-the George Washington/Alexander Hamilton drift compatibility is increasingly my fave. I could ship it or not but the intensity is delish. "Meet Me Inside," with the "Son/I'm not your Son" refrain: nnrgh. The overlay of Hamilton's voice over George Washington's farewell address in "One Last Time," his writing in his commander's mouth, saying the farewell that he himself finds nigh-unbearable: ffwahhhhppdp. Pwahhhd.
-the characterization of Eliza works really well for me sometimes and frustrates me at others. I think this has something to do with my dislike of romantic jealously/infidelity narratives as a whole. And I really like that there's none of that with the sisters! "Burn" calls up both of my reactions: the crescendo on "you FORFEIT all rights to my heart/ you FORFEIT your place in our bed" is glorious and invokes my Thing about honor, but the way that she opposes his public career and private life irks me, and the ending of the song always catches me off-beat, because when she says "I hope you burn" I always expect it to finish "mine" - I'm burning your letters, I hope you burn mine. But her final apotheosis as historian always gets me where I live.
-"Hurricane" might be my fave track. "She was holding me/ we were sick and she was holding me/ I couldn't seem to die"
SF3 Communications Committee
The SF3 Board and WisCon Concom announce, sadly, the resignations of WisCon Concom Co-Chairs Andrea Horbinski and s.e. smith. Their resignations are effective immediately.
Interim Chair for WisCon 40 will be Jackie Lee, SF3 Board President.
In resigning, Andrea and s.e. said both that as chairs they felt they were a poor culture fit and also that balancing commitments and workload was becoming unsustainable.
In their months as Concom chairs, Andrea and s.e. were enacting exciting ideas for WisCon 40, starting with inviting back a previous guest of honor as a special guest. They also showed great commitment to placing the concom on firm, sustainable ground by pushing forward an internal documentation initiative proposed by the outgoing WisCon 39 chairs.
Andrea and s.e. stepped up as chairs during a very transitional time for the Concom and the Concom and Board are deeply grateful for their work over the past year.
We are sorry to lose Andrea and s.e. as chairs and from the Concom and we wish them nothing but all the success in their future endeavors.
I have a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday, and there's a lot of vocabulary this chapter. And a lot of verbs. Hooray for flash cards. We also have our oral midterm on Friday (or Monday; I plan to volunteer for Friday). We get *practice* in class on Thursday. I am surprised at how much hand-holding there is.
I'm driving down to UGA next week, and this time I'm actually going to see the department and campus with students in it. Which will probably make me go "argh, students, go away," like Chapel Hill does. I'm excited but also nervous. I want to be enthusiastic but not trying too hard, and that's ... a difficult balance to strike. This time I'm staying in a hotel practically on campus, so I can walk to various campus-adjacent things as well as to campus. I'll be leaving right after class on Wednesday, or as soon as the bus gets me to my car (2:40ish) and I pop into WSM for a sandwich or something to eat for dinner on the road. It's 5 hours plus stops & traffic (I'll hit Charlotte at 5, which will suck, so I may stop at a rest area and eat my sammich), so I'll get in pretty late. Well, 9 or so, which isn't *late*, but I typically prefer to arrive places around 7.
I haven't gotten any editing to speak of on the novel since the semester started, but I'd like to start setting parts of Tuesday & Saturday (or Sunday) aside for that. Weekends keep being busy with things I can't do during the week; Tuesdays I end up running errands a lot. (Tomorrow I need to get an oil change, and I have to learn so much vocabulary...)
That's my super exciting life right now.
48. A Treasury of Victorian Murder, Compendium II by Rick Geary - ****
49. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy - ****
50. Everneath by Brodi Ashton - DNF
51. Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente - *****
52. The Robber Bride by Jerrica Knight-Catania - ** 1/2
53. The Poisoned House by Michael Ford - **
54. The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller - ****
55. Illuminating the Prophecy (the companion book to The Raven's Prophecy Tarot) by Maggie Stiefvater - ****
56. When We Wake by Karen Healey - *****
57. Wicked Fairytales by D.M. Atkins (ed.) - ***
58. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - **
59. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin - *****
60. While We Run by Karen Healey - ****