September 22, 2015

"He Bathed in Blisses..."



I have never been fabulous at planning. So I didn't create rules for this book club—nor a syllabus, a calendar, a plan. In my mind, this is more like an open-ended ride. Get on. Get off. Share your experiences along the way.

At some point, I will probably toss out a new title in case people have reached their end. Until then, I'm truly excited to hear about your progress. What do you think about the work so far? I'm dipping in and out every day. The cadence of Chaucer—even in the translation I'm using—is almost hypnotic to me. Soothing, if you know what I mean.

I find myself incredibly charmed by the phrases, fascinated by the story, and simply astounded that I'm reading something that was written so many hundreds of years ago.

If you're late to the game, here are the Chaucer posts:


What else am I working on? I've decided to promote the positive. Here and there I'll be posting quotes from writers about other writers. Share them when you see them if you're so inclined. Here is one from Giselle Renarde about Sommer Marsden's work.

Where am I finding the quotes? Over the years, I've asked writers to review each other's stories in my collections. I'm mining content from the thousands of posts I've amassed. 

Rather than rail against the negative, I'm striving to share the many glittering examples of writers helping each other that I've delighted in over the years.

That's not to say I won't be railing against the negative. I have a post in the works about my current realizations on why smut writers attack each other. Don't think I've lost my snark. But I'll be evening things out when I can.

XXX,
Alison

7 comments:

Jim Scovill said...

Name this tune:
"and so it was that later
as the miller told his tale"

Alison Tyler said...

I love that song!

XXX,
Alison

Jim Scovill said...

If you were in a bar listening
To the miller tell his tale
What imagery in his story
Might turn your face pale?

Jim Scovill said...

I finished the story of Custaunce and started the story of Daun John yesterday. At my current pace or 1|2 tales a week I am expecting to finish the book just before the new year

Jim Scovill said...

La bele chose is back. The story of Daun John didn't sizzle but it did stir my imagination. A tale about tallies and tailles.

Alison Tyler said...

I am almost as in love with the comments I receive while reading Chaucer in public as I am with the stories themselves. Everyone has something to say...

XXX,
AT

Jim Scovill said...

Which tales do they usually cite?