So, this is my first post since September 7, 2012?
Okay, so it was a busy fall semester with two experimental classes plus the birth of My First Grandchild, Brian William Kaster, on October 22, 2012.
However, I am moving forward on at least one of my two research fronts, figuring out how to digitize the additions to Durham A.IV.19 in a way accessible and usable by others.
First, I am corresponding with Dr. Rebecca Fisher at the University of Sheffield on the possibility of creating a database for Anglo-Saxon charms that parallels the effort to digitize liturgical materials. In some ways, Durham A.IV.19 stands at a nexus of liturgy and charms (Aldred’s field prayers), as does the marginalia in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 41, which I have also tried to digitize. Rebecca put me on to a website tutorial for the Text Encoding Initiative, called TEI by Example. I am working my way through it as well as looking for similar projects, one with glossed texts would be nice. Derek Olsen, if you are still following, any thoughts?
Second, I am presenting my project at the Marco Manuscript Workshop at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Feb. 1-2 (run by Roy Liuzza). That has lit a fire under me to keep at it. Also, my university college is trying to get some kind of Digital Humanities consortium running, so I am on a committee exploring those angles.
But what about my fiction? I miss the leisure of reading and writing while on sabbatical.