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Can you believe it's the 30th already?

Today is the last day of Brush Up Your Shakespeare Month here at Writing and Ruminating. In a moment, some thoughts on that, but first a few housekeeping sorts of items:

1. The final contest of the month is still open until midnight tonight. If you've been enjoying the month of Bard-related posts, I hope you'll enter by posting a Shakespeare poem on your site and dropping a link on the contest post to qualify to win a copy of the Folger Shakespeare Library edition of The Sonnets.

2. Later today you can expect at least two more posts related to A Midsummer Night's Dream. You can also expect a Shakespeare poetry post today, since I do have a fondness for posting a poem of a Tuesday.

3. Tomorrow, you will find a complete directory of my "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" posts (kind of a Table of Contents, if you will). Also tomorrow, a list of biographies of Shakespeare that I've looked at during the past six weeks or so. Plus, in non-Shakespeare news: M's book review of Shiver, the forthcoming novel by Maggie Stiefvater (which I'll be reading tonight and/or tomorrow myself, since M has been pestering me about it for over a week now).

4. Thank you to all of you who have read and commented on the Shakespeare posts this month - it's been fun to engage in a dialogue of sorts with so many folks.

Special thanks to my brother, Major Keith Ramsdell, and to Tessa Gratton for engaging in quite public dialogues with me on Henry V and Othello, respectively.

Special thanks to deenaml for sending me the VOYA article and to my "mystery donor" for sending me the full season of Slings and Arrows on DVD. I watched all three seasons as the plays came up (interestingly enough, in the order I'd already set for them: Hamlet, then Macbeth, then King Lear) and they were inspirational and educational and entertaining.

And again, special thanks to Kevin Slattery (slatts), who designed the lovely logo I've used (in part or in full) throughout the month:

Thoughts on the month

I undertook a month of Shakespeare-related posts after more than 20 people said they thought they might like to read such a thing, and in part to keep myself completely occupied during a difficult time in life (what with hubby having started chemotherapy for Hodgkins lymphoma in May). I started preparing for the month's worth of posts in early May, but I can assure you that I remained exceedingly busy all the way through June as well (and still have to write any remaining posts for today). All that reading and thinking and typing and whatnot achieved its purpose, however, and I have indeed been quite busy, which helped distract me from my real-life situation enough that my head is now in a better place than it might otherwise have been. So thank you to all of you for letting be blather about the Bard all month.

When all is said and done this month, I will have written more than 60 posts on Shakespeare, with a particular focus on 12 plays and just over a handful of sonnets. And guess what? I'm not tired of the Bard. So I've resolved on two things going forward:

One, I will continue doing Shakespeare-related posts here. I mean, I've always done them anyhow (clicking on the "shakespeare" tag will prove that out), but I think I'll probably post something Bard-related on, say, Wednesdays from now on.

Two, I am seriously considering reprising "Brush Up Your Shakespeare Month" come next June. After all, there are still so many poems and plays to talk about (and so much more to be said about some of the ones I've already mentioned).

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Jun. 30th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting all of this. I forget sometimes how much I love Shakespeare. Then he ruins for me all modern authors lol. It is a love hate relationship. I have thoroughly enjoyed your work on the subject. Go you!
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Excellent
Thanks so much for your kind words!
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
I have loved sharing this Bardian month with you and your brilliance. Was especially fond of your Lear synop. Glad it has been all you wanted it to be.

When are you going to turn these posts into a book?
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Omg, YES! When is the book coming??? Seriously, when I was in HS and college English classes, I TOTALLY could've used it to help me comprehend and ENJOY all this stuff! (OK, and I can still use it now....) I bet it would get checked out all the time by teens during the Shakespeare units at my library, like the Shakespeare manga does.
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
The Shakespeare manga is pretty brilliant, I must say.

I'd love to do a book on it. I'm not sure anyone would actually want to read it, but since two of you seem to believe otherwise, perhaps I'm incorrect.
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
I would gladly turn it into a book, if only anyone in the world was interested in publishing it.
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
You could seriously charge for your "classes" in Shakespeare. Great stuff -- thanks SO MUCH for this month!!!
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
You're so sweet to say so!
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
This has been very enjoyable to read and ponder -- I look forward to Wednesdays and next June ;)
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'll count that as one vote for a repeat of this exercise next June - thanks!
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Jun. 30th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
You are welcome for the fun, and your book completely earned its review. I'll be re-reading it once I buy my copy at the store. Gotta have the pretty cover!
Jun. 30th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yay, Kelly!
The "GO-TO" place for all things Shakespeare!

Jun. 30th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay, Kelly!
Smooches to you, Kevin. And truly, thanks again for the lovely art work!
Jun. 30th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so behind in reading your posts and commenting, but thanks for doing Brush Up Your Shakespeare month, Kelly!
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
No worries - the posts will remain there, as you know. My good friend Angela (angeladegroot) is just now on to Love's Labour's Lost, which came at the end of the first week. She anticipates it might be August or so until she finishes reading the June posts.
Jun. 30th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Tanita Says :)
Wow, Kel, thank you for being so willing to do this again. It's so much fun, but must be so much work!!
Jun. 30th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Tanita Says :)
It is, in fact, quite a lot of work, but I've enjoyed it, so I'm willing to undertake it again. Maybe not with quite as ambitious a schedule. ;)
Jun. 30th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I don't know how you managed to do so many brilliant, well thought-out, comprehensive posts! Your retention and processing skills must be way off the scale.

But I'm sensing that though it was a lot of work, it was work that you loved, and you must feel very good about keeping up such an ambitious schedule for the entire month.

I'm also behind in reading all the posts, but now that I know they're here, I can always catch up at my own pace, savor them, and give them the time they deserve.

Looking forward to Wednesdays and next June -- and do consider writing a book of some sort. Find a new angle that hasn't been done before, and go for it! You certainly have the knowledge and the passion required for such an undertaking.

And thank you for loving Shakespeare, and inspiring everyone!
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
If only it were as simple to publish a book as to write one. Alas, unless I'm lucky enough to be approached by an editor for such an undertaking, I'm unlikely to take it on any time soon. I don't think I have the proper "platform" to sell it by proposal, to start with.

I'm glad you enjoyed the posts you've read, and hope that you'll get a chance to read the rest. I love hearing your thoughts. And it was indeed a very fun exercise for me, despite being very much a full-time sort of job this month. (Although that said, I also produced a handful of Jane poems and one non-Jane poem of which I am particularly fond, so it isn't that I didn't continue working on my own writing, so to speak.)
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
you are amazing
Thanks for bringing us Shakespeare again and again!
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Re: you are amazing
You are terribly sweet. Thank you, Jeannine.
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
I've really enjoyed this series, Kelly, even though life kind of got in the way of commenting as much as I'd like. In fact, I'm off now to read the last few! I'm definitely in favor of continuing the series next June!
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jessica, for your comments and for your encouragement!
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