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Ita missa est. - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
Ita missa est.
I officially finished the thesis at about midday yesterday, and two copies of it were given to Rick today around the same time.

Some stats for you dear readers:

8 chapters
23,070 words
255 footnotes
90 pages

EPIC. However, it has taken me nine months to write this much. Clearly, I'm not going to be entering in NaNoWriMo anytime soon.

Aaaand I am considering a PhD, if my results are good. Not immediately, but maybe within the next two years. The relics idea I posted about ages ago is still stuck in my mind, and ideally my PhD would take me on a fact-finding trip to Europe- loads of relics in Italy, France, Spain and England, after all!

But yeah. That is dependent on my results. I asked Rick what would happen if I failed, and he told me that I shouldn't have to worry about that. Just as well I've got work to occupy me for the next three weeks, otherwise it'd be a much more tense wait than it feels like now.

Still, I am feeling enormously proud of what I've written, even if I don't know if I'll be able to read it for a while- I don't want to pick up on any mistakes I missed, so I'm just going to leave it. Going to content myself with those stats I've listed for a little while more though...

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
Current Music: C.W. Stoneking- The Love Me or Die

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kapitankraut From: kapitankraut Date: November 3rd, 2008 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations. You've done well.

And I know exactly what you mean about not wanting to read it in a hurry. I'm pretty sure I've only looked at the summary of what the examiners wanted changed on mine since graduation day last year, and that's nearly twelve months ago.
vikingcarrot From: vikingcarrot Date: November 3rd, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

I wish I were good enough to do honours - but I fail at motivation and willpower, and chronic fatigue kills my concentration.

How long does the thesis need to be? I'm guessing you've gone a little over the stated wordcount, though still within limits.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: November 4th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
It depends on the department, but in religion it's 20,000 words. My friends who did theirs in Latin only had to write 10,000, though they had to do a crapload of translating too.

I'm going to take this opportunity to give you a big WORD on your latest post too. I'm hoping by the time I get home from work tomorrow that the news won't be depressing. :/
vikingcarrot From: vikingcarrot Date: November 4th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I see - I thought yours might be 20,000, given your final wordcount. That's quite impressive.

Hah, thanks, and agreed - I'm going to be so nervous for the next 24 hours.
carolinebishop From: carolinebishop Date: November 3rd, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, congratulations! And I highly encourage a Ph.D. and subsequent funded trips to Europe--that way we can encourage each other from the same boat.
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