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Let the author speak for himself...

Barnes and Noble interview with Philip Pullman:

Very interesting and provides great insight into the His Dark Materials series.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish everyone a very happy Turkey Day!

The Conference: Post Presentation

Everything went really well. I didn't fall over my words (or anything else); however, I am now exhausted. Mom and I went to eat at a Mexican restaurant...which was really great because I had not eaten all day!

Tomorrow, I have to act as panel chair for one group and then man the registration table for a couple of hours.

Meanwhile, I need sleep!!!

Two and 1/2 hours to go...

Until the conference presentation.

Wish me luck.

I will need it.

Have you heard about this video game?

It should be banned. Here is a description from an article explaining why "Manhunt 2" has been banned in Great Britain:

"Manhunt 2 is distinguishable from recent high-end video games by its unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone in an overall game context which constantly encourages visceral killing with exceptionally little alleviation or distancing.

"There is sustained and cumulative casual sadism in the way in which these killings are committed, and encouraged, in the game," he continued.


There is a first time for everything.

Even pinkeye/ pink eye. Not sure if it is two words...have seen it both ways...don't really care. All I know is that I woke up in the middle of the night with a very bad realization that something funky was going on with my eyes. YES. BOTH EYES.

So, here I am, 31 years old, and experiencing pink eye for the first time in my life. I am not a happy camper. This is not a good time for this to happen. I want to meet the freak who passed this on to me.

Do I really have anything interesting to say tonight?

Not really. I am trying to cram in a lot of reading this weekend. The conference is next Friday and Saturday. I present on Friday during the first panel. I am trying to cut my paper (at about 13 pages now), but I think I am giving up on that. I am the last, I think I will just grandstand it and take advantage of my captive audience. RIGHT. Anyway, I honestly don't know where else to cut this paper. So, it will just have to be a little long.

Other than that, I am reading Rudyard Kipling's Kim. It is a very interesting story. I have never really enjoyed Kipling before now. I would like to finish the book this weekend so that I can start my research and begin my paper.

Well, that is it for my boring life. Hopefully, I will have more to say later.


Snapecast chose my question to include in the "Owl Post" segment on the new episode!!!

One of those great t.v. moments:

I had the television on Lifetime and the station played its usual Golden Girls epidsodes. Today: Rose battles legally prescribed medication addiction in only 30 minutes. You gotta love t.v.

Fighting for my sanity.

Yes, this is the response that always appears on my blog mid-semester. I started out this semester with two very big events looming in the distance: Melanie's wedding and the Victorian Lit. conference here in town. So, the first is over and the second one will be over in about two weeks. However, now I am thinking about all of the work I need to do.

I have completed my conference paper revisions, as far as the organization goes. However, it is 15 freaking pages and I need it to be shorter! Directly after the conference, I have a paper revision to turn in on the 15th (will work on that this weekend) and three more huge projects...not to mention grading papers and teaching. At least I have good students this semester!

But, none of this is a concern (right)...I allow myself a few "freak out" days each semester (still trying to convince myself). This is one of them (one of many to come, I am sure). Stay with me, people!!!

It doesn't help that I am suffering from allergies …

Second Life, part 2.

I guess what really disturbs me about all of this is that it violates common sense yet makes perfect sense in the world we live in today (God. I sound like I should be taking Freshman Comp.). Anyway, it is true in this case. Why would I pay money for space that doesn't physically exist? This is nuts. On the other hand, some of my favorite activities are listening to podcasts and blogging. Both involve my invisible presence on the one hand, and an acknowledged, yet invisible, audience on the other hand.

Is this what we are coming to in the future? Invisible friends? Geez. I had that at age three. We are not progressing. We are regressing. AND I AM PARTICIPATING!!! (...but not in "Second Life".)

"The horror! The horror!" (Kurtz's dying words in Heart of Darkness may be appropriate here.)

Confused and Deeply Concerned.

I realize that I am completely out of touch in many ways in the virtual world, but the concept of "Second Life" completely freaks me out. I think this is an insane idea.

I am not prepared to say more than that at the moment, but for anyone unfamiliar with "Second Life", here are some links:

Someone voted....

On my "SEV AND I" Blog poll! I have at least one reader!!

My I-pod Knows Me Better Than I Know Myself.

Yes, folks. It is true. I played my top 25 today, as recorded by my I-pod, and who knew that my #4 most played song is Madonna's "Sky Fits Heaven"??? I am not sure how I feel about that...however, my number one song is Elvis's "In the Ghetto". Not surprised about that one!


Okay, everyone. As many of you know, I am obsessed with the Harry Potter series and have a rather hilarious and slightly scary on-page relationship with Severus Snape. He is one of my favorite literary characters (I love the Potions Master!!!) and I have decided to start a blog about his character.

Some of my references are a little funny. I am trying to take a humorous but seriously analytical approach to Snape. I love the podcast "SNAPECAST" (really funny and smart) and because they are willing to go so in depth with Snape's character, I decided it was okay for me to do so as well. So, that is what I am doing.

I am having fun with books, people!!!

Anyway, if you aren't afraid of some literary analysis and a little sick humor on the side, visit my new blog:

PS: I will still be posting to this one.

My feet are killing me, but...

The wedding was great! Melanie looked so pretty and I don't think I screwed up anything major during the ceremony. All flowers were held at the proper moments...Melanie was fluffed at the proper times...the wonderful coordinator only shushed us twice. (There went my plan for Leah, another fun loving bridesmaid, to take a boom box down the aisle.)

Here is a photo pre-wedding:

The reception went well also and I think Melanie was only slightly mortified by the car...

Go, Bulls!!!!!

I am sooooooo proud of my team!!! Great job sacking Auburn!!!!!

USF is awesome!!!

Happy Birthday...

TO ME!!!!

People Are Irresponsible

I was just in a hit and run accident. The idiot hit me from behind, really hard, and then zoomed around me into oncoming traffic, nearly hitting another SUV. I am hurting, but alive.

I was on my way to Books-a-Million at the time. This is what being a literature nerd does to you...Saturday night entertainment...buying a wreck. The logic is so clear.

What Not To Wear...

Yes, I realize that I need to be featured on that show. I am not a fashion plate. However, in the marathon on TLC today, I saw a few outfits that should not have passed the fashion police. I don't understand the logic sometimes. Not only should some people just not wear certain things that may be "fashionable" or "modern", but neither should designers come up with horrible patterns. Who needs a dress with gold rings every two centimeters? I felt as if the old Sega video game, Sonic the Hedgehog, had jumped off the screen and imprinted itself on the dress. Gather up the gold rings for points!!!

My summer went by so quickly. First, I worked on an editing job with my favorite USF professor. Then, I ended up teaching a literature course for the department here at UA. It was a good group of students, but teaching summer school, while fun, was exhausting!

Other than that, not much is happening. The semester will begin in three days, but I teach on Tuesday and Thursday.…

Mourning Snape

I refuse to believe it. No body, no portrait, no death.

Harry Potter 7!!!

I just went by the local Books-a-Million for some coffee. The armored truck was there, with guards, unloading the HP7 book!!! I want to write something that is delivered by armored truck!!!

I am so excited about tonight! The BAM party starts at 9. I am wearing my Slytherin colors (yes, I am a fan of Snape's)!!! I am a nerd, I know, but this is the first and last HP party I will attend!!!

Breathing Freely

Finally, school is out! Not that the work stops (for me) but at least it isn't so crazy.

Last week, we moved my grandma out of her old place and into a new one. It was a crazy experience (stuff still in boxes from 1960). However, at least I got to see a lot of family.

In any case, I will try to post more often.

and then there were none...

Well, there is at least one more day of spring break. Not that it has been much of a break. If it wasn't for my cousin, Jess, meeting me for lunch today, I would not have left Tuscaloosa! (Thanks again, Jess!) Other than that, I have basically spent the week entertaining dad and trying to read fun stuff/school stuff.

Now, the trick will be to retune my mind to school work....

Spring Breakin'

Yep, although tomorrow I begin reading school stuff again, I did take a little time out to read some fun things. One book I just finished reading: The Thirteenth Tale. If you ever liked the Brontes, then you would love this book. If you are a person passionate about reading, you will love this book. I am both, so I devoured it!

Now, I am reading The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox. The public library is getting in a lot of newer books lately so I am having a great time. I know...I am a nerd. But, I love to read! Just being able to sit back and read something without a deadline attached to it is heaven.

So close that I can almost taste it...

Let's give three big shouts for spring break!!! I am so ready. This time tomorrow, I will at least be home for a week without having to set foot on campus if I don't want to go there! I don't have any plans, other than using the time to catch up on a lot of reading. I still have way too much stuff to do, but I am not letting it bring me down!

She's Coming Undone...

Me, I mean. I am completely exhausted from grading 64 midterms. The students did very well, for the most part, but I am so sleepy!

I am also in need of spring break. While my academic chores will not slow down during that time (next week), at least I can sleep in a bit more!

I tried to quiet my mind tonight at St. Francis during centering prayer, but it just did not work...ugh. I must stop daily life from making me crazy.

Romeo, Romeo, what happened?

So, I just got back from seeing Romeo and Juliet. The acting was good (especially the guy playing Romeo...he looked about 14); however, the director made the decision to turn acts 1-3 into complete comedy...and not just the nurse's parts. It was everything! Even Mercutio's fight scene was slapstick. It only turned serious about two minutes before he died. Anyway, it was just really weird to have such a lighthearted comedy, with a ditzy teen Juliet (again, not a comment on the was fine...just the way the director wanted the part played), up through intermission, only to come back fifteen minutes later and see the traditional roles.

ugh...still confused.

Lent and AMADEUS

Not that the two have anything in common...

Anyway, I gave up buying books for Lent. It is a destructive passion. Anyway, so far so good. I am a frequent library patron...something we should all be happy about!

Also, last night, I saw Theater Tuscaloosa's performance of Amadeus. AMAZING!!! Who knew we could put on something that well done! Everyone was wonderful. In spite of the unfair review in the Crimson White, Terry Olivet was great as Joseph (spelling different, I think). Anyway, the play totally floored me. I saw the movie version when I was about nine-years-old (my parents never censored anything). The movie literally changed my life. I have loved it ever since. It made me love opera and helped me understand (though I didn't know it at the time) important aspects of the human mind and character. Well, the play (significantly different, and in some ways richer, than the movie) changed me life as well. I enjoy the theater, generally, but last night's performance made me…

Going crazy for pancakes!!!

Yes, folks, I celebrated national pancake day on Tuesday!!! My favorite breakfast food has its own day thanks to the charity drive from the IHOP folks (at least, that is what I think is the origin of the holiday). I, however, did not go to IHOP. I went to Wright's....ahhhh...the best pancakes ever. They are only a dollar a piece and are HUGE. They literally cover the entire plate. I had two. :)

In the midst of greatness...

I am tardy in posting this, but I think I still should! A couple of weeks ago, during my office hours at Java City, the fabulous Harper Lee sat right across from me! She was on campus for an essay contest. It was amazing to see and hear her! So, that is my story and I just had to share.

Other than that, not much is happening (at least, nothing of interest). I read, only taking breaks for Boston Legal and American Idol. My idol, Olivia, has been on several shows recently!!! Very exciting for me, I assure you. Maybe not for anyone else...but, in my mind, there will never be another Sandy.

I am teaching literature (we just finished reading Frankenstein) and I really like my students. (Hopefully I will be teaching this summer, but if there are no opportunities to do so, I will, again, hopefully, work on campus somewhere.) I hope that they continue to let me teach literature. I am just getting my feet wet now and already know some things I would like to change.

Well, when something great happ…

"'Cause where there's a man who has no voice, There ours shall go singing..."

Yes, thank you Jewel for that lovely line from your song "Hands"...however, I have lost my voice...literally. If it doesn't come back by tomorrow morning, my students will be in for a real treat of "Susie Whispers: Live!"

PS: Did anyone see Jewel on American Idol on Tuesday night??? Weird. Very weird.

Finally!!! Here is Mr. Casey!!!

Here is my favorite dog in the world! This is my dog, Casey Bean.


Age: 10 yrs
B-day: Dec. 25
Features: All handsome
Favorite Foods: ummm...everything. But, he really loves cornbread.
Hobbies: Sitting around looking beautiful, barking at Susie for more food, barking at animals outside, hunting and killing said animals with Susie (a.k.a wildlife commando)

THE RACE: OR, Kill or Be Killed at Disney

The most brutal, abusive event. The half-marathon, usually in 30-40 degree weather (ideal), took place in 80 degree weather with humidity that was out of this world. My moisture wicking clothing did not work. I did great until mile 8, maintained a 13.5 minute pace throughout, but my body just could not cope with the loss of fluids and I began to fall apart around mile 10 (ending with an all time worst finish time of 2:59:53). I was so relieved just to finish that I almost started crying. And it wasn't just woman began to pass out on the course, fell, and broke her nose when it hit the edge of the curb. Others were being treated along the course. Seasoned runners were sleeping on the pavement of the Epcot parking lot. After the race, I could barely was strange because that has never happened to me before. Little did I know, I was fighting off bad dehydration.

On the positive side, I got to see all of the characters (before I started to fade), slapped Stich's h…


Well, the race is Saturday. I hope it goes well, but I am dreading the wait. The runners have to be at the site by 4 a.m. and then I could start at any time between 6 and 7. I would rather show up and run.

Other than that, I am reading a really interesting book: Little Children. Has anyone read this one? There is a movie coming out soon and I wanted to read the book first. Anyway, it is really good.

Other than that, I am just in the hell of packing and making sure I have everything with me that I need for the race. I live for Sunday.

So, it is a new year...

Any suggestions? I hope this year is peaceful and full of good things. Last year held enough craziness for my entire lifetime. Anyway, I wish everyone a wonderful, happy new year!