State of the LQ, Summer 2017 Edition

I'm still alive! 🙂 Okay -- what’s happened since my previous blog post of 9 May 2017:   1) I taught two, sequential online classes of ENGL 1302, the last one ending just this past Friday. In the first one, two students failed because they didn’t submit enough assignments. In the second one, everybody passed, … Continue reading State of the LQ, Summer 2017 Edition

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A Start for 2017: a Creative Writing Guide

Well, here we are, twenty-two days into 2017, and I realized that it's been over two years, when I published Scaffolds and Structures in October 2014. Back then, I was able to kick out two books pretty much simultaneously because I was on paid leave from my teaching duties. All that freed up time = lots of … Continue reading A Start for 2017: a Creative Writing Guide

Done: I Read My Own Dang Book

In my previous blog post, I gave the reason for reading my nonfiction book, Scaffolds: A Childhood Memoir of Books. (<-- This link, by the way, gives you the option of either paying teeny-weeny bit o' money for the paperback or Kindle versions OR going the route of my students and getting the free PDF … Continue reading Done: I Read My Own Dang Book

11: The Takeaway, AKA These Go to Eleven

A “takeaway” is the main point or gist from something that was presented, like a seminar or a report. “These go to eleven” is a line from the 1984 mock rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. The latter has absolutely nothing to do with the former. But when I realized that this book had eleven numbered … Continue reading 11: The Takeaway, AKA These Go to Eleven

3: Movies — the Gateway to Books

Just as TV influenced me in becoming a reader, so did movies, and the first (but not only) movie-motivating book I read was Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. My earliest New Piti Elementary school memory – besides counting to one-hundred and posing for Picture Day during first grade – was a field trip to … Continue reading 3: Movies — the Gateway to Books