- August - October: Research and write chapter four. I'm on with the research for this but it's quite a bitty chapter involving close reading of several Yates and Collins novels followed by the collation of a hell of a lot of secondary material. A month and a half to finish this when I'm taking a holiday during that time too? Hmm...
- November - December: Restructure and rewrite chapter one. This needs a fair bit of work as the chapter structure I implemented in chapters two and three is completely absent in the first chapter. However, all the information is there so it is just a case of reworking the jigsaw. I hope that I've been optimistic in giving myself two whole months to do this.
- January: Fine-tune chapters two, three and four. Two and three are already up to a decent standard and I have notes to explain precisely what needs to be changed. As for four... Ha, ha ha.
- February: Write thesis introduction. Theoretically, this should be quite easy because I've utilised much of what needs to go in the introduction elsewhere in my thesis. Bit of chopping and changing should work well. Aside from the critical stuff, though, I need to introduce Edmund Yates without really introducing Edmund Yates. Hmm...
- March: Write overall conclusion. Least said about this one, the better.
- April: Reread and revise where necessary. Basically, ensure it flows, makes sense and doesn't repeat itself. Simples.
- May: Check bibliography/references. Self-explanatory.
One thing that isn't in this list is compiling the appendix which I've discussed with my supervisor. We thought that explaining who the characters are in relation to the complex plots of sensation novels may work better in an appendix to stop the chapters getting bogged down in explanatory segues throughout. This is something I'm going to work on as and when I can. Which means, naturally, that it'll end up being a last-minute rush job. Oh, the fun.
This feels like a very appropriate video for this moment. And it's also fantastic. The John Wilson Orchestra having a crack at Tom and Jerry - watch out for the plates!