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The Sublimated Grief of the Left Behind

More issues in academia… unsurprising and disappointing. This article is a wonderful insight into the cutthroat, uncaring world of academia. All the more reason it needs to be overhauled and fixed.

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It happened during AHA.

I was sitting at home, revising my manuscript introduction and feeling jealous of all of my historian friends at the conference, when I got an email telling me my last (and best) hope for a tenure-track job this year had evaporated.

I’d promised myself that this would be my last year on the market. Now, I’d promised myself that last year, and I’d decided to try again, but this time, I knew it was over.

I closed my laptop and walked out of my office. In that moment, I couldn’t bear to be surrounded by the trappings of a life that had just crumbled around me. The perfect reading lamp, the drawer of fountain pen ink, the dozens of pieces of scratch paper taped the walls, full of ideas to pursue. The hundreds of books surrounding me, collected over nearly a dozen years, seemed like nothing…

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No Post Today!

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Except it’s Monday.

Life’s caught me in the ass, so I’ll be looking around for articles to reblog. But again! No original post today.

Sorry, everyone!

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10 Ways To Develop A Unique Writing Style — Writer’s Blog

Creating and refining your own unique style of writing is important, particularly in the modern Internet age, where a high content turnover means readers are constantly in pursuit of something original and clever. However, it’s often difficult – especially when you’re just starting out – to fine-tune the way you write and embody the qualities that make your voice distinct and innovative. So how exactly do you tease out those qualities? How do you then apply them to the actual process of writing? Here are ten hot tips to get you started today.

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The Creator, The Cartographer, and The Cambist: On “Boundaries of Culture”

Kwame Appiah’s 2017 presidential address for the Modern Language Association, “Boundaries of Culture” tackles several ideas that have seeped into literary theory and literary studies and, therefore, shape the way we are encouraged to read.

If you have studied literary theory, I know you find yourself looking at a work with a critical eye sometimes, and I know that critical eye can take away from the way you want to simply just enjoy the work rather than rake it over for hints and flaws and threads to unravel. I do it all the time, and I’m not just talking out of my ass, here. But even though Appiah seems to be having birthing pains to his thoughts throughout this entire address, his points about criticism are easily applied and incredibly relevant. (Sorry if you’re reading this professor :P)

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Balancing Life and Writing (Guest Article by Clara C. Johnson)

Excellent commentary on busy lives and making excuses!

Writers Unite!

Balancing the time to write, attending five classes a week, homework, studying for exams, working a full-time job, and spending time with loved ones seems to be for the talented juggler, but I am here to tell you that anyone can do it if you can learn to manage your time well. Unfortunately, many (including myself) heard the famous writing advice that in order to finish your work in progress (WIP) and to become a better writer, you have to write literally every single day. Fact of the matter is, we all have responsibilities outside our writing such as jobs, family, and school that must take priority. In addition, suffering from health complications can also affect your ability to achieve this goal. Frankly, it can be quite impossible for anyone to write every day!

First, I must offer an adjustment to the advice. I think if you plan to become…

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Should I Take a Pen Name?

Selene, should I adopt a pen name? And if I don’t, how do I worry less about what people will say about my work and just CREATE IT? –Sarah Rose

I think that it’s entirely obvious that I’m a super massive fan of pen names, but instead of telling you what you should do, I’ll just give you some thoughts that I have on the matter along with some articles that list pros and cons. But instead of being like every single other article on pen names, I’m going to go into some of the current uses and talk about issues surrounding pen names.

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Post Lineup

Monday, I’ll post a fairly lengthy article about pen names!

With any luck, I’ll post an article the next Monday on the 2017 MLA Presidential Address “Boundaries of Culture” by Kwame Appiah complete with full (probably still biased) summary since this article isn’t available anywhere without payment, but if I can somehow upload a link to a Google Drive, I’ll do that.

The next article after that will either be a guest article or a shared article if I can’t manage to finish the article on Writing Marginalized Characters.

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on being stone

Wonderful tidbit!! Worth a read.

butch coming home

The concept of “stone butch” is sort of taboo, or at least shrouded in mystery. Part of that can definitely be ascribed to the fact that we (stone butches) ourselves don’t talk about it much, not even with each other, maybe especially not with each other. That, and when you google it, its all in the sort of graphic exotifying language that nobody would ever use to talk about someone they knew firsthand, let alone their own sex life. Its the way I might write about a weird bug. Coldly. Details focused on its alien body behavior, vagueness when it comes to what its like to BE that bug.

Even within lesbian communities, stone is not well understood. Isn’t that antithetical to the kinds of pleasure we’re famous for being able to give each other, isn’t that antithetical to feminist ideals of reciprocity?

Not to me.

Before realizing that I…

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Heather, Heather, and Heather: Quality vs. Quantity in Representation

By Alexi Scheiber (@AlexidoesArt on twitter, instagram, and tumblr)

Selene was kind enough to let me write a guest article! I study animation, and representation is a constant topic that I grapple with in my writing and filmmaking. I talk a lot about these issues with Selene, but this was one I’ve been thinking about expressing myself for awhile, and the catalyst that made me want to intrude on my friend’s writing blog was the new trailer for Heathers, 2018.

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The Essence of Story

I’ve been struggling with my work, and I’ll be the first to admit that. However, I know I’m not the only person that struggles with finding worth in what I write. This isn’t a rehash of “Is It Worth It?” but, rather, a look into what I find is the essence of any story, which ultimately allowed me to have a breakthrough after three stagnant months with my work.

Personal growth and personal fulfillment.

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