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"Oh? Wow! Thing!"*

I had been been waiting for enough time to post a comprehensive update, but I've determined that this is a lost cause, so I'm going sneak a moment here and there to post whatever I can. Take that, schedule! Progress continues with the Mysterious Project of Mystery.

In immediate news...

  • SofaCON is this Sunday. Woohoo! I hope you'll join us for this international, interaction online science fiction convention. We're going to have a great time.

    SofaCON 2013

  • Next Wednesday, the 300th episode of StarShipSofa will air. I'm delighted that I'll be part of this special milestone show. If you listen, I hope you enjoy! Thanks to everyone who has been a part of our family over the years.

In other news...

  • If you'd like to see the amazing place my sister works and the remarkable efforts underway there, check out this streaming video: Storm Central. Here's the description: Students and professionals come from all over the world to work in Norman at the National Weather Center; it is a unique environment where students can learn directly from the best forecasters in the world... Scientists and engineers in Norman are developing and testing a new type of radar that promises to dramatically increase the warning time for people in the path of the storm.

  • The crew at Goodreads sent a message to inform me that, of some twenty million members, I'm in the top 1% of book reviewers there. Really? Perhaps that's true, or perhaps they just say that to all the gals. *wink* At any rate, I do spend quite a lot of time there, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys books. It's a fantastic way to connect with fellow travelers, as well. Here I am, if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Consider yourself invited, if you're not already there!

  • Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced its 2013-2014 Visiting Writers Series guests. The series always brings impressive speakers, but this year's lineup is of particular interest to me. I especially look forward to seeing Jon Meachum (think the Pulitzer Prize-winning Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power), Dame A.S. Byatt (think the Booker Prize-winning Possession), and -- most importantly -- a very favorite author of mine, Sherman Alexie (think the National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian).

* Re: the post's title, I have M.T. Anderson's Feed on the brain today.


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Jul. 25th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
It is always good to hear from you:-)
Jul. 28th, 2013 11:43 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you!
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
amazing, all that you can convey in your *hurried* post! BTW, I looked at your Sherlock course. You have no idea how much I want to opt in on that. But ....I don't have the time.

When I retire????

It looks fantastic!

wondering if you or anyone else 'round about this site has "The Lord of the Rings, A Readers Companion" by Hammond & Scull. The lady in Croatia who is doing her thesis does not have it available and is looking for the line-by-line analysis of Galadriel's Song of Eldamar (I sang of leaves)

she can be reached at numellote_8@hotmail.com (she is ok with the posting of her e)
Jul. 28th, 2013 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you for your kind words re: the course. I'm so happy it looks interesting to you!

I have the Hammond & Scull work, but no access to a scanner at present. Argh! The Mythopoeic Society discussion list (I sent her the free signup information) may be able to help; if I'm not mistaken, the authors themselves are on it.

I'll see if I can find anyone else who can get it to her.
Jul. 28th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
the course looks FASCINATING! a pity that I haven't the time to pursue it!

Re the Hammond & Scull: she was mistaken. There IS information there re "I sang of leaves", but no line-by-line analysis, at least as far as the person who contacted me could tell. THat person made a scan of the pages that were pertinent and sent them on to her, regardless. I think that a lot gets lost in translation between Croatian and English. I imagine that what her source told her, in truth, was that there was a line-by-line translation, not analysis.

I do have "The Road Goes Ever On" which also speaks of this poem, but (again) no analysis. I also found several interesting bits from musicians using the piece in song, which (we you think on it) requires an analysis of sorts.

Thank you so very much, you've been such a help. I DO hope she makes a sucess of her defense.
Jul. 28th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
btw, Friday I rented the first season of Sherlock at the library. (having no cable, never saw it).

Yesterday, perforce, I made a mad dash to rent season two.

Since none of my family would understand my singing of praises, I'll just should it here:

OMG. Breathtaking. Truly. I was a puddle on the floor.

(my goodness, are you really in the 1% of readers @ Goodreads? No wonder I found you there! You never sleep, do you? What is that album? Rust Never Sleeps? We must, in your case, rename it to Scythe (meaning something sharp and shining) Never Naps......)
Jul. 25th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
Good for you getting popular on reviews!
Jul. 28th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! :)
Jul. 25th, 2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
Woo ho! There you are in the list!
Jul. 28th, 2013 11:47 am (UTC)
LOL! Thanks! ::blushes:: Your icon has officially made my day.

And wow, what a busy and productive summer you've had! I got tired just reading your recent post. Good on ya!
Jul. 26th, 2013 09:08 am (UTC)
The crew at Goodreads sent a message to inform me that, of some twenty million members, I'm in the top 1% of book reviewers there. Really? Perhaps that's true, or perhaps they just say that to all the gals.

I must remember that line ... ;-)
Jul. 28th, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
LOL! I suspect it only works in certain settings and on a somewhat limited demographic. ;)
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