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Tests and terror…. April 26, 2010

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Well…. I passed my comps! Wahoo… 

Of course it was a moment out of a nightmare too, you know the ones where you oversleep the final exams or you forget to wear clothing to school? I had a major E-mail implosion and had to delete a lot of my emails in my work account thanks to a Spam Explosion filling up my inbox.

I also deleted my email telling me the time for my comprehensive exams. Of course I didn’t consider it an issue because I wrote it in my planner. For some reason though… I wrote 9:30 A.M. I’ve been telling people for 2 weeks it’s 9:30 A.M. Somehow I even made up in my head that my friend Maria had hers an hour after. I’m not sure where it came from. Maybe I dreamed it. After all I’ve dreamed about taking the tests 2 or 3 times already with disastrous results.  Of course… there’s nothing worse than receiving a call from your committee to say “Where are you, are you alright?” Especially when you’d been sitting downstairs for 45 minutes drinking cofee and trying to zen.

Yes, I know. Coffee and zen don’t go together, but I had trouble sleeping! So make that an ‘awake zen’.

Anyway I did pass, and I’ll feel happy about it I’m sure, once I get over feeling like an idiot for mixing up the times. Maybe it’s just a sign of future Professorship…. lack of ability to keep life details organized.

In the meantime…


Ode to Goggle Docs April 23, 2010

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Okay, so it won’t actually be poetry, but figured today I wanted to talk just a little about Goggle Docs.  Kristen and I do a lot of coauthoring work.  We’ve been doing this for years and one of the hardest parts has been getting information back and forth and keeping track of brainstorming ideas.  I have folders full of print outs and hundreds of emails from which we try to distill the information we want to keep. It is, in short, a pain.

In recent months Google has come up with a document system which allows for a document to be uploaded and shared and we’ve started playing with this and found it to be a great way to keep everything organized and moving forward.  We create folders for projects and then files within the folders.  These can be files for character data, plotting, etc, or we can work on chapters passing it back and forth, but with the ability to go through and edit at any time.  When it’s all done the new chapter gets pulled into the master doc and we’re ready to move on.  I’m certainly a fan.


To go along with Jana’s most recent post… April 12, 2010

Posted by kmcalear in Inspiration, Life.
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One more day til the end of my tests, wahoo! It’s been a long 2 months.  I’ve also recently discovered a great font of good writing ideas: cooking! It’s funny how when I’m destroying my kitchen cooking I get a lot of ideas for new stories.

Also I just finished the latest of the Connor Grey series and also started poking at the latest Anton Strout, after all you can only study so long before your mind starts to do protest somersaults and those kept me sane! (Well that and the steady delivery of food from friends and family… thanks Noelle, Amy, Alan, Jessica, Jana, Vanessa, Papa, Mom and Dad!) Makes me wonder how I managed this during my Masters degree without starving!


Keep on Swimming… April 6, 2010

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Keep on Swimming…

Heads above water?  Umm…sorta kinda.  K has been eaten, yet again, by her studies and I by work, but we’re not dead yet!

However, today will be short with a few things of note.

Thing one.  Release of Jim Butcher’s 12th Dresden book today!  Changes can be found at local bookstores, on the iPad on the Kobo and not on the Kindle.  Go figure.  I’ve been looking forward to this one and the first four chapters are available over at Jim Butcher’s Blog.

In other news Ilona Andrews has a hysterical give away over at her blog for Magic on the Storm.  Go check it out.

More news as my brain allows.  🙂