Blame the brownies

Well, in a whirlwind of e-mails and cobbled-together bibliographies, I Have a Ph.D. Topic. I will be researching the supernatural in the Middle Ages, focusing particularly on folklore and Faerie. So, I will now be reading about faeries, monsters, ghosts, saints’ lives, and all sorts of other supernatural phenomena (with a remarkably diverse array of primary texts, if I might add) and will get to call it work. How cool is that?

And, because this bit of yesterday’s NaNoWriMo writing has had me giggling all day, I thought I would share my amusement. Obviously Neil Gaiman’s macabre humor is rubbing off on me:

“Why don’t we just eat him raw?” asked the first bogle. He stared at Silas with bright, greedy eyes, slobbering all over his fur. The other two goblins looked at him disdainfully down their noses. One of them actually sniffed.

“Really, Grufak, we must enjoy the finer things in life. Oh, I know: we can wrap him in goat’s entrails and marinate him in pig’s blood, then roast him with garlic and hemlock,” suggested the second goblin.

“Oh yes, that does sound delightful,” answered the third goblin.

“Why can’t we just eat him raw?” asked Grufak again.

Really, the barbarism,” exclaimed the third goblin. “Go on and get the pig’s blood, Grufak.”

As the first goblin lumbered out of the pit, Silas asked, “Will I be alive while you are doing all of this?”

The second goblin looked surprised. “But of course. Dead blood doesn’t boil as well into the skin. Live blood at the start has a much better flavor.”

Prince Silas thought he was going to be sick.

7 thoughts on “Blame the brownies

  1. Megan says:

    Congratulations!! And I want to read this story! as well as your thesis… if I’m not too timid to venture reading a Ph.D. thesis.

    I think I forgot to tell you- I saw The Graveyard Book and another of Neil Gaiman’s in a bookstore in Delhi, but since I couldn’t decide which one to get without a helpful opinion, and as I’d already bought and acquired 4 classic works of literature I figured I wouldn’t finish before I go home anyway, I didn’t buy either. Also, I did not realize he wrote Stardust. Obviously I’ve only seen the movie and not read it…

    Hope we get to talk soon, but I won’t expect it until December. 😛


  2. Alex says:

    Congrats on the PhD topic! And such a fascinating one as well. I’m quite jealous at what you’ll be reading for work!

    Also, I love this NaNoWriMo excerpt. Sounds like Bilbo’s trolls with a touch of class.


    • Chera says:

      Yes, in true medieval spirit I am shamelessly stealing ideas from works that have come before me, and recasting them in my own fashion. I learned from the best literary thief of all: Chaucer. 😉


  3. Amber says:

    That sounds like an awesome thesis topic.

    I wanted to email you this morning, but I’m not sure I have your most recent email address. I realized that I never emailed you when I received the beautiful watch you sent for my birthday… In my defense, I was starting a psych med at the time and haven’t really been able to think all that well the past few weeks. But I really do love the watch, and I’m very grateful. Thank you. ❤


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