I created these people but I can’t control their votes!
Whoa—I haven’t posted in a long time. Yet I live! And I’ve been doing things—teaching writing editing quarantining raging.
I haven’t been to my campus office since March 9. I get my groceries curbsided, get my beer delivered to my door. Pandemic life!
In late March I started a Pandemic Diary, my daily observations on the terrible condition of the world, which I’ve managed to keep up. I begin each day by updating the RAGE/TERROR/HEARTBREAK index:
The scale is open-ended. The ultimate number before this is all over could be—infinite.
I’d like to see all indices go down.
I’ve been teaching online, of course. My zoom room is busy and disordered, just like my brain.
And I've been doing other things, too. Mostly working on the sequel to NORMAL SCHOOL!
This happened during the first month I taught at Pittsburg State, in Kansas….
Three times that first month I returned to my office after teaching to find that someone had covered my office doorknob with—glue. Rubber cement of some sort.
I mean—what the fuck? Three times this happened!
I’d only just arrived on campus—it’s unlikely I’d angered a student so quickly.
Could the vandal have been one of my alleged colleagues?
Uh, probably. I was unwanted in that department, and—even though there were some very fine people there that I like and respect (#notallgorillas)—I was never made welcome by the people I was working most closely with. I have a pretty solid theory about who put the glue on the doorknob, but, lacking evidence, I won’t name names (for now).
And...this is really pretty minor, right? Other faculty members in the profession--especially women and women of color--get treated far worse far more often. But still. The pettiness of this act was typical of what I experienced in my three years at Gulag State….
Obligatory book plug: I have two books set in the often petty and frequently absurd world of higher education—you should read them!
Professed is a comic novel filled with the struggles and rivalries and oddities and many weirdnesses American higher education...And it’s on a super sale at Amazon right now!
Normal School is an academic noir filled with murder, embezzlement, and lots of entertaining bad behavior. You can read sample chapters at the Normal School website! And you can buy it on Amazon in paperback and in Kindle!
I've been doing stuff, but there is always the creeping neverending fear that I'm not doing enough....
I've obviously been spending more time on the NORMAL SCHOOL novel/blog/website than I have on this--my rightful and beloved blog. But I've been doing regular writings and editings--I've started a new book--and I've been crazy busy with teaching. Go check out NORMAL SCHOOL, if you have the time. And then buy some books...and then come back and see what else I'm up to....