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Hi everyone! New to the mastodon-verse (clearly)!

I'm a working in and loving it. You'll find my posts range from academic pursuits to anime and geek fandom to technology (and whatever else strikes my fancy).

I have a lot to learn and I'm excited to get down to it.

Just got inspired for a short novella to write - so that's exciting. 🤣

"She was a queen, and by the same title, a king also." A tribute to Mary I, England's first undisputed reigning queen, by John White, Bishop of Winchester, in 1558. Also apt for Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen is Dead, Long Live the King.

It's fascinating (on Twitter) to see how historians of fields OTHER than monarchy are working REALLY hard to connect their expertise to the goings-on of today (re: the imminent announcement of the passing of QE2), whereas I, a literal doctor of British monarchy, am just watching in rapt attention. This is an historic moment and the end of an era. I wonder how the institution will shift over the coming decades. QE2 was a stalwart defender of the monarchy, let's see what Charles does next.

I did this little comic recently for #MicroComicSummer , about a witch's cat and apprentice. It's only 4 pages, since that was the length restriction!

#MastoArt #art #comic #witch #cat #witchtember

Also in , in 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn gave birth to her daughter, Elizabeth. The infant was widely expected to be a boy and the birth announcements had to be altered at the last minute to change "prince" to "princes" (as there was not much room to squeeze in another letter!). Regardless of how her father felt about women in power, eventually Elizabeth's elder sister Mary (1516-1558) and Elizabeth both ruled England as queens in their own right.

in , in 1571, Thomas Howard, duke of Norfolk, was arrested for his role in the Ridolfi Plot (for which he was executed). Howard was a cousin of Elizabeth I --though her mother's family -- and sought to get what he saw was his due ... nothing less than the throne of England. To attain it, he plotted with Philip II of Spain to marry Mary, Queen of Scots and overthrow Elizabeth.

I just got an email that my favorite Lope de Vega play is getting performed and I AM FREAKING OUT

Ah man, I gotta get my act together. <buys another notebook>

My friend wrote this! Roe v Wade/women's bodily autonomy, as told through the lens of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet --

Change management is hard. Especially when you're working with volunteers who aren't sure how to log in to a web portal. But we'll get there!

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman receiving her pilot's license, as the first African American woman to do so, American Airlines flight from Dallas to Phoenix was run with a crew of all African American women

Demi Lovato's new album (from the parts I've gotten to listen to) isn't half bad. Huh. Will I do another listen? Probably not, but still. Huh.

if MS-DOS was so good how come there was never an MS-TRES

Umberto Eco Makes a List of the 14 Common Features of Fascism

The obsession with a plot. “Thus at the root of the Ur-Fascist psychology there is the obsession with a plot... The followers must feel besieged.”

'Tis a great day! My tea is back in stock! It's close enough to fall that fall teas are coming back and my favorite herbal tea is BAAAAAACK!! (Hot Apple Cider from Republic of Tea)

I am so glad that I can work from home when the need arises, like when I'm recovering from a stupid migraine.

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