I don’t know what I fundamentally do not understand about the process but the yardsale, as many already heard on Facebook and Twitter, was pretty much a bust. I sold a few things but I ended up abandoning the cause and leaving folks to loot as much as they wanted for free. Not all of it, oddly. Some great stuff went begging. I took what was left to donate in the morning. I guess people just don’t want my stuff 😦
I am dividing everything I own into three categories: things I must take to Galway, things I want to hold onto but won’t take to Galway (and must be loaned or stored) — and everything else, which must go. And must go now. I have given stuff away and donated stuff and still there is way too much.
Somehow it will all get done in the shockingly short amount of time left — despite starting to teach a three-week long course today, yeah. How will this happen? I don’t know, it’s a mystery.
I got a nice email from the US Embassy in Dublin on Thursday. Apparently Sept 8th is International Literacy Day and they want to feature my project in Digital Humanities, “Writers in Motion,” in a news clip on their website. So there’ll be a picture of me and an abbreviated description of my project for the first day of my Fulbright orientation in Dublin. By the by, I’ll be leaving from JFK on Sept 4 and flying to Shannon, then probably taking a bus to my new home in Eyre Square.
The new issue of Pagan Friends features an excerpt from Pelzmantel. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, and think you might enjoy a story of medieval magic, here’s a fine opportunity.
Oh, and um — print editions of The Mangrove Legacy! Did I mention that already? 🙂