Hobo Harry

Hello, I’m still alive, currently just busy with keeping 35 students entertained and organising the seminar Halloween party this coming Friday. Which amounts to the same thing basically, only with more people. And music and Hobo Harry, the mouldy life-size puppet that’s been slumbering on the seminar attic for more than a year now. We built him three years ago from old clothes and even older newspapers, so I think we can safely say that he hasn’t aged nicely. Usually we hang Harry from the tree in the seminar courtyard on Halloween but somehow forgot about it last year. If we’re lucky, some bats will have made Harry their home by now – which would add a nice touch to the party.

I can’t promise pictures but will try my best…

Typewriter Time

I am seriously considering joining NaNoWriMo this year. It’s not as if I’m not spending enough time writing anyway, but the idea of putting down 50,000 words on paper within a month and then trying to make sense of the mess kind of appeals to me. Plus, I have a draft which has been haunting the back of my mind and work breaks for over a year now…

Drafted

Oh dear oh dear… there is a call for papers on visuality and intermediacy in literature at Zurich University… deadline is 28th November, and I’m thinking about submitting something in the direction of the paper I am planning.

That would mean there are 38 days left to send in a decent draft. The conference is on January 30th/31st, so that would technically leave me time enough to actually write the paper. Sounds doable.

Hmmm. I’m not sure whether I should use my plans for an essay on fantastic architecture for that. I’ve been carrying around the thought for quite some time now, but I feel like it’s meant for something else.

Maybe I’ll try to come up with something about intermediacy in the Discworld franchise.

Or I could be really sneaky and recycle parts of my MA thesis about Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast books.

Again, I’ll keep you (and myself) updated about this adventure…

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To be published!

Well, those were short 4 to 6 months. I have received an e-mail from Mythlore yesterday stating that they are going to publish my essay on Pratchett and Tolkien! This trip to the US has just become even sweeter in retrospect…

I will keep you updated about when exactly the essay is going to appear in Mythlore journal.

Oh, and the presentation yesterday also went well. It was rather weird talking in German about what I normally work on in English, but professors and students seemed to like it. Now to start with plans for my next essay on fantastic architecture (I hope my two semesters of art history will be sufficient to tackle the topic) and write, write, write…

Out of the box

I feel like I’m running in two directions. There was a mail in my inbox from Mythlore magazine, and they are considering publishing my article on Pratchett and Tolkien – in 4 to 6 months, I should know more.

And almost at the same time, I have sent off my thesis summary to my professors with the feeling that there is either a horrible typo somewhere or that I should have written even more (but 9 pages ought to be enough, right?).

Not-so-busy times, confusing times. But still good times.

Yes. Time for my midnight tweet, and then off to bed.

Pieces Form the Whole

That moment when you see one sentence that does not fit and then find a spot to insert it that fits nicely: Priceless.

I realise again and again how important flow is to writing. You have to zone in – don’t ask me how, it just happens when you’re not looking – and then you just keep going, keep writing, no matter if it sounds like rubbish now. Bearing one of Neil Gaiman’s rules of writing in mind, what seems brilliant now might be rubbish later, and vice versa. What counts is that you write.

So do not worry about perfection. Perfection is an old advertisement lie, a plastic word with shining teeth that has nothing to say except itself.

Because it is much more interesting to explore the spots that do not fit.