)    How are relationships between adults and children represented in Dombey and Son?

We can pick whichever we want, as long as don’t write about the novel we chose for TMA 1.

I’m feeling more inclined towards the third option… I think this looks like a really great question, there’s a lot to write about, and as a book I definitely enjoyed Dombey & Son more than Northanger Abbey; it’s just a bit grittier.

Which question would you choose?

D x

AA316 – Assignment 1

So that time seems to have crept up on me out of nowhere… assignment time! One thing that I do like about Open University TMA’s (or Tutor Marked Assignments) is that you always get a choice between questions… sometimes both questions are a bit on the awful side, but there’s always one you’d prefer to do.

This assignment is a ‘close reading’ task, and I have the choice between focussing on a passage from Northanger Abbey or from Jane Eyre. These are the questions:

[Northanger Abbey]

How does the passage employ language and narrative techniques to produce its meanings and effects? Briefly consider how the passage relates to the novel’s wider themes, especially love.


[Jane Eyre]

How does the passage employ language and narrative techniques to produce its meanings and effects? Briefly consider how the passage relates to the novel’s wider themes, especially the Gothic.

Which question would you have gone for?

I picked Jane Eyre, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s one of my favourite books ever. Secondly, I think I’d have more to say about the Gothic in Jane Eyre, than the love in Northanger Abbey. Thirdly, it’s a more interesting extract.

Anyway, I should probably get back to it now… I’ll let you know how it goes!

D x

A quick Hello

I thought I’d drop you guys a line, as I feel like it’s been a while (and you’ve been leaving me some lovely comments recently). I apologise for being a bit vacant for the past few weeks but my calendar currently looks like this:

  • 26th April- A215, TMA 4
  • 3rd May- A230, TMA 5
  • 10th May- A215, TMA 5
  • 19th May- A230 Day School
  • 24th May- A230, TMA 6
  • 31st May- A215, EMA
  • 7th June- My 21st Birthday (Woo!)
  • 14th June- A230, Exam

Hence a recent lack of availability…

I can barely remember the last time I read a book (for pleasure), or watched a film, or baked a cake… So my blog writing has suffered. But I promise I’m not slipping back into my diabolical-once-in-a-blue-moon-blog-fiend ways. I’m determined to remain faithful.

And now the end of A215 and A230 are in sight, and part of me will be sad to see them go. The other part of me is feeling slightly giddy at the thought of a long summer of freedom. No doubt before long I’ll be back here scribbling down more rubbish than any of you could possibly want to read.

Good luck to all of those out there coming to the end of ‘term’. Love ya!

Wuthering Heights

What can I say about Wuthering Heights? Really, the only thing that comes to mind is that it made me want to cry. Not because it was a tragedy, but because it was so… disappointing! Before starting I didn’t really know more about the story than you can glean from the Kate Bush song. I was expecting a tempestuous and heartbreaking love story, but instead I got a fairly mundane tale of tepid characters. Most of them were just generally unappealing, but then there was Linton who I think I may actively despise…

I’m not completely condemning Emily Bronte, I think she had a great style, and there are so many sections of the book that are beautifully written. I just feel like it could have been so much more. The hype didn’t help, almost everyone I know told me how much I was going to love it because bla blaa blaaa. I know it’s probably not fair, but I kept finding myself comparing it to Jane Eyre (something I could read over and over). Needless to say, I probably won’t be reading this one again.

My feelings for this text made writing about “the representation of home in Wuthering Heights” an arduous ordeal. And I’ve started noticing a theme in A230, most of the books they’ve got us to read so far have been absolute fun-suckers.  But it’s ok, I’ve got through it (although it was touch and go for a while) and am looking forward to a future of Sherlock Holmes  and Robert Louis Stevenson. Just keep your fingers crossed for me and my awful assignment!


I think that anyone that has ever read one of my blog posts will realise that I’m actually a tad neurotic. I seem to have underestimated how obsessive I would get while trying to do two courses at once. That is my excuse for my lack of recent bloggaging (interesting new word there…).

I am very pleased to report that on Sunday I submitted my first assignment of the year. I did have to treat myself to a cookie or four, and a guilty hour (or 2) of the X-factor. Somehow- and God only knows how, but I seem to have got all the panicking out of my system. I do think that this may be a false alarm and I’ll be back to my usual state of caffeine-fuelled frenzy by the end of the week, but for now I’m enjoying it my sense of peace!

I just want to wish you all the best of luck for all your impending assignments, as I’m off to make a start on my first TMA for A230.

Goodnight my pretties!