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1. One of my articles about Stephen King was translated into German and published in Germany, earning me the most I've been paid for any one piece of writing. However, it is far from the *best* piece of writing I have had published. 2. Through science-fiction conventions, I have met George R. R. Martin (author of *A Game of Thrones*), who goes by "George," and know Orson Scott Card (author of *Ender's Game*), who goes by "Scott." 3. I keep pet rats--at present, eight, but I'm thinking of adopting again. This fact inevitably comes up because when I concoct grammar exercises but have nothing else to write about, I write sentences or paragraphs about per rats. Did you know the first rat show was held in England in 1906? 4. I'm a pisco-vegan, meaning that I do not eat mammal meat, bird meat, eggs, or milk products, but I do eat seafood as well as plants. I specialize in making tasty vegan soups, spontaneously adding ingredients so that each one is different... read more

Starting this blog feels odd, although I am a long-time blogger. In fact, one could say I was a blogger before there were blogs, in that I began writing for science-fiction fanzines in 1977. Gone are the old days of mimeographing and postal rates; I love the new age of instant writing and electrons sending my words out internationally. But what do I say here? Is this a promotional site or one where I grapple with nuances of teaching? A place to complain when I'm feeling low or to crow about successes? Is my personal life relevant here? My pet rats? The encyclopedia article my editor is panting for, while I enjoy blogging? Great thing about teaching #975: It inevitable asserts its own deadlines. When I was a graduate student teaching at Duke, I came to class unprepared once, and never again! While I have to make time for writing, teaching always seems to make its own time. Only one reason I am primarily a teacher and only secondarily a writer. Hmm--I guess I'll see if I... read more

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