Sophie, who is disgusted with me that I have this laptop on my lap and fingers flying across the keyboard that are not stroking her fur. Sorry, Sophabug!
I had some terrific news: My book, Women During the Civil War: An Encyclopedia, was recently named a Choice (magazine) "Outstanding Academic Title of 2004." It's strange that I heard about this from an employer rather than my publisher, especially considering I spoke with my former editor there just two weeks ago. Anyway, I'm walking on air just now, which anyone who has spent five years laboring on a book can appreciate.