Happy Hogmanay!

Here’s my year-end wrap-up, mostly so I don’t skate over accomplishments: it’s easy to feel like you haven’t done much when you don’t keep track. Of course there are things not on this list because they haven’t come out yet (Hire Idiots, Mangled, My Wandering Uterus) or because they don’t have tangible results (e.g. application for full professor, submissions to various things). But there is more than I thought:

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Respectable Horror Fox Spirit Books, 2017.

“Madonna of the Wasps: Ch 3 – Swan.” The Blood Red Experiment vol 3, 31 Dec 2017.

“Do Anything You Wanna Do.” Spelk: 29 Dec 2017.

“Madonna of the Wasps: Ch 2 – Frost.” The Blood Red Experiment vol 2, 30 Nov 2017.

“Madonna of the Wasps: Ch 1 – Love.” The Blood Red Experiment vol 1, 31 Oct 2017.

“Spirits in the Night.” Short story. Spelk Fiction, 2 Jun 2017.

“Copped It.” A Twist of Noir. 27 Mar 2017.

“Repetition.” Short story. Spelk Fiction, 20 Feb 2017.

“Somewhere in Slovenia.” (as Graham Wynd) Short story. Near to the Knuckle, 8 Feb 2017.

“These Toys are for Tough Boys.” Featured short story. Alibi-Fest.com, 5 Feb 2017.

“Bloody Collage.”Short story (as Graham WyndPulp Metal Magazine, January 2017.

“Chaucer and the Art of the Grift.” Empty Mirror 24 Nov 2017.

“Midwesterner in Exile.” Mystery Readers Journal 33.1 (Spring 2017): 51-2.

History Witch for Witches & Pagans:

Winter Crone

Medieval Consolations

Getting Medieval

Dangerous Fairy Women

Midsummer: Watch Out for Fairies!

Elf Shot in Scotland

Riding with Nicnevin

Charm for Weaving

A Headache in Medieval Scotland

A Meditation on Winter

UPDATE: Also, as I believe Simon reminded me on Twitter, there were the (I think) 34 entries for the serial, The Height of Absurditytoo! A not insubstantial output!

 

What’s ahead in 2018? More of everything! I have many plans, of course. Not all of them are writing either. One cool thing I should mention: The SpeakEasy dames are happy to announce we’ll be curators for one week [Monday, February 6 – Sunday, February 11] of Ione’s Annual Dream Festival (23rd Annual). Go like their page to get in on the exploration of imagination.

Dream big! Chase that muse wherever it leads you —

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Remedios Varo – Exploración de las Fuentes del Río Orinoco, 1959.

Write 4 a Day: Sunday 19 March

Write 4 a DayDon’t you deserve at least one day to write?

Write 4 a Day is a series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. There is:

  • no workshop
  • no agenda
  • no required activities
  • no assignments
  • no schedule
  • no WiFi!

Unplug. Write. Don’t write. Think. Daydream. Doodle. Outline. Come for the whole day or just for part of it; network, collaborate or write solo; wander the woods, hills, fields and streams of Universal Pathways for inspiration (bring sturdy shoes) or sit in a comfy chair and brainstorm. It’s up to you.

WHO – you! We haven’t had to limit attendance yet, but it’s getting to be a consideration. If you want to be sure to reserve a space, email me via the contact form.

WHY – because you deserve a day to devote to your writing (or daydreaming or sketching or scheming or knitting or…)

WHAT – $22 fee for the space (cash/check/PayPal/$20 for HVWG members) and food (a dish to share or your own lunch)

WHEN – 10am-5pm — Mar 19, Apr 23, May 21 [Summer dates coming soon!]

WHERE – Universal Pathways, 692 Pleasant Valley Rd, Berne, NY 12023 – Phone: (518) 872-2272

And in case you missed Sacred Sounds, the recording I made was at this location, Universal Pathways AKA Brigadoon.

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Write 4 a Day Sunday + Jen’s Tarot Workshop

Write 4 a DayDon’t you deserve at least one day to write?

Write 4 a Day is a series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. There is:

  • no workshop
  • no agenda
  • no required activities
  • no assignments
  • no schedule
  • no WiFi!

Unplug. Write. Don’t write. Think. Daydream. Doodle. Outline. Come for the whole day or just for part of it; network, collaborate or write solo; wander the woods, hills, fields and streams of Universal Pathways for inspiration (bring sturdy shoes) or sit in a comfy chair and brainstorm. It’s up to you.

WHO – you! We haven’t had to limit attendance yet, but it’s getting to be a consideration. If you want to be sure to reserve a space, email me via the contact form.

WHY – because you deserve a day to devote to your writing (or daydreaming or sketching or scheming or knitting or…)

WHAT – $22 fee for the space (cash/check/PayPal/$20 for HVWG members) and food (a dish to share or your own lunch)

WHEN – 10am-5pm — Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 23, May 21…

WHERE – Universal Pathways, 692 Pleasant Valley Rd, Berne, NY 12023 – Phone: (518) 872-2272

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W4D co-host Jen will be giving the first of a series of tarot workshops in East Greenbush on Saturday afternoon. Full details here!

And in case you missed Sacred Sounds, the recording I made was at this location, Universal Pathways AKA Brigadoon.

 

Sacred Spaces @CitiesAndMemory

I’m so excited to be part of this project. Even the BBC covered it this morning, interviewing curator Stuart Fowkes on Radio 4. You can check out the whole wonderful playlist here or click on the links via the world map. Read up on the background of the project.

My field recording was made at ‘Brigadoon’ — better known as Universal Pathways — down in the grove.

Even better there’s a cool remix by Terry French: check it out, especially the notes on how the sound was re-imagined.

Also check out the latest in medieval sound at Sounding Out!

Sounds of Dundee

I’ve put up a recent field recording that I made in Dundee last month. On Peter Street just off the Murray Gate there’s a little passage way where you’ll find the Grissell Jaffray memorial, a blue plaque and pair of mosaics. She was the last witch executed in the city. I just hung out for a few minutes with my DR-40 and captured ambient sounds (and a little wind–need a better wind sock). Close your eyes and listen.

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I’ve got a new sound project coming out on Monday: you can get a preview of the Cities & Memory project here. More about it then. Yes, obsessing a bit about sound lately. So many things colliding in my mind. You’ll be hearing (!) more about medieval Scots literature, too. I just submitted a recording for a fascinating project, Soundmaps for the Dreamer at Sonoscape. And there’s more: my presentation at the Ken Russell conference will be about sound, too.

And of course I’ll be writing up my experience curating WeTheHumanities for a week. So many things — and also Respectable Horror is almost here!

What Does ‘Home’ Sound Like?

Although I spent most of my ‘spring break’ catching up on work, I did do a couple of fun things. You already know about the fab trip to the city with Stephanie, but I also attended a field recording workshop sponsored by local community radio WGXC and run by Max Goldfarb. Check out his projects: he’s done some cool stuff. And if you haven’t visited the Wave Farm yet — especially Zach Poff’s Pond Station, do!

And I am so glad I did! It really kicked up my interests from idle meandering thoughts to something concrete — well, virtual but done. At least one take is done (tinkering can go on forever).

How to describe this? You know the Odorifics scene from Harold & Maude? Scents that put you in a place and time. I wanted to do that aurally to give a sound experience of what it’s like here at the Hudson house so I made this soundscape to give anyone that experience. If you’ve sat on the porch here, it may seem familiar. Put on your headphones, close your eyes and let it surround you.

Of course I’ll make one for Dundee as well. Screaming gulls and blackbirds mostly. That way you can put yourself there, too. And maybe a third one on the road because that’s where I spend a lot of my time, too.

Oh, and Happy St Urho’s Day — another fabulous SL Johnson image. Buy her art on all the things.

St Urho Hopper