I want to be loved. That is even the deep-lying reason why I elected to write. When I was eighteen, I read The Mill on the Floss, and I dreamed that one day I would be loved the way I loved George Eliot then. – Simone de Beauvoir
This time on Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and Bookish, is all about bookish facts. I thought ten facts about me just wouldn’t be all that exciting, so my wife and editor is joining us today as we ask each other about some bookish facts. First I asked Kristen some questions: 1. Why … More 10 Bookish Facts about Us
Game designers have to think rhetorically as they plan their projects. They research settings, locations, and time periods for authenticity. They think through who makes up their audience and what kind of tone will be most effective to reach that audience. They take aesthetics and document design seriously. And most importantly, game designers take so … More Let’s Learn with Storium!
Any criticism at all which depresses you to the extent that you feel you cannot ever write anything worth anything is from the Devil and to subject yourself to it is for you an occasion of sin. In you the talent is there and you are expected to use it. Whether the work itself is … More Writing Tip from Flannery O’Connor
I just noticed that I’ve never used the “what happens next will surprise you!” trope. Wow, I’m missing out on quite the opportunity there. I’m thinking this blog needs some more clickbait titles. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far: Gerard Manley Hopkins comes into contact with the Oxford movement. What he does next will … More Ten Titles I Never Thought I Would Use
It’s that time of year when the projects are piling up and you wonder if you’ve really matured past undergrad. I know you took that one line of criticism from your adviser to heart. I know you look around during seminars and think everyone else has it so much more together. She gets that theorist. … More To my fellow graduate students
Whether we call them misconceptions, alternative conceptions, or myths, here are five things that can get in the way of our best writing. 1. First draft is final. Who hasn’t done this? Depending on the piece, I still have to resist the temptation to do this. It can seem so harmless, especially if we’re confident that … More 5 Myths about Writing
Haruki Murakami has an advice column, and you can find some great English translations here. The website itself is filled with charming pictures of Murakami himself attending to a host of upright animals. So many of the responses are avuncular and yet harsh and misleading. Death is met with nihilism and the desire for deep-fried oysters. Have a broken heart, Murakami wonders “Who cares?” … More Thanks a Lot Murakami-San