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MFA or M.F.A.?

For a while now, I’ve been one of those people who use periods in most abbreviations (TV being one exception that I’m willing to make); in fact, I’ll probably keep being one of those people. But since I’m also a perfectionist, when I finish my degree I’ll want to—have to—need to know, once and for […]


In May 2013, I will graduate with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore (U.B.). That means I have just over a year (1.25 of a year) to do the following and to take stock of my life and my career: revise any pre-2012 stories that I have written […]

Spring Semester Starts

Well, the new semester has begun; already, we’ve missed out on a day of class because of snow. For much of the day on Thursday, it really wasn’t that bad, wasn’t even snowing, but it did get kind of “bad” later on, so I guess it’s okay. There was even some thunder, which was weird […]

Bad Rap, Bum Rap

That last post reminded me that I wasn’t sure of the origins of the phrase “bad rap” or “bum rap.” In fact, I wasn’t entirely sure if it was “rap” or “rep” (re: reputation). I guess it’s rap. If you’re curious, here’s what I found on “bum/bad rap”: Isn’t that cool? Well, I think […]

REB #44: “There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.”

– G.K. Chesteron Here are some of the BOOKS I’M THINKING ABOUT READING OVER BREAK The Untelling by Tayari Jones Between Camelots by David Harris Ebenbach The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Dracula by Bram Stoker Hard Times by Charles Dickens Skeleton Key by Stephen King […]