Dissertation pieces are now being stitched together in the über-document that conforms with grad studies’ style guide. By this time next week, the first 6/8 chapters will be assembled and sent to my committee. It should total in the vicinity of 65,000-70,000 words at that point.
A little over a month after that, the last 2/8 chapters should be written and added to the über-document. And, god willing, everything defended by the end of August/very beginning of September.
Finishing is starting to feel real, and possible.