Amazingly enough, I seem to be done with the dissertation.
There are still a few things to be done -- I have to write an introduction and acknowledgments, fill out reams of paperwork, format it all correctly, and, of course, submit it (10/5), defend it (10/19), and submit the final version w/ paperwork (11/1). But it's really, honestly, pretty much done. And it came in way beyond the bounds of my diss-o-meter; you may recall that, after I was ill this spring, I downgraded my target word count from 60,000 to 50,000. Well, without my introductory chapter, which I expect will be 10 pages or so, I've got 75,000 words. So, yeah, I guess that's enough.
Of course, I'm filled with apprehension. Is it any good, does it make any sense, does it add anything, is it readable, will it get published, is it relevant, was it worth five of my prime wage-earning years, et cetera. But the reality is, there's no point in worrying about any of that stuff. It's done, no taking it back. And it's really the only dissertation I could have written -- for better or for worse. This is the stuff that interests me, and this is the way I know how to go about answering questions.
So we'll see what we'll see what we'll see. If you're interested in reading it, I'll send you a copy after 11/1/07. Just email me.