Having sent off a real, official post, I suppose that I had better
properly introduce myself. Salutations!
I am Jennifer Stevens. I pretty much grew up on C.S. Lewis (my father has
nearly everything Lewis wrote that was published). I discovered Tolkien
around the age of 12 and was thrilled to find out that he and Lewis had
been friends. I also wrote an undergrad thesis on Tolkien's narrative, but
I'm afraid it turned out rather dull :) Oh, and I managed to go to the
Tolkien Centuary Conference at Oxford some years back (thanks to parental
generousity). It was all very amazing, and I still have my banquet
invitation with the special limited edition postoid on the envelope.
I've read some Charles Williams, but never quite grasped his books (maybe
next year..). And Dorothy Sayers, who is wonderful. My mom is a high
school librarian, so I've read a lot of YA fantasy too (one cool thing
about having a librarian mom is that she'd go to conferences and bring
home SIGNED copies of books :).
Partly because of Lewis/Tolkien et al, I did a BA and MA in English lit.
Unfortunately, unlike them, I disovered that I did not enjoy teaching. Or
at least, that is, teaching freshman writing classes. I hope to someday be
mature enough to, however :) Currently, I am finishing a degree in library
science, with the general idea of going into reference work in academic or
public libraries. I also have the general idea of working more at literary
criticism, but find it much harder to work at outside the classroom.
I have all too many "free time" activities, including reading, rubber
stamps and mail art, online MUD area writing, tripping over the books in
my apartment, and (hah), "real" writing. Assuming I can get to work at it.
I was raised in the Evangelical Covenant Church, but for the past several
years, have had very large doubts (largely due to some classes in biblical
criticism that I took in college, only this really isn't the place to get
into theological arguments - those interested can email privately). I am
still very interested in theology and church history, and currently attend
the local Unitarian-Universalist Church on a very lackadasical basis. This
last paragraph isn't meant to upset or cause off-topic threads, but since
many folks here seem to have strong religious feelings and perspectives
on varoius topics, I thought I should at least let you all know where I