Thinking through the holidays

It’s the day after the day after Christmas, and celebrations are over–for the most part. It has been great to relax and not think about work. My activities over the past several days have included:

  • shopping for and wrapping gifts for my beloveds
  • shopping for, cooking (or watching Arlequino cooking), and eating wonderful food (best scalloped potatoes ever! lamb curry!)
  • hanging out with family (all of them this time! a first!) and dear friends
  • enjoying wine, including a freshly squeezed clementine and prosecco mimosa on Christmas morning
  • reading
  • knitting
  • yoga
  • walking

We went away for a couple of days just before Christmas and had a lovely quiet time together–with some swimming and gym workouts to interrupt the sloth. Muskoka resort; great deal; awesome food; enormous room. No people. Perfect.

But now I find my mind turning back to work, and that’s okay. There is always work to be done, and i LIKE my work. I’m not thinking much about teaching yet, but I am thinking about conference papers that have to be written for the coming year.

Arlequino and I have decided to write a paper together (our first academic collaboration). It will be about Two Generals, a graphic ‘novel’ (it’s not a novel) based on Scott Chantler’s grandfather’s WWII diary. If you want to see a promo video about the book click on this link: AgsyhAtzYcs?hd=1

The analysis of the text lends itself well to our different areas of expertise: Arlequino knows everything there is to know about Military re-enactment, performance, Canadian political history and more. I know a thing or two about life writing, especially Canadian and including graphic memoirs (or, in this case, a biographical text). The personal in the historical; the historical in the personal. We can do this. And I’m enjoying thinking about my contribution to this paper. Plus I’m starting to love working on graphic texts, where the visual design is so very important. For instance, I’m so impressed by this particular author’s use of frame size and repeated images to enact the pacing of the narrative. The text is also a frame narrative. And it’s very literary–uses intertextuality, for example. Nice. Interesting.

And, of course, I am writing more and more about family histories, family stories, personal stories about WWII.

Brain still functioning!

Happy Christmas/New Year week, everyone.

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