1. It's hard to believe The Children of Húrin day has already come and gone. I have my copy in hand! I hope all of my fellow Tolkien fans found copies, as well.
2. The last few days have been difficult for everyone in the academic community, including my students, my colleagues, and myself. Our hearts go out to the Virginia Tech family. Today my university will have a vigil at 10am in honor and memory of the victims.
Members of the science fiction community have been keeping award-winning science fiction author Michael Bishop especially in their thoughts; his son, Jamie Bishop, a German instructor, was killed during the attack.
* Read the Roanoke Times article about Jamie Bishop.
* Read an excerpt from Michael Bishop's essay "A Reverie for Mister Ray" about reading Ray Bradbury to his then 9-year-old son Jamie.
* Visit Jamie Bishop's website and art portfolio.
* Golden Gryphon has posted the wraparound cover by Jamie Bishop to Michael Bishop's 2003 collection Brighten to Incandescence
3. My husband and I will be home-shopping in Hickory, North Carolina over the next few days, as a prelude to our move in May. I will be online to a degree during this time, and I hope to return this weekend with pictures. All good thoughts are appreciated!
April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
- T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land