Rooted through Rejection

I have a not-so-secret secret: I am trying to get a book published. It took me about three years to write the manuscript, half a year to get a literary agent who would represent me, and another half a year to rewrite it in preparation of submitting it to publishers.

Here’s my bigger secret: ...
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Let’s Talk About Plagiarism

I don’t write much about my classes or about being a professor or about my life at an academic institution. Some of that is because I’ve never been comfortable being called “Professor”-anything and some of that is because the stories from my classroom are just that—from my classroom and ...
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Writing with a Broken Heart

“God loves YOU!” The large purple billboard seemed to yell at me as I drove past. An unexpected addition to the Northwoods roadside. Normally, I might have smiled or ignored it entirely but today the radio also seemed to be trying to get my attention with this simple yet often unfathomable imperative: ...
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Don’t Give Your Voice Away

 

Maybe you grew up watching Disney movies like I did. We would sit breathless watching Ariel sign away her voice to the sea witch in “The Little Mermaid.” Eyes glued to the TV, we watched to see if the prince would “kiss the girl” even though she was mute. Now, on the other edge ...
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