Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The First Week(-ish)

Would have gotten to this earlier this week, but I had a bit of stuff to take care of.

So I've begun my semester. I'm reading up about Ælfric in preparation for putting together a bibliography of recent scholarship for my faculty mentor. I'm reacquainting myself with Old English grammar in class and working on more translation outside of class - current project being the Fonthill letter. I'll go into more detail about that when I've finished translating it.

My other courses are going well too. Theory is always good, and my Victorian literature class is quite a time. We start our first novel for Thursday, and the readings have run all over the place already. Wilde's fables and parables are quite interesting, and Arthur Morrison's "Lizerunt" is depressing and really reminiscent of the Marquis de Sade.

I do, unfortunately, have quite long hours. It works out in the amount of homework I can get done at school, but it becomes wearisome.

And as the Republican party grows ever weirder, ever more disgusting (Legitimate Rape, "methods of conception", every dog whistle they can blow to say "don't vote for the black guy"), I wonder what in the world happened, and why I've signed on to stick around for the next six years. Here's hoping we don't go full on to crazy town.

I see that I get a handful of pageviews here. Most of them go to that post about Super-Aryan Hitler. But there are some of you who read more recent posts. I'd be quite happy if you said hello, maybe told me what kind of content I put here that made you interested in reading my disjointed ramblings at all. Doesn't have to be anything fancy or personal. I'm just curious, really. This weekend I promise a fun post about a webcomic I read. No idea if that'll draw any more pageviews, but it might be worth a shot.

Until next time.


  1. Hi Mad Dreamer,

    I started reading when I saw your comment. Good luck in your grad program! It sounds like you're on your way :)

    Community building in blogging isn't what it was say five years ago, but if you look around and comment on other folks' blogs, people will check out yours, and may link.

    I added you to the blogroll. Good luck!

    1. Why, thank you. When I first found your blog, I had to read back several posts and be thorough in order to make sure you weren't the Shakesperian professor at my undergraduate institution - you do sound so much like her. You aren't her, but it was an amusing diversion and convinced me to bookmark you so I could read you.

      Thank you for the well-wishes and the advice, as well as the addition to the blogroll.