As Tony Bennett sings, I'm gonna change my way of livin', and if that ain't enough, I'm gonna change the way I strut my stuff.
Things have been slowing down here, but they're about to speed back up. Last spring my personal life sort of took control of a lot of my time, but let's just say I'm settling down now. Also, I've had some added responsibility at work. These libraries can be so demanding.
Also, the AL will have something of a milestone next month. The AL will finally be in print. I'm saving the details until the release, but I've seen the proofs for everything but the introductory essay (and I've seen a draft of that from the author) and everything looks to be on target. There'll be a special issue of a journal and possibly a monograph. This project has been almost two years in the making, and in that time the monograph has been on, then off, then on again, and is now in limbo. I'd been considering just retiring the AL.
However, I've now got some motivation not only to keep writing, but start up again in earnest. Some people are motivated by love, some by anger, some by a tear on the cheek of a glistening child. I at least am also motivated by money. That's right, someone is finally offering to pay me to write the AL and host the blog, and I've more or less agreed. It looks like sometime in the next couple of weeks the AL will be moving on up to the east side, where I'll finally get a piece of the pie. I'll save the details for the formal announcement, just in case something happens, but it's pretty definite.
My only worry with these changes is that it might mean the AL's going too mainstream, but the goal is to bring the perspective of the Annoyed Librarian, and of course all her faithful readers, to a potentially broader audience, not to knuckle under to the Man. We'll see.