This is post one for my newest site, one that is centered on me as a creative writer. It’s called This Poet’s Life since that is where I started as a writer and is the writing that most consistently happens for me. Believe me, if I am not writing poems, all else gets out of balance.
If you are interested in my thoughts about rhetoric and composition or computers and writing, the place to go is Just a Blog. That is also my central site from which all others branch. Besides the blog, it also houses a page that gives information about my upcoming and current classes as well as a link to my Moodle site, which is for current students only. There is a projects page there also which currently shows work from my summer at the DMAC (Digital Media and Composition Institute). Finally, Just a Blog has an abbreviated Curriculum Vitae for me and a link to my promotion dossier (AKA the site Folio), which gives a very complete look at the big three of academic assessment– research, teaching, and service. Now that the context is given, onward to this site and its purpose.
I write poems. Sometimes I write fiction, but inevitably, partway through the writing I find myself muttering that it would be a great poem. Over the years I’ve learned to stop at that point and write the poem. I can then return to the story, which tends to have a different shape and aim. This semester I am teaching fiction, Fiction II to be specific, the first section of Fiction II that has a science fiction and fantasy focus. I have assignments for them that will help them grow, but within the aims of the course, I hope I also give them the habit of close attention to language. Writing poems is different from writing fiction though, and this blog will center on the differences.