highlyeccentric: A green wing (wing)
Grief
by Jennifer Jerome
Goblin Fruit, Winter 2013

Little owl, sit in my throat like you belong
there, nestled in behind the clavicle. Claws
catch my collarbone, a white branch. I can't
feel you when I run my fingers over the round
skin, something as hard and old as stone. Inside,
bones breakable as twigs, feathers kicking dust.




Back from a week's conference! Apologies for the poetry!hiatus. Please accept these uncharacteristic attacks of blogging instead.
highlyeccentric: Anglo-Saxonists decline to do it (Naked Philologist)
This flist has grown and gathered a whole bunch of new people in the last year. Let it be stated, in case any of you happen to be interested, that I have a SRSFACE Medievalist Blog, entitled The Naked Philologist. I only update very sporadically at the moment, but I'm going to try to get back into the habit, because blogging = thinking, and thinking is necessary for returning to academia.

Currently, we're hearing more about my good old "WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING WITH THIS USELESS FIELD" angst. ;)
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (theses will eat me)
I have a thesis.

It is 20200 words, including bibliography and other faffing about. It is 96 pages long, and it has a frontispiece, a title page, acknowledgements and a table of contents. Also I somehow managed to edit all of it last weekend AND write big chunks of the third chapter AND write the conclusion.

It is now in the hands of Awesome, who, being awesome, is editing it for me. I am very glad she gave me a deadline of Monday by which to have it in her inbox, or I don't doubt I'd have been awake until 5am next Sunday-Monday, and since the bastard thing is due next Monday, that would have been bad.

I *may* also have sorted out my grudge against the Sermo Lupi ad Anglos. If we're lucky.

~

In other news... I've been spamming all my own blogs in my procrastination. You may or may not be interested in my NP post on Arthurian fanfic and medieval tradition. Iris, I did as I threatened and rec'd you with the highest praise ;).
highlyeccentric: Anglo-Saxonists decline to do it (Naked Philologist)
Trying to get my medieval blogger act together again. Latest exciting posts on NP have been:

One on Queen Ealhhild from Widsith

On what kind of king King Cnut was

Oh by the way I'm giving a paper

And Chastity Belts. Did you know a room full of medievalists can sit there and NOT SNIGGER ONCE while being shown photos from online S&M catalogues? Because apparently we can.
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (Default)
Latest post, with the titlating title Banging Shield and Shield Together: Lesbians in Medieval French Literature. Go and learn about 'thigh-fencing' and fishing without a rod ;)
highlyeccentric: Me, in a costume viking helmet - captioned Not A Viking Helmet (not a viking)
Tonight, I used the phrase 'slashy gay buttsex' in a post about SRS MEDIEVAL STUFF. And I used my 'bondage kitties' icon'.
I am now printing about what amounts to 2000 words of NP post and i'm going to damn well submit that to class as my homework for the week. (Tempting to just solidify it and make it into my paper and essay, but we'll see how it goes...)

I linked to this news post on the USyd site- we now own a copy of the Templar trial papers. WOOT.

Humourous Hagiography is now a weekly feature. This week, we will learn about the power of NO, with St AEthelthryth.
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (Default)
Some fun things on the Naked Philologist lately:

King Edmund has his head stolen, in the first two parts of an ongoing series in which I do violence to Aelfric in the name of humour.

I am disappointed to find that the phrase 'man your wives' does not exist in Anglo-Saxon.

Plus miscelaenous links to other blogs, in which you could learn about: the dangers of Old London Bridge; singing statues at Wells Cathedral; bird cults in Cornwall; and some of the things that go wrong with old-fashioned 's'-es, which resemble 'f's.
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (Default)
The current issue of Carnivalesque (Ancient/Medieval Edition) is up at A Corner of Tenth Century Europe. Carnivalesque is a monthly Blog Carnival devoted, on a bi-montly basis, to either Early Modern topics, or to Ancient and Medieval topics concurrently. Jonathan has organised the carnival into handy blocks- 'the ancients'; 'in the ground'; 'death; 'sex'; and 'medievalists looking back'. If any of these tickle your procrastinatory fancy, head on over and check it out.

Jonathan was kind enough to give me *two* plugs :) Although he did suggest that my blogging over at The Naked Philologist remains 'more eccentric than naked'. How's he to know what state I blog in, I ask you? Furthermore, in the 'sex' section, he seems to think that I might not invest in the strictest safety measures when getting tied up in scandalous middle english subtext. I feel my honour has been slighted.

That aside, Jonathan is an excellent bloke, who defines blog success in these terms:
You see, this is success, this is. I started this blog about eighteen months ago, it struggled in obscurity for a while, and then recently it’s netted me two invitations to submit papers and praise from bloggers generally at Kalamazoo and now I have erudite women cracking bondage gags—er, jokes—in my comments.

So far, there's only JLJ and I holding up that last standard. If you have conference invitations, praise, or bondage jokes to add to the mix, I'm sure he'd be delighted.
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (Tonks)
Subsequent to constructive criticisms from Awesome, and suggestions from various people, the Using Online Sources article has been overhauled to include:

* More on peer review- how it doesn't make things *right* by definition.
* Why you can't use Wikipedia.
* Not all sources on university websites are equally credible.
* Updated citation examples pinched from the MHRA guide.
* The bit about not giving full citations for the bible etc has been chopped out, since apparently I was wrong on that point.
highlyeccentric: Me, in a costume viking helmet - captioned Not A Viking Helmet (not a viking)
If I ever had a reputation as a respectable blogger, I'm doing my level best to trash it. Read about bondage and domination in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight at the Naked Philologist, and help me ruin my public image.
highlyeccentric: Me, in a costume viking helmet - captioned Not A Viking Helmet (not a viking)
The Naked Philologist is thinking about Vikings these days.

It's a dangerous thing, thinking about Vikings. Many an Anglo-Saxonist has wandered from the True Path under the influence of the excitment Vikings provide.
And really, Vikings are what make it all. History would be no fun, without Vikings in it.
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (waltrot)
Events since I filled in the answers to this interview would suggest that in fact I was a poor choice of interviewee... Nevertheless, I am featured in Dating Advice from Medievalists on Nerve dot com.

Also, I now have a stuffed toy dog called Wulfstan- I'm trying to decide if I should call him Lupus instead- and I discuss his therapeutic benefits here.

Thirdly, I am now at home at my parents' place, where I discover that when last home, I accidentally set LJ to remember me on Dad's computer... and Dad didn't notice... and has therefore had access to all my locked posts since then. Humhumhum. Lesson one- don't do this, kids. Sorry for any embarrassing TMI, Dad.
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (Default)
Consider etymology at The Naked Philologist

Sadly, I had to concede that the phrase 'all and sundry' probably does not have origins in Anglo-Saxon, or even in those uses of the word 'sundry' which descend from Anglo-Saxon.
highlyeccentric: Me, in a costume viking helmet - captioned Not A Viking Helmet (not a viking)
Woke up this morning to find that 146 people had looked at The Naked Philologist yesterday; I am now attracting spam; and I'm the 6th google return for 'philologist'.

I don't think I'm reading for this responsibility, people...
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (One Way)
This is what we call Serious Academic Advice.

"Go out, get blind drunk, and you'll be so hung over the next day you won't be able to think about your thesis at all"
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (grammar time)
Get off Scot-free with the Naked Philologist.

I <3 etymology.

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