“Chapter 5: Fiction Examples” from STARTERS

  “Boogeyman” from Rowena’s World: Poems and Stories, 2nd Edition The old woman sat on her porch, violently rocking in her chair. After a summer of drought where the sun hung high like a hangman’s noose, the cold, damp October hung on the old woman’s bones like a blood chigger. The old woman’s name was … Continue reading “Chapter 5: Fiction Examples” from STARTERS


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

Reading My Own Dang Book

So, one of my goals over the winter break between semesters is reading my own dang book into a wee recording iPad app and putting up the whole shebang -- in chapter installments -- on YouTube. I'm doing this because a few of my students asked this past fall if I had an audiobook version of Scaffolds. I didn't, … Continue reading Reading 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

9: The How, Not the What, of Assigned Books

Recently, I said to my sister Wendy, “I should teach a Shakespeare class.” “I thought you already did.” “Nah – the closest was when I was student teaching MacBeth to high school seniors. I spent most of that unit acting out the scenes because they couldn’t get Shakespeare’s language.” I started pantomiming Lady MacBeth’s madness … Continue reading 9: The How, Not the What, of Assigned Books