Ladies and Gentlemen, I stand before you a stressed-out woman. As I said in my quick little update this morning, I’m dealing with a situation right now that is giving me quite a lot of trouble. A big chunk of my life — specifically my academic career — decided to blow up in my face on Monday, and there was a small chance for awhile there that I might not be able to start my PhD in a week. Thankfully, things have settled enough to insure that I will be able to start my classes. However, it will be another 2-3 weeks before I have everything straightened out. You’ll have to bear with me while I try not to panic in the meantime.
In any case, the situation has taken up so much of my time and energy, and left me so completely scattered and weary, that I simply could not find anything that I could coherently write about today. On top of that, I have spent the last few days also worrying about a) how I’m going to keep up with the blog once the semester starts, during which I’ll both be taking classes and teaching them, and b) finding a way to improve the blog’s content to generate more traffic (I obviously haven’t found the right formula yet – and if you have any suggestions on things I could do, topics you’d like to see, etc. please let me know).
Therefore, today I offer up an impromptu mash-up of some fantastic blogs I’ve read in the last few days.
First, Gene Lempp continues his fantastic “Designing from Bones” series with a history of the Voynich Manuscript in “The Undeciphered Grimoire.”
Next, in “Spam Toad vs. Author Brand” Social Media Mistress Kristen Lamb offers up her usual combination of brilliant social media advice and hilarious sarcasm.
This next blog is a a couple weeks old now, but I only got around to reading it recently, and it’s well worth the time if you are interested in sexual politics: “Straight Porn Will Make You Gay: The Delusion of Sex-Negativity” from lesbian feminist political blogger Greta Christina.
Finally, I have a series of blogs written by Shaun Duke in 2009 (that I just recently discovered, and this is now one of my new favorite blogs) that discusses the history of cyberpunk in “Punking Everything in SF/F”: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. All 5 parts are well worth the read, for those who are highly interested in cyberpunk, and for those who know little or nothing about the sub-genre.
That’s all for today folks. I hope you have a pleasant rest of the week, and God-willing, I’ll see you all on friday.