ATIAC will return on Monday, February 4th because I am a huge nervous wreck and I can’t concentrate.
For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been sitting here for almost two months waiting to hear back from the UK Border Agency regarding the status of my visa application, which will determine if I can finally live on the same continent as my wife, who I love more than coffee and/or bourbon and/or life. Hopefully the answer comes this week. I don’t know if you can conceive of spending your life savings to ask permission to be with the person you married and then just kind of cooling your heels for sixty days while they mull it over but I have an ulcer and I spend most of my days pacing and kicking things across the floor of my room when I’m not Skyping with my spouse. I apologize if my output has been subpar. It’s hard to think/create/do much of anything when all your mental energy is spent worrying.
I took a brief break from my misery to go to the zoo for the first time in my life with my photographer friend Chona to do a little interview for the Tumblr Storyboard, which should appear in a few weeks or whenever we turn it in and I caption a bunch of her photos, so keep an eye peeled for that because it will be full of new entries and pertinent information regarding … stuff. Me and animals and the ATIAC book, mostly.
Speaking of the book, that’s finished, and will be available for purchase on August 6th, 2013 according to the people who are in charge of that sort of thing. I assume it will be available for preorder soon, and I will provide you with links to do that because I’m contractually obligated to do so, but also because I hope you’ll buy it and enjoy it, as you seem to enjoy this pile of nonsense I call a website. It’s full of old favorites, slightly tweaked versions of other old favorites, and a shitload of new chattering animals, all courtesy of a wide variety of fine photographers I hope you’ll also check out because they’re good people with good cameras and decent hearts, the latter of which is a rarity in these cruel and indifferent times in which we live.
Seriously, I’m sorry if Animals Talking In All Caps has been lackluster, or if I haven’t responded to your emails. If the UKBA says yes then I have to very quickly sell all my personal belongings and move overseas. If they say no I have to hang myself. That’s been my primary concern when I wasn’t working on the book, which was not the easiest thing in the world to put together. It’s been a pain, and I’m grateful to you for sticking around and enjoying my idiocy throughout the process.
I will be back in a week or so with more yammering animals, and I’ll probably post a few in the intervening days, just not on the regular schedule. Please take care of yourselves in my brief absence and thanks again for sticking around to ride this long, arduous, nonsensical rollercoaster of lemurs and alpacas I try to provide you.
I will see you in a week, which is seven days closer to the return of Game of Thrones on HBO.
I really like your outfit today,