I’m working on the final chapter in my dissertation. The focus is Todd Downing, an Oklahoma-born Choctaw who wrote detective fiction in the 1930s and 1940s. His featured detective, Hugh Rennert, works for the U.S. Department of the treasury–work that often takes him into Mexico where he finds himself the witness or bystander in murder…… Continue reading notes on Todd Downing
I was so happy with, and exhilarated by, my first go at academic writing month that I decided to give it another try in December. Turns out, I should have given myself some time off, because I haven’t really done much of anything yet, except grade all the final projects and exams from my students,…… Continue reading Academic Writing Month, Take 2
I’ve been really happy with my progress the past 8 days. It’s November 8, day 8 of Academic Writing Month, and I have a total of 7649 words so far, toward my dissertation. Day 1: 1827 –this was the best day, by far, if we’re talking sheer numbers. I researched for 2 hours first, and then…… Continue reading Writing Hangover: Or, Academic Writing Month, Day 8
I’ve learned and relearned over the years that an important part of my writing process is taking time to reflect. I doubt I’ll post every single day of Academic Writing Month, but I will write some of my thoughts after each completed day and I’ll put some of those thoughts here on the blog. So,…… Continue reading Academic Writing Month, day 1 reflection
I remember being part of a focus group my senior year as an undergraduate. It was my English Capstone course, and this sociology student came in and asked us questions about how we felt about the course. Most of us were disgruntled. The course seemed designed for students who had never held jobs and hadn’t…… Continue reading Connecting the Dots: Intellectual Collage
I did complete my National Poetry Month challenge, and I wrote a poem a day. I just chose not to share the rest, because I decided they were for my eyes only. I completed the major qualifying paper that I was working on. I successfully defended the paper, and now it’s time to move on…… Continue reading Writing Rhythms
I’ve had a bit of difficulty articulating my thoughts on this blog lately. What with my commitment to writing a poem a day for National Poetry Month, reading for my exams in the fall, revising two articles that have nothing in common with each other, and trying to get started on my dissertation (unrelated to…… Continue reading All the projects
Fading into waking Images, vivid, turn blurry Eyelids pressed tightly Grasping for sleep Clutching at the dream I’m awake.
This first few months of this year feel more productive than my last two. This is a good thing, since my last two years weren’t extremely productive. This is also a good thing, because I’ve realized (remembered?) how much I can actually accomplish in a short period of time when I am working consistently and…… Continue reading Read, Write, Revise. Repeat.
One of these days, I’m going to write a literacy narrative. It’s the first assignment in the First-Year Writing program at my university. I like it a lot. I’ve written a couple, in the same style as my students, to provide a sample for them. So I’ve written these short literacy narratives–three or four pages…… Continue reading Writing, Vision, and Re(vision)