Just finished chapter 2 of my dissertation (maybe it's chapters 2 and 3, as we're talking about 73 pages). With chapter 1, this comes to 35,000 words -- or 58% of my 60,000-word target.
This also concludes the theoretical, big-thinky section of my dissertation. With something like 250 footnotes between the two chapters, I've covered a lot of ground, and added more than my two cents to the mix. From here on in, my job is to interview people, analyze data from the survey I fielded while wearing my Radar Research hat, and integrate the findings into something that begins to answer the Very Large Questions I posed in the first half of the book.
Yes, the book. I hope it's a book, anyway.
I vacillate wildly between thinking I'm on to something big, and thinking this is the biggest waste of my time ever. But I expect this is very normal, and neither is probably true.
Anyway, I've decided not to post my chapters on this blog for now (although I met Cory Doctorow last week, and he was pushing me to publish the whole thing under a Creative Commons license, so we'll see what we'll see about that. It's definitely appropriate to the subject matter), but for a teaser, here's a photo I recently took that ended up going into the draft of Chapter 2 at the last minute: