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Take that, Malfoy!

Having experienced Harry Potter this weekend – first time ever – it dawned on me that the reason I sought out the Wizard of Hogwart’s this weekend was to vicariously banish my own Malfoy.

My personal Malfoy made an unwelcome appearance in my thoughts, complete with the grumpy contention that the bullies nearly always win. As Harry Potter’s tale spun out, full of figurative castles to scale, wicked step-families, and the dreadful Draco Malfoy, I was reminded that the reason fairy tales appeal to us so much is the happy certainty that someone will slay the demons and remove the impediments to bliss.  Although Harry is not able to banish Malfoy for good, he is able to thwart him in smaller, highly satisfying ways.  My mood improved each time Malfoy got some of his come-uppance.  I can do this, too…I can channel Harry Potter if I need to.

Take that, Malfoy!

Of Course I Talk To Myself

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How to Escape the Claws of the Grammar Police

How to Escape the Claws of the Grammar Police.

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My Year In Review

Love the studio as much as the blog! In agreement about early morning being the best time to write. Fernweh Productions

Live to Write - Write to Live

My greatest achievement this year has been consistency: I’ve walked out to my studio and written in solitude almost every day, sometimes only for a couple of hours, and sometimes from dawn until dark.

This year, I’ve put drafting Ellen ahead of everything, including sculling, one of my summer passions. But rowing requires the same early morning hours as writing, though for different reasons: The water is flat early in the morning, and there are rarely any motorboats out at that hour. Most of all, though, rowing is hot work once the sun rises.

All told, driving to the river and rowing takes a bit more than two hours. But these are the same early hours when I’m best able to tap into the fictional world I’m creating. I decided that entry into that world was more important even than sculling –for this year, at least.

All year, I protected…

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Dear Author, Are You Writing a Series?

Re-posted:  Dear Author, Are You Writing a Series?.  I’m not writing a series, but I do enjoy this post.  Fernweh Productions

Pluses Instead of Minuses

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Finishing up this fall semester, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it is about writing that makes some students want to bend the rules. I should set some context. I teach basic composition and research writing. In both these classes, but especially with research writing, there are a lot of rules to follow. There are rules of grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and then of course rules associated with the dreaded APA and MLA formats. There are rules about margins and fonts. There are rules about page numbers and running heads. There are rules about titles and in-text citations and references pages and works cited pages. I get it. There are a lot of rules. But they are, unavoidably, rules that must be followed.

So, why the pushback from students?

Let’s spin this and consider it from another angle. Let’s say I’m a mathematician. Let’s say I’ve just asked a student…

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Fertilizer, gym, ransom, and sunglasses

The white board topic was to write a sentence using the four words above.  Here’s my submission:  “Don decided the gym smelled like fresh fertilizer so he opted to hold Pepe’s sunglasses (Ray-Bans, his pride and joy) for ransom until the place was fumigated.”

Daily Prompt: About Page of the Future

What a fun blog topic!  In 10 years, my About page will say essentially the same thing it says now:  I’m interested in almost everything and want to share.

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