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Miscellany

  • Page proof editing my own work begins to convince me that what I have written is my academic juvenalia. I must remind myself that if I'm ever going to write academic juvenalia, the appropriate time to do so is at the very beginning of my career. That, and I'm too close to my own writing to have any decent perspective on how it reads.
  • I bought lovely new fine-tipped pens, each a different color - the highlight of yesterday. For all the pens in my life, I didn't have a functional fine-tipped blue or red one when I needed it.
  • I enjoyed watching the Olympics, my first ever. I particularly liked the uninterrupted events courtesy of BBC 2's digital extra channels. There were tarot cards and the major arana in paper-mâché in the closing ceremonies; this appealed to my personifying instincts.
  • I had a pleasant lunch with five complete strangers today, aka crabbyoldbats. When trying to track down a group whose appearance is as yet unknown, it is a relief to find that the meeting place is a small, quiet restaurant.
  • While the scanner is busy scanning every few minutes, I've been flitting about cleaning and organizing. A houseguest arrives tonight, and a deadline involving page-proofs must be met.
  • Overheard on Old Compton Street on Saturday: "I need a boutique!"

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snowdrifted
Feb. 28th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
I thought of you and pens when I was buying one of these ones the other day. Fine tipped and lovely ink! And the first pen I've actually run out the ink on, that isn't a fountain pen.

That, and I'm too close to my own writing to have any decent perspective on how it reads.

Boy, do I know how that feels. :s
owlfish
Mar. 1st, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
It's so nice to have pens which are a pleasure to write with! I'm very pleased with my new ones: Pilot G-Tec-C4 with a very fine tip.

Oooh, it comes in other colors too!
a_d_medievalist
Feb. 28th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
But you are neither crabby nor old!

Pens = good.

And even your juvenalia reads like grown-up stuff.
owlfish
Mar. 1st, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
I may never achieve crabbiness, but I am working on the old every single day!

Yes! Lovely pens.

Thank you!
coughingbear
Feb. 28th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
As one of the crabbyoldbats I have just friended you, and it was very good to meet you today.
owlfish
Mar. 1st, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
It was good to meet you too.

I turned in my final dissertation corrections at the end of January, so the thesis-writing experience is still very fresh in my mind.

Also, out of curiousity, are you in any way involved in Oxford's forthcoming Encyclopedia of Maritime History?
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