Do writers have agendas? Well, duh . . .

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 . . .

How I made a weeping angel (or, why I don’t host a diy blog)

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)

We’re wasting ourselves

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

Why English as a major is dying

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