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I have been a very reticent blogger. I maintain my sporadic outbursts of political cynicism over at the Paltry Sapien, but here I’ve been silent. Today I’ll briefly interrupt that silence to announce that I have a new job. After 2 years and 2 months of doing some of the most interesting work of my life at McGill, I’m off to pursue new opportunities and fresh challenges at the university just down the road here in Montreal — Concordia University. Also in the “new” theme, I have a new story that I’ve put online. It’s called “The Snapping Turtle,” and it is the shortest short story I have ever written. It isn’t as short as it is because I have become lazy. This story started out nearly 5,000 words, and is now under 1,200. It isn’t at all the same story as the one I started with. Characters and plot utterly transformed by my megalomaniacal self!