Currently engaged with PhD funding applications. Then next, PhD applications. And then, conference paper submissions.
I'll be at a university participating on a panel about Women & Comics. I have a paper being published in a journal this month (supposedly). Next year, I'll be presenting in Chicago at an academic conference. So, busy as an academic. As a creative writer, not much done. Have a publication I edited and contributed to, which needs funding.
As for the news --
One of our own HR members, Cynthia (TekJounin) unfortunately passed away due to anaphylactic shock from a bee sting.
"The Life of Charlotte Bronte" is a Victorian biography of the author of Jane Eyre. Very, very long. I like reading biographies of creative artists. That, and this book is one of the leftover books I haven't finished from the previous semester.
"Preventing Genocide" is what it is, a monograph on the subject of genocide and how to prevent it. Reading it out of my own interest.
Rudyard Kipling is the author of "The Jungle Book". That said, he's fantastic with horror and fantasy. The foreword of the book I have is written by Neil Gaiman, who himself was influenced by Rudyard Kipling's stories.
I've heard of all the books you mentioned except for Sookie Stackhouse. Of them all, I hope to start and finish the Song of Ice and Fire series before graduate school starts.
On the story I wrote, as I mentioned at the beginning, it was inspired by the Buddhist stories of my childhood. In fact, it's the stories from the "The Love of Life" book that I mentioned in my Ask thread. IIRC, you asked that question about said book, which books I'd keep if my house was on fire.
Ah, design. Curious, how are the clients and the commissions you had thus far?