It doesn’t get any better.I thought I was on top of this by now, like riding a bike, but you don’t really know what kind of a beast you have a hold of until you tackle it. All the more reason to get an early draft written and give yourself a week or two to work on it. This would have been fine but the entire process leading up to H818 TMA1 has been to expand, share, search, explore … and so it went on until like the incredible stretching man my arms reached west to Dublin and east to the Urals. Part One had a work count limit of 1500. My first draft came in at 4,600. I hacked this down by 50% then did the wise thing and began again from scratch working on the basis they I had some juicy content in my head, I just needed to focus.
A mind map with a mere 7 links on it did the job. 200 words for each and 100 words to share across an introduction and conclusion … sort of.
I’d references the longer version in my enthusiasm so had to unpick that – there is only one thing worse than missing out a lot of references, is referencing a lof of stuff that is no longer there.
Then part two.
For reasons only known to the OU IT team I couldn’t zip two documents on my Mac so emailed the documents to my wife – I am sitting at her laptop now. The period between sending these files from my office 11 miles away and cooking supper (I do) gave me a chance to dwell on a sentence regarding part two
Students are encouraged to be bold and innovative in setting forth a project proposal.
A breathing space, a chance to reflect, a deadline fast being overdue … so I went for it. Controversy gets attention. So does death. This has both. And if I play my cards right I’ll need to find an actor, dress him up, get some make up then film them in their final moments.