As WonderCon 2013 is the only big Con I’m likely to attend this year, this is likely the only Con blog you’re all going to get for a while–enjoy! For the first time in 13 years, the boy and I had the same Spring Break, which happened to fall during WonderCon, so the boy [...]
So I’m way behind on posting. The end of the quarter happened to me. How bad was it? Now I have to wear a brace when typing and writing. It literally broke me. Sigh.
However, the second I was done with grading and choosing the Prized Writing winners, I headed to Denver for their [...]
Today, I had a driveway moments–a driveway moment is when you’re listening to NPR and you end up hanging out in the driveway because you can’t get out of the car until the current story’s over.
I was listening to this: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/17/152922457/an-afghan-shoots-a-marine-dies-mistrust-grows
It’s about the number of our service-people who have been murdered by [...]
On my way to class
to teach people how to write
to unlearn bad habits
where I try to make everything
& then I see the blood
smudged all over one hand
from where I’ve unconsciously
picked at my thumb
I didn’t feel anything
but I can’t teach
Jenny Lawson, the author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, is a saint.
Okay, not really. I mean, not literally. Mostly because she’s not Catholic and not dead and doesn’t have the required number of confirmed miracles (again, because she’s not dead).
But if someone had to be my intercessor with the almighty, I [...]
I mean, sure, I’d been to WonderCon before. Regular readers will remember that it was at WonderCon that I got a picture taken with Adam Baldwin and ended up in a commercial for Kick Ass.
But this year was different–this year I was invited, invited to give two presentations at the Comics Arts Conference [...]
I have finally finished Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. I say ‘finally’ because it took a long time. Not because I’m a slow reader, but because I was extremely bored & thus kept finding other things to read in between chapters.
Why did I even finish it? Well, it’s hard to call yourself a sci-fi [...]
This week, I had the honor of bringing Jen Cross to campus as part of the University Writing Program’s Conversations with Writers series. Jen is a writer and workshop leader who specializes in erotic writing, exploring its tranformative and healing effects. I encouraged my students to attend, promising them an amazing time. Luckily, Jen [...]
If you know me at all, you know that I love Margaret Atwood (who sometimes refers to me as Karmel). My dissertation was on her work, I’m the former President of the Margaret Atwood Society, and I run a weekly book group that started out as an all-Atwood reading group some six years ago. [...]
I’ve wanted to meet Margaret Atwood for a long time. I first read her in high school; the essay I wrote to get into my PhD program was on her; my dissertation was about her work; my Atwood reading group has been meeting weekly for six years or so. As the former President of [...]