During the past four months I have not been trapped under a stack of books in a lonely corner of a library sub-basement. Or entangled in an international bibliographical conspiracy stretching from the Parisian catacombs to the highest levels of government (or at least I haven’t noticed).
What I have been doing is: finishing my dissertation, which was due in September, finding employment, visiting home for a few weeks, starting my new job at an antiquarian bookshop in London, finding a flat, graduating, sending in my visa application, and generally sorting things out. As well as enjoying the absence of academic deadlines, though I’m already exploring options for starting a PhD in book history.
So a stressful transitional period is ending and I’m ready to think about writing again. But I wanted to take a second and thank everyone who’s been reading the blog for the past few years, linking to my posts, and providing feedback and information. It’s really incredible to be part of this tightly-knit biblioblogosphere, and I wish I could meet more of you in person.
Special thanks also goes to those who helped with my job hunt, particularly the people who went out of their way to assist me in person; all the advice and emotional support has truly meant a great deal to me. I feel incredibly lucky to not only have a job, but one that I enjoy and consider a real career. If you know me well you will understand how very strange it is when I say that that I’m eager to get out of bed in the morning.
So yeah, thanks everybody, and back to regularly scheduled posting.
Blurry graduation at Senate House.