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Office Hours with Pluralsight at Microsoft Ignite

Even though I grew up in St. Louis, I’m a Chicago guy now; I’ve been living here, shockingly, for almost a decade. By happy coincidence, Microsoft’s largest technology conference–Microsoft Ignite–is happening at McCormick Place this week, and Pluralsight has a … Continue reading

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Course on Written Proposals Now Available at Pluralsight

For quite some time now–about seven years, in fact–I’ve been teaching technical and professional writing at DePaul University. It’s a bit of a departure from my background in creative writing, but I discovered I really enjoyed both the students and … Continue reading

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On the Passing of Michael Crichton

Like many of you, I imagine, I was very saddened by today’s announcement of Michael Crichton’s passing away of cancer at age 66.  I first encountered Crichton’s books when I was in junior high, and my English teacher told me … Continue reading

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It Smells Like Noise in Here

Fasten your seatbelts, folks: it’s science time.  As a writer, I’ve long been familiar with synesthesia as a literary device, but not so much a literal phenomenon.  That was before I saw a Discovery Channel documentary on literal synesthesia a … Continue reading

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AP Reading Two: Once More Unto the Beach, Dear Friends

For the second year in a row, I am spending time in Daytona Beach, Florida grading the AP English Language exam with around 900 distant friends and colleagues.  This year, we’ve got around 300,000 essays to grade (gulp) and about … Continue reading

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A One-Hour Tour

My parents came into town from St. Louis to see the new house this weekend, which went a long way towards making it feel like a completed home.  And since, like most residents of Chicago, I view out of town … Continue reading

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I have a Facebook Page Now

In keeping with my pattern of catching up to trends about six months after they hit their peak,  I started a Facebook page yesterday.  I’ve already made contact with some people from college and high school that had vanished into … Continue reading

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Promising Up-and-Comers

There’s nothing fancy about this entry; I just have a handful of fun tidbits to report: A good friend of mine from Sewanee named Matthew Pitt was recently notified that one of his short stories will appear in The Oxford … Continue reading

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Another Glorious Return

Hello faithful readers! As you might guess from my lengthy absence from cyber-space, the fall semester is in full swing, so much so that my students and I have just about reached the mid-way point.  I am therefore taking advantage … Continue reading

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It’s That Time of Year Again . . .

Ah, early September!  The time of year where the the leaves change color, Chicago heat becomes slightly less stultifying, and the construction season begins a final push towards completion before the onset of snowfall.  It is a time of new … Continue reading

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