Ok, so it’s Sunday and the carnival is nearing completion, but not quite ready yet. I feel really bad about this! I’m so sorry, oh blogosphere! But really it’s just a blog carnival and being a few days late won’t hurt anyone, right?
I did indeed have that catastrophic distraction that I thought I might be about to have – wherein I got an ominous e-mail on Thursday and then learned on Friday for sure – I failed the quals, take two, and now must leave the degree program I was in. I got my master’s in Feb, so I’ll be taking a concrete degree away with me, but this pretty much sucks. I’m doing pretty well all things considered. I’m sure I’ll write at least a post or two more about this experience, and then I’ll probably chronicle my further research into other career options and jobs. So I’ll write more about what happened, how it is that I failed (twice), and why I struggle with this kind of test even though I am a great researcher and I make a productive grad student nonetheless, in case you’re wondering what’s going on. So that’s been pretty distracting as I’ve been pretty devastated and just wanted to relax for a good part of the weekend (not to mention other work I had to do).
I also didn’t realize quite how massive this carnival is going to be. We got over 30 submissions, some of them very detailed, and it’s taking me a while to work through them all. I’m so sorry I’m so late, but I still do want to complete it myself as it’s been very therapeutic and informational for me too. I worked on it for a lot of the day today, but I have a bit more to do and I’ll only have a little time tomorrow, so it will be ready either tomorrow or Tuesday, I think. Stay tuned!