FINALLY (with the deadline way too close to actually get it done in time) I got back to working on my dissertation to turn it into the published book that has been “Contracted” on my CV for the last two years. Yes, I am just like my students! Only I, at least, know better.
Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!
I found several scary things over the last six months of start-and-stop reading and editing.
1. My dissertation was not well organized. I stuck two entirely different chapters into a single chapter. Why? Probably because I was so sick of the thing and under the gun to get it done.
2. While my committee found one egregious series of errors in nomenclature, they missed several egregious errors in formatting–mostly because they use MLA and my dissertation was APA. I fixed those.
3. My dissertation is probably, really and realistically, past its “Use By” date. I’m still going to send it and hopefully it will still get published.
4. My dissertation is nowhere near as good as it should have been and I am embarrassed to know that at least one of my colleagues consulted it during the work on his dissertation.
I found at least two exciting things over the last six months of start-and-stop reading and editing.
1. My dissertation is far more interesting than I remember. Why? Probably because I was so sick of the thing by the time I got it done.
2. My dissertation actually offered several reasonably good starting points for further research that I think are interesting that I have NOT pursued yet. (Maybe this should be added to the “scary” list.)
I look forward to having a second book on my CV that is actually completed. Especially since right this minute I have three in-progress. (All except my dissertation are textbooks. I am into the scholarship of pedagogy–meaning I like to teach!)