Monthly Archives: June 2016

Destination: Geekville

Well, Charlotte, anyway. In a few hours, the Spawn and I will be heading up there for this year’s HeroesCon. As usual, I’ll post overviews from time to time. In the meantime, I finished my week’s walking this morning. My … Continue reading

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A Masochistic Mothman and Missionary Malignancy

So last night, the Spawn and I came over to my office, where we had a conversation with Pam Stack, the host of Authors on the Air, flagship show for the podcast network of the same name. The show’s theme (in … Continue reading

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“Hello, You’re on The Air.”

… or at least the internet. Tonight at 9 p.m. EDT/ 6 p.m. Pacific, the Spawn and I will be appearing on Pam Stack’s Authors on the Air podcast. We’ll be doing a little reading and talking about writing, our own … Continue reading

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Spawns Say The Darnedest Things

The Spawn happens to be in my Brit survey class this term (Slogan: “1200 Years in 19 Days!”), and today we covered Pope’s Rape of the Lock. Afterwards, she said, “You know what, Dad?” “Sometimes, but try me anyway.” “Alexander Pope … Continue reading

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Seven Years of the Big Noise

I live in a different house now, on the other side of campus, surrounded by many of my dad’s books, the chessboard he made, his banjo and 12-string, all of which I had to take far sooner than I would … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Fev — I Mean, Potpourri

So I made a run down to Real City today to get a haircut and do a bit of window shopping, among other things. I had lunch at my cheap Chinese buffet of choice and swung by a used media … Continue reading

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Internal Dialogue on a Treadmill

“Coming up on 18 minutes here.” “Yep.” “So it’s time to speed up.” “Yeah. Maybe two minutes?” “If that’s all you can do.” (Resets pace to 4 mph. Paul McCartney’s “Junior’s Farm” begins on headphones. A minute passes.) “You know, … Continue reading

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Rewards from an Unlikely Source

Teaching Freshman Comp in the summer comes with its own challenges. The chief one, of course, is the condensed schedule. The class periods are longer (to insure that we get enough minutes to appease the bureaucrats in whom we live, … Continue reading

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In Which The Prof Self-Inflicts a Pop Quiz

If you’ve been reading here lately, you know that I’ve been doing some walking for the past few weeks, with an eye toward attempting a 5K (3.1 miles) that Mondovile stages at Homecoming in October — under the condition that I believe … Continue reading

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Post-Gig Report: “Famously Hot” Edition

In an effort to be clever (and what’s better, after all, than cleverness that shows obvious effort?), the folks in charge of promoting tourism in Real City adopted the slogan “Famously Hot.” Of course, the same could be said of Hell, … Continue reading

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