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Category Archives: Writing
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this blog. Last week, I wrote about “lore” and informally trading teaching information vs. formally publishing teaching research. This blog began because in 2010, I wrote an essay about teaching. I realized that … Continue reading
It’s almost the end of the year, plus I’m nearing the third anniversary of The Big Thing, a blog I started so that I could talk more about teaching writing. I’ve been looking at my stats, seeing what I can … Continue reading
The other day, I was reading an undergraduate student’s novel in progress, and a thought occurred to me. As I often do, I shared that thought on Facebook: I’ve never played a video game, but I recognize that it’s a … Continue reading
Time Management Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. –William Penn My students shared their Activity Logs with me last week. I told them that I wasn’t going to look at them. No grading. No judgement. … Continue reading
For writers in academia: do you feel like your “writer self” and your “teacher self” are two separate entities? The problem might be your websites.
I’ve had marriage on the brain for the last few months. Here’s why: Today is my fourth wedding anniversary. We’re getting some marriage counseling. I’m writing a novel, which is about–among other things–why people get married. I read an article … Continue reading
Research isn’t something I do to flesh out my ideas. Research is how I get my ideas. Writer Mario Vargas Llosa has said that he requires “the springboard of reality” to ignite his imagination, and I would say the same. Here’s … Continue reading