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A small announcement
The stick has been replaced by the carrot, which is decidedly a turn for the better.

Scant months ago I was under the gun --- and a large caliber one at that --- to finish this Summer. My advisor and I pushed for an extension for the Fall as we felt that was a tough, but doable, time limit. Instead, the administration was feeling particularly magnanimous (or finally got embarrassed enough by the series of errors it made for which it made me suffer) and gave me until the Spring of '14. I was immensely relieved.

However, even though I've until next Spring to finish, I still intend on defending this Fall. Why? Because now I have new incentive to do so, and this time a positive one.

I have informally accepted a post-doc position at Penn State starting in January. And, well, the "post" of "post-doc" sorta implies that I'd already be a doctor, ya know? =)

So, now I'm strongly motivated to wrap up over the next several months and get hooded in December. But this time the motivation is fueled by something to look forward to, and not abject fear of failure.

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mcoletti From: mcoletti Date: June 18th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I still do intend on moving ... somewhere ... in the Pacific Northwest doing ... something. But I would be a fool to turn down a post-doc at Penn State, especially if I want to seriously consider academia. I can put up with being in State College for a year, methinks.
grymnir From: grymnir Date: June 18th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am envious of the post-doc, so be sure to finish that damned pesky diss so that you have a publishing project the post-doc will help you finish.

AND -- a post-doc will help you stand out, and give you a greater range of options in the Pac NW or anywhere else.

Edited at 2013-06-18 04:11 pm (UTC)
mcoletti From: mcoletti Date: June 18th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes and yes and yes!

I banged out five pages yesterday --- nearly 1,400 words as well as adding six figures. Mind, that level of progress is an outlier, but I'll take it. I figure if I can maintain a minimum of about a page a day that I'll be OK. (I hope.)
greatevil From: greatevil Date: June 18th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
mcoletti From: mcoletti Date: June 18th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! And, when I finally do head out West, I'll be sure to stick a pin on the map for Tennessee to visit!
thewronghands From: thewronghands Date: June 18th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats! We will still be here after you are done.
mcoletti From: mcoletti Date: June 18th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! And, I sure hope so! One of the many appealing things about the Seattle area is that I have a lot of friends there already as well as my brother and his wife. (And soon to be sprog! Yes, I preparing to be The Crazy Uncle.)

(I also confess that it seems every other entry you write where you share some Seattle-ism is further confirmation that that's the part of the world I need to live in. Truly that's where I ultimately belong.)
alumiere From: alumiere Date: June 18th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on the post-doc position! You can get done by December I'm sure.
desiringmachine From: desiringmachine Date: June 19th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! So cool!
skunque From: skunque Date: June 19th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, congrats on the offer!!
scruffycritter From: scruffycritter Date: June 19th, 2013 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. We'll miss you though...
dancinglights From: dancinglights Date: June 21st, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's fantastic, congrats! And may the new combination of carrot and stick be just what you needed to get it done!
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