February 16, 2024

It’s already half past February. We had a giant ice storm followed by about a day of thawing and then a second ice storm. As a result, once again, Portland shut down for a week. Thankfully I was able to get by with what I had in the house, though the pantry ended up completely empty, and I slipped on the ice trying to get even to the neighborhood store when I eventually ran out of caffeine options. Coming from a place where ice is more of an annoyance than a real problem it continually fascinates me to watch what happens when it falls in a place without such experience.

Those quiet days were beautiful, though. Even in the center of a city, there was almost no noise except the children sliding around in the church parking lot next door. It was nearly as quiet as the first few days of the pandemic, and that got a little bit eerie, but before it became oppressive we thawed out and life spun back up quickly enough. I’ve tried to maintain a little bit of the slower pace, spending a little more time with the morning coffee or the evening cat-entertaining. Things get done and I don’t have to stress myself so much. Nobody’s going to take time back for me, so I’d best get better at making it for myself.

Several job application rejections later, I have several others out there waiting. Like the tiny crocuses (croci?) starting to poke up through the courtyard stones once more, bits of hope and optimism appear. I feel the seasons shifting and I hope to shift with them.

January 4, 2024

I’m working on two different books at the moment, and have decided to ask for help to get to the finish line with both of them. If you’re interested in some old-school patronage for ancient Egypt related publications, the (long) information about how you can take part is here.

January 2, 2024

Somewhere in the next world, Dorothy Parker is (allegedly) demanding an explanation. They’re having another year.

Here’s hoping Gregorian 2024 is more kind and provides a better pleasant to unpleasant ratio than the last few years have managed for so many. I am of course stating this much more politely than I, or Dorothy, would like, but that’s also because I know better than to tempt fate.

Since this is also an arbitrary beginning, I am trying, one day at a time, to be better about blogging here, and we’ll see how that shapes out. I seem to spend most of my daily blogging time at my Patreon these days, but it’s also fun to have a place to just toss a few more personal words here and there.

October 28, 2023 octoberlecture
June 19, 2023

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The publisher finally gave me the okay to share the cover for the encyclopedia. It won’t be formally released for a bit yet (current date is April 2024), but it’s available for preorder now at their website (llewellyn.com) and should start appearing in other bookstores for presale relatively soon as well. We’re one step closer to the book being in people’s hands, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

June 19, 2023 smallCEED