Ten Reasons Not to Date an Essayist

Ten Reasons Not to Date an Essayist

Uncategorized

1. The essayist will take pride in neuroses. He will go on an on about the joy of scratching his ear with a pencil or brag about how long he hasn’t driven a car. 2. Everyday outings, such as going to the grocery store, will become overwhelming adventures. Huge adventures, like swimming with whale sharks … Read More

Writing Horoscopes

Writing Horoscopes

Freewriting, On Writing

Cancer (June 22 – July 22) Set aside some time this week to watch people at the park, the café, or the doctor’s office waiting room. Go wherever your current tale is set. Pay attention to the movements, appearances, and conversations that make these people real. “When writing a novel a writer should create living … Read More

Binge Storytelling and the Brain

Binge Storytelling and the Brain

Esc

Summer is here and I am not on contract. Between exhausting bouts of research and even more exhausting bouts of socializing for the first time since last summer, I have been binging. One evening each weekend, some friends and I have been watching four, sometimes five, hours of Game of Thrones. After I walk home … Read More

Stopping by the foothills on a sunny morning

Stopping by the foothills on a sunny morning

Freewriting

Whose trails these are I think I know. His house is in the gated village though; he will not see me stopping here to watch these hills cast long shadows. My dog must think it queer to stop without a cafe near between the cactus and juniper tree the sunniest morning of the year He … Read More

Great Press for “Recorded Lightning”

Great Press for “Recorded Lightning”

On Writing

Issue #58 of Creative Nonfiction is out, and the weather-themed issue features an essay of mine about lightning. You can read an interview about the piece here. In it, Rachel Ann Brickner and I discuss revision, form versus function, and how place makes us human. Also, here is a review of the essay at Essay … Read More

On the Endangered List: Nature Vocabulary

On the Endangered List: Nature Vocabulary

On Writing

A friend just passed me an article about Oxford Dictionary’s decision to replace “nature words” with “technology words” to save space in their Junior Oxford Dictionary. So, if a word-curious adolescent wanted to look what a lark or a lobster was, or to understand the difference between alfalfa, hay, and straw, they could no longer … Read More

A Literacy Portfolio

A Literacy Portfolio

Teaching

This morning, over coffee, I read an essay by Jess Burnquist about an assignment she uses to get students to think about their histories and relationship with literacy. Burnquist writes that she developed these “literacy portfolios” as an introductory assignment because “It became clear that [her students] had been scarred by negative educational or at-home … Read More

My Cat (the Artful) Dodger

My Cat (the Artful) Dodger

Freewriting

after Christopher Smart’s “My Cat Jeoffry”   For I will consider my cat (the Artful) Dodger. For he was named so as a stray kitten coming ‘round the back porch. For he enters and exits of his own volition through the cat door. For everything he does is of his own volition. For I cannot … Read More