Saturday, June 24, 2006

Mighty Aphrodite, do I need a date!

For my 300th post, I give you the glorious gift of Me...

In Audio.

Lene Taylor interviewed Kalinara and me for one of her "I Read Comics" podcasts. I am so proud of myself keeping this a secret for three weeks, and now it's up! So, you can all go over there and hear my real voice.

Well, you can strain to hear my real voice. I'd never realized before how quietly I speak, but I'm hearable at least. Kalinara's the louder one with the slightly higher voice, I'm the soft-speaking (except for a few excited moments) one who sounds like she has a sinus problem. There's a reason I prefer the written world to the spoken word.

I warn you, while we didn't actually discuss the character, I had the Flash so heavy on my mind that I said "Wally West" instead of "Wally Wood." Thankfully, now that he has a regular book out I won't suffer such Freudian slips.

We talk for over an hour, and around the hour mark I go into a story that I very much love to tell. I'm a little afraid that it's not coherent, but it seems like Lene turned up the volume while it was only me speaking.

And also, my first weekly feature was up on Blog@Newsarama yesterday. Yes, I gave them that feature. Every Friday. And just because I'm newsblogging and analyzing panels over there every once in a while doesn't mean this site will die. I have post ideas still.

And I'd also like to say to everyone who comes by and reads my scribblings, thank you. I sometimes put the emotional stuff here that would belong more on my livejournal simply because I feel its written so well I want people to see it. I'm thankful people do, and that they like it enough to link it and comment on it.

I mean this. I don't think I could handle just shouting to the void here, and while I don't take compliments so well, the encouragement feels good.


  1. At least your voice wouldn't make a speech therapist cry. :-P Remind me to never say the word "issues" aloud again. Or anything with an "s".

    And the weekly feature is awesome of course.

  2. I'm in the middle of listening to the interview right now, and it's great to be able to hear what you guys actually sound like.

    And neither of you are shouting into the void. You've given me a lot to think about over the months, and WFA has made me re-examine my attitudes towards many comic related things. I'm always interested to see what you have to say.

    Who knows, one day you may find me blogging about the wonder of Green Lantern and you will know your job is done.

  3. Big congrats, Ragnell! I'll listen to the interview later (i.e., when everyone at home isn't still asleep ;) ), but big congrats on the blog and the interview and the Newsarama feature and everything.

    You've also made me change my attitude towards comics. And Green Lantern. But my wallet would cry if I picked up any new series.

  4. Ragnell (and Kalinara): you are my heroes.

    Keep up the good work -- all of it.

  5. Sir Gawain has always been my favorite knight as well. :)

  6. Kali -- Maybe it's not so bad. My sister's friends with a speech therapist. We'll have her listen and see if she cries.

    Marionette, Sandicomm, Walaka and Flutterby -- Thanks :) *Blushing*

    100LittleDolls -- Isn't he just wonderful? One day I'll write a Gawain book.

  7. -Just a note about the Sir Gawain story, I believe It comes from the Wife of Bath's Tale in 'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer. I would recommend it to you not just for the tale itself but also the Character of the Wife of Bath who in The Prologoue of the Wife of Bath plus it is a really well written story.

  8. Anonymous -- Actually, the Wife of Bath's tale comes from the Gawain story --it was performed in Edward I's court as a play/skit, I believe, and has been around in poem form beforehand.

    But thanks anyway. :)

    I've been studying King Arthur obsessively for a while.

  9. Really? I thought that the wife of Bath's Tale is based on the tale of Tale of Flonent, one of the many exempla in the Confessio Amantis by John Gower, plus a few other sources now lost

  10. Anonymous -- It's possible that one of those "lost sources" refers to the Gawai tale, as it at least dates to earlier than 1299. My medieval lit knowledge is Arthur-centric, so I can't weigh in on the other sources.

  11. Okay, checked it out. My Louis Hall version states that Confessio and Wife of Bath are both adaptations of the Gawain-Ragnell story, but he doesn't give an original date for it.

    John Matthews puts it in early Welsh pagan tales, but he's largely revisionist when it comes to this stuff. I think he was equating it to an earlier story with an ugly woman on the road who asked young men for kisses. When she got one, she turned beautiful and proclaimed the guy who kissed her king.

    Can't find where I saw the Edward I anecdote, but I have so many books on King Arthur I'm sure it's around here somewhere.

  12. I had a great time listening to the post. I Read Comics is a good show, and it was fun to hear you both on there.