Monday, August 10, 2015

The Watermelon Ninja

So, still working on the Mythcon report -- but in the meantime thought I'd share some pictures Janice took on Saturday to celebrate our having gotten to the Kent Farmer's Market early and snagged ourselves a real watermelon, with seeds. And a good-sized one too. Decided it deserved dispatch with the sword Janice got me a few years back. Janice decided to record the results, and here they are:

--More later.
current reading: 
MALICE IN THE PALACE (the latest in the Royal Spyness series)
THE DWELLER IN THE MOON POOL by A. Merritt (The Book That Wd Not End)
current anime: STARSHIP OPERATORS (re-watching)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Dear John,

That's some action with the watermelon!

Can we exchange emails offline? I was Elaine Griffith's student at St. Anne's College in 1967-8. I much enjoyed your essay in Perilous and Fair about Tolkien's female research students. I have often wondered why Miss Griffiths didn't publish. Your article helped me understand some reasons but raised other questions.

You can reach me at

Many thanks,


BIO: Anne Kaier’s essay “Maple Lane” was mentioned on the list of Notables in the 2014 edition of Best American Essays. Her new memoir, Home with Henry, is out from PS Books. Her essays and poetry appear in The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, Referential and Beauty is a Verb: An Anthology of Poetry, Poetics, and Disability which is on the American Library Association Notable Books list for 2012. With a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Kaier teaches at Rosemont College and Arcadia University. She lives in Center City Philadelphia. More at