Thus far, I've constructed a proposal that will hopefully be approved in the next two weeks. I've organized the next few months so that I will hopefully finish a draft of my dissertation. June is research and organizing month!
I've been pondering how exactly I would frame my dissertation so that others outside the academy would be interested in reading it. I've considered something like Clarissa Pinkola Estes' Women Who Run with the Wolves or Aurora Levins Morales' Remedios and Medicine Stories, but I'm not confident that these works would pass as dissertations. Leny Strobel's A Book of Her Own: Words and Images to Honor the Babaylan has more critical writing dispersed within it. I'm imagining, a mixture of these three works with creative "riffs" then quotations then critical analysis chapters then ritual/story telling sections.