In other news...
* In the next couple of months I'll have the privilege of interviewing two distinguished and celebrated authors whose works I regularly teach. I'll be interviewing David Brin virtually for StarShipSofa's Sofanauts, and I'll be interviewing Sherman Alexie in person as part of Lenoir-Rhyne's Visiting Writers Series. My students this semester will be reading Alexie's brilliant, U.S. National Book Award winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, so I'm delighted that they'll have a chance to see Alexie on campus.
* Here's a Call for Papers that may be of interest: The Inklings and King Arthur.
* Fans of the late (and great) Lewis Collins will want to see this moving message from his family.
* Interesting! "Four Changes to English So Subtle We Hardly Notice They're Happening." (Thanks to James!)
* I've updated the list of my personal appearances this year.
* Sherlock! As much as I enjoyed "The Empty Hearse" and "The Sign of Three" -- and I really did! -- "His Last Vow" blew them both away. Well played, Moftiss. Well played indeed.
I'll leave this on a January-esque note...
The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow;
But a tyrant spell has bound me
And I cannot, cannot go.
The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow.
And the storm is fast descending,
And yet I cannot go.
Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below;
But nothing dear can move me;
I will not, cannot go.
- Emily Brontë, "Spellbound"