Saturday, 23 August 2014

I am officially a world expert!


If Professor Judith Jesch says it (or tweets it) then it must be true. My twitter ID is @Berserkjablogg and I have a much-neglected but doing better Viking-themed blog on Wordpress if you want to check that out too.

Basically, this means that I passed my PhD on berserks in May. Pass with corrections gives me 3 months to submit an approved version of my thesis and is the most common result. So, I submitted the corrections in July and they have now been approved. The corrections were not overly onerous and it is a satisfying conclusion to a part-time PhD that has occupied most of my forties. Next up is actually paying for the hard-bound copy to be produced and submitted. Eep! My wallet is already cringing in anticipation of the hit. Once the final version has been submitted, I shall be Dr Dale and my wife will have to start keeping a diary to broadcast on the BBC Light Programme. I look forward to listening to it.

With the corrections submitted, I really am the world expert on Viking berserkers. I have to admit to being pretty damn chuffed about this. Expect future discussions on forums about the subject to implode as a result of me stating 'I'm right, because Dr Berserker!'. ;)

Now I just need to get a proper job again, write the thesis up as a book, write a couple of articles based on it and write a popular publication on berserks that is targeted at the wargaming market. Not much to do then, eh?

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  1. Congratulations Dr Berserker!!!
    First thing is let your neighbourhood you are a true beserker and then write an award winning game about berserkers :)

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    1. Thank you. I think the howls of delight must have been heard through our whole village, so they already know! Yes, I should add a game about berserkers to the list. I might be able to market it alongside the game about runestones that a friend wants to write.

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  2. Do those in reverse order -- the book on berserks for the wargaming market first! I'd definitely be in the market for that. Congratulations on achieving your academic goals, Doctor!

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    1. Thank you. I agree about the order but I need the academic publications to get the job I want, so my wife won't let me start with the really fun one! :)

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  3. That is so cool! Well done, Doc!

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    1. Thank you. It's been a long and rocky road but I got there. Very happy.

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  4. Congrats Doc! Time to celebrate, but remember that the blood eagle isn't a legally approved method of offering thanks to the Allfather these days :)

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    1. Grudnabbit, so I can't sacrifice my vanquished enemies any more and drink mead from their skulls? Life is so unfair! :)

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  5. Congrats Doc!

    Scrap the wargame plans, do a RPG product first. :)

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    1. How about a RPG with a wargame for involving the characters in big battles. Would that cover it well enough? :)

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