Currently wishing I didn't have to do any grading. Before that, graduate student and new mom. Now an actual Dr. of Something or Other and the Kid is two and some months. Before that, a Southern girl in the West. Now a Southern girl in the South, dreaming of being in the West. Before that, I can't remember. Still waiting for the flying car.


The favorite was always Persephone

Viva la romance?

My mother always said my life would begin

With a boy finally in it


But no

I protest to you, not the “romance”

Which was a lot more like rape, if you ask me,… Read full post »

The United States has gone insane. Seriously. Healthcare sucks. We're at the bottom of the barrel statistically in so many ways. Conservatives have the dumbest talking points ever. No one can count. No one really knows the definition of socialism. So, I'm starting a list. I have no idea why I… Read full post »

MARCH 17, 2012 9:39AM

Legislation Is Violence, Too

Let me be clear. I'm not a person who believes in violence. I believe in passive resistance, in writing, in voting, and in change. But, I'm starting to be afraid, and very angry, about the violence from ultra-conservative forces within the government, violence being expressed in their legislative docRead full post »

MARCH 10, 2012 1:47AM

A Post for Squeeing. You will Squee.

One of my favorite terms from the Internet is the term 'squee.' Squeeing usually involves looking at some hot actor dude or dudette and imagining them making sweet, sweet love to you. Or you know, wiggling eyebrows at you from across a crowded room at the ComicCon. The Squee Effect (yeah.… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 10, 2012 3:58PM


Every week, I pull up the listings on the Chronicle. The people on the Chronicle forum, who are sometimes a bit cheeky, have a saying: Apply for the Damned Job. I do.

In 2010, a few years after the economy crashed, I graduated with my PhD in English. I know.… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 23, 2011 9:00PM

New Year Resolute

I'm skipping right on to the New Year. I'm going to write out some things I'd like to see, and then check back next year, well, you know, maybe, and see what's going on with that.

 1. Let's see. I'd like a full time job with benefits. But, what I'd… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2011 8:57AM

the house of night

the house of night



torquemada roasted their feet baked them very crisp little nuggets

vlad the dragon ate among the corpses, delicious foods every one

hitler gave showers for his enemies their present for twisting up in his sight

perhaps they frightened him… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2011 12:15AM

Treasonous Bill

So. The United States Senate, at least the majority of them, just tried to pass, without any changes, a treasonous bill, a bill that would have allowed a loss of due process and indefinite detention for American citizens.

 And it's in a move very very similar to what the Nazi… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 10:43AM


Complaint 1: Matt Lauer said something super stupid about America and the lottery this morning. It annoyed me with its utter cluelessness. Also, it made me like him a little less. Not that he cares. 

Complaint 2: No one is doing the reading.

Complaint 3: People do not often think… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 16, 2011 9:16PM

A Death in the Family

I don't have a lot of time to write. I have to work. I have to work on other peoples' writing, which I don't mind at all, because, actually, I love it. However, I work eight adjunct jobs, instead of one full time job and still, the ends! They don't meet!… Read full post »

Not-So-Simple Steps for Ridding Your Country of Sociopathic Office Holders

I'm just going to throw this stuff out at you. You decide what you want to do. These are simply thoughts, thoughts about ways to change the situation. I'm sure there are better ones.  Here goes:

Forget trying to recognizeRead full post »

This one is a special Halloween repost. Honestly, it's my favorite of the four stories I told that first year I was on OS, because ... well ... because it was.

 At the time I wrote this one, I still lived in California (insert sad music here). How I miss… Read full post »

So, if your baby is caught in a fire and you didn't pay the fee, too bad for you and your baby.

Of course, poor people deserve it, right?

Thank goodness 9/11 didn't happen here. The place would have burned, and no one would have been saved. Of course,… Read full post »

Lurlene gasped in anticipation as the girl slid cool hands up her foot to the back of her calf, the lotion sliding slowly over Lurleen's soft skin. Lurlene's head fell back, her breath coming in small gasps, her heart pounding.

The girl smiled and moved nearer to Lurlene's inner thigh,… Read full post »

I'm not back. I swear. But that post I left up is so depressing.

Here's a repost to take the place of my "Nashville is wee bit wet" post.

 It's about endings. I've retooled only a tiny amount.

And I'll even add a new one at the end… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2010 11:50AM

There Was A Flood In Nashville

It's been a busy news week. I will acknowledge that. But it's become clear to me, over the last few years, how really truly terrible most news coverage is, including, I'm sorry to say, Salon.

Let me start by telling you a short story that is true:

 This last week,… Read full post »

APRIL 30, 2010 3:11PM

Waving Goodbye for Now

After much consideration, I've decided to take my leave for now. I guess that this is, in fact, a flounce. I'm not telling anyone for attention. I'm telling everyone so that you can consider this a Facebook invitation. Come friend me. I'm happy to see you all there. PM me and… Read full post »

I'm taking a break. Not a flounce. More like a short lacey train. I'll check email. I'll leave you with Statler and Waldorf. And their sentiments.

1. Lots of wonderful writing

2. Occasionally, some fairly decent writing from myself

3. Minimal Airing of Personal Hatreds/Imaginary Vendettas/Craptastic Nastiness Which I Personally Am FUCKING Sick Of Seeing At All Even In the Fucking Titles

4. Free Coffee Coupons 

5. Photos of Kittens

6. Pho… Read full post »

Mornings I’d rise, hearing their laughter. Stagger in, teen-aged, pajama'd and sleepy. These fine women sat at the table. My mother’s friends, a cackling coven. Greeted and teased until I retreated to breakfast. My mother's best friend patting my arm. Red hair. Tall boobs. Swathed in smok… Read full post »

APRIL 8, 2010 7:16PM

ME at a Certain Age

Let's just start right off with a list!! These prejudices are mine. No one else's. I cannot and will not generalize. Jeez, I'm not all that and a bag of chips. My opinions do not rule the world. That's Cindy Ross, of course. ;)

1. I like people who are… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2010 1:12AM


And I will now celebrate getting a doctorate the only civilized way possible. 

thanks to Charm91 for the video
Of course, the next song will be "Highway to Hell" to commemorate the job search. 

Okay, I'm driving the last leg from Albuquerque to LA today, so I'll make this fast. Make of it what you will.

 1. Lord of the Rings

I read these three parts ...  one agonizing book every two or three months, because they were my cousin's and I had to… Read full post »

I know I am getting old. I mean, first, of course, I can count, but I know it also because of a few things that happened yesterday. 

I'm staying in a hotel, and upon checking in to it, I was confronted by what I like to call a 'breast talker.' You… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2010 9:09PM

My Legacy on OS?

I fear using the word 'legacy' will make me turn 85 in  the next ten seconds.

Here is my legacy ...

1. I like lists. I haven't figured out why lists are problematic today. I'm not in on that part of the dust-up, but I like my lists and won't… Read full post »