Summer News

Apologies for the long gap between posts, things have been pretty busy around here! A few things I must mention though! –

* My flash story, “The Sea Does Not Need Me,” appears in the new issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest – Something Rich and Strange: Tales from the Sea. It was inspired by the ballad “The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry” (Child 113). This collection is truly gorgeous (as the cover demonstrates admirably!) and I hope you get a chance to check it out! I am honored to be a part of it :).

* Also, my poem titled “Ink” is in the latest issue of Liminality Magazine. This one really means a lot to me, as it was written shortly after my brother died as a way of attempting to cope. I’m very happy it found a home alongside so many interesting, moving, beautiful poems.

* My other big news is that I’ve relaunched my faerie tale fashion blog, Dress of Stars! It’s about time, right?

dressofstarsThe official description says it’s meant to be “the fashion diary of a witch faerie folklore & literature grad student who loves to tell stories, even with her clothes,” so outfit posts for sure, but I also want it to be a place where I can write about this kind of fashion more broadly, post about my own fashion/jewelry related creative endeavors, look at new things others are doing, and even examine faerie/fairy tale fashion through a more academic lens. I’m interested in the drive to bring magic into everyday life in all aspects and, as fashion is one of the ways I personally tend to do it most, I’m fascinated by exploring that world more consciously. As some of you may know, I recently contributed the entry for “Fashion” in the new Greenwood Encyclopedia publication Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from Around the World, 2nd Edition (which will be officially released in December of this year), and I’m excited to do more with the concept in my academic work. Some of you may also remember my post from a while ago, “Fashion and Academia,” in which I talk about the issues surrounding being a woman who is interested in fashion but also an academic. I still stand by everything I said in that post and I hope the new blog will also give me a dedicated space to write more posts like it.

I’ve already made several outfit posts but for more on the blog’s restart specifically, please read my first post upon being “back” :). As I talk about in more detail there, I’ve been contemplating a relaunch for a while now but actually doing it was largely inspired by the new Facebook group I co-admin called Daily Fae-shion!

My friend Grace Nuth and I wanted a place online where those of us who are inspired by and encourage “magic in daily attire” could gather and share their outfits, their finds, their creations, and their inspirations. The official group description, written by Grace, sums it up quite nicely I think –

This group is devoted to inspiring and encouraging magic in daily attire. If your dream wardrobe would be at home among the ephemera of a Brian Froud painting…if flowers in your hair aren’t just for Renaissance Festivals…and even if your taste runs more to bat pendants and crow feathers among the spikes on your shoulder pads…this is the group for you. Pinterest is wonderful, and can inspire, but we are hoping to share with each other *real* examples of *real* people wearing their daily clothes and trying to infuse them with a touch of fairy tale. Maybe you work in an office where you have to mostly “hide your wings,” but you still find little ways (through jewelry, footwear, etc) to feel magical. We’d love to see that too! If you have a knack for altering or accessorizing Goodwill and thrift store finds to create a whimsical ensemble, we would love to know your tricks!

If the words Bohemian/Boho/Mori Girl/Black Forest Mori Girl/Goth/Medieval/Faerie/Flower Child/Princess/Witch describe the clothes you wear and/or love, then please join!

The group has *really* taken off and I encourage you to join if you’re at all interested! I’m delighted with how inspiring it’s been to so many people and how fantastic and inspired it makes *me* feel every day :).

There should be some more things to announce soon but that’s all for now.  Otherwise work continues (slowly) on the dissertation and the various other commitments I probably shouldn’t have made but did ;).

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2014 Creative Publishing Round Up

Time for a brief summary of the creative things I published last year! Each section is from latest to earliest.


* “The Crane Wife” @ Through the Gate
* “Year Forty-Nine” @ Mirror Dance
* “L’Unicorne Qui S’Endort” @ inkscrawl
* “Song from the Islands of Sirenum Scopuli” @ Liquid Imagination
* “Rep/ercussions (Carmina)” @ Stone Telling

Flash Fiction:

* “Q is for Queen” in A is for Apocalypse, edited by Rhonda Parrish
* “The Second Mrs. Chapman” in The Rogues Gallery, edited by Alex Scully

My poem “WereMoonMother” was also reprinted in the Mythic Delirium Anthology :).

All in all a very good year, especially considering everything else that was going on (candidacy exams, kittens, mono, etc!) I do hope to be able to do a bit more creative writing this year though, despite the looming dissertation and all that will entail. Writing creatively often really helps me with writing academically though, so fingers crossed!

Other fun things to share:

* Spencer Byles incredibly fae organic forest sculptures are just breathtakingly awesome.

* I’m delighted to point out that almost a third of the top 20 Journal of American Folklore articles most viewed, printed, or downloaded from JSTOR during 2014 were fairy-tale studies related :).

* The incredible “Palace of Mystery” Quinta da Regaleira in Portugal (photographed by Taylor Moore.)

* Ukranian photographer Anita Anti’s beautiful fairy-tale photography.

Have a lovely day all!

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Lovely Things

Well, I don’t really have any fascinating, exciting news (new semester’s just started, things are in motion but nothing really to report just yet) but I do have a ton of amazing links to share!

* “Elegy for a Dead World” is a video game that helps players write. It’s beautiful and brilliant, full of Romantic poetry and strange worlds. You can buy it here.

* Guillermo Del Toro is making a “dark Victorian fantasy series” for Amazon that features fairies. I can’t even describe how excited I am.

* Mirror Mirrored is very cool book project pairing an eclectic mix of contemporary artists with Grimms’ fairy tales. I’m so eager to see how this turns out!

* A thesis about dragons in 13th century Iceland! And speaking of Iceland, how about some awesome witches staves? My sister brought me back a necklace from Iceland with one of these on it and I’m delighted to now know what it represents!

* The “Brothers Grimm Wanderings” landscape photography series by Kilian Schönberger is absolutely enchanting.

* So in love with this house. And this converted bus.

* Two incredible Russian photographers doing fairy tale inspired photography – more fantastic shoots by Margarita Kareva, more surreal shoots by Uldus Bakhtiozina

* More gorgeous, magical photography by Nona Limmen – she’s very inspired by Albert Einstein’s idea that “the most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious” :).

Whew! Go explore!

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ABD! 30! Kittens!?!

Wow, so I’ve had a crazy, crazy past several weeks :). In a very good way!

* On November 17th I PASSED MY CANDIDACY EXAMS!! I took my oral exam and defended my written portion plus my prospectus for two hours and I passed! All that work and reading paid off – I subdued the fierce dragon :). This means I’m officially a PhD candidate and ABD (which stands for “all but dissertation,” meaning I’ve thus far completed everything necessary to get my PhD except for the dissertation itself.) Now on to the last, biggest part – writing!

* Then just after that, on November 19th, I TURNED THIRTY. My gosh, that still feels bizarre to even write. My birthday was quite lovely though :). It’s the beginning of a whole new decade! It’s admittedly a bit daunting but eh, I think it’s okay. I’ve had several people tell me that the thirties are the best decade of all so I’m excited for the new adventure :).

* And last but certainly not least… I ACQUIRED TWO KITTENS. Yes, you read that right :P.

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A friend from school found them outside and I just fell in love with them. I knew they were meant for me :). Their names are Grimalkin (Grimmy, the grey/cream/brown/black tabby girl) and Pyewacket (Pye, the all black boy) – of course I had to go very folklore-y!  “Grimalkin” is the name of a legendary Scottish faerie cat (and also likely the inspiration for the witch’s familiar Gray-Malkin in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.) “Pyewacket” is the name an accused witch in the early modern period stated was the name of one of her familiars and also the name of the witch’s cat in the film Bell, Book, and Candle (which, for the record, I loved until the very end when she has to give up her powers for love… what the heck?! I *hate* that motif! But the cat is still awesome :P.)

My little familiars :).

Grimmy is very delicate but rambunctious, totally fae-like, with eyes that change color from this opal-y green to a light amber and back again. She’s gray/cream/tan with black stripes and spots and “tarnished” brown ears, is super fast, and has an adorable little “old-lady” meow (another way her name suits her perfectly, as “grimalkin” can mean old woman too!) She loves to climb and she’ll even jump up and sit on my shoulder sometimes! In fact, she is very like an Egyptian Mau in everything from color to personality, which makes me think there must be some ancestor from that breed at least! Pye is a perfect Halloween witch’s cat – all black with orange eyes! He loves to play with anything long and string-like and he’ll do crazy jumps and twists while he’s playing. He tends to be a bit shyer than Grimmy, but he’s getting braver now that he’s getting bigger. Breed-wise he is very close to a Bombay – we’ve even been calling him a little panther, as he is quite big for his age and has the loudest purr I’ve ever heard (and it’s almost always going!) Obviously they are the perfect kittens for me, I can’t even begin to describe how adorable and sweet they are :).

Mimzer’s face most of the time so far :P.

I took them with me to Virginia for Christmas and they were good little travelers too! Mimzer, my family cat at home who I adore (I’ve posted pictures of him before!), is trying very hard to be a good mentor to them – though they do sometimes drive him crazy I fear. They like to… swarm?… and surround him, trying to study and play with the “big cat.” He looks at them sometimes like “… ? What ARE you??” but I actually think he’s been pretty lonely since we lost our dear dog Annie so I think/hope he’ll warm up to them more and more and eventually really enjoy having two little minions to boss around :P.

A few other things:

* I was one of the top referrers to the Hedgespoken project, which finished with £30,816! Thanks so much to those of you who took my word for it and checked out the project – I’m so happy to have pointed a few of you to it! Being a top referrer also means I get a special print from the project too, which is really cool :D.

* Bewitching photographs inspired by Lithuanian forests (where my uncle’s family is from!)

* Cat Befriends Young Autistic Artist– :*).

* This TED talk video that my boyfriend Josh found and showed me is crazy inspiring: Jane McGonigal: The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life. I know she’s not really doing anything related to my own stuff at all but I’m just so psyched to see someone out there doing this amazing, unconventional work (with a PhD in Performance Studies no less!)

Have a beautiful, magical new year everyone – it’s going to be a great one! :)!

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Sickness, AFS, and Other Updates!

So you probably noticed that I disappeared for a while there but I am back! I sadly have been very sick this semester, a terrible bout with mononucleosis that I would much rather forget. I’m on the mend for sure, and back to most regular activities, but I probably won’t be 100% until December (mono tends to stay in your system for a while.) Practically what this means is that I still get very tired sometimes, have a bit of vertigo every once in a while, and am dealing with a very compromised immune system. Trying my best to avoid all the crazy colds and such out there at this time of year!

I did get to be Maleficent for Halloween though ;).

And I was happily able to go to AFS in Santa Fe, NM this past weekend as well! It was awesome, as it usually is. It’s such a fun conference and I love seeing friends and colleagues from all around the country. I presented my section of the essay I wrote with Jeana Jorgensen for the new book Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on TV, which I’ve written about before, and it went well! Wayne State University Press also hosted a book launch/reception that was very cool to attend :). I’m the new junior co-convenor (with Victoria Harkavy) for the Folklore and Literature section too, which has a lot of awesome stuff planned for the next few years!

A few other things of note:

x. New Poem in the fantastic Through the Gate #5!

x. This very thoughtful review of A is for Apocalypse calls out my story! :D!

x. The Mythic Delirium Anthology is officially out! I already mentioned the starred Publishers Weekly review, but here’s another great one from Amazing Stories!

x. My short story “Kitsune, Fox” from Jabberwocky #7 has been listed on the very cool StoryFox “database of vulpine science fiction and fantasy,” run by Jenn Grunigen!

x. The Hedgespoken project is so, so fantastic! I love the idea so very much – what could possibly be more awesome than traveling the country, telling stories and sharing magic in a moving theatre?

Please chip in if you can!

x. Crazy excited for the new Sleeping Beauty/Snow White book by Neil Gaiman.

x. And lastly, I absolutely love Kat Howard’s piece “The Princess and the Witch” from the special Women Destroy Fantasy issue of Fantasy Magazine – yes, yes, yes, yes :). Resonates so much with me and is so beautifully said.

That’s all for now, more soon!

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A Prize, Publications, and Other News!

Whew, the fall semester has started and, as predicted, things are already quite crazy. I’m teaching a new course (the second level literature based writing course, my theme is “US Literature and the Fairy Tale” of course!), still reading crazily for candidacy exams, and trying to fit in conferences, article writing, reviews, all the other stuff I want to do as well!

As some of you may know, I also went on a whirlwind, awesome Baltic Sea cruise right before school started. I wanted to do a post about folklore-y stuff I saw but sadly I’m not sure that’s going to happen anytime soon. In the meantime, a few things of note –

* I won a prize! I am the recipient of the first ever annual Polly Stewart Student Travel Stipend from the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society, presented to “an emerging scholar who shows promise of furthering the study of women’s folklore, gender issues in folklore, and/or feminist approaches to the study of folklore” :D! This is an incredible honor and I’m so happy and excited about it!

* In other professional news, I received my contributors’ copy of the about to be published Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television (which includes an essay on “Sleeping Beauty” I co-wrote with Jeana Jorgensen) and it’s gorgeous – I highly recommend giving it a look on October 6th if you’re interested in such things!


* The new Mythic Delirium anthology of the first four online issues, featuring my poem “WereMoonMother,” is coming and it’s already received a STARRED review in Publisher’s Weekly! They call it “a winner from cover to cover” (which is especially lovely as my poem is the last piece in the book :).) More on this soon!

* I’ve got a new poem up at the lovely Mirror Dance called “Year Forty-Nine” :).

* The International Fairy-Tale Filmography has launched and it’s lovely – check it out when you get a chance!

* Rose Lemberg’s Kickstarter for her “anthology of unclassifiables,” An Alphabet of Embers was successfully funded and the submission guidelines are now up here! She’s looking for “lyrical, surreal, magical, experimental pieces that straddle the border between poetry and prose.” This is going to be a beautiful collection and I hope I can put together something to submit :).

That’s all for now, enjoy the beginning of fall – my favorite season!

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Maleficent: Retellings, The Fae, & Embracing My Fairy Tale

At last, my long awaited post on Maleficent is here! I promised it was coming and I’m going to deliver to the best of my abilities. Because “Sleeping Beauty” is my fairy tale. I think everyone has one of these – the one fairy tale that they really identify with, that they’ll always love, that has somehow shaped their life. It might not be the one you intellectually think is the “best” or the most important or even the most interesting. It’s just yours and you know it. I love “Sleeping Beauty”: I write about it, read about it, retell it. It’s shaped my academic and creative life in more ways than I can properly name. ATU410 will always be a part of me.

So, as you can imagine, I was practically crazy with excitement upon hearing that Disney was making this film. I’ve been following all the updates, drooling over the merchandise (and maybe buying a Maleficent doll…), planning a Maleficent costume for Halloween, and reading all the blog posts people have been making in anticipation. I wound up being able to see it a couple days early with my family and then quite soon after that again with my boyfriend. I’d totally see it again too.

Warning! The following post is FULL of spoilers for the film!! Don’t read until you’ve seen it :). There are also a few spoilers for the Disney film Frozen as well so be warned about that too?

The Especially Good:

For me, the absolute best part of the movie was the incorporation of faerie folklore with the fairy tale, something that isn’t done nearly enough and really should be.

This really dives into the core of my love for “Sleeping Beauty” itself – it is an enchanted story, a tale about the fae world in a way that most fairy tales really aren’t.

This embracing of Faerie is perhaps best reflected in the concept art for the film, which you can view here. Gorgeous, strange scenes and creatures – clearly inspired by Brian Froud’s work. Strongly connected to nature – perfect.

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The fae are typically very much a part of nature and I loved how the film showed this, from Maleficent’s magical healing of the trees to the organic looks of many of the fae creatures. I loved that their weakness was iron, that there were so many different kinds of fae, that some of the promotional material for the film included things like Yeats’ poem “The Stolen Child,” and I loved Diaval too, particularly the way in which his transformations always echoed his original bird form – brilliant touch.

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Aurora herself was also beautifully linked to nature. As one of the Disney princesses typically associated with nature (mainly due to her forest creature friends), I thought the way this film ran with that idea was fantastic. From her immediate acceptance of the odd, unexpected creatures of the faerie world, to her demonstrated love for the creatures of the human world, to her (gorgeous) forest themed bedroom and flower crowns, Aurora’s connection to nature really cemented her for me as the ideal choice to bring together the fae world and the human world.

For me, this vision connects with the heart of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale as well. The sleeping princess is frequently seen as a representation of the sleeping spring beneath winter, the new life waiting to be born. To have Aurora be the catalyst to forming a new world in which both fae and human can exist together fits this model in a lovely way.

It can nearly go without saying that Angelina Jolie was fantastic – nearly all the reviews focus on this and I can’t disagree. She was elegant, otherworldly, mischievous, vulnerable but powerful – Jolie clearly relished playing the role and it shows in every scene she’s in.

The way the film changes the iconic kiss is, of course, also a subject of much interest to many reviewers. I loved it and thought it was perfectly appropriate – and am, I admit, a bit annoyed with the constant assertions being made that it’s just a copy of Frozen‘s depiction of true love between sisters. What reason are we giving filmmakers to show different kinds of love when the first major subversion of the typical male-female “true love’s kiss” after Frozen is treated like old news, or worse, read as a copycat attempt to ride on Frozen‘s coat tails? True love can be so many different things and I welcome this new trend to show that.

I also really like that the traditional male hero wasn’t demonized here either. Prince Phillip doesn’t have a big role but he’s not a villain either. Tellingly, my boyfriend’s verbal reaction to the arrival of Prince Philip was something like “NO. Stupid boy is going to ruin EVERYTHING” … and he could have done that, easily. I thought the same thing. That would have been an easy way to go for the filmmakers, right? Prince Philip turning out to be a bad guy, undermining the feminine connection of Maleficent/Aurora, yet another male representation of destructive/anti-nature humanity, etc. etc. – but they didn’t do it. Philip is a good guy, who really likes Aurora and doesn’t even want to kiss her without her permission when she’s asleep. He has nothing to do with the fight to take down Maleficent. He appears at Aurora’s coronation ceremony, not as a rival for attention or to undermine it in any way, but simply as a guy in the audience who has a crush on a girl who he thinks is really awesome. That’s pretty great.

Interestingly, Frozen does do a bit of a weird male demonizing thing, by making Prince Hans the surprise bad guy, but also tries to make up for it at least a little with Kristoff?

The Not-So-Good:

Of course, the film isn’t perfect by a long shot.

For me, the main problem is that, structurally, the film doesn’t really work as a fairy tale retelling. It’s… sloppy, for lack of a better word. There are numerous plot holes, poor character development/motivation, and several other problems. And the narrator. Oh my gosh, I hated the narrator! Completely superfluous with a syrupy sweet old woman voice, her lines about telling the “real” story are what ultimately dooms the film as a successful retelling. Because the film ends with the redemption of Maleficent and the kingdoms being united through Aurora, there’s no reason at all for there to have been any other version of the story. The original Disney tale should not exist because who would tell the story that way? There’s no reason to do so. What makes a story like Wicked work is that you can see how the “winning” side twisted the witch’s story in order to make her the evil witch they needed her to be, even though there was far more to her life than they allowed to be told. Considering the happy ending of Maleficent, why would anyone paint her as a straight villain, particularly in Aurora’s lifetime (as in the film she’s supposed to be trying to set the record straight?)

Does that mean that I wanted Maleficent to die? I don’t know. I certainly loved the character and didn’t want her to die but I think at the very least the human kingdom should have wound up believing that she did. I’ve spoken with numerous people about how the ending could have gone differently and most people seem to agree that there was something off about it. It wasn’t a bad ending, just ever so slightly the wrong ending.

Other strange choices annoyed me as well – for example, why change the names of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather and then alter their personalities and looks so much? They were overly silly when they didn’t need to be.

I was also pretty disappointed with the music. The original Disney film’s genius move of weaving in the music of Tchaikovsky’s ballet was so spot on and gorgeous that the score they came up with for Maleficent just felt… dinky to me in comparison. Why not use at least a little of that same music? Iconic scenes felt incredibly different – and not as powerful – without it to me. The exception, of course, is Lana Del Rey’s brilliant cover of “Once Upon a Dream” that played during the credits. Her haunting vocals combined with the way the film shows the early interactions between Maleficent and Aurora almost as dreams (note how Maleficent puts Aurora back in her bed each night after their adventures) puts a completely different, fantastic spin on the classic.

But seriously, all that said, with stuff like this going on, a mainstream fairy tale film with a powerful, complex, magical female lead is pretty fabulous and needs to be supported regardless of these problems. For me, they are small indeed when stacked up next to the good things about the movie.

A Few Other Thoughts:

What I’m really interested in, however, is that in the ramp up to this movie I’ve seen more than the average amount of “delving into Sleeping Beauty’s  – the literary fairy tale – history”, and from a much wider variety of sources as well, than for any other fairy tale movie remade, retold or sent to the “dark side”. People are being sent back to their libraries, searching google for this “Perrault” guy, buying up vintage fairy tale volumes with Sleeping Beauty (the extended version) and learning about it would really be like to have an ogre-ish mother-in-law. – See more at: seriously, with stuff like this going on, a mainstream fairy tale film with a powerful, complex, magical female lead is pretty fabulous and needs to be supported.

As Gypsy pointed out at Once Upon a Blog, it’s interesting how so much of the press for the film has centered on the history of the story itself. People want to see how this new version of the story matches up with older, more horrific versions of the tale. What’s even more interesting to me, however, is how little research has gone into many of those “histories.” There’s so much more to this tale’s history than what typically gets said and it drives me crazy to read things like “the first version of the story is Basile’s “Sun, Moon, and Talia”” or, far worse, “Perrault’s “La Belle au bois dormant” is the original “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale…” Gah!

[For the record, “Sleeping Beauty” goes back at the very least to a medieval French text called Perceforest, a text that we know was largely cobbled together from various oral stories: it’s very likely that the “Sleeping Beauty” tale of the text, “Troilus and Zellandine,” was one of the stories pulled from actual folk narratives. How old those stories might be or where they’re from, however, we have no real way of knowing. There are several other medieval versions of the tale as well.]

Right. Moving on :).

Here are a few articles on the film I liked:

Thanks for reading this far – I know this post was crazy long but I hope you enjoyed it! I certainly enjoyed writing it :).

Maleficent-LookHave a lovely day, beasties :).

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Things I’ve Found Around the Internet

I am pretty busy getting prepared for the Project Narrative Summer Institute to start tomorrow but I have a few links to share so I thought a post was in order! :).

x. The fantastic journal Interfictions Online is conducting an IndieGoGo Campaign to raise money for the publication – please consider supporting them if you can! It’s a great journal and the perks are pretty wonderful too!

x. Speaking of IndieGoGo Campaigns, you might also consider supporting the fund to save the amazing Talliston House.

x. There is a lovely piece in The Guardian about rain in English literature

x. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has a new, limited edition set of scents based on Only Lovers Left Alive! Gah, I want all of them.

I’m also working on a post about Maleficent so stay tuned for that ;).

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Early June Updates!

A few news items!

* I did an interview for the Stone Telling blog about my poem “Rep/ercussions (Carmina)” that was recently featured in their “Body” issue – they just posted it and you can read it here! This issue was just incredible in so many ways and I’m so honored to be a part of it.

* Speaking of things I was honored to do, the lovely Rhonda Parrish asked Sara and I to write the introduction to her amazing new anthology Fae, which is forthcoming from World Weaver Press! It’s such a good collection, guys, seriously – check it out asap!!

(Psstyou can also still enter to WIN a copy!!)

* I’m officially going to present at two conferences so far next school year – the first will be the 2014 International Conference on Romanticism – “Romantic Reflections: Twins, Echoes, and Appropriations” in Minneapolis, MN. I’m going to present a paper called “’Her Eyes Were Wild’: Echoes of Traditional Fairylore and the Gothic in Keats’ ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’” on a panel organized by the new group Romanticism@OSU. The other conference so far will be the American Folklore Society annual meeting, “Folklore at the Crossroads” – I’m going to be doing a paper based on the article I co-wrote with Jeana Jorgensen for the Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television collection on the “Briar Rose” episode of the Japanese anime Grimms’ Fairy Tale Classics.

* The Project Narrative Summer Institute starts on Monday! I’m both excited and nervous but mostly I’m feeling pretty confident that it’s going to be a great experience :).

Otherwise I’m just reading away and trying to get some other aspects of my life on the right track. I’m a tiny bit behind, probably due to being at home for a while and then readjusting to being back in Columbus, but I’m getting back on track!

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Victorians, Witches’ Cottages, and Vampires

A few links to share!

x. My dear friend Deborah is trying to raise money to finish her Master’s degree on Charlotte Mew, a sadly not very well-known Victorian writer that deserves far more attention. Please help her out if you can!

x. The British Library has launched an amazing website called “Discovering Literature” and the first things they’ve put up are Romantic/Victorian! There is SO much to explore there, I’m kind of giddy with delight. The Guardian has a good sum up of some of the most fantastic things they’ve posted – many of them Sara and I saw in person when we were lucky enough to visit the library’s “Writing Britain” exhibition!

x. The lovely writer Mary Stewart has died at age 97… sad news, she is the author of an only fairly recently discovered all time favorite of mine, Thornyhold. A beautiful, quietly magical story, I highly highly recommend it.

x. And lastly, well, I clearly can’t resist this ;). – Tilda Swinton, Vampire Reader: Tasty Treats for Literary Goths!

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Great recommendations.

Now back to reading…!

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