Recently I was accused of having “an agenda” in my books. My very mature response to that was, "Well, DUH!" Writers ALWAYS write with an agenda—a purpose. It’s WHY we write! If you ever took a composition course in college, the first chapter in the textbook is all about “Writing With Purpose." If you hated your … Continue reading Do writers have agendas? Well, duh . . .
Over the years I've become more judicious in what I read, watch, and listen to. Everything I take in effects my thoughts, which in turn alters my behavior. Maybe it's because in the past few years my parents and sister died, and a dear friend is losing her battle to cancer, that I'm acutely aware … Continue reading What do we think about?
All I wanted was a Dr. Who Weeping Angel for my front yard for Halloween. People are terrified of them. If you don't know what they are, watch the episode "Blink." (Try Netflix.) You don't even have to know the first thing about Dr. Who in order to appreciate this episode. Weeping angels seem like innocent … Continue reading How I made a weeping angel (or, why I don’t host a diy blog)
This morning while rereading Hugh Nibley's essay "Zeal Without Knowledge," I came across this quote from Arthur C. Clarke. While I don't agree with everything Clark believed--he was a provocative philosopher in his own right--I do appreciate this: In preface to this, Hugh Nibley wrote: Drat. Means I need to get off of Facebook again. … Continue reading We’re wasting ourselves
Some years ago I was hired on as an adjunct composition instructor at a public university in the Carolinas. (We’ll allow this English department to remain anonymous.) At the faculty meeting held a couple of weeks before school started, several agenda items had to be addressed. After the usual introductions, someone of importance stood up … Continue reading Why English as a major is dying