Birchbox Book Club: Better Than Before

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin I received a copy of Better Than Before to review as part of the Birchbox Book Club, and I was so happy to have it. When I was awarded a dissertation fellowship, I was like “This is amazing! I get to be a full-time writer for … Continue reading

Learning from Tami Taylor. Learning from Our Stories.

I was in a relationship with another person (I call him He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named) when the last few episodes of Friday Night Lights aired. I was gripped by the argument between Coach and Tami while he puttered about, not really understanding what I was so invested in, since he hadn’t watched the show before. If you haven’t … Continue reading

How Being A Grad Student is Like Being A Saint

How Being a Grad Student is Like Being a Saint Particularly in the humanities and in no particular order: 1. Poor. You are poor because you are doing something you love that a lot of people don’t value. 2. You sacrifice your well-being for the growth and enlightenment of others. This is called teaching on … Continue reading

News and Notes, This and That

This post serves mostly to catch up on what’s been going on and hold some space before I get back to writing more regularly. I haven’t blogged much this semester, which bums me out. As I noted before, I was sick a lot this semester. It’s been hard to focus, but I’m looking forward to … Continue reading

Stress and the Writing Process

Tonight I’m taking a break and indulging in some R&R, basking in the satisfaction of having turned in my approved dissertation prospectus and edits on an article. But just yesterday I was in a stressful, ugly place with my writing and with myself. It’s lead me to think about how I approach my to-do lists … Continue reading

Booklovers, Friendship and Shirley Jackson

I spent most of the week after my exam lounging on the couch, reading The Bird’s Nest by Shirley Jackson. It’s the story of Elizabeth, a young woman with multiple personalities, her unmarried (lesbian?) aunt who controls her inheritance and drinks a lot of brandy, and the doctor who tries to sort out the different … Continue reading

ABD: I did it!

Who’s ABD? After all the hard work I put in and all the pep talks from Megan and Julio, I’d like to think that I walked out like: But it was actually like: Now, onward to the dissertation prospectus! (Also, reading some things for fun.) In all seriousness, this was a really valuable process for … Continue reading

Writing All of the Things

Well, I turned it in! The written portion of my exam is over as of 11:57 am today. Since I did my M.A. here also, I can’t help but compare the two experiences. Granted, I had much more time for this essay, but man, have I come a long way. That’s a good feeling. I … Continue reading

Comps Notes: And So It Begins

I spent so much of today at my desk that when I took Rory out just now, not only was I surprised that it was snowing, it had snowed enough that someone made a snowman. I start the written part of my PhD exam in the morning.* Naturally, I feel like crying and demolished a … Continue reading