Gaming While Female

I know, I know, I've been slacking a little. Thank you for waiting for me, though! I'm going to be honest with you -- today's topic is something I've been stewing on for a few days. Namely, it's something I've been stewing on since Sunday afternoon at my latest X-Wing tournament. Now, I want to … Continue reading Gaming While Female

“Let’s Get Rid of the Humanities!”

This afternoon, I was sitting in my only class of the semester (The Vonnegut Aesthetic, which reminds me, I still have to write those Vonnegut posts...sigh), and my teacher brought up things that would make Kurt Vonnegut angry in the modern world. Vonnegut, if you didn't know, passed away in April 2007, so he missed … Continue reading “Let’s Get Rid of the Humanities!”

An Open Letter to Retail Customers

Dear Customer, Have you ever stopped to consider that the person on the other side of the counter is a living, breathing human, with thoughts and feelings of their own, and they were not created to serve your every whim? The old saying of "The Customer is Always Right" is not an excuse to bully, belittle, … Continue reading An Open Letter to Retail Customers

We’re Taking a Break From Our Regularly-Scheduled Shenanigans…

...to bring you this important message. Please keep in mind that this was written well past midnight after a really long and stressful day. This is something that I think people need to hear. Please excuse the sentence fragments that I know are about to happen. I had a realization the other day. A straight-up … Continue reading We’re Taking a Break From Our Regularly-Scheduled Shenanigans…

Unpopular Opinion: Summer Reading

I recently read a post on another blogger's site about summer reading books. Gianna asked the question, "Is it useful or a waste of time?" I'd like to offer a seemingly unpopular opinion on the subject of summer reading books, because now that I'm in graduate school and am far beyond the years of having … Continue reading Unpopular Opinion: Summer Reading

Unpopular Opinion: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was released 57 years ago today, and it is a well-beloved story by millions. However, I am one of the few who never understood why it was so important to read it in ninth grade, and I still don't understand why it's continually on required reading lists for schools. I … Continue reading Unpopular Opinion: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Rebuttal: Dating an English Major

We now return to our regularly-scheduled Random Friday posts, after three solid weeks of me posting my papers from last semester. I have mixed feelings about Thought Catalogue. Sometimes you can find some pretty thought-provoking articles there. And then there are articles like this. Thanks to Leslie over at A-Z Books, there's already been a … Continue reading Rebuttal: Dating an English Major

Life of a Grad Student: ENG 511 Critical Paper

There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to come up with a coherent topic for a final paper. Right now, for example, I am struggling through three different final papers: one for ENG 575 (Literature of Sexuality and Gender), one for ENG 590 (Studies in One Author: James Joyce), and one for ENG 511 … Continue reading Life of a Grad Student: ENG 511 Critical Paper