Well, the 1st draft, anyway. It should be sitting in the inbox of my committee chair, David Lukoff. Now I wait to see what he thinks it might need in the way of revisions, additions, subtractions, etc. What an amazing feeling, to have that obligation to write lifted, at least for a little while!
I have entered the world of FaceBook. I refused to do it for a long time, but now that I have I am completely in awe of the whole phenomenon. In just three days I have reconnected with a bunch of folks I haven't seen in years, and discovered that someone I know from a professional community went to 7th grade with my younger sister. I keep shaking my head in amazement. I'm Selene Kumin Vega over there for any of you who are there who I haven't discovered yet.
Well, I still have to go through the formality of doing my oral exam with my committee chair. The three professors could not find a time they could all meet with me until a month from now, so I did it with two of them this morning. My chair said that usually these things don't even last the full two hours, so it would probably be consideraly less with only two professors, but I had to cut them off at the two hour mark. My chair says we can spend some of our time next week talking about the dissertation proposal, so I'm actually looking forward to that. I've got a draft put together already, a synthesis of my original proposal, written during my research classes, the report from my pilot study, and one of the three candidacy essays for literature review.
Moving right along!
Actually, I finished it a month ago, but the professor had thoughts about what I needed to do additionally and/or differently. I have been plunged into the work of rewriting more fully than I imagined possible. Following references down the rabbit hole to further references ...
I hope he likes it. If he does, I send out all 3 essays to all 3 readers and then have a phone conference oral defense. After which I move to candidacy.
For now, I think I'll rest my glazed over eyes.
Odd that I should feel a pull to post on a day that I've been so busy I've barely had time to breathe. I am in workshop-hosting mode, moving at a brisk pace from 7am-9pm to feed 30 people breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between. It's exhausting, but gratifying. This is a SoulCollage Facilitators Workshop, training 26 people to facilitate workshops in creating SoulCollage cards (www.soulcollage.com). I have an assistant helping me - this would just not be possible otherwise - and Rene helps as well. This is serious cooking - I make my own salad dressings and bake my own bread, muffins, scones. It's a nice change from psychotherapy - harder on my body, but I make people happy in an immediate sense (psychotherapy is a somewhat longer process). I end the day completely exhausted, and I'm about to fall into bed very shortly.
Tuesday it's back to studies - I'm working on the second and third of the three candidacy essays I need to write before advancing to candidacy for the PhD, and I'm planning to finish them by the end of 2007.