The Sunday Circle is the weekly check-in where I ask the creative-types who follow this blog to weigh in about their goals, inspirations, and challenges for the coming week. The logic behind it can be found here. Want to be involved? It’s easy – just answer three questions in the comments or on your own blog (with a link in the comments here, so that everyone can find them).
After that, throw some thoughts around about other people’s projects, ask questions if you’re so inclined. Be supportive above all.
Then show up again next Sunday when the circle updates next, letting us know how you did on your weekly project and what you’ve got coming down the pipe in the coming week (if you’d like to part of the circle, without subscribing to the rest of the blog, you can sign-up for reminders via email here).
What am I working on this week?
I’m a third of the way through the wordcount on my thesis chapter and barely feel like I’ve gotten started. This week will involve tracing my way through part of structuralist genre theory, and really diving into the research on the role of ellipsis in constructing narrative ahead of the X-mas-to-New Year period where texts will be harder to track down.
What’s inspiring me this week?
I’ve watched and read a bunch of great stuff this week, but The Marvellous Mrs Maisell on Amazon Prime has probably been the thing that really captured my attention. It’s a project from the creator of the Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino, but it blends a lot of the hallmarks of her work (fast dialogue, children not fitting into rigidly-defined family roles) and blends it with the New York stand-up scene of 1958 and a level of edginess that Sherman-Palladino isn’t going to reach on commercial TV.
What action do I need to take?
I really need to go hit the University library in person, picking up a handful of texts that aren’t available online. I also need to read through the half-dozen PhD exegesis I’ve got sitting on my hard drive so I can start familiarising myself with the structure of the sections I’m wirting and start to internalise it a little. What to write is harder to figure out when you’re trying to figure out how to write it at the same time.