do not collect $200

Lately I’ve been other places than the internet.

For instance, I’ve been here:

Lots of very intelligent people were talking about the Brothers Grimm. So I decided it made sense to talk about Jim Henson. You can also read my formal report on the conference here—it’s rather dry but says all the things needed to be said on such occasions. Although I’d like to have added that I had a wonderful, unforgettable time, got lost on three separate occasions, and may have left  a large part of my heart in Lisbon.

Then I went to a Thornfield concert, and got a copy of their new EP. And their new LP.

This past week, among other things, I wrote an article about Sherlock Holmes for The Hog’s Head, which I’m ridiculously pleased with. Also, my friend Jenna was very happy, which made me just as happy. And now I am preparing to go here:


Many friends, old and new, will also be there, so if you’re one of them, do please let me know.
I’ll be talking about new fairy tales—that is, new stories told in the old way. You may have heard about the New Fairy Tale journal, which is wonderful. And so you may like to know about
the book:


The anthology—or at least my editorial introduction to it—contains much of what I’ll talk about at Kingston. Keep an eye on this space, or similar spaces, for more details over the next few weeks. Spread the word, wide and far.

I’ve also worked on some other exciting and fascinating projects, which I can’t tell you about yet.

As a post signum to my conference report, here’s one of my favourite pictures that I took in Lisbon, from a wall near the house where we were staying. Heck, it’s one of my favourite pictures that I ever took. If you don’t know what it means, enjoy it for what it is. If you do know, it probably means close to everything.


7 thoughts on “do not collect $200

  1. Welcome back, Mr. Pond!! I figured you were up to your eyebrows (or at least your chin) in post-Potter conference work and such. I’m very much looking forward to reading your material from the links you provide above.

    I must second that your Sherlock Holmes post is everything you say it is–and more–so I hope that lots of folks come to visit THH to read it.

    And thank you for posting a picture of one of those eerily beautiful beings from the artwork you posted many months ago. Was that an anonymous, spontaneous wall-drawing (or did you have a hand in it…?)?

  2. I think you and my sister AND my brother were all in Lisbon at the same time (Portugal, right, not Ohio?) !! What exactly was going on there?! I never get any information from them. I’m excited to check out the new fairy tale links!

  3. Aaand–now I got your comment back, Christie! Welcome. I’m not sure why it didn’t show up, but it wasn’t intentional silence on my part. Just up to my eyebrow and chin–at the same time, on different projects! You’re exactly right, btw–it’s a sign this forest is healthy… 🙂 And, to answer Carrie-Ann question: it was entirely random street art. All I did was find it, and be made happy.

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