I have spent the past few weeks on a writing sabbatical from the church to work on my dissertation. Some of the time has been writing new material. Some of the time has been cutting and pasting things I’ve written over the past three years for various papers or in my comprehensive exams and seeing if they fit into my dissertation. I reached a point at the beginning of the week where I realized that I was creating a monster. I was trying to do everything and say everything. My research is an interdisciplinary study, so it covers a vast amount of material. The greatest danger of this type of thing is that it can be a mile wide and an inch deep–academically speaking.