Diss Update VI as of 6/28/05: Finished Chapter VIII, started Chapter IX: Conclusion, middle of the first page of that, page 231.
Bottom of page 226.
I’m starting to run out of space in the spiral-bound notebook that I’m writing longhand — in pencil — my diss. Part of my “psyching me out to write this damn thing” is to do something I used to do when I wrote my “novels” when I was in middle school and high school, and that’s to write in a 70-100 sheet spiral, college-ruled notebook, number the pages front AND back on the sheet, starting on the first sheet, and then number until the end. I used to fill up as much of that spiral notebook (front and back, and in pencil so I could edit as I went along and it would still look pretty clean), and when I reached as close to the end of the last sheet of that notebook, I knew when to wrap up the storyline of the novel and stick “THE END” on it.
Don’t laugh — that’s how I’m writing this dissertation, and I started on page 143 in May, and now I’m on page 226.
I also did that last summer, summer of 2004, starting on page 1 and stopping on page 104. When I typed those pages out, it turned out to be 111 typed pages (I write in small script, clearly).
I wrote longhand two additional chapters (a real intro chapter and a transition chapter between the first half of the diss and the second half over the Christmas break, 2004-2005), which, typed out, brought the overall typed manuscript to 130 pages.
Over the spring 2004 semester, while teaching full-time, I managed to kick out chapter VI (pages 131-142, longhand).
What with the summer break being a little more than a third over, I’m down to the last handful of pages of the penultimate chapter, and I may actually finish the last chapter (it’s a short conclusion chapter) by the end of this week. Which means…
I may finish the first draft of this sucker by Independence Day! Woo-hoo!
Of course, I’ll still need to type up the sucker and then do the grand first read-through/ editing before I shoot this manuscript off to my Dissertation Director. But — DAMN! After over two years of this thing hanging over my head (my dissertation proposal was approved on my birthday 2003), and what with real disswork being durn near molasses-speed during the academic year (when I’m teaching like a thing gone rabid), it’s SWEET finally to see the light at the end of this damn tunnel.
Meat cookies for everyone!