Checked my phone today. No missed calls, no messages. Guess my books on Bleeding Kansas aren't in yet. Sit down with the Howard Report and start in.
Phone rings: "We have your books."
I set aside the blog and ducked out to collect them. Got home and dug into Nichole Etcheson's Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era. I skipped ahead and read the chapter on the election of the territorial legislature, where she picked many of the same illustrative incidents out of the Howard Report that I did...and then added several new ones. And it's well-written!
This is not what I expect from non-fiction, especially on the usual margins of the field and on a subject that last got a survey like forty years ago...and it's short. Also by pure coincidence, it's precisely the same form factor as the book that shipped with it in everything except width.
Fun times. :)