Hello all! I’ve been MIA for a while now, I know, and I do apologize. That being said, it may continue for a bit still.
I finally finished all my conferences for this year, and the American Folklore Society annual meeting was a *wonderful* conference to end on. I bought some great book from Wayne State Press, with signatures by authors, and met so many of my favorite fairy-tale scholars. It was both a networking success and just plain fun! (In case your wondering, the books I purchased are Kimberly J. Lau’s Erotic Infidelities: Love and Enchantment in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television edited by Pauline Greenhill and Jill Terry Rudy.)
Since then, I’ve been focusing on job and postdoc applications, and they do seems to be eating up my life. I’m hoping to get the next set submitted soon so that I can return my attention to finishing my next dissertation chapter on Elizabeth Gaskell’s gothic fairy tales.
However, I have continued my attendance at my community watercolor class, which I first discussed here, and I am pleased with my progress there as well. I’ve included the two latest paintings that I’ve finished and I’m about to begin another on my service dog, Oakley. Once this session is done, though, I’ll be taking a break to avoid driving in the snow (which has been here for a week already) and to really focus on my dissertation as defense time approaches. I’ll probably start back up again after my defense in March, since it really is a wonderful stress reliever for me.