eldritchhobbit: (Default)
Just in case your Monday needs a smile, here's my niece.

eldritchhobbit: (Halloween)
Cool things are afoot!
- A new documentary is in the works about one of my all-time favorite television series: Millennium after the Millennium.
- Check out the Apex Magazine 2016 Subscription Drive, complete with lots of extra goodies and rewards.

And now here's my niece Kaitlyn, playing at the pumpkin patch and trying on her Halloween costume to become Princess Elena of Avalor. It's not long now until trick-or-treating time!

eldritchhobbit: (Halloween/natural lanterns)
This is just a quick note to say that I will be hosting my annual thirty-one day Halloween countdown here in October. Please watch this space! I'm doing my best to try to make this year's countdown -- the eleventh! -- our most fun and spooky countdown yet. (You can see my past Halloween countdown posts here.) I have a few treats up my sleeve that I hope you'll enjoy.

I'm really looking forward to it. I hope you'll plan to join me this October.

My niece Kaitlyn is definitely a girl after my own heart. She's already itching for October and seeking out everything Halloween she can find!

eldritchhobbit: (Dr. Horrible/Ph.D.)
I'm back from an action-packed Worldcon, just in time for the start of a new semester!

My stand-alone academic presentation from the con, "His Fordship in the Capitol and Big Brother in the Districts: How The Hunger Games' World of Tomorrow Builds on SF's Classic Past," is now available for free on the latest episode of StarShipSofa. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

And here is Kaitlyn at Worldcon, her very first (but not her last!) con. Steampunk Star Wars shirt? Check. TARDIS? Check. Happy smile? Check.

eldritchhobbit: (LOTR/Boromir/Life is Good)
Because couldn't you use another smile in your day?

eldritchhobbit: (Autumn)
Thank you, my friends, for all of your kind and sympathetic words. They've meant a great deal to me over these recent days.

FYI, my most recent "Looking Back on Genre History" segment is up on Episode 410 of StarShipSofa. It's the first of a two-part look into the science fictional and historical inspirations behind the Jedi of Star Wars. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

And now, a moment of joy, courtesy of my niece. Kaitlyn's favorite thing to do this season is dive into a pile of dry leaves.

Kaitlyn playing in pile of dry leaves
eldritchhobbit: (Halloween/trick or treat)
First, a quick FYI for you H.P. Lovecraft fans. The Lovecraftian Science blog is focusing on the extra spooky stuff this month, with delicious posts such as "The Science of Reanimation, Part I" (yes, more is coming!). Don't miss it.

Now, what could possibly be better than fun at a pumpkin patch in October? Yes, this is gratuitous niece picspam. Have some Kaitlyn goodness.

Three little ghostesses
Sitting on postesses,
Eating buttered toastesses,
Greasing their fistesses,
Up to their wristesses,
Oh, what beastesses,
To make such feastesses!

- Anonymous, quoted in Trick or Treat
by Emily Gwathmey and Suzanne Slesin

eldritchhobbit: (Doctor Who)
To put a smile in your day (I hope), here's Kaitlyn on her swing.


Under the cut is a photo taken last month of my sweetheart, our four-legged gal, and yours truly. )
eldritchhobbit: (Kaitlyn)
The very best part of last week was spending lots of quality time with Kaitlyn. The phrase "made of awesome" was meant for her.

I'm one lucky aunt.

With Kaitlyn Reading with Kaitlyn
eldritchhobbit: (Halloween)
Today I bring you the "Gratuitous Niece Picspam" edition of the Halloween Countdown. I just can't help myself.

Kaitlyn's having a good October. She's been hanging around pumpkin patches and singing, as you can see, to complement her costume as Anna from Frozen.

Kaitlyn Pumpkin Patch Kaitlyn as Anna in Frozen

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."
- Henry David Thoreau

Kaitlyn Pumpkin Patch

"Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see."
- Linus, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
eldritchhobbit: (Orphan Black/Cosima)
I'm pretty sure Kaitlyn is made of sunshine.

Kaitlyn in San Antonio
eldritchhobbit: (DS9/Science Fiction)
Things that are cool:
1. From The Art of Film: "The Architecture of the Capitol from 'The Hunger Games': Echoes of Rome, Echoes of Totalitarianism."

2. The response to my "On Tyrants & Tributes: Real World Lessons From The Hunger Games" week-long educational program has been absolutely amazing! Thanks to everyone who is taking part. Latecomers are welcome to register (for free!), dive into the videos and discussions, and join us for tomorrow's live webinar event.

3. Here's a Call for Papers and Topic Proposals: Joss Whedon: A Celebration.
Call for Papers and Topic Proposals )

4. And another! Call for Papers: Buffy to Batgirl: Women & Gender in SciFi, Fantasy, & Comics/Conference.

5. Last but definitely not least, our niece Kaitlyn is setting an excellent example for us all, dressed in her Lenoir-Rhyne University gear, ready to cheer on our Bears today in the national championship game. Go Bears!

Kaitlyn Cheers on the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears
eldritchhobbit: (Halloween/vintage)
For her second Halloween, Kaitlyn was a bumblebee.

Kaitlyn's Halloween 2013 Kaitlyn's Halloween 2013
eldritchhobbit: (SF/Exploring space)
Believe it or not, I really am going to catch up on comments shortly. I apologize for falling behind.

For now, here's wee little Kaitlyn and her "Science!" shirt (which some unspeakably geeky relative gave to her). I dare you not to hear Thomas Dolby in your head for at least the next hour.

All together now: "Science!"

Kaitlyn in her "Science!" shirt Kaitlyn in her "Science!" shirt
eldritchhobbit: (Books)
Kaitlyn's books go with her everywhere, even a blustery spring day at the park.

Thatta girl!

Kaitlyn at the Park on a Windy Day Kaitlyn at the Park on a Windy Day

I'm baaack!

Nov. 7th, 2012 09:37 am
eldritchhobbit: (HP/Geek Pride)
I'm baaaack!

I'm still a bit lagged, but looking forward to catching up with everything.

Until I have something coherent of my own to say, here are some general News Items:

* My dear friend Dr. Katy McDaniel, who was responsible for introducing me to the Harry Potter series in the beginning, and whose brilliant "The Elfin Mystique: Fantasy and Feminism in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series" appears in the Past Watchful Dragons collection I edited, is the scholar guest on the latest episode of MuggleNet Academia. She does a fantastic job. It's great listening for Potterphiles!

* The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction is now soliciting articles for its first issue, scheduled for publication April 10th, 2013, and for subsequent issues of the peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal hosted by the University of California at Riverside, affiliated with the UCR Library’s Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Here is the Call for Papers.

* Speaking of Calls for Papers, don't forget that there's still time to submit a proposal to Joss in June: A Conference on the Works of Joss Whedon.

* Registration is now open at Mythgard Institute for my online Spring 2013 class "Science Fiction, Part II: From the New Wave to Tomorrow" and at Lenoir-Rhyne University for my hybrid Spring 2013 seminar "J.R.R. Tolkien: Hobbits, History, and Heroism."

The induction into the Great Graduates Hall of Fame was a terrific experience. I was so happy my family could join me. Here I am with my sister and my wonder-niece, Baby Kaitlyn.

Margret, Kaitlyn and Me
eldritchhobbit: (Halloween/trick or treat)
Kaitlyn's getting into the spirit of the season!

eldritchhobbit: (TOS/dead Jim)
Happy Monday, everyone!

I'm pretty much buried under a couple of projects at the moment (including the Secret One of [Temporary] Secretness), so please forgive me if I'm quiet for the next few days. I'll be catching up with everyone ASAP.

A few quick notes of possible interest...

  • Wiley now has the official book description and ordering information posted for Star Trek and History (edited by Nancy Reagin), which includes my essay "If This Is The (Final) Frontier, Where Are The Natives?" Here's the tag: A guide to the history that informs the world of Star Trek — just in time for the next J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie!

    Here's the detailed description. )

  • Daniel Nexon - Potter Pundit, Georgetown Professor of Political Science, and inveterate blogger at "Duck of Minerva" - is now doing New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy, a most promising new podcast. I look forward to listening!

  • It looks like I'll be teaching two graduate courses this Spring. For Mythgard Institute (online and worldwide), "Science Fiction, Part 2: From the New Wave through Tomorrow." For Lenoir-Rhyne University, "J.R.R. Tolkien: Hobbits, History, and Heroism." (The latter will be cross-listed for undergraduates, as well.) I'm delighted!

  • I now have a proper Author's Central page at Amazon. You can go there and "like" it... if, you know, you like it.

  • As expected, Neil Gaiman and his fellow storytellers were amazing on the Unchained tour. We laughed, we cried... you get the idea.

  • I adore the new poster for The Hobbit. Don't miss the alternate endings for the trailer, too!

  • Last but not least, happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] shagungu, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] xanath, and happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] curtana and [livejournal.com profile] litlover12. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

I'll leave you with my dear niece Kaitlyn, out and about and having grand adventures:

eldritchhobbit: (fairytales)
Pssst! All fans of The Hobbit! And lovers of fantasy, in general...

My latest offering for "Project Kaitlyn" (stories for my niece) is an unabridged reading of The Marvellous Land of Snergs (1927) by E.A. Wyke-Smith, which J.R.R. Tolkien read to his children and acknowledged as a sourcebook for his The Hobbit. This is a most clever and delightful story. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Take Tolkien’s: “I should like to register my own love and my children’s love of E.A. Wyke-Smith’s Marvellous Land of Snergs...”

Snergs pic

Please feel welcome to download this. If you listen, I hope you enjoy! The entire narration is a seven-ish hours long.

Here are the download links. )
eldritchhobbit: (Hobbit/Bilbo walking)
Hi there! *waves* Lots of interesting things are afoot. I can only make brief mention of a couple of them at present, as I'm getting ready to head off to D.C. to give a talk on U.S. American Indian policy at the Cato Institute. It's a super-fast trip; I'll be back straightaway!

Brief notes of interest...

* It's official: The Hobbit will be three films instead of two.

* Happy birthday to Harry Potter (and J.K. Rowling)!

* The Hunger Games: Catching Fire casting offers one great surprise after another. Wiress? Beetee? Plutarch Heavensbee? Brilliant!

I'll leave you with gratuitous picspam of my precious niece. Here's Kaitlyn enjoying her new wading pool. I love her sassypants expression. If I could choose a caption for this photo, it would be...

"No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die." *insert baby Kaitlyn giggles here* (See why they don't let me near the family album?)

In the Pool

"I should like to know about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and remuneration, and so forth" - by which he meant: "What am I going to get out of it? and am I going to come back alive?" - The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien


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