PhD first draft has been handed in today...cue drum roll and flags!!!!! Now for the tense wait as it gets marked. I feel hugely vulnerable at this stage of the journey. I subject that I have been researching for over seven years is now being subject to intensely critical overview. I have become so attached to the Reverend William MacGregor and his Egyptian collection that I couldn't have felt any closer to him if he had been part of my own family tree. To have both his life and collection scrutinised, a well as my own writing style and argument, is going to be an emotional roller coaster. I am however in a weird kind of a way looking forward to this next step for it will be proof that I am academically "growing up".
Wish me luck :-)