September 01, 2015
Tuesdays with Chaucer
So here we are. Our first week's check-in. (By the way—you can join any time. Someone wrote me this morning to ask if it was okay. Yes. Yes, it is okay. Please read with us!)
I'm using a Viking edition of The Portable Chaucer. (Mine looks different than this one, but it's the same translator.) The term "portable" cracks me up, because how portable is it, really? The thing weighs a ton and is (literally) 600 pages long.
I have to stop a lot to make sure I understand exactly what is being said. But let me share this: My favorite part about reading Chaucer? The reactions I've gotten so far.
"Oh, you're reading Chaucer!"
"Wow! You're reading Chaucer!"
That basically sums it up. People have been drawn to the book, wanting to tell me their experiences at college. "My professor never explained anything. You had to read an annotated version along with the main text in order to figure out what the fuck was going on. The professor would call on you in class to explain something, and woe unto you if you didn't do your research!"
I think seven different people have approached me to share their stories. I could almost write *that* story—the one about each Chaucer fan who wants to tell his or her reaction to the Miller's Tale!
Now, how about you? Are you enjoying the book? Which version are you reading? How far are you?
P.S. Yesterday, I revealed that my new novella will be for sale on September 7th. This is the next installment in the story of Jack, Alex, and Samantha. The novella does include a portion I was giving away for free (the airplane ride to Paris). But as only a handful of readers had requested that PDF, I felt it wouldn't be a problem to include the journey with the section. Every sale helps—and I am grateful for each novella purchased.