Levelling Up in the New Year

Right, I am terrible at this :P. You’re just going to have to put up with my sporadic posts I’m afraid. Maybe I’ll get better eventually? I am now in my second and last semester of PhD coursework, which is a bit scary but also exciting. I really do feel like I’ve leveled up though, each of my classes this semester is specifically tailored to further prepare me for future work so it’s all pretty delightful. I’ve got fantasy and the Gothic and teaching basically. I am actually especially enjoying my teaching internship much more than I expected and feel like I’m learning a lot about how I want to run my own classroom. I am being adventurous in the new year too, in many ways! I have set huge goals for myself, as usual, but some of them are actually going pretty well so far. I bought myself an exercise bike! What?! Amazing, I know.

A few things I’ve been meaning to post about –

* I have officially registered and am going to London again in March for the Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture conference at first credited Gothic writer Horace Walpole’s own Strawberry Hill House. This is pretty guaranteed to be fantastic. I will be presenting on the poetics of Gothic fairy tales, some preliminary findings from my dissertation research. I also really hope I get to go see this, which I mentioned before :D.

* This is crazy late but I have a bit of flash fiction in the new issue of Scareship! “Sleeping Beauty” themed this time (it’s really surprising I ever write anything else, I have so many SB related ideas floating around in my mind.)

* Some nice tips for the new year :).

* This was great – a mockup of a film in progress for Neil Gaiman’s haunting black cat fable “The Price”

Happy new year all, I hope things are going well so far!

Edited to Add: Folklore Forum has just published my review of The Cloak of Dreams: Chinese Fairy Tales by Béla Balázs (translated and with an introduction by Jack Zipes), a lovely collection of literary fairy tales that I highly recommend. They are quirky little stories with great details and very worth reading!


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