Summer Vacation?

I grew up with this chunk between June and August as a free-zone. The time everyone looks forward to because school's out and you can sleep in, binge-watch Netflix, stay up late, eat lots of ice cream, go to the beach, and there's no homework or tests. 

It's weird how once you graduate, you can't see the year as starting in September and ending in June anymore. Working 9-5 in July? What? But it's summer... 

Well, it's not like I've had a 9-5 job but last year my masters program was 12 months long which meant no vacation. In the middle of the summer, I was inside writing my dissertation and making small excuses to go outside for short breaks at a time. The Fringe festival was just outside the university building which made it very difficult to choose between writing and food trucks.

all about that phd life

Now that it's the end of May, I've handed in my first semester review of 5,000 words and had a successful meeting about it with my two supervisors. I thought, since starting in January, that my first-year review of 10,000 words would be in September but turns out it won't be until next January! 

So I've got plenty of time but that doesn't mean I'm going to coast this summer. I can technically make my own schedule, so if I want to go away for a week, I can do that but I won't be taking the whole summer off. The PhD is my job. I feel lucky to say that writing a novel is my job right now.  

 My supervisor let me borrow this book. It's so old, I love it. 

My supervisor let me borrow this book. It's so old, I love it. 

speak of the . . . 

Recently I've been focusing on the critical aspect of my PhD and have decided to focus on a few novels written by Scottish authors that involve a bit of evil trickery and, for two of the books, the Devil. It's hard to say on such a beautiful, sunny day, but Scotland is the perfect setting for a dark, twisted, yet satirical story. 

"I do like Scotland, though, I spend a lot of time here . . . I like the miserable weather. I like the miserable people, the fatalism, the negativity, the violence that's always just below the surface." - says the Devil in James Robertson's The Testament of Gideon Mack, p. 283

I kind of wish Robertson's Devil had something positive to say about Scotland but, oh well, I'll make sure my novel highlights the best of Scotland as well as the dark and twisted.