eldritchhobbit: (VA/Meet VA)
I've been putting off making this post, because I am heartbroken, and because sharing the news will make it seem very, very real. But it is real. We have lost our dearest friend and beloved girl, Virginia.



It was such a privilege to have her bright spirit in our lives for almost fourteen years. )
eldritchhobbit: (Lovecraftian)
Every year, my parents send their granddog, the fabulous Virginia, a Halloween costume for her to wear (as well as treats to bribe her to model for pictures).

This year, my brilliant parents outdid themselves, creating and accessorizing a most remarkable costume. I invite you to behold Virginia as H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu, first introduced in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu", which was published in Weird Tales in 1928.

Under the ocean, she waits until the stars are right...

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015


She was well compensated with treats both during and after her photo session. :)

Under this cut are pictures of some of her previous costumes from recent Halloweens. )

As always, you can see many more pictures of Virginia here.
eldritchhobbit: (VA/love and despair)
Today is the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Hobbits and Dwarves and Elves and all of Middle-earth, who was born this day in 1892. You're invited to participate in The Tolkien Society's International Birthday Toast for 2015!

Happy thirteenth birthday to The Shire's Virginia Lórien, a.k.a. Virginia, the world's most beautiful Boston terrier and our very best friend, who was born this day in 2002. We love you, Sweetheart!

Here is the birthday girl.

Virginia in May 2014


More pictures of Virginia are here.


The quote for the day is from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, and one of Virginia's favorite verses (because, after all, it mentions part of her name):

"Gandalf's Song of Lórien"

In Dwimordene, in Lórien
Seldom have walked the feet of Men,
Few mortal eyes have seen the light
That lies there ever, long and bright.
Galadriel! Galadriel!
Clear is the water of your well;
White is the star in your white hand;
Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land
In Dwimordene, in Lórien
More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men.

eldritchhobbit: (Tori/winter)
May you and yours enjoy the blessings of the season. Thank you for the gift of your friendship, my friends!

December 2014
eldritchhobbit: (Cabin Pressure/Don't Tread)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] doctorwho42, [livejournal.com profile] barbedwriting, and [livejournal.com profile] savageseraph, and happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] metal_aria! May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

And THANK YOU to all of you, my friends, who have wished me a happy birthday today! :D You're the best, and I'm grateful for each of you.

I'll leave you with Virginia on her walk.

Virginia walking in the woods - Fall 2014
eldritchhobbit: (Longmire)
Every year, my parents send their granddog, the fabulous Virginia, a Halloween costume for her to wear (as well as treats to bribe her to model for pictures).

This year, my brilliant parents outdid themselves, sewing and accessorizing a most remarkable costume. I invite you to behold Virginia as one of our favorite contemporary characters, Sheriff Longmire of the award-winning Walt Longmire book series by Craig Johnson and the television show it inspired.

Virginia as Sheriff Longmire

Virginia as Sheriff Longmire


“I don't trust people who don't like animals. Hell, animals are the finest people I know.”
The Dark Horse (Walt Longmire #5) by Craig Johnson


Under this cut are pictures of some of her previous costumes from recent Halloweens. )

As always, you can see many more pictures of Virginia here.
eldritchhobbit: (VA/Meet VA)
Our dear Virginia is most patient with me.
(Never fear, she got treats out of the deal!)


There's the lounging glamor shot...

Virginia in May 2014


The outdoorsy art shot...

Virginia in May 2014


The action shot with J.J. Abrams-esque lens flare (let's pretend I meant to do that)...

Virginia in May 2014


And the closeup!

Virginia in May 2014
eldritchhobbit: (VA/love and despair)
Today is the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Hobbits and Dwarves and Elves and all of Middle-earth, who was born this day in 1892. I hope everyone will participate in The Tolkien Society's International Birthday Toast for 2014!


Happy twelfth birthday to The Shire's Virginia Lórien, a.k.a. Virginia, the world's most beautiful Boston terrier and our very best friend, who was born this day in 2002. We love you, Sweetheart!

Here is the birthday girl, chilling out.

Virginia in the Sun


You can see more pictures of Virginia here.


The quote for the day is from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, and one of Virginia's favorite verses (because, after all, it mentions part of her name):

"Gandalf's Song of Lórien"

In Dwimordene, in Lórien
Seldom have walked the feet of Men,
Few mortal eyes have seen the light
That lies there ever, long and bright.
Galadriel! Galadriel!
Clear is the water of your well;
White is the star in your white hand;
Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land
In Dwimordene, in Lórien
More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men.

eldritchhobbit: (Halloween/trick or treat)
Every year, my parents send their granddog, the fabulous Virginia, a Halloween costume for her to wear (as well as treats to bribe her to model for pictures). This year, my brilliant mother outdid herself, sewing a most remarkable costume indeed. I invite you to behold Virginia as the Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Her creed is this: Once you have eliminated the inedible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be a treat.


Virginia as The Great Detective, Halloween 2013

Virginia as The Great Detective, Halloween 2013


To see Virginia in Dr. Watson attire, check out this Sherlockian post.

Under this cut are pictures of some of her previous costumes from recent Halloweens. )

As always, you can see many more pictures of Virginia here.

In honor of Virginia's costume, I offer a Halloween-appropriate excerpt from one of my favorite Holmesian stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot" (1910):

I had hardly settled in my chair before I was conscious of a thick, musky odour, subtle and nauseous. At the very first whiff of it my brain and my imagination were beyond all control. A thick, black cloud swirled before my eyes, and my mind told me that in this cloud, unseen as yet, but about to spring out upon my appalled senses, lurked all that was vaguely horrible, all that was monstrous and inconceivably wicked in the universe. Vague shapes swirled and swam amid the dark cloud-bank, each a menace and a warning of something coming, the advent of some unspeakable dweller upon the threshold, whose very shadow would blast my soul. A freezing horror took possession of me. I felt that my hair was rising, that my eyes were protruding, that my mouth was opened, and my tongue like leather. The turmoil within my brain was such that something must surely snap. I tried to scream and was vaguely aware of some hoarse croak which was my own voice, but distant and detached from myself. At the same moment, in some effort of escape, I broke through that cloud of despair and had a glimpse of Holmes’s face, white, rigid, and drawn with horror—the very look which I had seen upon the features of the dead.

* Read the complete story of "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot" here.
* Listen to an unabridged audio reading of the story here.
eldritchhobbit: (Cabin Pressure/Don't Tread)
The Potterwatch 2013 conference was fantastic! My week hit with a mighty but not unwelcome vengeance once I returned. I'm hard at work on my Mysterious Project of Mystery at the moment.

Registration is now open for my Summer 2013 course on The Dystopian Tradition with Mythgard Institute and my Fall 2013 course ("American Exceptionalism and the Frontier") at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Here's a description of the American Exceptionalism course. )

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lalam and happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] silveraspen, [livejournal.com profile] prettybirdy979, [livejournal.com profile] sakuraember, [livejournal.com profile] muuranker, [livejournal.com profile] izhilzha, and [livejournal.com profile] justicemuffins. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

If you're a fan of Cabin Pressure, don't miss this video:



I'll leave you with Virginia's commentary about today:

Virginia
eldritchhobbit: (VA/love and despair)
LJ doesn't seem to want to allow me to respond to comments at the moment. Please forgive me if my replies are a bit tardy!

Today is the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Hobbits and Dwarves and Elves and all of Middle-earth, who was born this day in 1892. I hope everyone will participate in The Tolkien Society's International Birthday Toast for 2013!


Happy eleventh birthday to The Shire's Virginia Lórien, a.k.a. Virginia, the world's most beautiful Boston terrier and our very best friend, who was born this day in 2002. We love you, Sweetheart!

Here is the birthday girl:

Virginia


You can see more pictures of Virginia here.


The quote for the day is from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, and one of Virginia's favorite verses (because, after all, it mentions part of her name):

"Gandalf's Song of Lórien"

In Dwimordene, in Lórien
Seldom have walked the feet of Men,
Few mortal eyes have seen the light
That lies there ever, long and bright.
Galadriel! Galadriel!
Clear is the water of your well;
White is the star in your white hand;
Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land
In Dwimordene, in Lórien
More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men.
eldritchhobbit: (Tori/winter)
May you and yours enjoy the blessings of the season!

December 2012


Heartfelt gratitude to those of you who have sent snailmail and e-messages my way. And thanks to all of you for the lasting gift of your friendship!
eldritchhobbit: (Halloween/trick or treat)
Every year, my parents send their granddog, the fabulous Virginia, a Halloween costume for her to wear (as well as treats to bribe her to model for pictures). This year she is a banana split. That's right: a banana split. *wink*

Virginia Halloween 2012


Under this cut are pictures of some of her previous costumes from recent Halloweens. )

As always, you can see more pictures of Virginia here.

I hope you enjoy the Text of the Day!

"Sonnet 100"
by Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke (1554-1628)

In night when colors all to black are cast,
Distinction lost, or gone down with the light;
The eye a watch to inward senses placed,
Not seeing, yet still having powers of sight,

Gives vain alarums to the inward sense,
Where fear stirred up with witty tyranny,
Confounds all powers, and thorough self-offense,
Doth forge and raise impossibility:

Such as in thick depriving darknesses,
Proper reflections of the error be,
And images of self-confusednesses,
Which hurt imaginations only see;

And from this nothing seen, tells news of devils,
Which but expressions be of inward evils.
eldritchhobbit: (VA/Meet VA)
Thanks to everyone for being so kind about our sweet girl. I'm most grateful for the good wishes you've been sending in her direction.

Here's a quick update. )

I took this picture of her this morning:

Virginia


Here's another photo from this morning, as she settled in for her customary nap. )

We're very optimistic about how her treatment is going. Thank you again for keeping her in your thoughts!
eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/Lestrade doubts it)
* Belated birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] belleferret and [livejournal.com profile] valancourtbooks, and happy early birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] potboy, [livejournal.com profile] alex_beecroft, [livejournal.com profile] nurdbunny, [livejournal.com profile] lisa_marli, [livejournal.com profile] graashoppa, [livejournal.com profile] toddlyles, [livejournal.com profile] pktheater, and [livejournal.com profile] lizzieausten. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

* My latest unabridged narration for StarShipSofa, which is the second half of Kate Wilhelm's novella The Bird Cage, is now available to stream or download on the newest episode of the podcast. (The first half of the novella is here.) If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of links to my unabridged dramatic readings is here.)

* Remember that 15-week "Taking Harry Seriously: The Artistry and Meanings of the Harry Potter Saga" graduate class I taught last semester? The Mythgard Institute now has course packs available, including the syllabus and video downloads of all 15 90-minute lectures and all 15 45-minute closing sessions. Mythgard also has the course pack for Dr. Corey Olsen's "The Making of Myth" available, too. Here's more information.


And now, for what's first and last on my mind, and everything in between at the moment, here's an update on Virginia. )

May you have a fantastic weekend!

Mhmm Quite

eldritchhobbit: (VA/Do Not Want)
A few quick notes:

* I'm happy to say that The Philosophy of Joss Whedon (University Press of Kentucky, 2011), which includes my essay "‘Just Get Us a Little Further’: Liberty and the Frontier in Firefly and Serenity," is a finalist for the 2012 Long Mr. Pointy Award, an award given by the Whedon Studies Association for the year's best long work of scholarship on a Whedon-related topic. Yay!

* Thanks to MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron for helping spread the word about my Hogwarts 101 summer course!

Under the cut, here's the promo. )

* My latest unabridged narration for StarShipSofa, which is the first half of Kate Wilhelm's novella The Bird Cage, is now available to stream or download on the newest episode of the podcast. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of links to my unabridged dramatic readings is here.)


Most of all, Virginia and I offer a heartfelt THANK YOU! to everyone who sent good wishes for her recovery. She's under treatment and working hard to get well soon. Here she is, ready for her closeup as always:

Virginia, taking it easy
eldritchhobbit: (VA/love and despair)
Today is the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Hobbits and Dwarves and Elves and all of Middle-earth, who was born this day in 1892. I hope everyone will participate in The Tolkien Society's International Birthday Toast for 2012!


Happy tenth birthday to The Shire's Virginia Lórien, a.k.a. Virginia, the world's most beautiful Boston terrier and our very best friend, who was born this day in 2002. We love you, Sweetheart!

Here is the birthday girl:

Virginia in her Slytherin gear


You can see more pictures of Virginia here.


The quote for the day is from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, and one of Virginia's favorite verses (because, after all, it mentions part of her name):

"Gandalf's Song of Lórien"

In Dwimordene, in Lórien
Seldom have walked the feet of Men,
Few mortal eyes have seen the light
That lies there ever, long and bright.
Galadriel! Galadriel!
Clear is the water of your well;
White is the star in your white hand;
Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land
In Dwimordene, in Lórien
More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men.
eldritchhobbit: (Tori/winter)
I hope all of you enjoy a wonderful holiday, whatever holiday you celebrate. Be merry, be safe, and have fun! I am grateful for each of you, my friends.

Virginia's Holiday Card 2012



Here's a verse for the season:

"A Brumalian Wish"
by "Edward John Ambrose Bierce Theobald," a.k.a. H.P. Lovecraft

From the damnable shadows of madness,
From the corpse-ridden hollow of Weir,
Comes a horrible message of gladness,
And a ghost-guided poem of cheer -
And a gloom-spouting pupil of Poe sends the pleasantest wish of the year!

May the ghouls of the neighboring regions,
And the curséd necrophagous things,
Lay aside their dark habits in legions,
For the bliss that Brumalia brings -
And may Druids innum’rable bless thee, as they dance on the moor’s fairy-rings!

So, Galba, may pleasures attend thee
Thro’ all thy bright glorious days;
May the world and the mighty commend thee,
And the cosmos resound with thy praise -
And may all future ages be brilliant with the light of thine intellect’s rays!


PS. To all of you who have sent such lovely holiday wishes and goodies by mail and email, as well as everyone who has posted holiday greetings, thank you for your thoughtfulness!
eldritchhobbit: (VA/love and despair)
It's November! Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ithiliana, and happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] amedia, [livejournal.com profile] madkestrel, [livejournal.com profile] crackferret, [livejournal.com profile] actourdreams, [livejournal.com profile] coppervale, [livejournal.com profile] st_crispins, and [livejournal.com profile] kishkuma. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!


It's sweater weather in the mornings here, so it's perfect that my mother made Virginia some lovely new sweaters (and scarves!) for her daily walks.

It seems that the Gryffindor colors inspire a noble pose:

Virginia in her Gryffindor gear


The Slytherin look, however, leads to blowing raspberries:

Virginia in her Slytherin gear


End of picspam! ;) More photos are here.


"O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being.
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
eldritchhobbit: (Halloween/trick or treat)
Every year, my parents send their granddog, the fabulous Virginia, a Halloween costume for her to wear (as well as treats to bribe her to model for pictures). This year's was Princess Leia from Star Wars -- a bit of a family joke, as it was my Halloween costume when I was six. Poor Virginia, paying for my past! LOL.

Virginia as Princess Leia Halloween 2011


Under this cut are pictures of some of her previous costumes from recent Halloweens. )

As always, you can see more pictures of Virginia here.


Text of the Day: Today's short story is "The House of Nightmare" by Edward Lucas White (1866-1934).

Excerpt:
Conspicuous on the orchard side between two of the flanking trees was a white object, which I took to be a tall stone, a vertical splinter of one of the tilted limestone reefs with which the fields of the region are scarred.

The road itself I saw plain as a boxwood ruler on a green baize table. It gave me a pleasurable anticipation of a chance for a burst of speed. I had been painfully traversing closely forested, semi-mountainous hills. Not a farmhouse had I passed, only wretched cabins by the road, more than twenty miles of which I had found very bad and hindering. Now, when I was not many miles from my expected stopping-place, I looked forward to better going, and to that straight, level bit in particular.

As I sped cautiously down the sharp beginning of the long descent the trees engulfed me again, and I lost sight of the valley. I dipped into a hollow, rose on the crest of the next hill, and again saw the house, nearer, and not so far below.

The tall stone caught my eye with a shock of surprise. Had I not thought it was opposite the house next the orchard? Clearly it was on the left-hand side of the road toward the house. My self-questioning lasted only the moment as I passed the crest. Then the outlook was cut off again; but I found myself gazing ahead, watching for the next chance at the same view.

At the end of the second hill I only saw the bit of road obliquely and could not be sure, but, as at first, the tall stone seemed on the right of the road.


Read the complete short story.

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