In Praise of Hollow Ways

Congratulations to Alli Templeton. Not only are her blogs wonderful reading (and viewing), but she completed her dissertation! Yay!

A few days ago I finally finished my dissertation, and at the fleeting click of a button I submitted my work and completed my degree. It’s going to take a while to sink in, but for now I’m just pleased to be able to kick back and relax for a bit. The first things I wanted to do were to get outside and roam the ancient landscape again and, of course, to go to a castle. So with a castle visit arranged for the near future, I began my downtime by going for a rather beautiful historical walk. Well, it wasn’t a walk as such, more like a series of little strolls, but this was something I’d wanted to do for a long time. I set out to locate and wander along as many hollow ways as I could find in a day, and I was in for a scenic…

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  1. Thank you so much, Marilyn. It was a very hard slog, but hopefully worth it in the end. Fingers crossed, anyway! And thanks again for the reblog. Catch up very soon. 😀


    • We have a few PhDs in the family. I never made it past a B.A., but that was largely because I didn’t take the right major and I would have had years of backtracking to take courses I should have taken — and I had a kid and a husband with cancer. I needed a JOB. I cancelled my master’s degree and went to work. I have a feeling I’d never have made it all the way through anyway. I wasn’t sufficiently dedicated. It’s a hard road, academia and it isn’t easy even after you get all the credentials. Write movie scripts. That’s where the big bucks are 😀

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      • Now there’s a thought! I’ve often thought I’d like to see a few more dramatisations of our great medieval stories, so who knows? I can see exactly why you didn’t carry on along the halls of academia – you’re right, it’s a hard road to travel. I’m looking into an MA, but I’ll need a decent break before I commit to it first. 😀


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