Greetings! Here’s an update.
Since March, I’ve been quiet here, but busy at Book Riot:
Cover comparison: UK v US covers (no pub date)
Slouching Towards Zombieland (June 2015)
Romance Novel Think Pieces for Dummies (June 2015)
Disney World Guidebooks: A Curated List (May 2015)
Ten Terms the Romance Fandom Taught Me (May 2015)
Buy Borrow Bypass: New Self Help Books (May 2015)
And I’m working on these posts for BR as well:
- Reading Pathways: Nora Roberts
- Reading Romance Fiction as Literature
- Why Romance Fiction Gets so Little Respect (ugh… that title needs to be killed ded).
- This probably seems easy and maybe overdone to people inside Romancelandia, I don’t think many people have thought much about this. I feel that romance coverage and its reputation has improved a lot, especially in the past five years, and I’m going to acknowledge that in the post, but there’s still a ways to go. Also, it will help a little with a new project, which is modeled after an article called “The Appeal of the Mystery” by Alan Goldman in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.
- In general, it’s been an interesting experience to write for a large site which has a small percentage of romance readers. It can be a challenge. I want to write one way when I think I am talking to my regular interlocutors and a different way when I picture contemporary lit fic readers who make up a big chunk of BR’s main audience.
- Untapped History (about historical romances with unusual settings or protagonists. Also probably getting a new title.)
I’m going to RWA in July. I plan to do a couple of Book Riot posts related to the conference. I don’t have any other ambitions or plans. It’ll feel nice going to a conference where I am not expected to contribute anything and can fly completely under the radar. I’m super excited to see a few old friends again and meet some long time internet friends in person for the first time.
After about 6 years of talking about romance and going to PCA I finally have an actual peer reviewed article in print. Free digital copies for anyone who asks! Just kidding. Not really.
I was invited to give a colloquium talk at my very traditional Anglo-American analytic grad school in the fall. I am already terrified.
The first year of being department chair was a learning experience. Mainly I attended long meetings and replaced furniture. Hope to do more this coming year.
A few of bookish folks I know are using TinyLetter to send out “newsletters” which are essentially personal blog posts, and I love getting those emails. Here’s an example by Ann Friedman, one of the Tiny Letters I subscribe to. I like the idea of writing a short personal entry about what I’m reading and watching and liking and hating on the interwebs, which will only be read by a few people who have actually asked to read it. Stay tuned.
Summer is going well so far. I had a very, very hard summer last year. The truth is that I stopped sleeping. Not just a bad night or two, but something out of The Machinist. Going into this summer, I was afraid I would be facing a repeat of that experience, but so far so good. Getting both some work and some rest.
I’ve been reading a lot and enjoying it a lot. After a couple years of 90% digital, I’m back to about 50/50 digital and paper. Very exciting news, I know.
Thanks for reading. Whatever you are reading today I hope you are desperate to get back to it.