My masters is researched, articles read and it's finally written. It is now ready to be printed, copied and sent in for submission and marking. Eek! Apart from my other half, my supervisor, the second marker and the external examiner no one will probably ever read it, unless I attempt to turn it into articles for legal journals. Even if this happens no one will ever read page two, acknowledgements. The most important bit. So here is it.
The experience of writing this LL.M. project has been similar to the spinal tap procedure I underwent in 2008. Necessary, stressful, grueling and not a process I wish to repeat in the very near future. Though I have not come out of this experience unscathed I have learnt much about myself and my strengths. Perseverance, determination, hard work and sheer bloody-mindedness. Hopefully I have developed greater research, writing and analytical skills too. I would not have survived at all without the support of a number of people.
Firstly, my project supervisor Simon who provided me with support and guidance. He was always available, prompt in his response and knowledgeable.
Secondly my Twitter followers. Throughout I have tweeted #dissertationwatch, announcing my word count and the percentage of the project completed. They have spurred me on with their support and words of encouragement. This has helped greatly during those difficult stages when I couldn't see the wood for the trees or had writers' block. So thank you tweeps.
Thirdly, my boys Harry and Tom, for putting up with me working in the office a lot. I know that they are too young to really understand why I have been busy but at least now they have their Mummy back.
Finally and most importantly my husband Paul. I really would not have got through it at all without him. I owe him everything. He has ensured, without question, that I have had the time and space to complete this project. He has been there to bounce ideas off, listen to my rants, deal with my dark days, as well as proof read my work even after a long day’s work himself. I am eternally grateful to him. Thank you.