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Scholar, Writer, Mother, Dreamer. Editor of Luminarium, an online library for English Literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Exploding Heads

Seriously. I've been working on the Renaissance Drama site some 14 hrs a day for I think 2 weeks now (save last weekend) — this means that, in addition to just collecting and organizing 5 billion links to materials, I write biographical articles, design graphics, etc.

The toughest part has to be the "Introduction" section, however. There is no quick way to do it, because every article opens another 10 threads. It's like an encyclopedia project with no end. One part speaks of the transition from Medieval drama to Renaissance Drama — so of course I have to explain what it was before getting to what it becomes. In addition, it requires explanation of political climate, Renaissance cosmography and worldview, pages for the various playhouses and companies of players, etc. etc. etc.

Please don't misunderstand — I love doing it, and I'm good at it. I also love the "Neverending Story" aspect of hypertext; it's like a book without the sadness of a final page. I also love the subject matter and enjoy learning ever more. However, I do think a point comes when the human brain (or at least the brain of this particular human) must say "Stop the insanity!" and take a break. Which I'm trying to make AAAUGHmyself take, but... what about the gorgeous illuminations I could browse at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, or could type in more Sidney Psalms, or continue editing Ford's 'Tis Pity, or crank out the rest of the Rochester bio, or, or, or, or.......AAAUUGH!

I really have to figure out something non-scholarly to do for a bit.


Blogger Riykere said...

Hey, dont go letting your head explode ya hear? I dont think thats good for you lol. And as for something non-scholarly you know what my vote is :þ But on a side note, I wasnt sure if you saw my earlier post about sending an e-mail to you with a question about how to do something on my blog. My e-mail is sent when ya get a chance to read ^^ Has my question in it. Take care ;) And remember now, no exploding heads lol. ^^

August 03, 2006 8:52 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Thanks babes, I'll go check it now and get back to you pronto :) ~A

August 03, 2006 9:35 PM  
Blogger Katja said...

Just sent you an e-mail and this grandma forgot to ask the most important question: Are you coming to Helsinki this August ???

August 05, 2006 5:58 AM  

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