|this is my dissertation.|
So here I am oogling over my just printed dissertation. This is what’s known of as a defense copy. That means, it has to be defendable. Any major problems have to be fixable, and the main body of information is present (with only minor additions). If this were a piece of fiction, this is at the point where an agent would send it out to editors to see if anyone was interested in buying it. For the record, I don’t think the two processes are really comparable.
So, in two weeks I’ll have a defense, and then 90 days to turn my defensible draft into a finished draft. In these moments I really start to understand why publishing moves so slowly. I’ve read through my entire dissertation four times in as many days, and I just keep wishing I had another two weeks so I could go over it with a fine toothed comb just one more time.
That will have to wait. In the mean time, I am busy patting myself on the back for my NaNoDissMo. Yes, it’s early (by a couple of hours, but anytime I have to send a thousand pages through a printer, I always need a few hours for technical difficulties.
And because statistics are fun:
Length of the dissertation: 42,000 words
Words it took to make the dissertation what it is today: 150,000 words
Length of comments made by my advisor: 78,000 words
Number of comments made: 1300
Number of margaritas: incalculable
And since there is no rest for the wicked, It’s back to work for me, I have a presentation to make.