Book Trailer for THE LAST ABBOT OF LINN DUACHAILL

S&H Publishing put together this slick book trailer for THE LAST ABBOT OF LINN DUACHAILL.

How cool is that?

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Book of Kells and the art of illuminated manuscripts

So I was guest blogging this week at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers about the Book of Kells and what’s involved in creating illuminated manuscripts.

http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com/2015/07/crafts-with-anastasia-guest-author.html

HOMEGOING announced in Locus

So I received the newest Locus.  THIS was in the section about Forthcoming Releases:

Locus announcement

And then I had a nightmare that I’d imagined the whole thing, there was no mention in Locus or any publication happening AT ALL.  But it was still there the next day.

Right, like I’m the only nervy debut author out there.  Yup.  Just me.  The rest of y’all are like cucumbers.

Guilty Pleasure(s)

Not without some serious trepidation, we started watching my favorite favorite all-time favorite (no really, I was obsessed–I collected newspaper clippings, magazine articles, episode announcements in the TV guide, etc) middle-school era show:  Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

Mercifully (unlike, say, The A-Team), the re-watch did not make me want to time-travel to slap the stupid out of my younger self.  My younger self is, admittedly, as much of a sentimental sap as my older self, but I can live with that.

During season three, I suddenly realized how much Leroy Jethro Gibbs looks like an older Lee Stetson.  I’d already linked Bones and NCIS in my head.  Ralph Waite played both Gibbs’ father and Booth’s grandfather, so naturally Booth and Gibbs are related.

Which is how I ended up writing my first piece of fanfic.

Yup, a whole collection of guilty pleasures to fess up to.

Keeping Myself Busy and Out of Trouble

2014 is the 60th anniversary of the publication of Lord of the Rings.  I realized this about a year ago, and talked my department into sponsoring a campus-wide celebration this fall.  Between September 5 and October 11, we have about two dozen events going on.  You can see ’em all at our website (mithrilturtle.umd.edu).  I have the best job ever.

Revisiting the 1990s

I submitted a story today.  On paper.  In the mail.  I had to go to the post office and everything.

It was odd.  I’ve been sending out stories since I was teenager, and for most of that time, it’s been paper mail.  But not in the last decade or so.

That’s not the only way in which the past has been returning recently.  There’s a humongous problem with credit card skimming in our neighborhood, so we’re back to buying most things with cash.  Whoa.  I know.  Who does that?

We’re also watching my childhood favorite tv show, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, at the moment.  ‘Obsessed’ doesn’t BEGIN to cover what my relationship with this show was like.  From which my husband definitely benefited, since I developed a serious taste for left-handed smart asses just before I met him.

If circling back to your childhood is a sign that you’re getting old, I’d better get my AARP membership in.  : )