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So I’m Supposed To Post Today….

29 Jun

…and I almost forgot, lol.

I got an email this morning telling me, “Hey, we can’t award your diploma yet because you haven’t met the requirements–surprise!”

WTH are you people talking about???  I went over my req’s forwards and backwards with my advisor and you have my transcripts, so what’s the deal?

I think this may be another case of “we changed the course req’s again at the last minute without telling you,” which has happened before.  And the fact that I’ve been enrolled in three different colleges/universities and have transfer credits out the wazoo doesn’t help; it only complicates things.  My usual advisor is out-of-town, so I had to talk to a general advisor.  Hopefully she can tell what’s what and we can get this ironed out.

Way to start off the day: stressed and mildly depressed.

But I’m not going to sully this blogging experience anymore.  I do have something that’s potentially useful to some that I can share today.

Life in the Early 1900s

I was editing this scene yesterday where my protagonist is having a phone conversation, and I realized that I was making some general assumptions about the way telephones worked in the late 1930s, which is the era I’m deriving a lot of my worldbuilding inspiration from (both American and European).  I just wanted to double-check myself (and ended up spending way more time than I needed to looking into 1930s telephones in general).

Rare Vintage Western Electric 202 Phone. Posted by user laushustell on Ebay.

Anyhow, I came across a really neat site called 1900s.org.uk where a woman by the name of Pat Cryer shares her mother’s recollections of life in London during the early 1900s.  She mentions so many little details that I feel just really bring that city to life while reading about it on the page.  I was quite ecstatic when I discovered this, haha, because I’ve never been able to find this kind of information before.  Additionally, I found another site with vintage clips and footage called archive.org.

Since I’m a very curious little monkey and just couldn’t resist, I wanted to compare this to life in America, as well, so I got a book called (and it’s a long title): Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940: How Americans Lived Through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression.  Anyway, I just bought it yesterday with my free two-day shipping through Amazon, so it should be here by tomorrow.  (Yeah, I could have it now if I were an e-book reader, though I’ve discovered there are certain things I just must have–with actual physical pages.  I like to highlight and underline and make copies and notes or whatever, basically just use my hands and have a direct connection to whatever I’m engaging in.  It just isn’t the same on the computer, for some reason.  I guess it’s just a tactile/kinesthetic learning thing–which makes sitting down for hours on end to write/edit a novel kind of challenging for me, actually.)

That’s the thing about doing research: there are different levels you can go into.  Some things I’ve researched more than others in my story, and others I kind of take what I need/want and just say “what the hey!” to the rest.  I guess at the end of the day it simply comes down to whether I’m satisfied with what I’ve written.  If I see a way to improve something, I’m going to improve it or else it’ll bug me till Kingdom come.  (Though, admittedly, seeing room for improvement and nitpicking are two different things…)

So yes, maybe this is all a bit OC of me, considering I’m writing secondary world fantasy, but I do care about whether there were dial and ring tones on telephones in the late 1930s and whether speaking to an operator was always necessary to place a call. (And maybe that kind of thinking is why I’ll never finish this book!)

J/K.  I will.  I’m going to.  You’ll see.

[Quick update: I just got a call from the advisor, and they totally just fixed my problem–yay!  Diploma’s on the way, at last.]

So anyway, I wonder what you folks have been up to recently?

Making headway on your projects?  Encountering any speed bumps?  And bonus, if you’re bold enough: do you think I am maybe just a little bit crazy?  (Or normal–for a writer, anyway.  I’ll take that, too.)

Yesterday I got pretty distracted, to be honest, so today I plan to do better.  (If there’s one downside to having to type up and edit your manuscript on a laptop with Wi-Fi access, it’s that the Internet is always riiiiiight by your side… But oh!  Aren’t the discoveries wonderful? ;))

P.S.: the random patch of light grey text at the beginning is…yeah, not intentional.

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