Yesterday, around 10:30 in the morning, I hit “send” on the draft of my fourth and final dissertation chapter.
That felt really good…. until I remembered that everything now goes through several rounds of revision towards the final product, due to my committee in totem on or before February 1 in advance of my March 1 defense.
I’ve been keeping track of my progress on this project since I wrote the first draft of the prospectus last December. The first iteration crashed and burned, and I ended up essentially starting over (although with a lot more understanding of what my project was NOT going to be!) around May. That means that the current four chapters that comprise the body of my dissertation happened between June and December–a very respectable 6.5 months to full first draft.
So, before I dive head-first into revisions, I am going to take my own advice and celebrate this milestone. I am pretty sure a new pair of shoes is in order, but first: definitely cupcakes and Skyrim.
How do I *really* feel about getting to this point in the dissertation? Honestly, a little like these guys after all the hard plays pay off in that sweet, sweet touchdown:
Or, you know, like Ellen Degeneres pretty much every day: