A Gardener’s Grave

Wandering in the Howff today to loosen up my brain a little after some intense work on my latest essay (Celtic themes in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell). Just sent off the essay, so I though I would share some of the fruits of my wander.

I’m always discovering things I hadn’t noticed before. What a wonderful place this urban cemetery is. More photos on the ‘book if you’re there.

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MAMO: Rome

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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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And the winner is…

In the end I couldn’t make up my mind, so I used the random number generator and the winner is:
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Send me your address via the contact form and the fabulous bag and stickers are yours. Those of you who did not win, do not despair: there’s plenty of fine merch to purchase over at S L Johnson Images!

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My Wandering Uterus Contest

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MY WANDERING UTERUS CONTEST: You’ve read the book, now win the swag! This fancy schmancy tote bag can be yours, including stickers of both the My Wandering Uterus cover image and the lovely Ute Face designed by SL Johnson! How can you win? Here are the rules:

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Do this before next Wednesday, May 9th at 5pm EDT.

No purchase necessary (though reading and reviewing the book is ALWAYS welcome and encouraged); there is only ONE prize to give away. Open worldwide. Winner will be chosen — doubtless capriciously and unfairly — by me and my decision will be final and irrevocable. Winner will retain all rights to their written piece, but I will be allowed to publish it on this website as ‘Contest Winner’ in a blog post next week. Winner will also need to give me an address to which I should mail the prize.

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In Search of Medusa

On the town (NYC naturally) with the QoE at the Met, in the park, sharing Amity, and a drink with Katya. More pix on the ‘book.

 

PCA in Indy with Miss Wendy

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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.

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Hey, I’m in this book!

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.

On the Road Again

It’s Easter so the pop culture scholars gather at PCA: this year it’s in Indianapolis so my big plan is to finally see the Vonnegut Library. I’m rooming with gal pal Miss Wendy and we’ve already caught up with some friends the first night. Busy busy, busy, as Bokononists say.

Spreading the word of my wandering women as I go, of course! I’m giving a paper on Elisabeth Sanxay Holding’s The Blank Wall and the 2001 adaptation The Deep End.