The light at the end of the tunnel...
I have written and submitted 180+ pages of fascinating dribble to my chair. She has marked it up and provided good, but challenging feedback. I have re-written 30% of the paper in the last 8 days and will turn it in for another round of review tomorrow. Then wait.
Yes, there is a light at the end of my dissertation tunnel...I just hope it isn't a train.
If the next round of feedback sounds anything like, "you're getting close, but you need to re-write ___________", then yeah, the light is on the front of a huge train carrying the "you probably won't graduate in May" message.