– some thoughts on a neglected Spring
Here you are, all cosily settled, looking forward (or not?) to the next TAG review. So I’ll begin with the bad news.
My posting of reviews from this point on and until after June 20thwill be erratic. Circumstances beyond my control have meant that my favorite avoidance action in academia – namely writing perfume reviews, because by Golly, academic writing will be the death of me, and I need something to keep me (semi-)sane.
In September of 2017, I embarked on perhaps my most hazardous endeavor yet. I had been accepted at a nearby local teaching college to become a teacher of Danish, history and a few more things I haven’t decided yet. At this point in time – late May 2019, I’m nearly halfway through. I can’t believe it, either.
That being the case, I have my final bachelor-level exams in Danish starting Monday the 27thof May. On the 28th, I have my final written exam. On June 7th, I’ll have to hand in a ten-page paper on teaching Danish as a second language, and on June 20th, I have the whopper of all oral exams early that morning. Wish me luck, because my examinator – who has taught my class Danish these past four semesters and in so doing, revolutionized my approach to language – is known to be One Tough Cookie at the exam table.
What this means for you is that to the extent I’m able, I’ll still post, just not as frequently as I’d like. But you have a few things to look forward to.
Among them: reviews of Chypre-Sîam by Rogue Perfumery, Dryad by Papillon Perfumery, Niral by Neela Vermeire Crèations, Rêve d’Ossian by Oriza L. Legrand, and a perfume story of Portrayal Man and Woman by Amouage. I can’t recall I’ve been this excited or blown away by epic perfumes since roughly 2012. And I’m dying to find out where the words will take me.
What you’ll also have to look forward to: something new on TAG. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time, I just didn’t entirely believe my words were up to the task. I’m going to kick off a series of perfume ‘retrospectives’ – a look at some of the perfumers and/or creative directors who have inspired both this blog and its proprietress for a long, long time – and still do. I’ll be kicking off that series by the end of next week (after my written exams) with someone who has an oversized niche in my personal Pantheon of perfumery.
Stay tuned – wear perfume! – and wish me luck.