Sigh. That about describes life over the past week or ten days. I've been teaching a daily May Term course on Scandinavian/Nordic film and basic film theory, which has been terrific fun given the mix of good students I have, but the almost daily reading (heavy) and preparation just seem to eat up any free time. The class meets for three hours at a time, so it's pretty intense as well, and I'm tired once I get home and change out of my jacket and tie. Then, there has been the typical summertime upkeep outdoors along with some things the Grand Duchess left for me to take care of.
And on top of that, the publisher with whom I worked on that translation last fall has sent me a list of minor corrections, suggested by the book's author, to make on the manuscript before the dummies are printed for final proofreading and editing later in the summer (the novel is scheduled to appear in English in late 2009). Nothing major, but of course this too has been, shall we say, somewhat time consuming. When it rains, it pours.
All of this has meant that the Saegewerkdorf game between Jeff Hudelson and me has been on hold. Neither has any appreciable painting taken place, though I did manage to snatch an hour on Saturday night late and start on those final 20 RSM Prussian fusiliers. As I usually do, I began by applying GW "Goblin Green" to the bases of the figures, which are all lined up on their plastic bottle caps behind me on the painting desk, awaiting their fleshtone, which is typically the color I apply next in the process.
On a slightly different note, I did take some time to make up two figure orders for Garrison Miniatures and Spencer Smith Miniatures respectively very, very late Saturday evening, once the cat and I had retired to bed, before I continued with my latest P.G. Wodehouse novel. So, I'll have one shipment of 30 Holger Eriksson cavalry and a couple of extra guns winging its way to our apartment in Berlin and another of about 26 Garrison artillery crew (enough for two 2-gun batteries with 12 crew and a mounted officer for each). And if the British and German postal systems cooperate, both packages should be waiting at the apartment when I arrive in Berlin on June 10th. Keep your fingers and toes crossed!
The Grand Duchess is doing very well by the way. We spoke for quite some time via Skype on Saturday. She is finding lots of material in the various archives she visits, including a piece that will allow her to finish a two -year old piece on East German disco films of the 1970s and 80s. In addition, she has had meetings with several German academics about one thing or another related to her research. Sonja and two of her former students, both of whom have been on exchange programs in Berlin, traveled to an "eco village" the other day, since one of my wife's research interests has to do with eco-criticism (re: Green criticism). And the Grand Duchess has also been able to catch up with a number of German friends, who she does not see very often. So, all in all, it sounds like everything is going well for her. And our cat Rannveig gets to enjoy sleeping on the far side of the bed in the meantime!
Ok, enough procrastination! It's back to the translation!