Well, I kicked out five pages today on Chapter 8. I’m planning for this chapter to be 20 pages long, so if I don’t get catastrophic writer’s block or procrastination, I should finish this chapter by the end of this week (fingers crossed).
It’s weird to think that the light’s at the end of the tunnel of this diss — I’m sitting on 168 pages and counting. This current draft will be eleven chapters (they’re short chapters) divided amongst 205 or so pages, not counting the bibliography and any footnotes I may rack up along the way. The Grand Plan is:
1) Finish writing the first draft by the end of June,
2) Type up the second half of the draft (since I’m still composing long-hand, in pencil, in a spiral-bound notebook) on my laptop, which should take a week (I’m not an uber-fast typist) in early July,
3) Clean up the whole first draft grammar-wise (may take up to a week, maybe less) in early July,
4) Shoot a copy over to my Diss Director (who’s my first reader on my diss panel) by end-of-July.
5) Wait for response from Diss Director and make any revisions (hopefully not too many) — no clue how long that will be.
6) After getting green light from Diss Director, shoot revised diss to second reader.
7) Wait for response from second reader, make any revisions.
8) After getting green light from second reader, shoot revised diss to third reader, wait for response, yada yada yada…
9) Have final approval from all three readers, and then schedule the Diss Defense (nervous about that one) — have no clue when that will be. If I pass it, then, folks, I’m officially a doctorate! Woo-hoo!
10) Schedule public reading about my diss, and read aloud to my friends and family. 🙂
So, that’s what’s ahead of me, folks. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and my pencils sharp…