All posts by Rhoda Neville

Reshuffle, or RE: Shuffle

I got word yesterday that the name we’d been blithely calling the project  which we are diving on in the Archives, was not acceptable to all. So, the old name of the “Brechin Collection” had to go,  a new name be concocted, week old accounts updated or closed, new accounts opened, etc.

As the Cabinet of Curiosities or Wonder Room is our developing format for writing up our distillations, I would have gladly used either term for our new name, but it might surprise you to know just how popular the idea is. It’s popular enough that neither name was available. Notwithstanding the danger of sending browsers into Superhero Expectancy (not a proven illness), Vaulted Marvels is the nearest I could come to the other two terms and also fit into Twitter’s character limit.

With Michele’s invaluable help, Twitter, PayPal, and Facebook are now operating. I have still to set up the gofundme page, which I intend to do tomorrow.

Here are some links:                                                                                                                                            Facebook–

Twitter–                                                                                          PayPal–

Hope those all get you to where you want to go.

In other related news, in the last ten days I have met with Caroline Brown, Archivist; the University Printer and Artist Wrangler, Tommy Perman; the Winter Simpson rep, Jim Brown, who will be bidding on our envelope/book cover; and am due to meet with Rebecca Brown, tomorrow, who is interested in making a film of our collaborative efforts. Also, meeting with Gail to discuss the timeline.

Hope it’s safe to say:                  Thunderbirds are Go!

Diving on the Archives

The first “dive” of the Brechin Book Project is tomorrow!

I met with Archivist Caroline Brown last Friday and got a quick preview of what we’ll be seeing, feeling, etc. The collection is impressive, to say the least, and expansive in that it covers not just subjects theological, but everything from Anatomy to Botany to Politics and Society (as in the Tatler) of the day. And that’s the contents. There are many, many cloth bound books but equally many rather lovely (and some stunning) leather bindings together with coloured engravings that will make you go, “Ah!”

But I don’t want to jinx your experience with the Brechin Collection, by gushing any more. Here’s a photo of what sort of thing to expect.

(As we’re allowed limited amount of space for Media in this blog, hope that’s enough to whet your appetites.)

In news of the same vein, a few people have asked where we’re actually meeting tomorrow and how to find it. How to find Archives: Downstairs in the Tower Building. There are signs pointing you away from IT and toward Archives (left turn at bottom of stairs). Easy peasy.

Michele and Brenda are meeting the 11:00 crowd in the Library Coffee Shop at 10:30. If you can’t make that, you can go directly to the Archives reception at 11:00.

For the 12:00 batch, I thought it would be easy to meet in the Lobby at about 11:50 and go down together, but again, you can also turn up at the witching hour in the Archives themselves. For variety’s sake, I will be in the Tower Café from around 11:20 for anyone who want to meet up there first.

Finally, a wee reminder as to who signed up when:

11:00-12:00: Nicole, Hammy, Michele, Brenda, Chris, Kai

12:00-13:00: Loreta, Geraldine, Sue, Elaine, Rhoda, Jane, Ian, and Hannah.

Jeannie is the only person I haven’t heard back from.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow, if only in passing!



Hemming and Hawing

Standing in awe of my bio-adept friends                                                                                                         I hem and haw virtually, as my word-craft descends                                                                                   Into new depths of paralysis                                                                                                                           No view to catalysis                                                                                                                                               This rhyme is raw with hanging loose-ends.

Hi, this is, indeed, my awkward introduction to my bio.

I’m Rhoda Neville, another of the very special group of WPS students in this year’s crop. This is where we’ll be talking about our semester projects–our trials and tribulations and our small victories–and the art/obsession of writing in general.

I’ve shared my life out, so far, between the States and Britain, and am happy to be back in Scotland. When writing I’m fairly eclectic, switching between poetry and prose, writing with a touch of humour, some pathos, and sometimes style–like a manuscript form of Charlie Chaplin Film. My downfall seems to be writing about myself in a blog. (It seems to be an allergy to sounding big-headed.) I have a SF novel in second draft and lots and lots of writing in various forms of progress.

I’ve three grown children, dogs, and cats, most of who are still in the Arizona, preparing for the Big Move Back. In the meantime, I’m footloose and fancy-free for the first time since my mid-twenties…although I don’t remember feeling all that footloose or fancy-free, then. Hmmm. Other than writing and reading, I spend  time meditating, walking along the Tay, working out (yes, I know that’s a surprise isn’t it?), and doing a bit of gaming. I started Bachata lessons last week and will be doing a bookbinding course as a refresher later this semester.

I’ve come to regard the rest of the contributors on this blog as friends and family even though, with the limited amount of time we’ve had together, we should still be strangers. Perhaps that’s how sharing writing works over several months? Good writers, I do believe, crack the door and shine a light on their souls.