I’m coming up to an anniversary of sorts. It’s four years since I took early retirement, leaving my employment with Robert Gordon University. I’d been asked to move in a different direction, far away from social policy. I thought that I could do more of the things I cared about if I worked independently. Since then, I’ve finished three books plus one (the fourth, currently in press, will be out in March), had a semester in Poland, attended conferences in France and Italy (but can’t afford the SPA conferences), and had three research contracts. I’ve also passed a small personal milestone, with more than four thousand citations recorded on Google Scholar. The work goes on.