The Year in Review: 2017

I (seem to) do this recap of the year’s milestones every year, and since I don’t anticipate any more happening for the remainder of the year (other than my son turning 10 OMG TEN in exactly one week), this seems as good a time as any to do the thing.


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  • well, the above thing was also intensely personal, as you might imagine (Raúl hugged me afterwards omg), as was seeing Janice again at the first, and very fantastic, FannibalFest fan convention


  • also intensely personal and AMAZING was meeting Hugh Dancy, which I miraculously survived, who was utterly lovely and charming and ugh so pretty
No, I cannot actually look directly at this photograph, shut up.
  • and also meeting Martha De Laurentiis, the producer of Hannibal, and especially hearing her talk about the business of producing the show


  • and, the icing on top of a huge Hannibal cake of happiness, meeting Bryan Fuller, both in a photo op


and during a meet and greet, which was, as you might guess, AMAZING


  • I mean, let’s be honest – everyone I met this year associated with Hannibal – both on the production side AND the fandom side – were wonderful, and I cannot wait to get together with my fandom friends again!!
  • so yeah, it was a Very Hannibal Year, which helped to mitigate some of the awfulness happening all around.
  • gave up, for the last time I think, looking for a job in academia. The ads are always a temptation, but having done some cold calculations of my employability and coming up short in a few places, I’ve pretty much decided it ain’t gonna happen and I don’t want to waste my time and, especially, energy on it anymore.
  • I’m also only barely looking for work otherwise, partly because I’m increasingly interested in seeing what I can do as a researcher/scholar outside the confines of institutional academia. I have a handful of projects on the back burner that I hope to get going on in 2018, and right now they’re enough.
  • my social life has dwindled down to almost nothing, but I’ve been fortunate to have a small group of friends within driving distance and their faces and conversation have helped to keep me from going total recluse.

The nice thing about doing posts like this is that they remind me that, my feelings of failure notwithstanding, I do actually do stuff during the year. It can be hard to remember when I’m sitting alone in my windowless office, staring at a blank screen and wondering what the hell I’m doing with my life.