Saturday 27th October 2012 has been World Occupational Therapy Day and I am writing this in the closing minutes of the day which I celebrated by taking part in the special #OTalk organised by Gillian Crossley with Helen Rushton for the OT Global Day of Service on the role of Occupational Therapy in Public Health. I also attended a virtual classroom discussing Assessment and Social Media delivered by Merrolee Penman with Anita Hamilton. This was a test of the software for Tuesday 30th Virtual OT Conference which has the theme Occupational Balance.
My plan for earlier in the day was to read some of The Casual Vacancy and despite enjoying the first few pages my body decided to let my eyes droop and I had a snooze instead. Then I nipped out to meet some friends. Tomorrow I am staying in!
The OTs at Salford have come up with a fun quiz to review people’s Occupational Balance – they’ve called it Occubuzz and you can find it here – http://www.occubuzz.com/
Not surprisingly I found myself to be occupationally overloaded (hence the daytime snoozing). I decided to use some stick art to investigate why (inspired by the immensely talented Gillian).
I get interested in things really easily and find that I pick up things and then try and balance them along with my desire to watch TV, read, write, sleep etc – my PhD supervisor used the imagery of spinning plates this week which I have borrowed for my pictures.
But there comes a stage where this overload can become too much and things drop, and once you’ve dropped one thing, it can throw the balance of everything else off and you end up with broken plates.
So what I’m trying to do is OT myself and gradually I am putting some of the plates down to one side or sharing them with others. November’s plan is to prioritise creative writing by participating in NaNoWriMo and my PhD. I’ve still got a way to go so I’d call it an evolving process of finding the correct balance (as you can see by from today’s effort ;o) – but I get an extra hour in bed because the clocks go back shortly).
I was planning to write this in time to submit to Linda’s OT Blog Carnival but decided to prioritise and get some sleep. You can find the other wonderful entries here though -it does seem that balance is something that doesn’t come easily in today’s society (and OTs themselves need to work at this too).
So – who here finds themselves overloaded and what do you plan to put down/share?
If you already have great balance please share your secret.
T is for…
Love this picture (click on it for source link) and it kind of represents the way I want to represent time travel in my book.
My NaNoWriMo novel is about an academy for Time Police or Time Cops.
This inevitably brings with it Time Travel.
Now the idea of time travel blows my mind and I go round and round in circles trying to work out how what happens when you travel back to the past or to the future might affect the present. Sometimes I just give up because I think my brain might explode.
My main time travel influences are:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Back to the Future (1,2,3)
The Time Traveler’s Wife
I’m pretty sure I saw Time Cop with JCVD
Now this is going to be my book so I will make up my own lore about time travel but I’d like to know what the generally accepted rules are please, so to aid my research please direct me to any good resources, films, books etc.
What rules do you expect to see followed in time travel stories?
What annoys you/would annoy you in time travel stories?
Thanks for your help in the past, present and future.
P is for…
Last November whilst writing my NaNoWriMo 50,000 words (which I’m hoping to add another 80,000 to in May and June this year) I wrote that my main character kept a copy of C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew nearby.
I remember being distinctly annoyed that they always leave this book (and the Horse and his Boy) out of film adaptations because I think they could look wonderful on screen although they aren’t as ‘exctiing’ action-wise as the other books in the series.
One of the things I had remembered from the book was the Pegasus horse and on Saturday Nov 27th the Daily Mail ran a story called Pegasus rides again where a picture of a bull that looks like it has wings was shown. I’ve kept this clipping in the pocket of my moleskin notebook which I used during the challenge and took it as a sign. I’ve since re-read the TMN and there are some echoes from this in my book, spooky, huh?
I love intertextuality and when books and films and art etc speak to other works, so I plan to keep these echoes there even though the stories are very different.
I’m pretty sure I wanted a ride on a Pegasus pony when I was small and I remember having Pegasus (and Flutter) My Little Ponies (I incidentally love the My Little Pony film – smooze anyone?).
What mythical ceature inspires you?