My poetry assignment TMA05 came back this week, with an OK result. Tutor comments were very useful on the whole, although places where I’d tried to include some of the stuff we’d learned like eye-rhymes (yes, I know the words don’t actually rhyme, but they look as though they should) don’t seem to have been well-received, interpretation of a few lines seemed more difficult than I thought, and there was modest disagreement on whether certain lines scanned correctly (how do you pronounce behemoth?). But apart from the disastrous TMA02, my marks are, at least, consistent and I shall learn a great deal from the advice.
Also, the final assignment, TMA06 went off on Wednesday. I’m pleased I posted it to the TGF, although only one student decided to pass comment and some of that was quite helpful. I wish our group forums had been more popular. Hopefully the tutor will like the way I’ve styled the life writing piece, otherwise it’ll be a case of starting again and only four weeks or so to go! If you’re curious, I have a central thread which is written using first person stream of consciousness, following the protagonist as she makes her way to where she ends her life. This thread generates flashbacks to some of the life events which have led her to take this drastic action. I think it works, but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The story is basically true, but is fictionalised (I wasn’t there one hundred years ago!) to fill in the gaps.
I asked the OU if they’d send me some old assignment questions from E301, but they responded that they didn’t do that. Mind you, they did send me some on E300 and E303 last year, and even sent the last assignment booklet for the English MA just a few weeks ago! Never mind. I’ve decided not to go for the essay-intensive Art of English, and to wait for English Grammar in Context to come around next February. That means I might even have time to tackle NaNoWriMo this year!
It’s also a big birthday week! A close pal’s yesterday, my wife’s today, mine tomorrow and another close friend’s on Tuesday. Much exchanging of birthday cards has been going on! I know it’s a cliche and awful grammar, but the years don’t half pass by quicker the older you get, do they not?
Two years to the OAP…Tally Ho!