I hated doing research. I hated running down sources, reading secondary texts, doing all the stuff that needed doing in order to piece through an argument.
I hope one day in the not-too-distant future, I’ll be able to admit such things publicly, too.
But I have to add that I’m enjoying a lot about being ABD–not just the work itself, but also the process of professionalization and acculturation. The revising-and-resubmitting process has been stressful, but there’s something deeply satisfying about getting my stuff out there (or, at least for now, the knowledge that my work will be out there soon).
Maybe my tune will have changed quite a bit by the time I’m in Philly in December.