Friday, August 15, 2014

Nothing ever changes...

From "The North Platte Semi-Weekly" paper (North Platte, Nebraska), April 19, 1898.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

What am I reading?

Well, at the moment, a lot of things. I am listening to the audiobook version of Shadow of Night (by Deborah Harkness). I am reading a biography of Virginia Woolf (the one by Hermione Lee), and slowly making my way through The Untethered Soul (by Michael Singer). The Harkness book is good, but there is a lot that could be easily left out and it is trying my patience a bit. And if there is mention of another "nudging glance," I will scream. I just started the Woolf bio, and I imagine that will take a long time. The final book on this list results from the fact that I have had some turmoil in my life recently, and I find this soothing to read. So, here's hoping it rubs off on me. :)

My Great-Great-Great-Grandmother was a "Mean Girl"

Always fun to find out your third great-grandmother was causing trouble for Ulysses S. Grant and his future wife. Sounds like my great-great-great grandmother was a "mean girl." (Her name is Fanny Morrison, and her sister is Georgia Morrison.) AND I really want to know what is going on with the apple seed incident...:

From a letter from Ulysses S. Grant to Julia Dent (his future wife)...

“The happiness of seeing you again can hardly be realized, and then like you I have so much that I would like to say and don’t want to write. –Julia do tell me the secrets that Georgia M disclosed to you—I think I can guess them from what follows in your letter—Georgia M is a very nice modest and inexperienced girl and can very easily be made to believe anything her oldest sister tells her—I know very well that Fanny has told her that I was in love with her and she founds her reasons for thinking so upon what followed took place at your house—You remember the occurrence of the apple seeds? Fanny has tried to find out from Mr. Hazlitt which I loved best Georgia or Julia—Mr. Hazlitt would not tell her which he thought because to please her he would have to tell what he believed to be a story, and to have said you (as he believed though of course he knew nothing about certain) he thought would give unnecessary offense. Hazlitt told me of the conversation he had and it displeased me so much with Miss F. that I said things of her which I would not commit to paper—Believe me my dear Julia what ever Miss Georgia may have told you she no doubt believed herself, but in believing she has allowed herself to be the dupe of one older than she is, but whose experience in love affairs, ought to be worth a great deal more than it is.”  

Friday, March 07, 2014

What to do with this blog?????

So, yesterday (March 6) marked the nine-year-anniversary of this blog. I began writing on here in 2005, near the end of my MLIS degree, as an attempt to keep up with friends and family as I moved on to PhD work in Florida. When life changed my plans (location-wise, anyway), I ended up continuing the blog. I wrote fairly regularly until the end of my PhD.

Admittedly, I haven't written much since.   :(

What to do? I just don't know. Should I keep this "space"...whatever I use this "space" for? Should I let it die in cyberspace? Should I print a copy for myself and delete it? I just don't know. And, yet, part of me doesn't want to give it up.

I don't need the outlet anymore, and I  have no interest in doing more book reviews. I don't mind keeping it as a space where I can vent about what I am reading, but it won't be a "review" space exactly. Ugh. What to do???

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


"Understand, she was not a genius of a child, but merely one of considerable intelligence and talent, who after years of frustration and boredom had seized her opportunity at last."
--Merrick by Anne Rice

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Beast in the Jungle

He continued to look at her. "What then is the matter with you?"

"Well," she said after another wait, "the matter with me is simply that I'm more sure than ever my curiosity, as you call it, will be but too well repaid."

--From "The Beast in the Jungle" by Henry James

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Don't pass out because I am actually posting something...

Wow. I have really been out of the blogging world. I haven't blogged anything in a really long time, mainly because I have been so busy in my "real world" job. The end of the summer through the holidays are my busiest time around here, so I just haven't had the time (nor have I felt energized or inspired enough) to write anything.

I am finally feeling like I want to step back into my "literature" world again, so I have set a few goals for myself. One goal in particular is to get something ready to submit to the VI conference next year. I don't want to quit working in the field I spent the better part of a decade participating in! So, I am working out some possible avenues of research at the moment. The only thing I know for sure is that I don't want to write about Dickens! :)

As far as my other writing: I am finishing up a chapter on A. E. Wilson, and I am outlining my NaNoWriMo project. This is the first year I feel up to it since 2008, so I am ready to go on Nov. 1!

As far as what I am reading: I had to take a break from the Alabama novel thing for a while, because I felt overloaded. I will get back to it eventually, but for now...well, I just need a break. So, I picked up a book in a genre I rarely read: mystery. I started reading Chelsea Mansions by Barry Maitland, and I love it! Granted, like an idiot, I started with a book late in the "Brock and Kolla" series. Still, Maitland doesn't include a lot of spoilers--or, if he does, they are cleverly worked into the story, and I have no idea I am being spoiled on earlier books. I have already bought the first book (The Marx Sisters), and I will probably go ahead and read that next. I also want to read the new Christopher Rice novel, and I hope to read Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling soon.

In other news, I am turning my spare room into a home office, which is LONG overdue. I can't wait until it is finished. I have cleaned out EVERYTHING in the room and gotten rid of tons of stuff, including books. The goal, eventually, is to buy new bookshelves for the room. Until then, it will be fairly haphazard and nothing will match. But that is okay. I will just be happy to have a space to work/write. Right now, my huge desk takes up so much room in my bedroom. I also find it hard to work in the bedroom, because I associate it with sleep (obviously). That is why most of my dissertation was written in coffee shops. :)

Well, hopefully, I will get back to this blogging thing soon. Hope all is well with you!

Friday, August 16, 2013

I heart professors who are also romance authors...

I was out on campus for a conference (actually, and "unconference") last week/weekend, and I came across this office door in New College:


I immediately tweeted this picture (and one below) to my friend, author Vicky Dreiling. We are so happy that a college professor is giving the "okay" to read romance novels! Then, I wondered....who is this person? Well, it turns out that she (Catherine Roach) writes under the name Catherine LaRoche! Her first novel, Master of Love, was published by Simon & Schuster last year! She is also working on a scholarly book about the romance genre, which makes me extremely happy right now!

Anyway, next to her door is a sign-up sheet for students who would like to "come on in" and "borrow a romance novel"! (I love the highlighting.)

And, of course, I can't resist this sign...

Rock on, fellow romance writers. Rock on.