The latest in the series: You (Yes, YOU!) Are a Writer. I argue that professional writing “counts” as writing.
ELGL just published Writing With Russ: Breaking It Down, the latest in the series. In it I discuss the benefits of breaking large writing projects into more manageable pieces, which Anne Lamott calls “the short assignment. I hope you like it.
Recently, I’ve finally been posting regularly on my blog Who Does the Dishes? This is a project where I use the question of Who does the dishes? to look at power relationships in society. For an overview, please see:
- How I got started on “Who Does the Dishes?”
- My original outline for “Who Does the Dishes?” from 2011
I recently finished a series of posts reflecting on my own experiences with the question of who does the dishes at home. Here they are in order:
- Memories of dishes: childhood in Alaska.
- Memories of dishes: adolescence in San Jose.
- Memories of dishes: college semester in Ecuador.
- Memories of dishes: sharing a house with roommates.
- Memories of dishes: living alone in North Carolina.
- Memories of dishes: fieldwork in Brasilia.
- Memories of dishes: partnered in Portland.
I have a new Writing With Russ column about using an exclusion dictionary. This is a custom dictionary that helps catch embarrassing typos.
The latest Writing with Russ is up on the ELGL site. It’s about webbing, which is one of my favorite brainstorming techniques: you basically just dump all your ideas onto a page or whiteboard and then figure out how they’re connected. You can read it here.
Also, if you like MacGyver I mention him in there, too.
A little over a month ago I planted our plot in the community garden. An odd thing happened. The plants didn’t die, but they also haven’t really grown. Basically they look pretty much like they did when I planted them in early July. I’d thought I’d be sharing photos with you showing how much it’d grown. But no.
I thought maybe it was because I sometimes missed a day watering, so I got better about that. Maybe the soil didn’t have enough food; I got some Miracle Grow and fed it last week.
My dad is a Master Gardener and teaches classes in gardening and landscape design. So last night I called him and told him about the plants neither growing nor dying.
Dad: So did you harden them off?
Me: What’s that?
Dad: Uh oh. Continue reading