"The only good dissertation is a done dissertation" <--I took this advice to heart.
In other words, I didn't sweat my style. If I had worried about writing beautifully, I'd still be stuck somewhere in Chapter Two.
With just a fortnight for revisions, I certainly can't fairy godmother my prose into elegance. But at least I can tidy up. Tightening the prose, it's sometimes called. Also, trimming the fat. (Hence those scary scissors pictured above—they can cut through pennies! But why would you want to cut through pennies???)
I did a couple dozen ctrl-f searches for common infelicities ("can include," "by that, "that are") and my idiosyncratic pitfalls (since when do my righteous fingers type "amongst"?? What's with "far more"? sigh.).
I skimmed about 4k instances of "of" (true story).
And I decided I could keep all 34 instances of "indeed" as a little present for my academic heart.
Whether I have time and inclination to punch up my verbs next week remains to be seen.
Here's my search list in case you'd like to add them to your self-editing arsenal:
by the, by a
also, and also
-ly (search with a space and a comma: “ly ” and “ly,”—thanks to a friend's suggestion!)
of, of that, of these
Bonus: double spaces