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Out on safari, catching some bears.

“We demand that you can’t keep us out! 

And I demand that I am Vroomfondel! 

I am Vroomfondel, and that is not a demand, that is a solid fact! What we demand is solid facts! 

We don’t demand solid facts! What we demand is a total absence of solid facts.

I demand that I may or may not be Vroomfondel.

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!”



You might think that, since two years ago I said “I think I’m going to make this a running blog about my life” and then didn’t post once that I forgot about such grand schemes. Not true: I lacked material.

Yeah, that’s right. For two years nothing happened. Absolutely nothing. Oh, well, except that where I see in the previous post that I had written “I’ve started a PhD”, I am now hopefully working towards finishing that PhD in the next 6-10 months. And I went to some more conferences, and had some more crises and trips home and weddings and whatnot.

I taught for much of those two years, and thoroughly enjoyed/actively detested it at the same time. As seems to be the norm.

And evidently somehow, though I really have no idea how, in those two years I wrote 3, going on 4, chapters of my thesis. And stuff.

But I think the most important thing that has happened is that at some point I purchased a copy of Rilla of Ingleside  by L.M. Montgomery for £6 and discovered it was a British first edition. For me that is a pretty cool thing to have happened.

Oh, also there is a new site theme. Again. I like it.

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Bahahahaha… haaa… oh god. OH GOD. I am such an idiot. Sometimes I think that because I can use big words and walk while chewing gum at the same time that I might be reasonably intelligent, but no. I just forgot how my own blog was structured. That’s how long it’s been since I even visited this page. So I had to add a note at the bottom, which is 100% intended for myself, since I imgine no one else would be that genuinely stupid. Nifty.

Apparently nothing newsworthy happened to me in the last year.

I just went to a conference, finished a Master’s program, got published (well, sort of), moved to Edinburgh, started a PhD, got a chest infection, met Judith Halberstam with a chest infection, had my first Christmas away from home, wrote a chapter and outline for the PhD, worked as a website editor for six months, was asked to be an editor for an online postgraduate journal, applied to work as a TA, submitted PhD work for review, made monumental career decisions, was permitted to continue to the second year of a PhD, moved house, went home again after a year and a half’s absence, was offered a job as a TA, went to Ottawa, went to a wedding in Canterbury, returned to Edinburgh, and have spent the last several weeks procrastinating on a monumental scale (For the time being I am not making that monumental life decision. One in six months is enough for me). Nope, nothing of importance really.

I have meant to start an actual running blog about my life. Perhaps I shall make this it, since it seems safe enough that any secrets I here divulge will remain secreted away in this dusty, invisible niche in the World Wide Web…

Update: I am so useless that I managed to stick this post smack dab in the middle of all of the other posts. PRIMO!

Did I mention that I am a goddamned genius?

Yep. The kind of genius that the other geniuses mock, who isn’t allowed into MENSA.

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MULTI-MONTHLY UPDATES! Yeah, that’s right. I love you all so much that I updated again before the month was out. You know, I spoil you sometimes…

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New site theme: it’s rockin’. Did I get anything written? Nope. I did, however, waste hours in re-editing some of the too-long posts, and truncating the initial views (tantalizing previews are sexier).

I’ll write something in a bit. Maybe.

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Well, several months later and absolutely dick all has happened that would interest you, unless you care about my personal life (trust me, you don’t). Just the usual – I don’t update as often as I should, often a month or more will pass before I realise that I should really update, and then the process repeats itself.

The only thing that might be new is that I would like to start actually blogging a bit – still humourous, but not only in response to questions. This is because sometimes I will think of something funny to write, or hear about something I’d like to comment on in a funny way, and feel restricted because no questions are relevant. So questions are still important, please send them! But also I will add my own things (like impromptu poetry).


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So, about 20 days ago I wrote in, full of optimism and fully intending to update more. Didn’t happen! Think I’ll blog about it. Wait, I am! Wicked.

News is I’m back in Scotland – which is good news for them, and bad news for Canada. And also, in a way, bad news for me, since Strombo neglected me, phone-wise. However, I know that in a couple of weeks my favourite Canuck TV man will be in London… In related news, I hallucinated while watching the Hour over the holidays. At least, I suspect that I did, and no one can confirm otherwise.

It’s all in good fun! Night!

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It’s 12:50 in the morning here in Ontario, and after two weeks of outrageousness I think things are settling down… for about eight hours while I sleep. Then I am sorry to say that after the previous hiatus (caused by Christmas etc. and a project which needs to be mailed off to Scotland tomorrow morning) I am running away for another week – up “north” for a bit then to Ottawa to visit the apparent multitude of my friends that have gathered there (in this case ‘multitude’ means ‘five’).

However, tomorrow night I might address another pressing question (I’ve got a few saved up) before I head off. Also, I am slowly coming to the realization that no one reads this news-update… ever! So it really doesn’t matter.

To sleep!

That’s all the news for now: more excitement to come later I’m sure (unlikely)!


The first post is the newest, and so on.

  1. Hi, my school has dances for holidays and twice i got to nervous to ask my longtime friend to go with me and i kind of like her. Can u give me some a advice?

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