Tag Archives: Blogging English Professor

If you doubt yourself,

27 Dec

analyze the doubt.

Trust the Self.

18:28…. Thanksgiving essentially over. 

24 Nov

In room at Inn with wife and babies.  Wife works, I work, babies watch some show on HGTV.  They actually seem quite interested, and it’s interesting to me how intrigued they are.  I’m sure they’d rather have cartoon, of course, but they make the best of what they have.  I keep saying this and it’s not hyperbole— I learn more from these little beats than I do anyone or anything, past or in Now.  This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful of course for them, my babies, but the reality that they teach me so much, and that I have a mind open to their instruction.

What are you thankful for?  What offers you instruction, gives you more perspective?  What beneficially shapes your character?  If you answered any of those questions, hold on to whatever the answers are.  Study the answers, what’s entailed in them.  Repeat, repeat… perpetuate love and grow with the dominant yay-says in your story.

Whatever you’re writing, incorporate you, your voice and perspective, your insights and interests.  If you don’t care, don’t expect your readers to care.  Like I suggested, create from what the controlling yay-says are.


8 Nov

Write for your life.

Write in your life.

Write about your life.
EVERYONE has a story worth telling and worth reading.

Fear nothing.

Just narrate.

1A – Meeting 3, 8/29/16

29 Aug

Good evening everyone!  For tonight, we’ll be getting into essay writing, the ones we read from Sedaris, and also the style of his essay.  What did they say, what they accomplish for us as readers, as well as many other realities in his work.  What were your most consistent observations?  What did you like?   What did you not like?  Who is Sedaris writing for?  What do you think he wants his readers to do as a result of reading his essays?

Break into groups and take each other through the essays we read.  Share your reactions and what you thought was funny, but also how you or others could relate to his stories.  Read from the typed reactions you did over the weekend, start there and generate new ideas together.

Creative:  Tell story from your life, something that you think about and recount quite often, for whatever reason.  Something that contributed to the character you are today.

Returning to Sedaris, let’s read and not as we go, together.  What is he saying, what’s standing out to us…  Reading actively means we not only give the book more attention than we otherwise would, but as well knowing exactly what speaks to us, with what exactly we are connecting.

100 – Meeting 3, 8/29/16

29 Aug

Just a note, keep everything in one place.  This is something I’m learning I have to get really into and have my head utterly wrapped around.  You don’t want to be scattered, and you don’t want to be stressed— consolidate, simplify, go forward.

Plath… troubled or truthful?  That was my focus in this first reading.  AND, her language.  The way she gives us a picture of what’s around her, what it says to her, what the repeated messages and statements, guiding ideas (or “themes” if you wish) were in these initiating chapters.

If we’re talking identity, where do you see her having some identity, whether happy or sad, optimistic or pessimistic?  Or as I always say: ‘yay-saying’ or ‘nay-saying’.

And writing, reading, what we want.. how to be better at both.

-Active reading… don’t rush.  Speed-reading is STUPID

-Writing… first, love your voice.  Worry about the mechanic and all the prettiness later.  First, just move the pen, or start typing.

Mornings are tough, sometimes. 

3 Jun

How do you deal with yours?  How do you write when so much around you is so overwhelming and consuming?  I’m looking to exchange ideas on remedy, not just list problems and encourage a woe-is-me fest…

Let’s talk about solutions to stress, so we can WRITE!!!

Enjoy your Friday morning, and STAY INSPIRED—

prof mikey

For ALL Spring ’15 Scholars–

20 May

React to the work you submitted for your final larger piece of writing.  I’m not asking what you could have done better, or what you wish you would have done different, but to the process.  What you learned about the topic you chose, what you learned about yourself as a writer, student.  React to the act of composing this paper.  And going forward in your academic and/or professional careers, how do you think your new writing habits and visions, whatever they are, will materialize down the road?  Again, just react to the act of composition of this final paper.  What you learned, what you found, how you the author and student changed.  If you were truly passionate about your writing, the composition itself, both process and product, took on some life of its own and interacted with you.  What was in that interaction?