There is so much you can achieve with your life when all you do is work full time. I'd forgotten what it was like, not to feel guilty and scared all the time. Compared to a thesis, forty hours a week is a laughably small sum of hours to be spending on work.
"This is the somewhat convoluted story of how I shaved over two years from my Ph.D, by choosing not to stay on the path I was on." Huh."
"It's time to be rid of this. Write until it hurts, then just keep writing. You develop a bizarre clarity about the context of your work, you see the patterns, it all makes sense. Your best friend's divorce? Who cares! You don't know how to finish this paragraph, why are these people even talking to you!"
Maia tells us: "I submitted my thesis. About three weeks ago. I still don't quite believe it. Hate me yet? I would. Every time a friend submitted theirs, I wanted to kill them. Or die. On the up side, it's really possible! Until it was almost over, I didn't think so...."