Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Happy New Year! Happy New Semester! Happy New Books! Happy New Calendar! Happy New Sharpies! Happy New Resolutions, and Happy Breaking of the New Resolutions! In all the ways you most want to be happy, Happy New Year to you!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Happy Fall! it's time for class!

School is starting! I’m so happy to be back! This is what sabbatical does—aside from giving you time to write and think a much deeper way (I wrote a STACK of new poems!), it leaves you reeling with the OMG list of everything to do! but it gives you the energy to come back to it all and be happy—and that is a great gift. I can’t wait to meet new students and learn new things myself—it’s going to be a busy and wonderful year.

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 reading stats

I have a written list of all the books I’ve read going back to 1984, when I was still in high school! A few years ago I started tracking books digitally as well, because I was interested in the recommendations features and community reviews. But I love the stats and pictures. I’ve used Shelfari and Goodreads, but Goodreads is easier to use in some respects, and it has better graphics as well.

(It also is TERRIBLE with how it tracks books you reread, not including them in your current year, so I have started counting each book I reread as a new one and adding the reread date in the notes—which removes it from the previous years’ counts, so the only year on here likely ever to be accurate is the current one. Am I the only person who rereads a lot??)

So the stats for 2016: 37 books, 11,547 pages.

I’ll have to do better for 2016!

And here are some of my favorites or new books I read for the first time this year. I do love seeing all the covers lined up this way, especially now that I read more library books on my Kindle, so I don’t actually have all the books around the house. I really miss that! Here’s to another good reading year!

Friday, January 1, 2016

The doctor is OUT!

I will be on sabbatical in the Spring 2016 semester, so I am away from campus until 15 August 2016. If you need help in the meantime, please contact Dr. Ron Cox (HH118, roncox@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-313-7101).

I look forward to seeing you again in August!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Lizard Man of Lee County

The Lizard Man has made a reappearance! My daughter's College of Charleston history professor went hunting for him! Here's my poem from the North Carolina Literary Review, way back in 2007. I took my daughter to a ghost tour of the State Museum, and our favorite piece of art was the L.C. Carson carved painting of the Lizard Man. The poem, for once, is a true story. And that was one loud little girl scream. :)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sunflowers and syllabi

Working on new classes! But still wanting a bit of summer. :)

Monday, January 12, 2015

2014 reading stats

67 books, 22,023 pages!

Lots and lots and lots of rereading this year—but here are my favorite and new books for the year!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Poetry artifacts

My ENGL 286 class is turning out to be LOTS of fun. I always enjoy this class, but this year is particularly interesting. :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fresh Start

A new semester! I’m in a bit of denial about that whole thing—this summer just did not feel like summer at all. I had two major work projects this summer, neither one of which is quite finished. We didn’t travel, since my husband and I are saving for a big trip to Europe next summer (we started in 2010! and we’re still worried we won’t have enough money!). We tried a staycation, but it was not fun, not relaxing, and I will NEVER do that again. In a way, I’m glad school has started, since at least now I can quit feeling cranky about how everybody else is at the beach while I’m working. But I sure wish I’d had some down time.

Still! I do love the beginning of school. Time to start fresh, buy new pens and notebooks for me and the kids, help my daughter get her dorm room situated, watch my son actually wake himself up for school this year (that is especially exciting).

I’m teaching South Carolina Studies online again this fall, and I’m looking forward very much to working with a new group of students from all over the state—and sometimes they’re out there other places in the world too. I’m going to start ramping up the funky South Carolina culture elements of the class this year, so that’ll be fun. Ernest Lee! ghost tours! that fireworks store in Rock Hill I haven’t had a chance to visit yet! and who knows what wonders my students will share with me! And after a solid week trying different things, I figured out how to work around the wonky Blackboard formatting so that I have actual space between paragraphs in my posts. I am embarrassingly excited about this. I don’t have a face-to-face class until October when my Poetry course starts, so that’s a little different, but no matter what—it’s the first week of school! new pens! new people to meet! new words to write! new things to learn! even just the awesomeness of seventh-grade vocabulary! New semester, I welcome you—and readers, I welcome you along on the journey too!