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Hello everyone. I'm chuffed to have been accepted onto the course, and can't wait for it to start. Didn't realise that it has already opened up the Jericho membership so have been busy looking at all the stuff on there. Wow, I need it in a syringe to inject directly into my brain.

I have two ill-behaved dogs who wait until I am at my laptop before either asking to go outside or are sick, which gives me time to digest learning as I divulge in these other activities.

I'm taking these 4 weeks to thoroughly clean the house and toilets prior to the course starting. I'm doing character studies and researching my setting as it's in two different times. I've done a bit of a sketchy plot. It will be really interesting as I think we're all at different stages.

Looking forward to working alongside all of you,

Julie x

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