Unfortunately, I realize that I’ve been neglecting this blog lately. I can only blame myself for that. 🙂

A few updates seem in order at least.

The latest book is past the copyeditors and headed to the layout department. Page proofs should be in my hands in a couple months, with release scheduled for sometime in the upcoming Autumn.

My employer (a community college) is taking a very careful approach to re-opening campus. Currently we’re at something under 5% of classes being face-to-face (F2F), and even those are largely the ones that require hands on work (ex. some nursing courses). Summer, the plan’s 10-15% with potential for some limited offices. Autumn, about 25-30% F2F with a comparative services opening. All of which is good and smart (unlike the approaches in some other states and institutions; one friend’s CC has been open F2F continuously through the pandemic).

In the meantime, I put pen to paper for a third book. Just starting notes for an introduction so far, but it’s started. Reviewing a few things, I think there are definitely two, possibly three, books left in me. The first (third) is built out of old posts here. The second is a hybrid of what my dissertation was going to be at the start (before I narrowed focus for time) and a few articles I thought about writing years ago. The third is more nebulous at the moment, as the rough idea occurred to me and I haven’t developed it yet. I’m not even sure if the last is a “book” or a collection of essays (edited anthology), e.g. me alone or a collaborative effort.

To explore the last option, I’m thinking I’l probably put together some posts here, to organize and mess with my thoughts on the subject. Eventually.

5 comments on “Updates

  1. Calmgrove says:

    I be happy to read your rough drafts of essays here if you wanted some feedback to help give direction to that envisioned third book! Don’t worry about any hiatus in posting here — we all know what’s happening in the world right now — and I think most of your followers like me aren’t going to unfollow you in a hurry, but thanks for the heads up!

    Liked by 1 person

    • I’m still wrapping my head around that one, but will probably do some posts to explore the idea(s) involved. It’s considerably less than half formed right now. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • I need to find some time to go back and reread Karen Hellekson and track down/read more articles, etc. on alternate histories before delving too far. I had thoughts about the alt history genre and some fantasy subgenres, and some kind of hybridity or cross-contamination. But, that’s probably future. In the meantime, generating notes for “Book Three”.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Calmgrove says:

        Thanks for this: I hadn’t come across Hellekson (or Busse for that matter) before and even the Wikipedia entry proved of help.

        In view of the post I’ve just put up I would distinguish between alt history, which seems to be aware of its fictional nature, and pseudohistory, which is what Wilson and Blackett and their apologists (whom I reference in my piece) pursue. They don’t accept their alternative history is a fictional concoction but believe it is true.

        As with Holocaust deniers they cherry pick what they see as facts — in reality mostly factoids derived from their inadequate understanding of the discipline — and deny anything that counters their reconstructed narrative. Thus, in their world view, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs could be closely related to Welsh words, spurious Welsh rulers are near enough direct descendants of the Holy Family, Latin inscriptions mean whatever they want them to mean, and so on and so forth ad infinitum.

        However, I guess there must be a fine line between alt historians and pseudohistorians in terms of plausibility and belief: I’m a child of the 60s, after all, and well aware that hippie culture often believed the wider sphere of its wilder imaginings where ley lines, chakras, extraterrestrials and astral planes were immanent realities…

        Liked by 1 person

      • There are certainly differences inherent in both those cases and in more “mainstream” usages. On one hand, historians posit “counterfactuals” to explore history as thought exercises, though they employ the same foundation as sci-fi “alternate history” authors — asking “What if?”. It’s fun when they crossover, as with Harry Turtledove (PhD in Byzantine History, but most well known for writing alternate history novels). On another, one I’ve been thinking about off & on lately, modern/urban fantasy & paranormal romance writers inherently deploy alternate histories to varying depths of detail in their work, whether they deal with hidden (Rowling, Eoin Colfer) or open (a lot of steam-fantasy) magic/non-humans.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s