I wouldn't exactly call it a gauntlet, but I just sent an email to the editors at LCL Magazine asking for a more formal relationship. The March issue came out today, without my column. Since I have filed my column last-minute-late before, I am free to assume that it's because they didn't receive it -- which is probably because I sent it to the same (temporary?) email address they told me to use in February, because they were having some problems. They never told me not to use the new address, or when the problems were resolved, either -- so I figured the new address was the one to use.
Our "arrangement" has been anything but professional -- I started the column as a way to repay them for all that I've learned from the site, and all the support they've given the Low Carb community. But that was a year ago, and the little things like not telling me that the person who had handled my columns was no longer with them really start getting on my nerves after a while.
I laid out some specific requests, including (gasp) cash. We'll see how it goes. It could be a relief to let this go, after all.
Update: I got a very speedy and positive reply to my email. I'm pleased but also wary... is this too good to be true? I need this formal arrangement, though, to legitimize the work in my own eyes. Hopefully this will give me the kick in the butt that I've been needing with respect to this!