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I passed!

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:26 pm
by nom
Just a quick note to say that my thesis has been passed (subject to a few minor amendments). Once those amendments have been approved, I can submit the final version of my thesis and will finally have earned my Doctor of Psychology.

Many thanks to Keith for Scrivener. I'm sure I could have written a thesis without it, but equally sure it wouldn't have been as good. On many occasions I even found myself enjoying writing! Thanks also to Keith and all the L&L crew for the generous support in using Scrivener.

Also many thanks to the various miscreants aboard these forums. You all provided friendship, advice and plenty of opportunity for distraction and procrastination when needed (and often when it wasn't). Thanks for taking the sting out of some of the harder periods of writing.

Re: I passed!

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:33 pm
by Jaysen
Congrats!

Dr Nom. Kind of disturbing as a concept, but then so are most posts by vic=k. And Wock. And me. Now that you are a non-thesis-bound individual what are you going to do with yourself?

Re: I passed!

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:48 pm
by vic-k
Dr Nom,
Numpty's right there...does sound a bit dodgy, dunit?

Well, dodgy or not, congratulations, Doc. :D Image
Vic

Re: I passed!

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:54 pm
by xiamenese
Doc Nom, every congratulation on your success ... may your future be much enhanced through your surviving this right of passage. :)

X

Re: I passed!

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:19 pm
by StaceyUK
Congratulations Doctor Nom! You deserve a bit of a party after that...

Re: I passed!

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:08 pm
by AmberV
Congrats! So, after a hedonistic break from the toil, what's your next .scriv going to be?

Re: I passed!

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:04 am
by nom
Thank you all. I just heard today that my amendments have been accepted so it is now down to paperwork, signatures and formalities. That's right, "only" bureaucracy separates me from my doctorate… :roll:

In terms of "what now", I'm already working part-time in private practice and have applied for a grant to convert my thesis into articles for publication. If successful, the grant will pay me to write for a few months. If not, then I'll probably stop sessional teaching at the end of semester and apply for regular work (you know, the type with holidays and sick leave and a steady income that covers the bills). My next Scrivener projects will be journal articles based on my thesis (the grant just determines how quickly they get written). Then, maybe, I'll revisit the novel I started in 1995 and perhaps even return to my first love: short stories.

After all these years, Dr nom sounds beautiful to my ears… :wink:

Re: I passed!

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:32 pm
by Jaysen
nom wrote:… If not, then I'll probably stop sessional teaching at the end of semester and apply for regular work (you know, the type with holidays and sick leave and a steady income that covers the bills).…

Where do you think you will find one of those?
After all these years, Dr nom sounds beautiful to my ears… :wink:

With no cynicism, sarcasm, or any other ism, you should be both proud of your accomplishment and thrilled that it is over. Even though it is only 8 AM here, I have appropriately altered my orange juice and will drink several glasses in celebration with you.

Back to my normal self.

Using your newly approved skills, you may seriously want to study Mrs nom. Is she fully aware of your destitution? When combined with your obvious … unique personality traits? … let's go with that … she is either a glutton for punishment or an angel. Are you sure she is able to make rational decisions? :P

Re: I passed!

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:47 pm
by pigfender
Doc, This is fabulous news! I've only just seen the post, so sorry for being a little late to the party. Warm wishes and heartfelt congratulations!

Re: I passed!

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:15 pm
by Siren
Well done, nom! :D Maybe you should start pestering for a new compile format preset to be added to Scrivener, to automate the production of journal articles without having to write another word or change anything in your core text. :D Best of luck with the wider publication of your research. :D

Re: I passed!

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:53 am
by nom
Jaysen wrote:
nom wrote:… If not, then I'll probably stop sessional teaching at the end of semester and apply for regular work (you know, the type with holidays and sick leave and a steady income that covers the bills).…

Where do you think you will find one of those?

Um… carried by unicorns covered in cherry blossom? Although I suspect I will need a more reliable source for this to work. :?

Jaysen wrote:
nom wrote:After all these years, Dr nom sounds beautiful to my ears… :wink:

With no cynicism, sarcasm, or any other ism, you should be both proud of your accomplishment and thrilled that it is over. Even though it is only 8 AM here, I have appropriately altered my orange juice and will drink several glasses in celebration with you.

Prouder and more thrilled than I know how to express. Thank you.

Jaysen wrote:Back to my normal self.

Whew!

Jaysen wrote:…you may seriously want to study Mrs nom. Is she fully aware of your destitution?
Oh yes! There's many reasons I'm thrilled, not all of them have to do with 10 years of hard work and study.

Jaysen wrote:When combined with your obvious … unique personality traits? … let's go with that

Unique personality traits. I like that. you're so kind… :D

Jaysen wrote: … she is either a glutton for punishment or an angel.

Don't limit your options. She could be both. Oh…

Re: I passed!

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:55 am
by nom
pigfender wrote:Doc, This is fabulous news! I've only just seen the post, so sorry for being a little late to the party. Warm wishes and heartfelt congratulations!


Thanks. :)

Siren wrote:Well done, nom! :D Maybe you should start pestering for a new compile format preset to be added to Scrivener, to automate the production of journal articles without having to write another word or change anything in your core text. :D Best of luck with the wider publication of your research. :D


Excellent idea! I'll make sure Keith knows you suggested it… :wink:

Re: I passed!

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:32 am
by Hugh
Well done, nom. If your experience is anything like mine, this is one of those moments in your life when you can be truly relaxed and relatively content. By the way, what was your thesis about?

Re: I passed!

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:16 pm
by Jaysen
Hugh wrote:… By the way, what was your thesis about?

Irony would be "women who choose bad mates when better options are available". Although I suspect Mr K and I would have featured prominently in that study.

Hi vic-k!

Re: I passed!

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:52 pm
by nom
Hugh wrote:Well done, nom. If your experience is anything like mine, this is one of those moments in your life when you can be truly relaxed and relatively content.


Today is possibly the first time in 10 years I've felt that way. Although the wheels of bureaucracy are still to finish turning, I now know that the work is all done. It's just paperwork now, hopefully even that will all be delivered by 9:30 tomorrow morning - then I just wait for the letter from the university addressed to Dr nom.

How long ago did you finish yours?

Jaysen wrote:
Hugh wrote:… By the way, what was your thesis about?

Irony would be "women who choose bad mates when better options are available". Although I suspect Mr K and I would have featured prominently in that study.

Hi vic-k!


I literally laughed out loud at that. :lol:
Sadly that wasn't it. Although irony may have featured in a different way. Thesis was on the psychological outcomes (or, more accurately, sequelae since I didn't prove causation) of a week-long youth leadership program for 18-30 year olds.