Dissertation - Finito

Well, at least the draft of my dissertation that I turned over this afternoon to my committee members is finished, but I reached the point today where I decided I had written enough to prove my academic worth. Now comes the weeks of nail-biting while my committee dissects the fruits of several years worth of my labors, followed by the inevitable textual revisions, additional citations, or content excisions that my reviewers recommend.

I hope to defend my dissertation in late November, provided the professors reviewing my work do not fall onto the floor laughing and denounce me as an academic fraud. However, at least for the next few days I can unwind a bit and not worry about this rhetorical albatross.