Saturday, February 17, 2018

Update and reading material.

I got the conference paper from last year's NecronomiCon PVD revised and to the editor on deadline, which was 3 February. I'm less happy with the draft than I wanted to be, but unfortunate family events* kept me from working on it as much as I would have otherwise.

Today's reading material:

...oh, god, I just fell into the MLA wormhole and joined for a year, all because I pulled out the 8th edition handbook.

....aaaaand MLA Humanities Commons profile page is timing out, so no adding info THANKS, OBAMA.

Anyway, what I'm reading today is underneath this green Crown Royal bag containing a brown Blanton's bag containing a small statuette of Cthulhu; two necklaces; a set of gaming dice; a very nice metal spinner that I will never use; a Mythos challenge coin (a sigil is on the reverse) that signifies that I'll be buying all the drinks, given that Cthulhu doesn't exist; and a small handcrafted piece of Mythos art designed to be a menacing octopus.

Adams, Donald K., editor. Mystery and Detection Annual 1972. Castle Press, 1972.

Let's go.

(*) Munch, one of our beloved basset hounds, was diagnosed with and died of lymphoma in the span of 11 days in early January. That was hard, and still is.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

"The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength." --Marcus Aurelius

Today's reading is:

Smith, Peter. "HP Lovecraft and the Feast of Saturnalia." Crypt of Cthulhu 13 (1): 4-8. I might also tackle an article on Call of Cthulhu (the tabletop RPG) in this issue.

Friday, November 17, 2017

“The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.” --Seneca

Tonight's reading is from one, possibly more, past issues of Crypt of Cthulhu. I picked up the following issues at NecronomiCon Providence this year, directly from Necromonicon Press:

82; vol. 12, no. 1 (Hallowmas 1992)
85, vol. 13, no. 1 (Hallowmas 1993)
85, vol. 13, no. 3 (Lammas 1994)
93, vol. 15, no. 3 (Lammas 1996)
96, vol. 16, no. 3 (Lammas 1997)
97, vol. 17, no. 1 (Hallowmas 1997)
98, vol. 17, no. 2 (Eastertide 1998)

And the newest one:

108, Hallowmas 2017

The other writing iron in the fire is prep work to get the NecronomiCon presentation whipped into shape for publication.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Abstract, reading, world enough and time.

Update: I submitted the abstract on HP Lovecraft and detective fiction to NecronomiCon Providence and was accepted for the Armitage Symposium! I'm glad to be presenting again. I'm also moderating a symposium panel. The schedule should be released soon.

Re: reading, I just finished Maurice Levy's Lovecraft: A Study in the Fantastic (transl. S.T. Joshi). It had a number of helpful passages, which was gratifying. You never know what you're getting with some Lovecraft researchers, other than the reliable ones.

I really need to read more on aesthetics, but I've got to draft this paper. Maybe after I finish the first draft.

Scrivener, here I come.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Much reading.

I finished Landrum and am almost all the way through Ascari.

Both books have been good sources of ideas, but now I've got to start working on the abstract. May 22 looms.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Page proofs, reviewed.

I got the page proofs in earlier this week and reviewed them last night. All is in order! My many thanks to Dennis Quinn and Niels-Viggo Hobbs for their work on the Armitage Symposium at NecronomiCon Providence and the Lovecraftian Proceedings.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Landrum: Criticism and Theory.

I finally got through the chapter in Landrum on criticism and theory. He's amazingly talented at summarizing the work of others; the section on Todorov was particularly interesting because Landrum takes a wider view of it than I had before. The next chapter is on authors, and I plan to read only through the 1930s. I'll save the others for a different paper.

My notes continue to be solid though fewer than I've written before now.