My name is Joy.

This blog is a chronicle of my wanderings and ponderings.

I’m a doctoral candidate at the University of St Andrews.

I study the role of the affections and the arts in moral formation. Too academic? I think that to become good people we must learn to love goodness, and that art helps us do that. Specifically, I'm looking at how popular art shapes our feelings about death. Pretty dark stuff for a girl named Joy, I know.

But I think it’s very exciting, and that it will change the world. Obviously.

I’m American but live in the United Kingdom.

I study at St. Andrews University on the often misty and sometimes sparkling coast of the North Sea. I am on a mission to discover whether fairies, kelpies, and unicorns are in fact real. I also spend a good deal of time in Oxford, the land of Narnia and Middle Earth and my very cute namesake niece. Every once and a while i get overwhelmed by the loveliness of it all and post a blog about it. I hope you'll understand. 

I host a podcast.

The podcast is for book lovers, art lovers, and people who want a moment of beauty and sanity in the midst of the inhumanity of modern life. In each episode, I explore a theme (home, judgement, disappointment, post modernity, etc.!) through the lens of one piece of literary, musical, and visual art. You can find all the episodes here, or on iTunes. If you love me, you will subscribe, rate, and review. 

And for those who get super into my podcast, I have a Patreon where you can support me in creating podcasts, and also get extra content, secret podcasts, and free downloads. Your support puts books on my shelves and coffee in my cup. Really, it means the world!

I also love and play music

My brother (who also lives in Scotland) and I make music together in our band Two Benedictions. You can find out more about our music on our Facebook page Two Benedictions, or you can find our music anywhere music is sold. 

I also tweet things.

Oh, and post pictures sometimes. 

Oh! And one last thing... I'm coming out with a book in Februrary 2018! Keep your eyes peeled!

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I like getting letters.

If you have questions, inquiries, or job offers, or magical poems you think I should read, please feel free to send me an email at thejoynessthebrave@gmail.com.

That's about all I can think of to tell you at the moment. 

Warm wishes,