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Writing Rules and Genre

This semester I’m having my students write in a number of genres. That’s not a bad thing (actual results may vary…). But, as happens every semester, we’re struggling. We’re struggling because my class isn’t my students’ first exposure to writing (my students are adults–they’ve actually been writing for a LONG time, whether they realize itContinue reading “Writing Rules and Genre”

Nostalgia and Christianity

Although certainly many people who call themselves Christian today cling to the idea that the past was better than the present, I suggest that nostalgia is incompatible with Christian theology. Nostalgia requires a belief that things were better in the past than they are now or will be in the future, mistrusts youth and newness,Continue reading “Nostalgia and Christianity”

My Problem With National Novel Writing Month

I love National Novel Writing Month! It’s fall, so it’s time to start thinking about what I’ll write in November! (so far I’m as far as “no idea,” “probably fantasy but idk,” and “definitely not my main fantasy series”) I’ve done NaNoWriMo every year since 2005. I’ve won NaNoWriMo every year since 2005. That’s atContinue reading “My Problem With National Novel Writing Month”

Yes, I Took My Groom Dress Shopping

Here’s the scene: I walk into a bridal boutique that deals in new, used, and vintage gowns. It is beautifully crowded with lovely things. I’m greeted by two friendly ladies, and I explain that I’m looking for a wedding dress. Behind me, my fiance. This wasn’t the first time I’d taken him dress shopping. “AndContinue reading “Yes, I Took My Groom Dress Shopping”

One Easy Trick To Write More Words

Yeah, sorry for the clickbait headline again. I’m kind of enjoying it, though. But I promise I won’t make you read through thirty slides. I don’t do that. Anyway, today I want to talk about the trick I’ve used to write pretty much anything I’ve ever finished: dissertation, novel drafts, articles, you name it. Write-ins.Continue reading “One Easy Trick To Write More Words”

Easy Meringue Cookie Recipe

I’m a little inundated with work this week, but I did get in a little baking over the weekend (for a charity bake sale fundraiser, or I probably wouldn’t have gotten around to it). So I thought I’d share the recipe for my all-time favorite cookies! This recipe takes a little practice to get justContinue reading “Easy Meringue Cookie Recipe”

The Walled Garden

One day in graduate school, I told to my thesis adviser (and later dissertation adviser) that I felt like I was being kept in a walled garden in the English department. English as a discipline had appealed to me initially because it’s so diverse in their topics and methods of study. Here, I could borrowContinue reading “The Walled Garden”

My Cat’s Too Smart

Let me tell you a story about my cat Legend. She caught a mouse. No idea where the mouse came from, but my house isn’t exactly airtight, and we’ve had mouse problems around the house before. I have two cats, though, so it shouldn’t be a problem, right? One of them is a former feralContinue reading “My Cat’s Too Smart”

They and We: Ways We Talk About Students

One of the most important principles in my pedagogy is respect for students. Students are not a problem to be solved; they are complex human beings whom we are serving through pedagogy. It is not our job to impress upon them our own ways, but rather our job is to support them in becoming whoContinue reading “They and We: Ways We Talk About Students”

One Big Reason Why Wedding Planning Sucks

I’m in the process of planning my wedding. There are some fun moments, but honestly? It kind of sucks. There’s a lot of sucky parts of wedding planning. There’s a whole tangle of toxic sexist assumptions to work with, there’s the ridiculous marketing, and a whole bunch of other problems. And I might talk aboutContinue reading “One Big Reason Why Wedding Planning Sucks”