Sunday Links

Apparently, I meant to post a link to this article about your treasure being where your heart is back in August, but it isn’t what I would consider time sensitive. John Scalzi is a science fiction author who is well beloved in the Nerd Kingdom. I discovered him through an article he wrote awhile back that compared being a straight white male to playing on the lowest difficulty setting on a video game. (That one is Continue reading

Brain Melts

For whatever reason, autumn and literary theory inexplicably keep linking together in my life. Seven years ago, I took my first lit crit class as an undergraduate, and I knew I was in for a doozy of a semester when our professor introduced the subject on the first day by saying something along the lines of, “It’s going to feel like you’re drowning for the first month or so of this class, but don’t worry, I’ll keep throwing all of you life lines as we go.” Regardless of whether or not that is what she actually said, that is certainly how it felt. Continue reading

Ellayne Edits

I’m now offering editing services on the side, for anyone interested. I expect that I will be working mostly with students, but I will also provide editing for business documents, manuscripts, and well, anything you need an editor to do.

Check out the separate site for it here! Let me know if you think I should add anything or take anything away.

Book Review: Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & SaintPastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Smiley TV preachers might tell you that following Jesus is about being good so that God will bless you with cash and prizes, but really it’s much more gruesome and meaningful. It’s about spiritual physics. Something has to die for something new to live.”

And just like that, Nadia Bolz-Weber had my attention. I first heard of Bolz-Weber through a Presbyterian friend of mine, and she intrigued me with her tatted up arms and no-nonsense attitude. Going in to this book, that is pretty much all that I knew about her. I quickly discovered that we had nothing in common–she was a stereotypical black sheep and I was a goody two shoes–but I thought, “Well, I can still glean something from her story.” Boy did I ever! I never thought I could relate to another person so well.
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Probably not the wisest decision I’ve ever made…

2013-Participant-Vertical-Banner…but I signed up once again for NaNoWriMo. This will be my fifth year, and I will probably–quite possibly–die as a result. 😛 Work plus commuting by bus plus grad school plus NaNo? Hoo boy…

At least I have a bunch of writing buddies who are being crazy with me, right? If you want to join in the fun, throw caution to the wind! Join in the literary abandon! And add me as a writing buddy (Gears_n_Cogs)! Let’s be writerly together. 🙂

Malala Yousafzai

For a long time, I have thought–and seen the evidence for–the importance of education worldwide. As Paulo Freire put it in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, “all education is subversive.” There is something about power structures–especially corrupt power structures–that insists on limiting or denying educational opportunities altogether. We see this under tyrannical dictatorships and in peaceful democracies. Those who have the most power usually dictate the flow of knowledge. So it really is no wonder that when a teenage girl in Pakistan spoke out about education, the Taliban targeted her.

In case you have not heard of her yet (probably from living underground without internet access), Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani teenager–now 16–who started speaking out about education when she was only 11. An educational activist, she says that she realized the importance of education once it was taken away from her. At 14 years of age, the Taliban attempted to assassinate her on the school bus when she was heading home, shooting her in the head and the neck. Miraculously, she survived the attack and was flown to England for a recovery. Below is a short interview with Jon Stewart that is worth watching.

I need to get my hands on her book.

[Mis]Adventures in Public Transportation

This summer, Mr. Dormouse and I decided that we needed to cut our expenses as much as we could so that we would be able to adjust our budget and pay off our student loans faster. For a couple of weeks, we fiddled with our budget spreadsheet, and I suggested that we get rid of one of our two cars. It made sense at the time, since we were working (and commuting) together, and that way we would cut down even more on gas, maintenance, and car insurance. “It will be an easy adjustment!” I said, smiling brightly. It was…and it wasn’t…

To read the rest, head on over to Persephone Magazine!