Well, I picked up the questions for comps this morning. Three questions, three subfields of linguistics. I guess I can't discuss them, not because they are secret as far as anyone knows, but because I can't get help from others.
I've got two weeks to write the papers and then return them to the department. Then they will sit until the semester starts, at which point I then have to defend them. It's kind of nice to pick the questions up. It's very similar to my theater days in high school and college. I'd always be supremely nervous the entire day of the opening, unable to eat much, just antsy. And then the curtain would go up (usually because I was the guy doing the curtain) and I'd be calm and get down to business.
We'll see. I will likely go back to freak out mode in about an hour.