Above is the castle that Angela Carter based her antagonist's lair - Mont Saint-Michel, in Normandy, France. I have so much to do, but I think my main point for today is - what was Carter trying to say? What were her observations as to how fairy tale charicatures were being projected?
We have our own partner Mount here in Cornwall - St Michael's Mount, just outside Marazion in Cornwall. It is far smaller in size, but still stunning to look at.
I think I am starting to make some headway. I tend to write the same thing sometimes, like I am two writers trying to compose in unison. Plus I am aware of the presence of my lecturer sitting mentally on my shoulder - which doesn't help. However, it IS her pushing of my boundaries that makes me a better writer.
I say that now, might be feeling different in 6 days time (when I see her next).
I am not in the best frame of mind right now. I have really struggled to get to grips with this and it is such a HUGE tangled mess. For a start, I feel that I would make better ground if I focused wholly on The Bloody Chamber and made references back to Perrault, Grimm et al. Plus - is it really a good idea to have 2 theories running at once? I could take this theme and have a problem keeping to 10,000 maxi dissertation size (that is for next year at Plymouth Uni), let alone the meagre 5,000 set for the whole piece for the mini diss this year.
I am up early tomorrow as I have an appointment to attend to, so it will be back to the grindstone again. I think if I haven't got the gist of this by the weekend, I will have to gut out the other two essays, so at least I have something to show the other lecturer. Damn it, I wanted to be further than I am.
If there were only two choices, would you rather live in a really cold environment or a really hot one? Why? What are your tips for making either of these more comfortable to exist in?
Tip for the winter - throw on heaps of clothing and adjusting the heating. Soups/stews/hot drinks.
Tip for the summer? Peppermint soap for washing in and iced peppermint tea to drink - especially the latter :-)