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Sunday Salon: Sound the trumpets!

June 6, 2010

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all!

And my, oh, my, is it ever a happy Sunday. Because, as you may have guessed by the fact that I’m posting here again, my dissertation has been handed in!

Now, that doesn’t mean I’m a doctor yet. My defense is not for another few weeks, and then I’ll have to do revisions, etc. This was just me handing in my dissertation for my committee to read pre-defense, but it does mean that I’ve got what I feel is a defensible dissertation written, and it also means that I get to take a bit of a break after the huge writing-and-editing extravaganza of the last few weeks.

It’s a strange feeling… I’ve been working so hard for so long that now I’m kind of at loose ends, where it feels like I should be doing something at all times and it’s hard to get myself to just sit still and relax. It’s also a little weird to see the Beastie all done and printed; in the single-spaced, double-sided version I printed for myself, it fits in a 1/2″ binder with room to spare, and is sort of like “That’s it?!? That little thing is what all the stress was about?” Of course, the single-sided, double-spaced version is an entirely different story…

Back in bookblogging world, I’ve got eight reviews to write. (Eep!) Six of those are for graphic novels, though, and I think I’m going to do a series of two-fer posts… partly so that you guys are not drowning in graphic novel reviews, and partly because I don’t have a lot to say about any of them individually, so I can fit thoughts about two of them into single post. I’m not going to be back up to full blogging strength yet – I have to prep for my defense, and go back to my stack o’ job applications – but it’s nice to have at least some free time available to read and to blog.

In any case, I really appreciate everyone who left me encouraging comments, and especially everyone who stuck around through the two weeks of silence. Y’all are awesome.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2010 10:25 am

    Yay, congratulations! I know what you mean though about feeling at loose ends now. Hope you can relax and enjoy your new freedom! :–)

  2. June 6, 2010 10:34 am

    Congratulations! It has been great fun reading about your progress and I’m sure your defense will go wonderfully. I can’t wait to see those two-fer posts. Have a great week..

  3. June 6, 2010 10:44 am

    yay! Enjoy your well-deserved break, and good luck with the defense!

  4. June 6, 2010 10:55 am


    If it makes you feel better, I’ve got 20+ reviews to write and I don’t even have a dissertation.

    • June 9, 2010 11:42 am

      Jen – Holy yikes! I don’t think I could remember 20+ books well enough to have anything to say about them when I actually got around to writing the reviews… so good on you!

  5. June 6, 2010 11:21 am

    Congratulations, nearly-Doctor Nicki! :p Very very good luck with the defense!

  6. June 6, 2010 12:02 pm

    congrats on turning in that beast!
    and good luck with those job applications. i know how rough it is out there.

    in the meantime, enjoy the little break you have. you definitely deserved it.

  7. June 6, 2010 1:09 pm

    Congratulations! That has to feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

  8. June 6, 2010 1:20 pm

    Congratulations!!! And good luck on the job hunt. I am in the same boat as well :)

  9. June 6, 2010 4:22 pm

    Congratulations! That’s got to be a fabulous feeling!

  10. June 6, 2010 5:05 pm

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations. You must feel as if the weight of the world has lifted for a little while.

  11. June 6, 2010 6:58 pm

    YAY! This is great news. You’re almost there. I wouldn’t worry about your outstanding book reviews. Instead celebrate your accomplishment! Congrats!! :)

  12. June 6, 2010 7:43 pm

    Many, many congratulations! What a tremendous accomplishment! I’m sure your defense will go just fine.

    In the meantime, don’t worry about the reviews. Take a few moments to breathe, relax … you deserve it!

  13. June 6, 2010 8:56 pm

    Congratulations! We’ve missed you. Good luck on the rest of the process!

  14. June 7, 2010 8:44 am

    Congratulations! What an amazing feeling that must be. =) Good luck with your upcoming defense! I hope you manage to relax and enjoy yourself before then.

  15. June 7, 2010 7:09 pm

    Horray! You’ll be a doctor in no time!

  16. June 7, 2010 7:26 pm

    Congrats, and good luck prepping for your defense!

  17. June 7, 2010 9:04 pm

    Yay! Congrats! And I totally get the feeling of feeling both relieved and at a loss at the same time. I’m sure you’ll do well, and we’re glad to have you back :D

  18. June 9, 2010 1:57 pm

    so many congrats!

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