After spending a week doing nothing but grading, I'm now faced with doing the final prep on my K'zoo paper (which, upon further reflection, is too textish, and not suitable for oral delivery in its current form).
I tried doing a Morning Medieval Miscellany, but literally hundreds of posts had filled up my reader. I spent an hour yesterday deleting ones unsuitable for the MMM, and then another 90 minutes today, at which point I had around 70 posts left.
Blogs are a bit like palimpsests, with each subsequent posting painted over the previous one. Of those remaining posts, I found that making sense out of them all wasn't easy, since many relied on being part of some conversation earlier in the week.
So I'm scraping the palimpsest -- I deleted the lot of them. I offer the day a fresh, unmarked internet (virtual vellum, if you will) to write upon. I've had to sacrifice planned posts about Jennifer Lynn Jordan's appearance on Chivalry Today, on Guillermo del Toro and The Hobbit, on how I'm tricking my son into learning Old English (I might return to that one later), on medieval homilies (with some help from Derek the Ænglican), on the distinction between faux medieval worlds and fantasy worlds -- heck, I've even sacrificed a post on how Barak Obama's campaign keeps calling me asking me to commit a little vote fraud (one thing I don't miss about living near Chicago).
Worthy as those posts might have been, it feels good to start fresh.