In which our heroine re-discovers the internet…

Dear readers,


Part of the intention of this blog was to start a conversation about the joys, pains and just plain weird bits about studying in a foreign country. In keeping with that aim, allow me to sum up the first year of international PhD life for you: overwhelming. My efforts at chronicling events got a bit steam-rolled by the events themselves. 

And while I’m still finding life pretty full-to-the-brim, I’d rather not neglect this forum and the possibilities for communication it provides any longer, so I’m throwing regular blog posts back in the air as another plate to be juggled – and, like any good performance artist/blogger/author/teacher, I expect at least half the fun to be in the interaction. 

Things you will here in the coming months:

1. Anglo-Saxon word of the Week! – does exactly what it says on the tin: I’ll share an Anglo-Saxon word with you, along with its translation equivalent, insomuch as I am able, and some contextualization about where and how it was used in literature. This may also (read: will eventually) expand into short articles on aspects of Anglo-Saxon history and culture, as I digest my research. 

2. travel writing – I haven’t had over-abundant opportunity to travel outside of Wales since coming here, but I have several trips planned for the summer and early fall that I’d love to drag you along on, via some travel writing and photography. I’ll also be doing a little time traveling, writing posts about and sharing photographs of places I’ve been in the last year. 

3. International Student Stuff – because there were little to no online resources out there for me, when I was staring an international move in the face, and I’d like to keep someone else from having that problem if I can.

4. Poetry! Poems, writing prompts, bits and bobs about my dissertation, venting of frustrations, general writing discussion…etc. If it’s poetry, you’ll probably find it here.

5. General updates about my life, my friends, my family, and my town, probably complete with I-miss-my-cats and this-is-what-I-ate-today photos, because for all its shiny,new, academically relevant candy coating, this is still my very own blog. 

In a few weeks, I’ll  be participating in a blog tour with Kory Shrum, a long-time friend and fellow author who’s celebrating her very first book launch! We’ll be talking about our writing process, and linking to other authors’ blogs around the web. 


If you have any suggestions about things you want to see, or stuff you want to know about what the hell it is I’m doing over here – ask ’em. Bring it on. 🙂

3 thoughts on “In which our heroine re-discovers the internet…

  1. Ashley! I teach Anglo-Saxon as well…at the high school level…and really it’s just Beowulf, but hey, I think it’s neat you’re doing this. Do you mind if I share your Anglo-Saxon word of the week with my students?

    • Carrie,
      Yay for high school Anglo-Saxon! Of course you can share my word of the week with your students – and any of the other A-S related content you think is relevant for them. I’m working on a paper now on violent women in A-S literature that involves Beowulf specifically, some of it will probably spill over onto the blog too. 🙂

      – Ashley

  2. Hi Ashley – I am on the blog tour the same week as you are – following Kory. I saw that you are at Aberystwyth. I have been there! A long time ago, I visited Wales when I was a student studying in France. It is a beautiful area, rocky, forlorn and hilly. I was there in early January, so I remember a lot of grey and cold. Looking forward to reading more about you next week!

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