This Week’s Reads: Psst… They aren’t about llamas or #thedress

This week’s news got totally weird in one day. We went from net neutrality to llamas on loose to the color of a dress in a poorly taken photo. HOW? Anyways,  I decided to avoid those topics because I read a lot of interesting things this week that had nothing to do with either of … More This Week’s Reads: Psst… They aren’t about llamas or #thedress

Media Monday: On Creating a Legacy and David Carr

The recent loss of David Carr has gotten me thinking about what it takes to make a legacy in journalism (or anywhere for that matter). Journalists have been the news lately, as I mentioned last week, both positively and negatively. I’ve been reading a lot about Carr and I think I have picked up on some … More Media Monday: On Creating a Legacy and David Carr

Defending passive voice

I remember the lesson about passive voice from my first journalism class very clearly, and not just because my professor threw something at me to prove a point. Avoiding passive voice has been firmly cemented in my mind. At the Writing Center I worked at, I often found myself struggling with a future scientist trying … More Defending passive voice

On excitedly meeting authors (but not stalking them because that is bad)

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye Have you … More On excitedly meeting authors (but not stalking them because that is bad)

I’m friends with a published novelist: Q&A with Aja Hannah

I’ve been feeling a little hopeless about my future career prospects lately. It’s a difficult life for us Englishy folks and sometimes it seems like success is impossible. Yesterday, however, I got my copy of Zarconian Island by Aja Hannah. Aja went to school with me… In fact, I sat next to her in my … More I’m friends with a published novelist: Q&A with Aja Hannah