This is just a quick note from your TCG editor to fill you in on the goings on in TCG land. Basically, in a couple of days I am submitting my entire draft of my thesis/dissertation to my supervisors for a last big read before I do I must write up a final draft and submit it for my PhD.
For those of you who don’t know what a PhD thesis involves- in my case it involves an 85, 000 word research project that has taken me three years to research, write and complete. In order for it to be ‘accepted’ as a dissertation it must be read by three international examiners who must approve of it as a piece of worthy research that will contribute to the knowledge of scholars in my interest area. As you can imagine, this is not an easy task. For those of you who have done one, you know it is not.
But hey, at the end of it, you’ll (hopefully) have to call me ‘Doctor Brigid’ which I am sure will cause no end of hilarity (as it does with my friends!) when I continue, under this title, to trip over anything that lays in my path, spill red wine on white tablecloths and commit terrible, endless typos!
Anyway, while my supervisors peruse this draft I can’t do any work on it. Then, when they return it in early January, I have to work like heck on it to get it in by mid February, whence I am planning on handing it in and spending three months on delightful travel (and yes, some gymnastics competitions are on the itinerary) before returning to my lecturing work.
I thought I would take this opportunity to have a break, enjoy the holiday season and hang with my family while I have a rare opportunity to not think about my thesis for a week or two. This also means I have decided the blog will go on hiatus for a fortnight to give me and all the writers what I think is a very well-deserved break. It has been a long year and everyone has put in a huge amount of work to put out all the news, interviews, opinion pieces and feature we have had on the blog in this crazy Olympic year. It’s time for a holiday.
So, what this means is that you will see some new posts today, and maybe one or two things over the next couple of days, but then things might get a little quiet for a week or two (aside from a New Year TCG special retrospective feature- so look out for that) until early January. But never fear, we will back for the new gymnastics year -with a vengeance!
Thanks, as ever to all the amazing writers, contributors, commenters, gymnasts and friends of TCG for sharing their thoughts on another awesome year of gymnastics.
And dearest readers, thanks for the shared laughs, thoughts, enthusiasm and ardent love of our favorite sport that makes this blog tick. We’ll see you in the New Year for another great gymnastics year. This one certainly was amazing. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Have a great Christmas and New Years and take care of yourselves and, more importantly, each other.
Warm wishes for the holidays. Please feel free to leave seasons greetings, thanks, etc to all the fabulous TCG writers, photographers and editors who have worked so hard for you this year to bring as much gymnastics as they can to the blog!
Brigid McCarthy, Proud Editor of The Couch Gymnast
P.S Writers, readers, gymnasts- do not fear- if you have done a story, penned a Junior Watch, been interviewed for TCG, your story will appear- although not until January at least. But rest assured, you have NOT been forgotten!
Photo: A Christmas tree and Queen Khorkina.