I'm dying to share this news, but I can't. At least, I can't share the details because that would too directly connect my blogging identity with my real identity in a way that can be found through Google.
Suffice to say that a major project that took up three years of my early career, my life, and my sanity, has finally -- FINALLY -- come to fruition!
I whole-heatedly believed in the work. I think it was and still is an incredibly important project. I loved the work and I cried because I was put in a position in which I had to leave to save myself. The work changed and shaped me. I became a much better researcher because of the project, which led directly to my current research. I derived a sense of pride and esteem from my work. I despaired of ever seeing it reach the light of day. Now, it is here!
I am eternally grateful to the people who came after me who could help this volume through its final stages; and, of course to the people who came before me and had to abandon ship just as I did. I can't believe that the press (a really important one located on the coast of New England) put up with all of us for so long. Lots of people gave enormous amounts of time and effort and head-banging frustration to make this volume live. Now, it is here! In my hands, with my name on the title page (and by "name" I mean that, when you look up the book on Amazon or in the library catalog, I will be "et al")!
It is here! Here! Here! I want to hug everyone I see out of joy!
But, I can't say exactly what it is.* It just is, and that's what matters!
Those three years were not completely lost! The academic public now has access to that work!
*Intrepid readers may be able to do a little investigating and figure it out