Well I guess the time has finally come.
I have a defense date. (well, a defense date-ish. A defense couple of weeks, anyway. We’re coordinating with the committee to settle on the actual date.) Late January it is.
Advisor has agreed. He’s on board, supportive, and willing to let me go ahead and defend, so as to meet the requirements of my review committee, with the understanding that I’ll be doing some revisions afterward. Even better, though, he told me that I don’t have to write the as-yet-unwritten “first” chapter. I can just work the connections into the introduction that I need to do to get from point A to point B. So all I have to do between now and then is revise 2 chapters to the point of readability and then revise as much of the rest as I can (they’ve already gone through one round of revision.)
I’m still a little in shock. And I can’t hardly believe it. I’m inclined to be cynical, and at the same time fearful. Something surely will come along and fuck this up so that it won’t happen. But then I thought the same thing about the election and look how that turned out!
So maybe, just maybe, after all of these years I’ll actually finish my goddamned degree.