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Hello, readers. If I still have any. My last post here was in 2016 and it was not a happy one. Apologies might be in order. Here are the main reasons why I have not been posting:

  1. I’ve been writing my dissertation. It’s been the focus of my life, period. Good progress is being made, I just drafted the third chapter. For my academic interests, you can read my other blog,
  2. Twitter. Damn you, 140 characters! It’s much easier to tell you about something fascinating just dropping a note or retweeting and article. You can follow me @thiliel.
  3. I’ve been writing fan fiction. In March 2014, I started writing an epic whopper of a story which might very well shape up to be the first work of fiction that I actually finish. It’s a story set in the BBC Sherlock universe. Sherlock, John and (Greg) Lestrade have to solve a case and figure out their love lives. I adore these characters and I wear them like a second skin. The story is up to 30,000 words now and it’s not that bad, so I’m sharing it.

So, you see, I’ve written like half of two books and tweeted 2,000 x 140 characters. Will you forgive me?

Anyway, I’m back here, and I’ve been gaming a lot, so expect a review of ‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ to magically appear in the next days. In the meantime, go read my other stuff to keep you busy.

 

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Flexibility

Apologies for not writing. What a cliché way to start a blog post. But it’s been some time. What have I been up to? I started teaching and working on my dissertation. As you can imagine, that has been taking up some if not most of my brain and writing capacities. New situations, new people, new schedules. But I’ve had time to adjust, now, so here is headbugz again.

Here is a headbug for you. Ever since I decided that a PhD would be the next sensible thing to do, I’ve been very confident of my choice of theme. I was going to take my unhealthy obsession with giants in medieval literature to the next level. I had an idea what to do with the texts, and then I read for half a year and suddenly discovered that it’s not going to work out the way I always imagined. I guess many PhD candidates have had the same experience. So what do you do? You have to adjust and maybe go out of your comfort zone. You might start all over and encounter the same problem again: Embrace the fail. Readjust, reevaluate, continue.

Previously, I have not encountered this problem often, because during my studies there was always a frame, a set date, maybe max. 5 months you’d spend with a project, and then it’s due and gone. And it’s not even that important because max. three people read it: you, your proof reader, and your lecturer. But now it’s different because there are years to get the work done – and a potential audience. It’s the first time that I can actually allow myself to get carried away by the things I discover (or discover the absence of something I thought was there for sure). That’s scary and exciting – simultaneously. You just have to accept that your project and your ideas about your field of research are going to change while you work on it. Yay science. Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break.

If you have read headbugz for a while, you are not only a very faithful reader (thx!) but you might also have discovered that I have a knack for medieval literature. That’s probably because I study it. I’d never have thought that this would end up to be my field of research, but it sort of grew on me. So I have written about medieval phenomena here a lot. Finally, I have felt the need to expand that section blogwise.

My friend Andrea, fellow (ex-)student at the University of Hamburg, and I have decided to create a blog together. We have had our own seperate blogs for while and we thought: Why not create something together? Since we live in Germany, and the texts we talk/write about are mostly German (sometimes French, too), I will sadly have to disappoint our English readers.

The blog is called “Die Mediævistinnen” and we are expecially proud of the fancy ligation (that’s the double letter “æ“-thingie). Here we will write about our current studies, maybe do some interviews with professors, give you an inside view of a medievalist’s mind. We would like to give a scientific angle, but without writing obfuscatingly complex sentences. We’ll use technical terms, but we’ll explain them in what we hope will be enjoyable reading. Since Andrea’s focus is more on art history and mine is more on literature, especially epics, those are going to be our basic approaches. For now.

A Monthy Python reference is absolutely necessary at this point.

If this is your thing: Participate! It’s open. We would be happy to welcome interested writers or students of history, art or literature into the author community. Right now it’s just the two of us, but everything has a beginning, right? Contact us, mail, twitter or carrier pigeon, and we’ll see what happens.

As good as this news is (is it? I barely make the time for the one blog.. now there’s two..), this also means I am going to cut back on the medieval topics on headbugz. Maybe once in a blue moon I might translate something, but for now, everything in that category flows directly into “Die Mediævistinnen“. I hope your reading will migrate with me; subscribe, RSS, bookmark or whatever, just read the damn thing and LET ME EDUCATE YOUUU…. BRAIIINS:…

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