Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dissertation Defense...Check!

Well, it is done.

It still feels a bit surreal, but good.

I know we've usually been posting on Monday evening, but even last night words just didn't seem to work themselves together to give you a good description.

Sunday, I would tell people it was like a giant sigh.  I can still feel parts of my body releasing the tension.  I'm not sure some of those muscles have relaxed in a very long time.

The defense process is an interesting one.  You have this committee of 5, who have read, reread, and advised you through this entire process.  But the defense is that time to present the whole thing, in defense that you have done what it takes to complete the degree.  It felt very much like everyone there was a witness to my learning.  But I only had 30 minutes to present it all!

I'm not sure I could capture all that I have learned in this process.  There were definitely times of stress, and times of excitement.  But overall, I'm glad I took this journey.

If you'd like to know about my study you can watch my 3 Minute Thesis competition from 2015.  It doesn't include the results.  I ended up with a small sample size, but some very interesting differences between Time and Tool in feelings of disorientation.

I'm not sure what is next on the horizon.

But in many ways, I do...

Patrick's novel will come out in May.

He will continue to write.

I will continue with teaching, learning, and technology.

We will continue to share our adventures.

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First I want to congratulate Lisa and thank her for finishing her doctorate (Oh come on, you didn't really think I wasn't going to comment did you? ). In general I'm going to say, "Yeah, what she said...". In specific: "...will continue to write." That would imply it was possible for me to stop...
Take care everybody and see you in the next one...

Monday, April 10, 2017

The end is in fight??? (yes pun inteded people...)

Well, I missed posting last week (almost missed posting this week...).

On Patrick's side of the office the Johnson Farm Kickstarter closed Friday. It didn't fund the backup plan (you did realize there is  a backup plan right?) kicked in and we are somehow still on course for a May release! (Just not the way I'd initially planned...)

On Lisa's side of the office... Lisa is doing her dissertation defense this Friday (which means you can start calling  her Dr. Kidder on Saturday... ( Don't worry you won't have to call me doctor... yet...). So, she's pretty busy and I'm going to let her tell you all about it next week.

Tonight we just had a major meeting on getting books printed (you know since we both have books to print and such...) and will have more news to share soon. In the mean time...


I'd like to thank Drwhoforever96, the BBC, and Guns and Roses for summing up this month so far pretty well...

See you next week...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Johnson Farm - ONLY Available via Kickstarter until April 7th!

Writing is something Patrick has wanted to do for a long time.  We have worked together to make sure he has the time and the space to write.

His first novel is ready!

You now need to contribute to the Kickstarter project to...

1) Get a copy of the book for you,
2) Get some extra swag (who doesn't like extras?)

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3) Support Patrick (and me)

Click the image to get your copy!


What is Kickstarter?

In order to publish Johnson Farm in hard copy - we need the money to pay the bookbinder.  (For those of you who know the story...remember when Joseph Smith needed to find the money to publish the Book of Mormon?  The process has not changed too much - you need money to get the books to sell the books.  Once everyone likes his stories and keeps buying them, then a company will take interest and offer to do some of this work for him.)

Kickstarter is a way to crowd source the funding to get Johnson Farm in hard copy.

The way is works is people commit to the project, and IF the project is funded, then the money comes out of your bank and your reward is sent out.

If the project does not get FULLY funded, then you have lost no money.  But that means Johnson Farm will not be available in hard copy in May. 😢😞

Yes, you will need to create an account on Kickstarter.
Yes, you will need to pick a pledge option.
No - your money will not be taken out of your account today.  It will come out in the middle of April - but only if the project is fully funded.

Why Should You Get a Book Now?

If the Kickstarter project does not fully fund, we will have to go to plan B or C or D.  (There are back-up plans).  But that means the book will not be available in hard copy this year, and maybe not even next year.

Many of you have expressed a desire to read Patrick's writing - now is the time to support him for all the hard work he has done.  The Kickstarter page has some insights into the story behind the story. (You might also want to follow me on instagram for other insights.) 

Writing is Hard Work

I ran across the image below on twitter today.  I just want to same that this has seldom been the case with Patrick.  He has a plan every day and writes every day.  Sure he has had some days when the writing was more difficult, but he has consistently written everyday (except Sundays, well, sometimes you can't control when ideas come, so they get quickly jotted down to get added to the plan for Monday.)  I am so proud of the work he has accomplished and know that you will enjoy this story (and the others to come).

If you've reached this far - your next step is: Go to the Kickstarter: Johnson Farm page and put your order in!

The clock is ticking...