In conclusion to the saga of the open access for my short little essay, here is the PDF copy that I uploaded to academia.edu. (In related news, I fully expect that site to get exponentially creepier now that I've got work posted.)
Alexander and the Almohads: Telling the stories of antiquity before and after Las Navas
In a way, I'm sorry that the first thing that I have in print is a short little essay rather than a research article that shows off the full range and depth of my skills. Perhaps its good, though, in a way, in that it allows me a little more time to develop those skills before they're completely on show for the world and posterity. I feel marginally less odd about having a tenure track job and having no publications now, but only marginally since it's such a silly little thing. I don't mean to talk it down, of course. It's a good little essay, and it does stake out the ground for what I hope my second book project will look like; and it was useful to write it because it let me start to think about the issues before having them all fully worked out.
I also really like being able to write a sort of supra-commentary on the process here. I think that's quite good.