Recent posts about what I’m writing, reading, or just generally doing in life.

Photograph out a large window at an autumnal scene. A notebook with some handwriting is blurred in the foreground.

I used to write so much

Every semester I try to do the assignments along with my students partly as a way for me to keep up my own writing practice (I write things I turn in for my classes sometimes), and partly to experience for myself what my students experience when I walk them through a multi-stage writing prompt, or set draft deadlines at certain intervals.

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Photo of Cloud Gate in Chicago

The uncomfortable middle

It takes me a long time to feel comfortable in a new space, so any trip shorter than a few weeks always feels more exhausting than I expect it to be, even if I’m visiting a place I had been before.

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A photograph of a watercolor sketch of a landscape scene with a vermillion sculpture in the background.


Near the end of the first-year composition class I taught this summer, one of my students asked, How do you pay attention to the news without feeling totally hopeless?

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