This is way too long to put in a Twitter thread, so in the interest of readability, I am blogging it.
On or around August 10th, I will be taking a semi-hiatus from Twitter until 2020 for six reasons. This will have minimal impact on blogging — let’s face it, I’ve been on the blogosphere since I was a teenage kid with a Xanga, and that isn’t likely to stop.
Six Reasons and Some Justification
- The academic year is starting. I’m in public services librarianship. This means that for orientation season and the first few weeks of the autumn semester, I need to be extremely engaged with students, and I won’t have as much time for myself to get things done and to relax. Twitter is the opposite of relaxing.
- I have a lot of stretch reading goals that have shifted and changed over the past year. See the section called “TBR” if you’re curious about my reading plan.
- Fiction: Ossia needs to get done, in addition to several writing revisions and the structuring/plotting out of the next part of The Seven Papers, which is set during a war.
- Nonfiction: Acts of Speech (a poetry collection) is happening. I’m also doing some project soul-searching about an essay set I might write about modern polytheism, not from the perspective of an expert (because lol), but as someone who grew up in the Neopagan/polytheist movement(s) who has some thoughts that might be best shared in that medium. I’m curious to know others’ first impressions of this idea.
- Cal Newport is very right about social media: “The key to living well in a high tech world is to spend much less time using technology.”
- In October, the Nobel Prize in Physics will be announced, which means that I really will need to hone in and focus on writing a complex citation analysis for whoever wins it.
I am grateful for many recent conversations/connections on Twitter — if you’re curious about that, please look at how the About Me page has changed — but those things above are a lot.
Practically speaking, I may still go onto Twitter to post photographs if I think of anything interesting to share while reading or fun shrine images. I made a preliminary social media post about better hashtagging we could do in which I suggested that we use #polytheistcultus and/or #shrinephoto when we want to share images. That would help all of us, as more consistent hashtagging would help us see what we all post without us needing to follow everyone else.
I will also have to go onto Twitter to share WordPress posts, as the way the WordPress plugin has evolved does some annoying things with images that make it difficult for people to see that there is a blog link.
After August 10, do not expect fast responses to replies on Twitter or in direct messages. If you want to talk to me, email me. My contact information is very easy to find. If it’s a blog comment, you’re cool — I’ll still like/respond to it.
I currently have 4 people in my RSS reader whom I follow there b/c they don’t post tons of personal things. I enjoy Megillus’ #AcademiaAmReading, EPButler’s Platonism/philosophy threads, UnhistoryR’s musings on religion, and AlietteDB’s posts on fountain pens and writing.
I will increase that to a few more people now that I won’t be logging in often. I want to make more of an effort to find people in person, though.
My High-Priority TBR and CR Lists
- Cosmological Koans, Anthony Aguirre. Started reading this today. Got through one and a half of the chapters. They’re harrowing, which is just what I hoped for. Just as fun as I expected to read against Proclus. (When I say “read against” in this context, the correct mental image is of propping two books up so they lean on each other. Basically, they’re conceptually oozy-sticky with each other, and I made a great choice!)
- Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Parmenides, trans. Glenn R. Morrow & John M. Dillon. This is difficult and long, but good.
- The Book of Salt, Monique Truong. Technically, I was supposed to have this finished by book club weeks ago, but I didn’t, and I want to finish it because it’s such a beautifully-written novel.
My actual TBR list (which is not the abandoned shell of a TBR on my Goodreads; I have a better TBR that I keep in a notebook) is quite long. Here are the thing I’m hoping to get through by the end of the calendar year.
- Theurgy and the Soul, Gregory Shaw
- A few articles in Purity and Purification in the Ancient Greek World: Texts, Rituals, and Norms, ed. Jan-Mathieu Carbon & Saskia Peels-Matthey
- Proclus’ Elements of Theology, trans. Thomas Taylor
- Being Full of Light, Insubstantial, Linda D. Addison
- Proclus’ On Plato’s Cratylus, trans. Brian Duvick
- Orphic Tradition and the Birth of the Gods, Dwayne A. Meisner
- Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, Gretchen McCulloch
- Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor
- Cycles of Time, Roger Penrose
- Understanding Our Unseen Reality: Solving Quantum Riddles, Ruth E. Kastner
- The Ascent to Godhood, J.Y. Yang (this is fiction, everyone)
- Silver in the Wood, Emily Tesh
- The Art of War, Sun Tzu, trans. Thomas Cleary — with commentaries
- The Centenal Cycle, Malka Older (this is a trilogy and it is about policy and info science and the future and I am so excited)
- Plato’s Timaeus
- A bunch of scholarly articles that are scattered around, sometimes grouped in books, sometimes not — usually I figure out what I need to read after reading a translated primary text, and I think EPB’s essays on Proclus will be good for what I’m currently reading, in addition to a few other things