Gothic Skin

So, I survived my first term on the PhD…

I was required to submit a more in-depth proposal, project timeline and a multitude of forms I hope I don’t have to revisit anytime soon!

By the time it got to Christmas I was slightly frazzled, and to be honest I’m still in a slight daze three weeks into January.  My time is split almost exclusively between reading and re-watching the key text series, which isn’t a bad thing but it does mean I’m already finding it incredibly difficult to ‘switch off’ from all things Gothic.  In fact, I think I vaguely remembering answering Ciaran (partner) by replying to his question about what to have for tea with a vague muffled response, followed by a musing on Tae Gon Kim’s vacant dresses (link here if you are interested, unlike Ciaran http://www.tmagazine.co.uk/in-his-shoes-tae-gon-kim/).

So aside from going slightly round the bend, I am really enjoying the direction the research is going, and I’m awaiting feedback from my proposal in the next couple of weeks…

Also in the next few weeks I will be continuing to plan my trip to Japan at the end of March! Although I am still finding excuses to look at Haunted Tokyo tours and Halloween themed tsum tsums so it’s not quite off Gothic-topic completely, and the amount of kawaii stuff I am dying to experience over there isn’t probably helping with my sanity!

I’m slowly re-learning about how to timetable myself in terms of the Phd, I know I am a master of distraction, not so much procrastination as I very much go off on (vaguely) related tangents but ultimately still NOT what I usually should be doing.  Nevertheless I’m learning that even at the age of 24 I still DO NOT do mornings, and to attempt work before 9am is fairly futile… I can work quite happily till the twilight hours and as long as I can continue working this way it is proving to be the most efficient.  Similarly I must allow time for said-distractions so I don’t feel crippling guilt for my ‘intellectual’ wanderings and ‘lost time’.  Finally, I love lists.  Lists work, they channel me, and I LOVE ticking things off.

Next week I’m going to pencil in all the upcoming events and conferences I want to attend this year and organise my calendar for the upcoming months.  One thing I’ve learnt is that the University like multiple events/seminars/skill sessions/talks/lectures/meetings advertised in a variety of different places, so it’s important to write things down as I see them as the likelihood of retrieving the information is akin to chasing a rabbit down a hole, and back again!

All in all, feeling positive, somewhat organised, accepting and accommodating of my dwindling attention span, and ready to march on!

Skinny Gothic begins…

I’m in the first few weeks of my PhD and still a bit in awe if I’m honest.  It’s so surreal when something that you’ve been working towards for so long actually happens and then it’s a little bit like wow, what next?

Currently I’m working on refining my proposal- basically it changes every day as I edit so it definitely resembles something of Frankensteins’ monster.  Aside from that I’m reading/pinning/noting and trying to keep up with my boxsets of course!

I went to my first informal meeting with the other new PhD students and it was interesting to hear about everyones research ideas, and it helped that there were a few other Gothic PhD’s so we’ve got quite the club going at MMU.  Speaking of which I also attended the Gothic North Symposium, which is part of the Manchester Gothic Festival.  I went on my own, although I knew some of the speakers as it was organised by my Supervisor Linnie, even so I took the opportunity to make some new connections and ended up swapping info with a student who is starting her PhD on plastic surgery in the Gothic! So it ended up being quite the confidence boost that I actually successfully networked at one of these events and swapped some interesting conversations with like-minded Gothicists!

So aside from the usual stuff I’m going to be posting some updates on my research, along with my experiences as a fledgling PhD student… wish me luck!