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Honorable Mention

Earlier this week I found out that the Viking Coloring Book Project had received an honorable mention in the Lone Medievalist Scholarly Outreach competition. If you would like to see the official announcement you can find the link for it here.

I was competing against group projects as well as those oriented towards adults so I’m pretty proud of this. Its just me and to have folks recognize the quality of what I can still do within that designation is really fantastic.

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ArchaeoDuck Video Interview

One of the many things I did this summer was to have an interview with Dr Chloe Duckworth, the content creator for the ArchaeoDuck Youtube channel. You can find the link for the interview here.

Chloe and I once shared an office while still in grad school, so my nerves weren’t nearly as bad as when I do live TV interviews. We actually talked about a whole lot of things that went well over the time limit. I mention some of it in the September Sketches and Sagas Newsletter.

There is also an accompanying coloring page information sheet that goes with this interview. Its been linked on the video itself but you can also find it amongst the others on the download page here on the blog.

2017-18 academic year

Oy- I do apologize for the huge gap in posting. This school year I have been working at my day job very consistently, which leaves me very tired at the end of the day. I’ve also had some more adult writing to do (no, not naughty adult writing, just the proper academic material I was trained to do in grad school). To help catch everyone up you can find the first newsletters for download here.

ACMRS 2018 table 2

The Pop-up Gallery at ACMRS 2018. Many thanks to the folks at I’m Your Puppet for allowing me to borrow the display stand for the art!

Since posting last I’ve been tinkering with Patreon to support the production of future VCB Project efforts. Its unfortunately not providing enough so I will be running a second Kickstarter in the near future. Don’t worry- I’ll be letting everyone know with some notice before I go live with the new campaign for volume 2 on Norse Mythology. I have to wait until I have the time to support the next campaign’s social admin- the very reason I’d tried Patreon, actually. Its still live, in case you were interested, I just have to be realistic about the amount its helping currently.

Because of that I’ve also been trying out Hootsuite to handle some of my scheduling needs. I’m pretty pleased so far as its helping me to be more effective with how I use my time again. Case in point this post- I have the time to do this again because I made the time to learn how to effectively use Hootsuite for three of my social media platforms. Instagram will take me longer as most of my non-phone pics are higher resolution than this seems to handle. Fun times though as its ultimately resulting in my having more time to work on the next coloring book volume.

Finally, since its Spring Break for my friends at school, I’ve been able to get caught up on the backlog of admin. You can now find the new Spring- Summer catalog here. And I got caught up on my email! Next step is a short research trip back to Berkeley to make use of my favorite library (Foster Anthropology Library, in case you were wondering). Other than that I’m preparing for an upcoming trip to Las Vegas for the joint MAP/RMMRA conference next month.

I’m speaking and running the Pop-up Gallery in the book room so it will be a busy trip 🙂

Hooray for Spring and getting caught up on work backlogs!

The Viking Coloring Book Project Fall 2017 Catalogue

The Viking Coloring Book Project Fall 2017 Catalogue is now available. You can find it here for download.

VCB Catalogue 1

The Busiest of Weeks

This week was the first week of school for the district I substitute for. First day went well. At the end of it I came home to find my second book, The Viking Coloring Book, had been released. Since then I’ve been trying to juggle both work and getting events arranged, so its been a bit hectic. Today I’ve taken the day off from substituting to get caught up.

Here is the link for the coloring book on Amazon. My first book, Viking Nations, is also on there. If you ordered them together you’d qualify for free shipping 🙂

I’ve also just completed a catalogue of the watercolors that are associated with this book. That can be found for download here.

Free August Calendar Download

Summer is winding down for me this week as beginning of the year training starts up with my district. I’m excited as I’ll have a more regular schedule as a substitute [which is AWESOME if you’ve been on call for the past few years]. Some days I’ll still be doing the older routine which is cool too. I find I like getting to travel around to different schools and seeing everyone. The schools I work with are really good at making everyone feel welcome.

Anyways, its my birthday today so I thought I would share this month’s calendar download with you. Here is the link.

I’m still waiting on exact dates release dates for the Viking Coloring Book. Since sending in the final edits I’ve basically obsessively checking my email for more information every few hours [unless I go for a bike ride and leave my tech at home]. This stage of things was a lot less intense with my first book, I must admit. Maybe because it was something I had already gone through with the manuscript in its doctoral thesis incarnation. I do know that this wait will be easier once my day work starts back up and I’ve got more to do than my own admin during the day.

New article available!

Recently I was asked by the kind folks at Medievalists.net to talk about my work as an independent medieval scholar. It’s just come out and you can find the link to it here.