I know I haven’t blogged since I arrived stateside but really, it’s been like this lovely Buster Keaton gif. At the moment I’m midway through the first day of classes. Film Noir this afternoon! Then a department meeting. Next month I’m house-sitting out in Brigadoon where there’s no WiFi. Gulp! I expect I might get some work done. We’ll see.
NY-bound today if all goes according to plan. Philly then NY. As always, leaving Scotland leaves me feeling bereft. I am determined to keep busy and try not to pine. Much to be done as always. I’m never short of projects. Plenty to read on the flights, plots to plan, world domination to set about. The autumn semester promises to be as busy as ever: Bouchercon and World Fantasy to attend, and of course writing writing writing to do.
Actually I don’t think there’s a single picture of me, but you get to see through my eyes! Two big photo sets I just put in albums on FB so they don’t use up all my space on here. First is the start of the school year (Charlotte P1, Allan P7, Murray still in nursery).
And after they were all settled in school, I went off for a wander in the Botanical Gardens, an amazing sanctuary in the city.
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Out now, Journey Planet 24: In Memory of Richard III. Yes, the car park monarch rides again in the pages of JP. James and Christopher have lured a bunch of folks together to muse on the king more legend than fact, forever (mis)shaped by the Bard’s juicy account. And you can read it all for free by clicking here!
I had a delightful interview with Dave Probert at Tangential Deviation. The conceit of the series is that you begin wherever the last interviewee stopped, so we began with light sabers and ping-ponged through a variety of subjects in the very tangential way that comes to me perfectly naturally (attention span of an otter: check!). I know I got Rothko, the Tate Mod, film noir, teaching creative writing and Vic Reeves in there, so the usual sort of madness. Listen if you have the time to be amused.
We made a pilgrimage across the Tay to visit David, Anne and Tessa in St Andrews and no surprise, I took lots of pictures which are divided into two albums, one mostly the castle and the other mostly the cathedral with lots of other things thrown in:
Also just as I was packing away Miss C’s doll herd, I see that the cover is out for the special issue of Clues edited by Fiona Peters. It includes my essay on the French film adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley, Plein Soleil with a suntanned Alain Delon, ooh la la. Naturally I had to watch it a few times. As you can tell, the whole issue is about Patricia Highsmith, so you will want to devour it all. Soon!