Yesterday I finished first marking one module and second marking another before grabbing a coffee with the ILOOC team – ILOOC is our new international law MOOC. Its exciting, we have a launch date – put 22 May in your diaries. This means that I am yet again behind with writing fiction MOOC but also that I have today, at home, to do that and write some of my PhD ahead of a supervisory meeting tomorrow.
Each week starts with a short video from the instructor, it sets out the aims and really helps manage expectations. The obvious excitement is infectious – these 2-3 minutes are great.
We were asked to consider how we worked best, reflecting on other author’s experiences from the podcast, I wrote:
I’m great in the early morning, if I have a lot on I get up before the house wakes up and work. Our new son is barely a month old and the 5 year-old has taken to rushing down stairs as soon as he hears me … aaargh! I like the idea of practice though – I blogged when I was going through crap to keep me sane – it works.
The next task was to write two descriptions, one of our ideal work space and one of our dreaded work space – I wrote each from a positive perspective although one is a way or working I can’t abide. Is it obvious which is which:
I left the house, the kids playing noisily, the dishwasher competing with the washing machine for supremacy and headed across the fields. At first the silence shocked but gradually I realised it wasn’t silent but full of natural, peaceful sounds. By the time I got to the pub my head was clear, worries had evaporated and I felt energised. I ordered a pint of Abbot and found a quiet corner, took the lid off my fountain pen – it makes a mess of my hand but I love scribbling in green ink, scrawl illegible to anyone else.
The computer sits on the old pine desk in the corner of the kitchen, my eldest son at the kitchen table doing his homework, the youngest asleep in my lap. I know everything is okay – the boys are safe and my wife is contentedly busy sorting something that’s been nagging at her all day. I relax into my desk chair and start typing.
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