Category: Personal

Twelve In ’12

Achievements I finished my PhD. The Journal of Modern Literature accepted a piece of mine. Like This Press accepted my chapbook manuscript. The Kenyon Review Online accepted and published a short story of mine I co-organized a highly successful postgraduate conference in Joyce studies.…

#DigiBakeDay Begins with Bread

It is just past midnight, and dough is rising in my kitchen. When it doubles in size, I will punch it back down, knead it, and shape it into a loaf. I will then let that loaf double in size…

Small Thanks

Yes, I am taking part in a meme: bloggers listing the easily overlooked things for which we are grateful. I am grateful for hot water bottles and thick duvets for library cards for fancy, smelly baths and the way the…

Redrafting (for) Your Life

Julianna Baggott has written a post applying the idea of editing to life. She wonders if writers who dislike edits to their work also avoid change in their lives. For me, change has rarely been a series of edits. What…

Memories of Place: Fruit

When I bite through the bright orange skin of a persimmon, when I feel the faintly sticky trickle down my chin, I am back in Ashikaga. It isn’t just that the first time I tasted the warm, sweet fruit was…

Day of Rest

Between being part of the committee running the Polytropic(al) Joyce Conference  Thursday through Saturday and teaching my first tutorial of the term on Friday, I need today to be all about downtime. (Today will also be about watching sports until around…