I’ve been awfully busy the last few weeks. Not with my job, but with writing. No, I’m not attempting to be the next bestseller author, I’m trying to finish my degree…
When I wrote my undergraduate essay (C-uppsats
) back in the distant past, Lund University were discussing an amalgamation of the two last terms of the archaeology course. Naturally, just as I had finished the third term, they decided to do it. To accomodate for those stuck inbetween the old system and the new one, two seats were reserved for old C-course students. I didn’t have much hope for being one of those, as there were quite a few of us in the old course. So I started to look around for universities that still did C- and D-courses, as opposed to the more popular CD-course. My choice stood between Stockholm and Visby. And since I had always wanted to go to Visby, it was an easy choice. Unfortunately, the months I spent in Visby - especially the summer - were very fun ones, resulting in a not quite finished D-essay (I did manage to do the other courses in time, though). By then, I had only a few weeks until moving to Southampton for my MA course in osteology, so I decided to put the essay aside for that year, and take it up afterwards.
Visby - isn’t it a gorgeous town?
But things never turn out quite the way you want them too. By the time I had finished the MA course, I was so thoroughly sick of dissertation/essay writing that I just wanted to work for a few years. And lo and behold, the last years of the big infrastructure expansion in Malmö landed me with excavation work for two seasons, before the surprising job offer from Ireland arrived in the inbox. Needless to say, the D-essay was postponed even further.
And finally, last year, I kicked myself into ”get old stuff done and finished”-mode, and got in touch with the university. I’m having a fresh break, with a completely new essay: The identification of tanneries in an archaeological context
. Since I’m doing it part-time, it couldn’t be done in the standard 10 weeks. Instead, I’ve been grasping time in the evenings and weekends trying to get it finished as soon as possible. I’ve taken three weeks study leave, so I can concentrate fully on the last bits. The plan is to have it done this term (i.e. until mid-january). I’m really sick of not having time to do other fun things. The sewing inspiration pile is daunting, and growing by each month (other people clean when the writing stress gets too hard to handle - I get into sewing/embroidery creativity mode). And I would like a better New Year’s Eve than half an hour’s break for fireworks watching…