Shenanigans in the city with gal pal Stephanie today. Hope to manage a few things like the Morgan medieval monsters exhibit. If you’re about give us a shout.
We had a great day out on Saturday; being paranoid, I took the old phone so fewer pictures and none of the great sightings of dolphins right up close to the boat! Or the seal who popped up and gave us a look like we were disturbing her day — and loads of jellyfish which Charlotte and Murray were more excited about at first. I love a river cruise. You see another side of things (I blame Jerome K. Jerome). And another of #MaggiesPenguins.
More photos on Farcebook.
As we’re off on another adventure today, I better get some pictures up from the last family outing. A warm if grey day kept everyone away from the shore, so we mostly had it to ourselves which was delightful. More pix on the ‘book if you’re there.
Good news! Just got word that my presentation ‘A Chieftain Unchosen: Examining the Raven King through Medieval Prophecy’ has been approved for MAMO: The Middle Ages in the Modern World conference, which will take place in Rome in November. Yay! One of my ulterior motives for saying no to other things is to make sure I can afford to go to this one as I hope to see not only the fabulous Alessandra Bava but also pal Dan Curley (and ROME!).
Yes! This is another paper on Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Yes! I am trying to finish up another essay on the novel this very day (or maybe tomorrow — always take another day to look at it). Yes! This pretty much seals the deal that I am actually writing a whole book about this novel. Heh. This is how things sneak up on you.
Perhaps I am just part of the prophecy, too…
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I know I’ve been a bit remiss in sharing my travel adventures for your vicarious pleasure but I confess I am overwhelmed, exhausted and looking forward to escaping back to Scotland. This summer the plan remains no conference presentations. Temptations arise, but I have beat them back like St Anthony.
Having grown up in the (northern) Midwest there was not the thrill of ‘vacation’-like travel that places like New Orleans or San Diego offer: our search for tasty food was mostly frustrated. The conference itself was good. I caught a few different panels in addition to our own and of course hanging out with Miss Wendy is always a treat.
One thing that made the sojourn a success was stopping by the Vonnegut Library. It was great to wander through all the memorabilia and feel as if you were dropping by the man’s house to poke through his library. There’s the letter his dad sent to him that he finally got after the war (WWII) was over and never opened, passing it on to his son Mark with the admonition that he never open it. He in turn gave it to the library with the same instructions. Take a squint at it if you’re there and wonder what’s inside.
The whole set of photos are on FB here.