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Oct. 26th, 2015

Apologies for not posting much recently - I've been (*ahem*) in Australia. :D :D :D

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Sep. 11th, 2015

1. The Graduate School confirms they have received my hard-bound final thesis (+ copy on CD!) and that now my name gets put on a list for admin to happen in a meeting, after which they'll confer the degree.

2. The student loans website now shows my amount owing at $0.00. Thank you to funding packages slightly in excess of subsistence, permission to work as an international student, and having minimal taste for luxury goods. Also, student discounts on rail travel. And savings accounts.

3. I'm flying to Australia in nine days.
3b. Happy realisation: can pay back student loans, paying minimal interest, and have enough left over to travel. Hence: Australia.

4. So now, I find a job? Doing something? Hmm.

5. I predict I'll be busy enough in November/December when I'm back in the UK, prepping to teach in January, so I'm not going to look at taking on anything else. Promise! :D

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Major life-changing update!

I got the PhD!

After all the drama, the external has (presumably grudgingly) agreed to pass the thesis. No adjudicator, no even-more-drawn-out waiting around, just: done.

I got the official confirmation a few hours before flying out to Vancouver Island (gorgeous scenery, way too much of an aunt-I-barely-know-but-alas-know-much-better-now), so my time's been split between spending time with the aunt, and taking nice long (8-10k) walks with Mum to kind of avoid her sister. Family, eh.

So I haven't had time to enjoy myself re: having a PhD, but gosh I've been getting a lot more exercise than usual.

And I got the PhD!

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Aug. 13th, 2015

I am no longer waiting! Well, not for all the things.

Since posting yesterday, I received my health card in the mail (like three hours after). AND THEN this evening I got the YOUR VISA HAS BEEN ISSUED email from the UK visa people.

So now I can trade nonspecific anxiety about the future for vaguely defined "try having an academic career in the UK" anxiety.


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Aug. 12th, 2015

I am... waiting! Read more...Collapse )

Aside from tedious life admin, I'm also eagerly awaiting publication of a short essay I wrote about Wonder Woman and feminism - should be online at the end of the month and in print come September.

Ooh and I'm also waiting for TIFF to announce what actually will be a part of its Primetime programming stream.

Instead of going to VVC, this year I went to Montreal to hang out with [personal profile] emef. It was an excellent long weekend! Good food, good company, and - ahem - a rigorous exploration of multiple masculinities. E.g. Elementary, Magic Mike XXL, four of the Fast & Furious films... :D Good times, good times.

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Dizzying couple of months ahead:

- 29 July: flying to Toronto, leaving my flat in the hands of colleagues who'll be subletting/housesitting

August in Ontario will be a flurry of administrivia: applying for a visa to return to the UK, not having a passport because of applying for a visa, not going to VVC because of not having a passport... Also various other bitty life admin things. Possibly proofreading a friend's thesis, writing an article for a book (not contracted, but mooted and agreed), definitely finishing off a lit review and discussing the journal article that might come out of it...

And sleeping. Probably sleeping. Ontario ppl who read here - let me know what's good for you, let's have coffee when I'm not sleeping.

- 28 Aug-10 Sept: Nanaimo

Faaaaaaaaaaaaamily visit! Family-in-BC make it out to Ontario every so often, but I've never visited them out there. Apparently we'll hit the troika of Nanaimo, Victoria, and Vancouver.

- 10-20 Sept: TIFF

Stewarding! Probably checking tickets. Going to try picking up shifts in the TV programming stream, it's new this year.

- 20 Sept-20 Oct: Australia [edit for accuracy: 20 Sept leave TO, 22 Sept arr Australia; 19 Oct leave Australia, 19 Oct arr TO]

Road trip to Tasmania! And possibly other stuff. Trying to work out if I can afford to see the Outback, but golly it's expensive.

- ?: UK, I hope

Fingers crossed. I've booked a flight for 2 Nov, and I hope I can take it. Fingers crossed.

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Jul. 8th, 2015

Monday and yesterday I was at a very interesting conference on campus, and today I watched a bunch of interview presentations for a teaching fellowship in the department* before scooting over to Theatre Job. Sunday I spent all day writing a job application (it was a very long job application, with lots of fiddly parts), and Saturday/Friday before that I spent both days at Theatre Job.

*Not a great position (crappy hours/pay), super-competitive, on the whole an intense and dispiriting start to the day.

*whines* Tired. I've also got a notification thingie from Research Assistant Job to register as "Research Active" and therefore qualify for some unspecified but potentially lucrative research funding. On the last round, a friend/colleague got 6mos of funding to cover three days/week of research. Next step: work out some kind of research project to bid for. First part of next step: work out areas likely to get funding.

Tomorrow I'll chat with my supervisor about shaping a project, but I'll also be expecting a call from Research Assistant Boss who'd been out of contact for a couple weeks - he mass-texted a bunch of us yesterday to say he'd be back in touch soon. Potentially ominous. Hopefully good. Tomorrow I also need to step it up massively on Research Job, with only a couple weeks left to go, and the last report to write. And then more Theatre Job over the weekend. My next day off might be next Monday.

(Still no update on thesis: we're still at the "escalated to management" stage, waiting to see what the Graduate School has accomplished on my behalf and what they'll do next. I've come around to the idea that nothing will be resolved before the fall by this point. *hands*)

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Jun. 24th, 2015

I keep getting wonderfully distracted by Canadiana.ca - it aggregates a number of digital microfilm collections, all of which seem to be freely available to anyone who's interested.

(I am so interested.)

After getting distracted by NWMP telegrams from 1888 (amusing, until the reflexive racism of a colonising police force revealed itself), I thought maybe the site could help me with Actual Research that I'm getting paid to do.

I'm mostly researching the life/works of a BBC guy, but he also co-produced a film in the 70s with the NFB. While I'm waiting on the NFB to get back to me (do they have any archived material about the production? the BBC... doesn't seem to), I figured I could see if there's anything in a LAC database that could be interesting/useful.

Answer: probably not? The only direct mention was in a question to Parliament asking a) how many films the NFB made in 1976, b) how long each film was, and c) the average cost of each film. If anyone knows if this was a routine question, or how that information could possibly be useful*, I'm all ears.

*104 films. Longest: 131min. Shortest 4min. Average cost: $99 640. *shrug* Best is the list includes a passive-aggressive annotation on each film made at the behest of a gov't department.

Rather than doing the smart thing (leaving it there, moving on to my next task) I thought, "But what happens if I search for National Film Board or BBC in the relevant date range?" And lo, much reading of Foreign Affairs reports ensued. History history, so interesting.

(Fact: before I fell down a film/tv studies hole, I was certain I was going to study history. I'm tiptoeing closer and closer to becoming a television historian, so I'm pretty pleased.)

OTHER UPDATES: bathroom = done, thesis = still pending (so much stress), VidUKon = totally fun with great premieres and shows. Four-and-a-bit weeks left in the UK. New Florence + The Machine album = stuck on repeat.

Oh oh oh over the weekend I watched all of Constantine and after an awkward first episode, it burrowed its way into my heart as the Hellblazer adaptation I've been waiting for. Sucks it won't have a second season (especially after they included John boasting that he doesn't have lung cancer... oh the possibilities with that arc, especially with Rockne S. O'Bannon as 'consulting producer'), but what they did was definitely worth watching. *thumbs up*

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Jun. 12th, 2015

Today is the start of VidUKon, which is exciting! I'm heading down/over to Cardiff in a few hours, but first I have to finish an article that I'd agreed to have done by yesterday.

The week has been long already (so long, and another week has passed since the last thesis update, which was: external examiner out of the hospital, but persists in being a dick). I'm in the annoying headspace of not being able to face the article (because it makes me feel dumb when I can't get the words out, eh) but knowing I'd feel even worse if I hid from it this morning and tried to finish it on the train or this evening.

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Saga updates:

Bathroom: half-painted yesterday (yay!). I hope today he'll be back to a) sand things down and do a second coat, because yikes, b) re-hang all the things he took down.

Today was supposed to be the rescheduled installation of the new floor, but who knows when that'll happen, if the previous stuff isn't done.

Thesis: still in limbo. True to his word, the examiner got in touch! Unfortunately it was to say he's still stuck in bed, hasn't finished reading my thesis yet, but will have more of an update in a few days.

(I wish he'd tip his hand a bit - is he going to pass it? Is he going to reject the corrections and render the last five years of my life null and void? Ditto the other examiner. Does she accept the changes? She was careful not to say anything when I ran into her last week.)

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