I'm currently re-drafting my first chapter. The initial draft took a large hit of criticism which I think was linked to my "blue"-ness of a different and more depressing kind last week! It's difficult not to take criticism personally, for comments to swirl around the brain echoing sentiments of "you're not good enough". Thankfully I've broken through that barrier and the words have started to flow again.
What I've found about PhD study is that it's a very personal process where 'barriers' are constantly shifting and self-belief is hard to maintain. I hope my endeavours this time around will be much better received.
Procrastination, however, is still a vital part of study. While on Google Maps, I realised that Street View had come to North Tawton and I was able to virtually walk up and down the street of the small town and stop outside Court Green! I'm currently applying to lots of funding bodies to try and get over to Smith College to look at the Plath archives this summer but if things don't work out, a trip to North Tawton is definitely something I would love to do. It would be so wonderful to actually visit (rather than virtually view) the place that inspired Plath so much.