raistlin

LJ Renewal Movement

Cheers to charlotte93 for suggesting an LJ Renaissance. I used to love this place and met a lot of my best folks here. Some very cool people are still posting. So I'll try to get back to mine and put some good stuff here about what I've been thinking and doing. How to catch up on the last few years? A lot of the news is not good, unfortunately (I'll just mention the tip of the iceberg). I got laid off from the ESL teaching job I loved this year, and haven't been having much success on the hunt. Get in touch with me if you know anybody who needs tutoring or writing help! My experience is with college level ESL but I've also worked with K-12, college, and grad students on all sorts of projects. Right now I'm tutoring some international students who are going to aviation grad school, and working on a restaurant business plan. But the work is slow and I need to get a nice website, business card, flyer situation happening. Writing hasn't been going great either, although I have so much "free time" lately. I'm trying to get this "PKD and Esotericism" book done so I can publish it. Have gotten a few interesting PKD-related opportunities I'll detail later, and had the chance to hang out with Erik Davis a few times in recent years and talk PKD, which has been very cool. Getting back into reading fiction, which I didn't do for a long time when I was immersed in alchemical/kabbalistic researches. Super enjoyed the Game of Thrones books, getting back into KSR and space opera. Working on various podcast projects including an "esoteric library talk" one that will hopefully in some small way redeem the vast basement of lonely shelves that I otherwise neglect. Housework has been piling up so I'm getting into listening to "dungeon crawling" music from my favorite old games as I attack that problem. I want to get the house nice and set up for video and podcast projects, now that I have a nice recorder/phone. How have y'all been doing?
iHermes

Projects I'm working on this year(ish) + would like to get finished

Philip K. Dick and Esotericism - introductory book putting themes in context
History of Magic for English Learners lectures - companion book
Alchemical Art Appreciation - making the blog into a book
Twitter+ios apps (got a hacker buddy interested, not gonna spoil it)
Pico della Mirandola's angelology and neoplatonism - long essay/short book
cover songs on guitar (for health!)
Dedicated book review blog
revise conference talks for submission to academic journals
sell 1000 or so books to get my library down to size (inquiries welcome!)

More ambitious projects that I'll need to develop further/locate partners
Alchemy Board Game - need to design lots of cards/tiles, find an artist
PKD Tarot - have major arcana, need minors, write a lotta text, find an artist
Magical Latin - grammar textbook and compilation of phrases/texts
fantasy novel involving dragons, themes from early modern history of science
SF short fiction? (hammering out some idea, oh but it's so hard...)
raistlin

PKD talks

I've decided to call my Philip K. Dick festival talk "Neoplatonism and the Problem of Dick's Christianity."

The UC Davis talk will be on PKD and Alchemy, looking at his interest in the "Hermetic Tradition" via Jung, Boehme, Paracelsus, and Giordano Bruno.