Yay! I have returned! Happy Halloween 2014!
This year is very important for several reasons – I had to come back and mention my perspective! So, what happened over these past few years? I’ll provide the details in a series of posts, outlining major news in this one!
The major milestone this year was successful passing of the doctoral comprehensive exams! It took several weeks to complete and resulted in dozens of pages of solutions! Extreme pressure, anxiety, uncertainty, sleep deprivation – it was really difficult to go through this process, working on the exam essentially every minute for several weeks in breaks between teaching classes. Basically, it was kind of like this
There were two things that saved me by providing extra energy during exams: green tea and positive anime songs! Thank you, Japan!
Then I had to defend my written solutions in an oral exam, and the committee members did have a right to ask any question they wanted. So it was kind of like this
It all went well though, making me a very happy panda ^_^
What is the next step for me? I still have to conduct research and write a dissertation. This should not be too difficult for me. Of course, it will take time and effort, but it is much easier than taking crazy classes and exams!
What about blogging? It is unlikely that I’ll do episodics, but I’ll post my anime impressions and general commentary about the industry. In the immediate future, I’ll mention some of the games I played over these few years and some anime I managed to watch.
– Go through and respond to pending comments (about 200)
– Anime highlights over the last few years
– Game highlights
– Secret project (took more than half a year of work). No, do not expect much! It will be somewhat similar to my last major project.