Just a quick link today–this article details 23 words identified by a research team at the University of Reading that have lasted largely unchanged across 15,000 years. I’ve read a few comments saying how nice it is that words like “thou” and “give” and “mother” are in there…but obviously, I went in scanning for anything with axes. Very gratified to see that both “fire” and “worm” are on the list. Now all we do is combine them, and things are getting very pleasingly Viking-y…
February 10, 2013
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And at least without too much spinning out of the antici(…say it!)pation, I can now safely reveal my other piece of good news: I’m one of the Escalator Literature 2012/13 winners.
The Escalator is a yearlong literary development scheme, where the winners are helped through applying for an arts grant, get the assistance of a mentor over the course of the program, and have their work showcased at a few events. This year the focus is on genre fiction, and I entered with the novel I’ve been noodling around with periodically and mentioned a few times on this blog. In my brain’s perhaps most impressive attempt at dissertation avoidance, I had what I thought was a pretty irresistible idea for a novel…right in the middle of the final crunch of writing up my thesis. So while I’ve been working on it in bursts, they’ve been interspersed with much longer periods of working on, you know, what I was actually supposed to be working on at the time. Thankfully, I’m free and clear of my Ph.D. just in time to leap into this program.
Oh, and the genre fiction aspect? It’s…erm, vampires. I can at least promise no sparkles: my main guy is a rather embittered Civil War veteran. And historical as well, as the novel’s set in the final years of Prohibition. One reaction to my Facebook page’s link to my profile, complete with short extract, was “True Blood meets Boardwalk Empire?!”, which is actually not that far off.
I’ve got quite a bit of writing ahead of me for 2013, and while it’s a challenge, it’s one I am very excited about.
February 6, 2013
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? And that’s all I’m saying about that, because the only thing more annoying than an extended blogging silence is a returning blogger making a huge production out of his or her return.
Instead, I come bearing news! My translation of Beowulf, light of my life and/or bane of my existence, is being published this May by Penned in the Margins. I couldn’t be happier about it.
Also, Beowulf has been chosen by the Poetry Book Society as their recommended translation for summer 2013. Penned in the Margins has put up a blog post announcing it, featuring an entirely too close to life-sized photo of my enormous noggin.
If I avoided an infuriating beginning, I’ll make up for it with this ending: I have another writing-related piece of news, but as it hasn’t been officially announced yet I’m being forced to sit on it. So more anon…
December 22, 2011
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Apologies for the lull in posting—it’s the holiday season, with all the transatlantic shenanigans that usually entails, so things are a bit scattered and even more covered in dog hair than usual. Never fear, much like the sun, my blog posts will return with all the sarcastic cracks about Fresno (newest favourite: a billboard outside of town imploring us to visit FresNOW…) that they usually bring. Unless, of course, the gods smite me for that last sentence.
In the meantime, have a joyous yule, happy Hannukah, merry Christmas, and otherwise lovely holiday season!
December 12, 2011
Further proof that nothing is truly new: oh, crafty hipsters, you thought you were the first ones to rock owl-covered everything? Owl patch for your bag? Owl tattoo? Knitted owl prophylactic holder? (I may own one of these.) May I present to you CLARA BOW WEARING A HAT OF AN OWL EATING A RAT. Like a boss, 1920s style…like a boss.