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I'm back! Happy belated birthday to febobe, and happy early birthday to janissa11. I hope both of you fabulous gals have a marvelous year to come!

Revolution Science Fiction has published a new interview with me, complete with pictures, particularly focused on The Magic Ring.


Mythcon 37 was simply wonderful. I was deeply gratified by the excellent responses to my Guest of Honor keynote speech, panels, reading, and signings. I saw many dear friends and colleagues, visited with my family (including my sister Margret, who is a graduate student there at the University of Oklahoma), and came back with wonderful notes, contacts, and ideas. It was a particular thrill to meet Lois McMaster Bujold (and hear her read from her forthcoming book) - and be portrayed and parodied with her by the Not-Ready-For-Mythcon Players! - and vonjunzt (who presented some truly fascinating work on H.P. Lovecraft).



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I am still recovering from the trip, and appalled by all I need to accomplish to meet some article deadlines and also prepare for my fall classes, so I may be a bit slower than I'd like in catching up with everyone. But I am here!


I did notice that I was tagged by sneezythesquid for the "which one book" meme, so here goes:



1. One book that changed your life?
Just one? I'll go with Dune by Frank Herbert, for drawing me into the world of adult science fiction (long before I was an adult!).

2. One book you have read more than once?
Just one? Since the books I teach are a given (and that includes many of my loves, such as Tolkien, Lovecraft, Heinlein, Bradbury, etc.), I'll choose something entirely different: The Persian Boy by Mary Renault, who is another of my favorite authors.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?
Just one? The Last Man by Mary Shelley.

4. One book that made you laugh?
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

5. One book that made you cry?
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.

6. One book you wish had been written?
Whatever Emily Brontë might have written next had she not died so young.

7. One book you wish had never been written?
Something by Harold Bloom, I'm sure.

8. One book you are currently reading?
The Sharing Knife: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold (an advance reader's copy - wheee!).

9. One book you have been meaning to read?
Just one? Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660 by Hugo Gernsback.

I'm not tagging anyone, but I hope those of you who haven't yet done this will consider playing along!



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agentxpndble
Aug. 10th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
:::HUGS::: I can't believe I wasn't there... :-( Glad you had a good time and are back safe! the picture is *adorable* - You look just like an elf!

Scampering off to read the article...
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 11th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* I missed you but knew you were there in spirit. And thanks - I've been called a Hobbit before, but never an Elf! ;) LOL. Don't you have one more trip to go? I hope all's going well. Thanks for the kind words!
ithildyn
Aug. 10th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Welcome home! You've been missed. Glad to hear you had such a blast!
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 11th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :)
wellinghall
Aug. 10th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
It's good to have you back!
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 11th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :)
sneezythesquid
Aug. 10th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yea! Welcome back, my wandering friend! Love the pics, and glad you had a great time. Love the interview as well! I shall be pimping it shortly. :)

Oh, and lookie here:

http://sneezythesquid.livejournal.com/294412.html#cutid1

I'm all official! :)
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 11th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
I love it - congratulations! *massive applause* You da Squid Man!

And thanks for the kind words. :)
sneezythesquid
Aug. 12th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
I love it - congratulations! *massive applause* You da Squid Man!

Awww...if people keep saying that, I'm going to start to believe it. :)

And thanks for the kind words. :)

You are most welcome! You've earned them!
gilda_elise
Aug. 10th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Revolution Science Fiction has published a new interview with me, complete with pictures, particularly focused on The Magic Ring.

Fantastic! And congratulations!

1. One book that changed your life?
Just one? I'll go with Dune by Frank Herbert, for drawing me into the world of adult science fiction (long before I was an adult!).


Yeah, he was one of the first for me, too (along with Clarke.) But the one who gets the credit for pulling me into science fiction in general is Andre Norton. :-)
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 11th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! And congratulations!
Thanks so much!

he was one of the first for me, too (along with Clarke.)
I remember reading Dune and just being blown away.

And three cheers for Norton, too! ;)
estellye
Aug. 10th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
LOL, that photo is awesome!

Glad you're back and happy it was a successful Mythcon!

So, was that the most challenging MeMe you have ever done in your life? It's like a mother choosing which child is her favorite. That would actually be an easier MeMe for you, lol: Virginia!
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 11th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks. We were being pretty goofy in that picture. :)

Yep, Virginia definitely is my favorite child! :-D I did one once that was lines from your ten favorite books. Only ten? I had a hard time with that one. LOL!

I love your icon, by the way. Three cheers for Ravenclaw!
asphixiapixia
Aug. 10th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
You are truly a beautiful lady both inside and out. :)

*hugs* glad your back sweetie!
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 11th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
Aw, you are soooo kind! *huge hugs* Thank you.

Your icon is gorgeous, by the way.
asphixiapixia
Aug. 11th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
Why thank you. I made this icon at the same time. I really like them both.

And I am not kind... just honest. ;)
ithiliana
Aug. 11th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
*waves*

Just wanted to pop by and say hello and that I friended you! (I realize that at the con I forgot to mention that I do use my LJ for a lot of fic writing, including adult stuff and RPS, which I figure people I meet outside the LJ community need to know before friending)

I also have a filter for those people I've met in real life (at conferences and such) -- where I post a lot of stuff about my scholarship that I'm not going to put on open posts--if you'd like to be added there, let me know!

Good luck with the fall term--it was fantastic meeting you in person and talking at the con!

eldritchhobbit
Aug. 11th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
It was so wonderful meeting you and getting to talk to you! Thanks so much for friending me. I've friended you, as well, and I'd love to be on your "real life" filter, as well.

I am so excited to see that you write fan fiction. I love darkfic, AUs, and Boromir, so I was delighted to see what you've been writing; "In the Darkness Bind Them" is fantastic! I really liked the Boromor-Faramir dynamic (haunting!), and your vision of Aragorn with the Ring is fascinating. I can't wait to read "So Small A Thing."

I am so glad to have this opportunity to visit with you more. I hope your fall is excellent, as well. I also owe you some writing, which I'll have to you shortly! Take care. I look forward to keeping in touch!
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 11th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
PS. And congratulations again on the exciting and important work you're doing. I was so excited to learn of your accomplishments! More power to you.
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