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July 15th, 2018 (05:54 pm)

Drowning in work and personal stuff as usual. I managed to finish my Summergen and Everywoman fics, and I don't think they're terrible, so there's that.

I just finished grading the first round of student submissions for the semester. One of my students wrote a gorgeous paper on the Vicks ad in support of trans rights, and her writing moved me so much. This is why I teach. Video below.

P.S.: OH, and my Fandom Studies class is going so so well! <3

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Because one does not simply abandon a book meme

June 25th, 2018 (11:01 pm)

As anticipated, my students arrived for the new semester and promptly ate my brain, leaving me with little to no mindspace for anything else. In addition to my usual duties, I'm now the head of the English Honours BA programme (not at all as good as it sounds) and in charge of not one but five student clubs (theatre, poetry, writing, research, and gender studies). Good times. No, really. Having so much to do means I have much less time to dwell on other things.

Anyway, so one of my writing club students gave me a book of Terribly Tiny Tales to read, so I decided to cheat on the book meme a bit and post about it for question #2 on the list, "best bargain", because hey, a book I paid no money for counts as a bargain, right? Right. I haven't finished it yet, but here's one of my favourites:

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Took me a moment to 'get' it, but when I did, I loved it.

Also, I'm offering an optional course in Fandom Studies this semester. More on that next time, I hope.


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A poem for Pride Month

June 4th, 2018 (03:45 pm)

This is from the poets.org poem-a-day mailing list, which includes previously unpublished poems by contemporary poets.

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That book meme

May 26th, 2018 (11:35 am)

I've been wanting to do this for a while. I may not be terribly regular about it since classes start next week, and once students arrive they find ways of monopolising all my time. I'm always excited about books, but I'm particularly excited at the moment because Amazon says my copy of Michael Ondaatje's Warlight will arrive by June 1st. (I'll probably find lots to say about Ondaatje in the course of the meme, so I won't go into specifics now.)

Nicked the meme from wendelah1; all questions under the cut. Book-lovers, please consider doing the meme. I'd love to see what everyone else likes to read.

Before I start, a prelude: one of the reasons I love Rory/Dean from Gilmore Girls so much is that Dean falls for Rory because she's so addicted to books.

Rory Dean books

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Meme questionsCollapse )

P.S. Nominations for Everywoman are open. Go forth and nominate!

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May 24th, 2018 (03:00 pm)

Yet another deathly dull presentation to sit through. I just don't get how these speakers of illustrious repute can make things such as bloody colonial battles sound like the most boring tales ever.

Anyway. Taking the opportunity to occupy myself with other activities as usual. (If we had faculty 'development' programmes every day, I'd never leave LJ.) Today's topic: annoyance with a colleague who said, over lunch, that students who have anxiety attacks are "pampered": basically, that they're faking it for attention or whatever.

I can't begin to describe how terrible it is for people, especially professors who should know better, to be dismissive of conditions such as depression and anxiety. The worst that can happen has happened on our campus. We have proof that these are very serious and real issues that we need to know how to confront. I'm especially disappointed in this particular colleague, because we've just introduced two courses in Disability Studies (one for the BA students and one for the MAs), and he was put in charge of the syllabus since he apparently has a background in the subject. If someone with experience in the discipline has such a biased attitude toward psychological conditions that can be truly crippling to those who experience them, it really is unsurprising that so many laypeople display the same biases. (And, yes, I am thinking of people in the SPN fandom who choose to dismiss Jared's anxiety and related issues as 'attention-seeking'.)

Okay, mini-rant over. Back to pretending to listen to the speaker. (How have you been in academia for decades and not learnt that no one will listen to you if you speak in a monotone throughout your session? Seriously.)

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May 24th, 2018 (12:17 am)

I used to love to play with these as a kid, and I tried them out with my poetry class last semester (to illustrate the idea of hidden meanings in texts). I'm going to annoy my colleagues with these during a session I'm doing for them tomorrow. *g* Try them out - it can be intensely frustrating at first if you don't see the 3D image right away, but once you get the hang of it, the results can be magical. My favourite of these is the third one.




P.S.: The first is the easiest to see, but the second link has the best instructions.

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May 23rd, 2018 (12:42 pm)

Forced to sit through an unbelievably dull faculty development session. Amusing myself by taking pics of my keychain. You may have been paid to sound pretentious and monopolise an hour and a half of my time, Dr Patriarchal, but YOU CAN’T TAKE THE SKY FROM ME.


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Into a Bar fic

May 21st, 2018 (12:45 pm)

I posted my fic for intoabar: Dana Scully and James Norrington. It's just a short dystopian ficlet.

Many thanks and much love to marciaelena for the inspiration. ♥

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Supernatural 13.23

May 18th, 2018 (01:43 pm)

Snape is done

Scully is done

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