Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Asking for Help and Reasoned, Academic Responses!

I know I'm placing myself on the chopping block here, and I kinda wanted to not talk about politics, but I'm having a hard time explaining discrepancy in academic sources to my students. For those who don't know, an academic source should, ideally, not be biased, or contain as little bias as possible. For example, the President clearly said he isn't "taking away everyone's guns", only placing restrictions. I had to point out there are restrictions on the the First Amendment in this class. For example, you can't pass someone else's work as your own. However, there are groups of people that seem to say that the President said the exact opposite--that the President wants to "take away guns".

I tried doing a Google search from a student's perspective, and typed in "Obama taking away guns." I am just not finding information that supports this argument. I see restrictions, I see "curbing gun violence", but I am not seeing any actions being taken to support this position.  

How to explain this gap to my students? I'm trying to show different perspectives in arguments when writing an essay.

My students are college age Intro to English students. 

I'm looking for academic responses, NOT finger pointing, please!

With Sincere Thanks,


Friday, January 25, 2013

Feature and Follow #20


Q:  What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?


A: Everyday by David Leviathan. I read it in one long wonderful, book filled day. This book, to me, is what writing is all about. It's all about getting into other people's heads and walking in their shoes--in this case, quite literally.

Every Day

Friday, January 18, 2013

Feature and Follow #19

  FF 2012 Feature and Follow #132


Q:  Who is your favorite villain from a book?

 I like political/cultural villains. Characters who earn my hate and my enmity by being so I did some searching and found a list of villains (from the Telegraph, here, and one caught my

"Fred from The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood Placing America under the yoke of a brutal Christian Taliban would have been bad enough, not to mention reducing all women to whores and baby-factories. Commander Fred really loses sympathy, however, when it emerges that he used to work in marketing. Hiss!"


Friday, January 4, 2013

New Theme: #amlistening

#NowPlaying on @8tracks: "Friday Night Chilla Vol.54" at http://8tracks.com/cnouseforaname/friday-night-chilla-vol-54 - Sent from the 8tracks Android app

Feature and Follow #18



Q: What New Years Blogging or Writing resolution have you placed on yourself?


It's really more of a writing resolution for me, and for the first 4 days of the New Year are so far so good. I have a few that I can mention without giving away too many spoilers:

 1) Explore new genres in writing

2) Write more essays, especially in feminism and pop culture

3) Publish quarterly (every 3 months)

4) Write more flash fiction

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Darkness Falls Review

I loved this book. I'm not going to lie, and I'm not going to waste time. Here's what its about:
(from Amazon):
You can run from your past, but it will always catch up.

Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason it never seems to get any easier. She's left behind her days of debauchery to find peace and forgiveness at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There she's uncovered her family's epic history, reclaimed her magickal powers, and met Reyn, whom she dubs "the Viking god. " Just as she settles into her new life, Nastasya learns that her old friends might be in town....

Reuniting with her gorgeous and dangerous ex-best-friend, Innocencio, Nas wonders if she'll ever be truly free of her dark legacy. Is Incy dangerous, power-hungry, and wicked? Or is he the only one who truly understands Nas's darkness? Either way, Nas is desperate to find out who she really is-even if the answer kills her.

1)The main character is someone I can relate to. Someone who struggles with the choices she's made in the past and reconciling them to the person she is in the present. Instead of being whiny, it's real, it's genuine, and I love Nas's sarcastic sense of humor, it really let me get into her head.
2)Positive view on witch craft, and not just floaty spells. Not only does Nas have to learn to control her own power, she has to wrestle with the actual WORK that goes into The Craft. Good to know there are characters out there that aren't handed powers on a silver spoon.
3) I love the love/struggle between Nas and Reyn. It's interesting to watch how someone could fall in love with the Viking who (helped) kill her family, over 400 years ago.
4) I love-love-love all the snippets from Nas's past, and seeing the richness of all the different lives she's lived. It really drew me into the story, and the detail just made it all the more real.
5) Even though Boz and Katy were kinda bad, I still felt bad when they died.

I will definitely be reading this whole series, I only regret I started with the 2nd book, now I HAVE to read the whole series!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #5


Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2013

This is from my Witchy Books Challenge:



I actually never read this book. Seriously.

I'm a new Cate Tiernan convert. Excited to read this!






There are several more, but this is the TOP TEN! Some are classics, some I've read before but its been a long long time, and I wanted to refresh myself. A very interesting and eclectic witchy mix. 

Falling off the Challenge--It's all on Me

It's that long stretch of afternoon that usually gets me. Especially on Sundays. I always have things to do, but they're at war with...