Endowed Chair Presentation, Capsule Reviews

You know, when you are really sick, everything else you’ve had before and cranked about makes you feel like a hypochondriac. 🙂 The doctors are having me do laryngitis the old fashioned way–I have a prescription for ZPack, the cannon of antibiotics, but I’m not to use it unless my temperature spikes. Which it has not. So we struggle valiantly onward, sniffling, speaking squeakily, and occasionally giving ourself a buzz with codeine impregnated cough syrup.

Generally, I am a very charismatic and energetic presenter. The Minnie Mouse voice that laryngitis has left me with means that I will have to rely on other virtues to talk about the book. There will be a lot of whispering and pointing today. It is what it is. Classes will also be cut to the bare bones. What questions do you have? Here are some skeletal instructions. Live long and prosper.

I am itching to get back to my manuscript, and have some hopes of doing that tonight. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Some quick other things that I should mention before I try to stumble through some work:

I read Michael Jasper’s The Wannoshay Cycle. It’s very, very good. I am not an SF reader by nature, but MAN, that was something. The premise: The Wannoshay crash land on earth. Humans and Wannoshay negotiate each other. The execution: a psychological ensemble piece with engaging aliens and humans. I’ll be looking for more of Michael’s books. He writes with a delicate touch, but a sturdy follow through.

I’ve just begun Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith, which is a gentle juxtaposition of Celtic myth and Scottish short story.

On Monday, I took a look at Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible. Stalin ultimately exiled Eisenstein for part 2, which I have yet to see, but part 1 is laced throughout with propaganda and dramatic posing.

A less patrician offering? Okay. Last night, The Man (TM) and I watched Caprica. It was fine. Teenage Zoey is spooky, but I’m not sure about the Tauran Mafia overtones. Overall, I was satisfied.

Right. Wish me luck. I’m off to make some hot tea, check a couple of stray papers, and basically piddle about until 2ish.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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