Collisions

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I shared my Inspirations Song List today as I’d updated it (Songs that Inspired Stories), then joked that I should make a list of stories that started from collisions. Not literally — although I do have one or two of those — but collisions of ideas.

Example: later this month Empty Mirror will publish my essay ‘Chaucer and the Art of the Grift’ which came from a collision in my head between The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale and David Maurer’s The Big Con. It makes perfect sense to me but maybe this is why I have a hard time getting people to follow my thoughts. Possibly they seem random and incoherent!

But they seem reasonable to me. Here’s a random selection of things what I have written and the collisions from which they sprang:

The Mangrove Legacy: Peter Cook & Jane Austen

White RabbitBlue Sunshine & Seance on a Wet Afternoon & certain London pubs

How to Be Dull: academia & Jerome K. Jerome

Airships & Alchemy:  <— exactly that

Owl Stretching: The Descent of Inanna & Spike Milligan

‘Elf Prefix’: The Maltese Falcon & The Fairy Melusine

‘Headless in Bury’: The Big Sleep & vikings

‘Wordgeryne’: Lovecraft and medieval charms

‘Losing My Religion’: REM, Tony Hancock & social media debates

“Domus inferna Sancti Guthlaci: A Rediscovery of the Twelfth-Century Narrative of The Saint and the Money Pit”: my Pseudo-Society talk that sprang from rearranging the Harley Roll illustrations of the life of the saint so they became a sort of DIY disaster

…and of course there’s a whole random Fall song + whatever random obsession has fired in my brain this week which covers most of my crime writing that isn’t currently inspired by Robyn Hitchcock.

It’s not just me, right?

[Image from the Cosmagraphia Scoti MS. Canon. Misc. 378 via Bodleian Library]

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Go Ask Alice

Alice Tenniel Red Queen

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

I suppose it’s true that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I weren’t busy; it’s usually the pleasant state of having a head full of stories and ideas that I am trying to make manifest. But I had a couple of things of a more serious nature — or at least a less fun one — and it’s amazing how suddenly “busy” can mean “too busy to do the things I want to be doing.”

My own fault: I am learning to say no.

All the time in Texas where I worked feverishly to get out of Texas left an anxiety that I have gradually tamed, as my skill at Plants vs. Zombies demonstrates. It’s a balance between having options (i.e. showing expertise and knowledge) and having fun. I realise that ‘fun’ is associated in many minds with ‘frivolous’ but I think it’s just part of having a good life. And isn’t that what an unstructured time like a sabbatical is meant to be for?

Oh, yes — research and writing. It is happening. I hope to have good news on the masculinities & medieval film project soon, and I have some new proposals going off soon. But this summer is also fun writing and even a slight delay of a few days (mostly because I was dragging my feet complaining) had me champing at the bit to get back to my created worlds.

That and my publishers 😉

A la Mort Subite

Finland bound on Wednesday, but always thinking about Alice — and now my current favourite Alice, an Alice who gets things done: