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I will be presenting at Mythmoot again!

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I will be presenting at Mythmoot again!

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I received word today that I will be once again presenting at the Mythmoot III fantasy studies conference! Yippee! \0/ My paper is tentatively titled "Transformative Works as a Means to Develop Critical Perspectives in the Tolkien Fan Community," which should be more palatable to most people following me here than last year's cosmogony paper. I was inspired to take on this topic in part because they were looking for papers for a track entitled "Tolkien in the 21st Century" that considered how modern fans engaged with the text but also because the SWG's 10th begetting day will be a couple of months after Mythmoot on March 15, and it seemed a fitting tribute to the group that has been such a big part of my life for almost a decade now to actually allow my work with that group to overlap with my academic stuff.

I am excited. Also overwhelmed. I have so much going on right now and this is, of course, another thing that needs doing. (I am trying to pretend like I didn't see this call for papers ...) At least there won't be the nerves associated with the mystery of presenting for the first time last year. I'm looking forward to that part of it; I normally speak before much tougher crowds (high school students!), so an appreciative audience is a welcome change.

Okay, now's the part when I try to persuade those of you who are on the East Coast to come to Mythmoot! Here's the page on Mythgard's website. This event last year is one of the most fun weekends I've ever had. It is part academic conference and part fan gathering. I think they achieve a great balance there, where the discussions and presentations are high-quality without being intimidating or unwelcoming. The dates are January 10-11 in Baltimore. The cost is lower than it was last year. And you could hang out with little ol' me. :D

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • Okay, now's the part when I try to persuade those of you who are on the East Coast to come to Mythmoot!

    Tempting...tempting. I think we'll have the submission submitted by then so it's a possibility, although I foresee a northeaster descending on the East Coast then. ;^)
    • OMG don't jinx us! :D We had a snowstorm during last year's Mythmoot. We had to leave pub trivia early to try to beat it home. (We just made it.) This year, we're staying at the hotel so that doesn't happen again!
  • That's great news!
  • Congratulations on having your paper accepted!
    Looking forward to hearing more about it.
    • Thank you. :) I'm sure I'll get Bobby to video it again like last year.

      Edited at 2014-09-30 10:01 pm (UTC)
  • I have so much going on right now and this is, of course, another thing that needs doing

    LOL Yes Dawn... my goodness, where will you find the time. Do not follow in my footsteps because we all need our sleep :)

    I wished I lived closer and had more free time for myself to meet up with you guys...
    • my goodness, where will you find the time.

      In all the dusty, neglected corners of my life. ;) Not having to plan four courses this year has helped.

      We may well be in your neck of the woods sometime soon! Especially if I move to a public school next year, which will mean summers off, then we'll be across the pond every year or so with time enough to venture beyond the UK.
  • Fabulous! I'll be really jazzed to see what you write. I enjoyed your paper last year considerably. (but then yes, we are your basic geeky audience here). I'd love to come, especially since most of my relatives live on the east coast, but unlikely. Good luck to you. How you find time to do any of this is beyond me. Cheers!
    • Thank you--and I'm glad you liked last year's paper! :D This year's should be easier ... I hope. Because this really is a stressful year for me, and if it wasn't for the fact that I had so much fun last year and wanted to take advantage of the Tolkien in the 21st Century theme, then I probably would have skipped this year. :^/
  • Congratulations!

    Ah, if I only had the mythical winning lottery ticket. (Of course, that requires buying one first. :P)
    • Thank you!

      I'm going to start playing the lotto for you! :D
      • Testing to see if LJ is handling threads right yet, since it keeps reverting my icon to default, which means a ticket is in order. (I don't pay for an account to have this joint malfunctioning!)
  • If only it were mid-February instead! I could've made a trip of it.
  • Congratulations! :D I wish I was on the East Coast and could come.
    • Me too! :)

      How is teaching going?
      • Teaching itself is lovely - I mean, I only do a few mini lectures, but they and the review session for the test went well! The review session went really well, actually. I had 14 students show up and two more email me, which is almost half the class (which is more than most of his TAs have gotten for the first one, according to my professor). I'm just lucky enough to have at least a few smart, interested students, aside from the one who alternates between smart student and oblivious little creep. :D

        It's confirmed for me that yes, this is completely and utterly what I want to do with my life. It's just a great feeling.

        It's just been my bad luck that at the same time I have that, my anxiety and probable depression would both decide to become worse. -_- So it's been fun trying to deal with that, especially since my professor in charge of it all is also dealing with issues and I can't add more onto him by telling him how bad things are for me. Or that by "I'm struggling" I mean that I fear that I'm going off the edge and this is going to end up like HS, where almost all the people I thought liked me turned on me the second I stopped being the star student.
        • Yay! I'm so glad that teaching is going well. :) I know that feeling too; there are few things better than a class that is interested in and engaged with what you are teaching. It doesn't get old.

          I'm sorry about the anxiety/depression combo, which I know from experience sucks. Anyone who stops liking you because of dealing with this plus the pressures of college isn't worth your time. Which I know is easier said than internalized ... :^/
          • It is! It's had it's rough spots, mainly because I had creatively edited and joked about my health problems to my professor/supervisor/advisor, so he was unaware of the severity of them. And then I had to tell him today, so that was a fun discussion about how he needs to know those things, so he doesn't just blithely tell me to do things. But I really enjoy it! And his first TA (who was the TA back when I was a freshman) was back for a visit on Friday, apparently told him I was really good while I was lecturing, and then told me at the end that I did very good. :D So that boasted my spirits a bit at least.

            Thank you. I know they're not worth it, at least logically. And I also know that my professors aren't the type of people to start hating me just because I'm dealing with them. But some of my HS teachers have given me such a deep fear of how people will react to me if I even admit to struggling with them...I finally had to tell one of my professors about it today (the same one from above). Though I chickened out and did it over email, and didn't mention depression by name, so he might just be sitting there going "WTF is she talking about?" at it. *sigh* :P
  • Yay, congratulations! Not that there was ever any doubt, really.

    I'm really looking forward to Mythmoot and meeting you!
    • Me too! :D (Meeting you, that is, not myself, whom I'm rather tired of at the moment. ;)

      Not that there was ever any doubt, really.

      My primary doubt came from the worry that the Tolkien in the 21st Century track was going to open up the floodgates of people wanting to give presentations on fanfic and fandom! I leaned pretty heavily on my experience as an archive owner in my proposal in hopes that that might give me an edge ... or maybe I was underestimating the popularity of that topic entirely! :D Regardless, I'm glad to be presenting again. It was a blast last year.
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