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The New Semester, It Draws Nigh!

Hi there! Happy Friday, everyone!

1. Tremendous thanks to all of you who took part in my poll about my October posts. (It's still open, if you wish to participate.) I really appreciate your feedback! My countdown will indeed be appearing here in October, and I truly hope you enjoy it.

2. Students from five different continents are enrolled for my "Science Fiction, Part 1: From Modern Beginnings through the Golden Age" course for Mythgard Institute, and I couldn't be more thrilled! Registration is still open for this class, and it's also still open for my one-time live lecture event on "The Hunger Games and the Science Fiction Tradition."

3. Happy early birthday to roo2, darthsindel1981, ceosanna, amygrech, dormannheim, super_chik, dement1a, and funkyturtle. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day, my friends!

The Fall 2012 semester begins for me next week, so I feel the need to get my ducks in a row.

What I'm Teaching - Fall 2012

Where I'll Be - Fall 2012

  • "The Hunger Games and the Science Fiction Tradition," a live "Looking Back on Genre History" HoloDeck lecture sponsored by StarShipSofa, online event

  • 2012 Free Minds Film Festival at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
    Talk: "The Trail of Tears: They Knew It Was Wrong and The Soviet Story" (appearing virtually)

  • The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky
    Talk: "The Trail of Tears through Cherokee Eyes"
    (Also directing student seminars on 1) "The Politics of The Hunger Games" and 2) The Road to Serfdom)

  • Potterfest 2012: A Harry Potter Celebration at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina
    Talk: "Finding Dumbledore's Mother: Harry Potter's (Native) American Context"

  • Catawba County Executives Club Meeting in Hickory, North Carolina
    Talk: "'I Take My Life in My Hand': A Tale of Two Cherokees and the Trail of Tears"

  • Broken Arrow Senior High Homecoming in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (receiving the Great Graduate Award from The Broken Arrow High School Alumni Association)

someecards.com - I've mapped out my Saturday

"If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?"
- Steven Wright


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Aug. 17th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Which continents are missing? Antarctica would be my first guess; after that, I would think Africa would be most likely, though South America seems possible. . . .
Aug. 17th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Antarctica and Asia. There's still some days left for registration, so I have hopes for Asia, at least! ;)
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Asia is certainly surprising: It has a number of countries where many people learn English, some of those countries have sfnal communities, and most basically, it holds more than half the human race!
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
Maybe they could wake up a couple of shoggoths so that Antartica would have some participants.

And on a related note, I came across a new Cthulhu-themed game called Miskatonic School for Girls. Among the students are Hannah Armitage, Wanda Gilman, Josephine Curwen, and Erica Zann, among others. No Wilma Whateley though. The letter on the back of the box is a hoot.

Dear Parent,

Welcome to the Miskatonic School for Girls. We're so glad you decided to have your daughter attend our exclusive school.

Our faculty is looking forward to instructing your child in all that the world, and in fact the universe, has to offer. Hopefully, your daughter will survive the experience in a manner that you will be happy with. Or not. Whatever, it's too late now.

Please remember that parents are not allowed to visit during the school year except for out Oddly Shaped Rib Cook-Off that honors the memory of any children that might go missing between now and then.


N.R. LaHotep
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
What sort of game is this? Roleplaying, card, board, computer, MMO? It sounds like as much of a hoot as the Drones Club rpg. . . .
Aug. 17th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
It's a deck-building card game and was made by a new company called Fun to 11. Their web site includes an instructional video.

BTW where's this Drones Club RPG from?
Aug. 17th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
It seems to be a noncommercial fan product. It has four stats: The Readies, The Old Grey Matter, Appearance, and Vim & Vigour. I'm not sure of the mechanics, but it seemed to have the atmosphere.

Edited at 2012-08-18 01:02 am (UTC)
Aug. 18th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
I once wrote up stats for Bertie and Jeeves using the Savage Worlds system.
Aug. 18th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
I haven't done anything so direct, but years ago, in a friend's fantasy campaign, I created a GURPS character based on Bertie. The setting was Brust's Dragaera, and I had decided that he was Tazendra's nephew, and suddenly the image came into my mind of Tazendra as one of Bertie's terrifying aunts. . . .
Sep. 3rd, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
This description had me laughing out loud for a long, long time.

No Wilma Whateley though.

Ew. Don't try the Special Sauce at the Cook-Off. *shudders*

This is so clever!
Aug. 17th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Wow. Congrats on all your forthcoming academic appearances -- may you continue speaking Weird to power!

Sep. 3rd, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :D
Sep. 3rd, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Ryan and I reviewed your syllabus for the sci-fi class this semester. He was in awe of the awesomeness. I'm planning on enrolling at Mythgard come Spring semester. Do you know when enrollment will open up? I'm just going to start out with one class at a time, but I'm elated at the opportunity.
Sep. 3rd, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
Hey there! :) I'm soooo thrilled that Ryan liked the SF syllabus! Registration is still open through the end of this week, in case you (or he) is interested in "sitting in" just for kicks. (Auditing is a fraction of the cost of taking the class for credit.) The second half of the course will be offered in the spring.

I'm so, so excited to hear you're going to enroll in the Spring! I'm not exactly sure when enrollment begins - November, perhaps? I honestly don't remember how it worked last year - but I'll most definitely post about it when registration begins. It will be fabulous to have you as a Mythgardian! :D
Sep. 4th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
I'm super pumped about attending. Unfortunately I won't have the time to devote to it this semester even for an audit (making some personal changes...pm to follow), otherwise I would. Also, the most intimidating thing on the list is having a little less than a week to read Dune! I've started that book several times, but have always had difficulty getting through it because I have to go read the appendices to understand what they're talking about, haha!
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