Finishing up a dissertation is most definitely a phase that I like much better than beginning one or writing the middle part of. But (cuz you know there’s almost always a but or a however) the final leg of the dissertation journey does unveil its own little set of horrors urrrr I mean, concerns. I am learning that there are a multitude of formatting BS urrrr I mean requirements to which one’s dissertation must conform. When is a table a table versus an appendix? Does everyone have a Dedication page and an Acknowledgements page? Come on folks, I can’t hear your answers. These are not rhetorical questions. These are real life stupid urrrr I mean bureaucratic inquiries.
And who all does one acknowledge on this Acknowledgements page? Oh the considerations continue to multiply. The trouble is I write these acknowledgements in my sleep, waking with the words tripping off my tongue, sometimes spoken outloud. But (there’s that little word again) instead of writing them down, quickly, I let them evaporate into the cosmos ~ collected dust that settles thickly on my shiny desk top.