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Miscellaneous updates:
I have submitted my dissertation to my committee and for the format check. The format check told me three things to fix, all of which seem to be related to the template they recently updated. As in, Friday. I'm actually glad I didn't notice; it's relatively minor stuff, but would have been frazzling to try to do on Friday when I was trying to finish and print things.

I was trying to finish things on Friday because on Sunday I had to fly to Madison, Wisconsin for a meeting. Next week is another meeting. Twelve days, three meetings, whee. I got to talk! The talk slots are very limited, so I felt much honored. It went very well, too.

In recreational news...

As a sort of reward for finishing my dissertation, I entered the Rainbow Day (or week) poetry contest on Rescreatu, which was ending that night... and won. Competition for the writing contests is getting stiffer with the NTWF invasion, though, and people getting out of school for the summer. I entered the May book contest, too, but I suspect my entry wasn't quite right for the challenge. Fun though. I might post it here at some point. I applied as staff, too, actually. Writer. We'll see how that goes. And signed up for the CCF, which is sort of an organized program for being responsible Rescreatu citizens, but I'm waffling on whether to stay because it seems like there are a bunch of fiddly things to keep track of.

I have realized that when I have a big project, I tend to accumulate other things I want to try to do, and responsibilities I'm tempted to take on. I'm tempted to look for a Padawan on, too, but I'm not sure I'd really be suited. I'd probably be too hands-off or something. Either that or start cowriting and nag the poor person to death!

I want to finish "Something Better Than This" before the next book comes out, which means writing and posting nearly a chapter per day average, especially if I don't want to be posting the last week when nobody will, you know, care because the real thing is upcoming. I'd also like to archive it somewhere besides LJ. So far looks like the best option, since I'm not sure what's welcome at the Sugar Quill now, Mugglenet rejected it for having an incoherent summary and not italicizing spell incantations, both of those have an approval/update process that can take several days, and Fictionalley lets me update as I please (I qualified for auto-approval) but has mysteriously attached my fic to someone else's review thread.

I also want to write fic for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I will leave several lines of spoiler space between this and the comments section, but no guarantees depending on screen size. )
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So, I realized that as of last Sunday I had 42 days to get everything done before two weeks of academic meetings -- I'm defending shortly after I get back, so I have to get my dissertation to people before I go. I also, of course, have to get presentations ready for the meeting... and some other stuff around the house.

This past week has not been terribly productive in terms of getting the dissertation written, but we have gotten the taxes done, Roths funded, my annual progress meeting prepared for and over with, my defense scheduled, and a new car picked out.

There has also been good news on both the car and the trip front. For the car... on Friday, they came out with an incentive involving 0.7% financing. Nice. We bought our last one outright, but as we get higher interest on savings than that....

For the trip? I and another guy from lab get to give talks. Usually we've done posters -- there are limited talk slots. Very cool.

I am pleased.

I've also acquired a new toy. Er, hobby. Rescreatu is a comparatively young petsite (I think it's been around for... a year or two? But opened or possibly reopened to the public last November.) They've got four planets corresponding to the classic elements, "Creatu" that you hatch from eggs found on different planets, books that you can read more than once and some of which have content (but the toys are one-use), and different professional tracks that give you different options, but you can try out more than one. It has the marks of still-getting-started and a small population, which is a new experience for me since I usually come in late. I entered their lone writing contest already. Anyway, I'm entertained.


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