Monthly Archives: November 2011

And still I battle on . . . . .

I’m ashamed to admit that I’m still not much further along with Carter’s book.

But I had a great tutorial, online, a few days ago, with something called Elluminate, which allowed me the choice of talking directly to my tutor, via the internet, or typing in what I wanted to say. As my typing is appallingly slow without the help of my Dragon software, I was glad to be able to talk directly with my tutor. Unfortunately, although she took us through what is needed to make our next TMA successful, I find myself even more confused now, especially over the choices I need to make over the various, and numerous, aspects of creativity in everyday talk.

I have at least found the narrative that is needed to make a transcription, at last! I came across a radio pod-cast that had been sent out live on the 15th of this month – an interview between one of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchett, and the radio broadcaster, Simon Mayo and, although Simon Mayo was asking pre-prepared questions of Terry, the responses given were totally ad hoc, which meant that I was able to use it.

It took me around 5 hours to transcribe the 14.35 minutes of talk, which I don’t think was too bad, especially considering this course is the first time I’ve had a go at such things, and I’ve even sort-of made a start on my TMA – well, I’ve at least set out on the page what needs to be done, and have set out the Appendix with the context of the radio pod-cast, the transcription itself, and the transcription conventions I’ve used to accentuate and bring alive the words I’ve recorded. I’ve even made a start at the introduction paragraph, although I know that it needs a huge amount of work on it still, to make it acceptable for the essay.

The problem is, I need to get on with reading the rest of the Carter book to be able to continue with it and, frankly, I’m dreading it! In between battling awful cluster migraines this last week, I’ve made the attempt to read it countless times and, each time I try, it brings back a migraine – not a great incentive to keep on, believe me!

I think what I’ll have to do, migraines permitting, is try to get on with the study guide, and the course book, activities, and hope there’s enough in them for me to continue writing the TMA 😦

In all my years with the Open University, this has come the closest for me to be considering quitting the course. What should have been a happy and productive ending to my O.U. life is, through further ill health, and a labyrinthine and tortuous course book, becoming more like a nightmare for me, and I really don’t know if my health is up to continuing on with something that is frankly quite stressful for me now, instead of the enjoyable experience I’d hoped for.

I guess we shall see how I get on over the next week or so . . . . .

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