A smattering

Hello, friends. I turned in my draft, but now I am sick. Just wanted to drop by and say hi and jot down a couple notes to myself.

  • I gave a pretty good speech last week to the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable about how I became a writer in spite of the fact that most things I want to express artistically are ineffable. How does one use words as a medium to express things for which there are no words? I found my solution in fantasy and metaphor. But more on that when my nose stops running.
  • Just putting this here for my own reference, but there may be some of you who find it interesting, too: On Uagadou, the African Wizarding School. Worldbuilding is complicated; worldbuilding that intersects with the real world, doubly so.
  • Since that last sentence obliquely referenced Douglas Adams, here’s the Douglas Adams quote with which I ended my VCLR speech, from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: “Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”

All right, back to napping and blowing my nose. Sure is glamourous to be me.

One thought on “A smattering

  1. Thanks for sharing that post “On Uagadou, the African Wizarding School”, it’s a very interesting piece! When I first heard about an African wizarding school I was concerned about how Rowling would do the world-building. There exists that European pre-conceived idea of ‘Africa’, so it’s easy for cultural appropriation to occur. I do like that she’s extending her wizarding world (one seems to be in the Great Lakes area, so that made me happy haha).

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