An Impromptu Blog Mash-Up

Ladies and Gentlemen, I stand before you a stressed-out woman.  As I said in my quick little update this morning, I’m dealing with a situation right now that is giving me quite a lot of trouble.  A big chunk of my life — specifically my academic career — decided to blow up in my face on Monday, and there was a small chance for awhile there that I might not be able to start my PhD in a week.  Thankfully, things have settled enough to insure that I will be able to start my classes.  However, it will be another 2-3 weeks before I have everything straightened out.  You’ll have to bear with me while I try not to panic in the meantime.

In any case, the situation has taken up so much of my time and energy, and left me so completely scattered and weary, that I simply could not find anything that I could coherently write about today.  On top of that, I have spent the last few days also worrying about a) how I’m going to keep up with the blog once the semester starts, during which I’ll both be taking classes and teaching them, and b) finding a way to improve the blog’s content to generate more traffic (I obviously haven’t found the right formula yet – and if you have any suggestions on things I could do, topics you’d like to see, etc. please let me know).

Therefore, today I offer up an impromptu mash-up of some fantastic blogs I’ve read in the last few days.

First, Gene Lempp continues his fantastic “Designing from Bones” series with a history of the Voynich Manuscript in “The Undeciphered Grimoire.”

Next, in “Spam Toad vs. Author Brand” Social Media Mistress Kristen Lamb offers up her usual combination of brilliant social media advice and hilarious sarcasm.

This next blog is a a couple weeks old now, but I only got around to reading it recently, and it’s well worth the time if you are interested in sexual politics: “Straight Porn Will Make You Gay: The Delusion of Sex-Negativity” from lesbian feminist political blogger Greta Christina.

Then, Julie Anne Lindsey’s guest blog “Critty Girls are Made of Awesome” helps to launch the new website Ladies Who Critique, a new online community for writers in search of critique groups.

Finally, I have a series of blogs written by Shaun Duke in 2009 (that I just recently discovered, and this is now one of my new favorite blogs) that discusses the history of cyberpunk in “Punking Everything in SF/F”: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.  All 5 parts are well worth the read, for those who are highly interested in cyberpunk, and for those who know little or nothing about the sub-genre.

That’s all for today folks.  I hope you have a pleasant rest of the week, and God-willing, I’ll see you all on friday.


4 thoughts on “An Impromptu Blog Mash-Up

  1. Hey Amanda! Good luck with the PhD program; I hope everything gets straightened out quickly. Think of your classes and teaching as more fuel for your creativity. Your students and classmates will be able to teach you things and inspire more blog posts! There’s a lot of students and teachers in the blogosphere who will love that. Tell us what you’re reading, watching, listening to.

    I love your mash up. Keep up with pop culture and social media blogs. That’s a great thing to share with us too. I’ll be checking some of these links for sure.

    Don’t stress too much, which I know is easier said than done. I’ve had my own miniature disasters and minor catastrophes lately. Remember you’ve got a great community here and at home to support you while you’re busy making a transition back into school. Just keep at it! You’ll figure out your niche and I’m here to help in any way.

    You know Kristen has a do a really helpful exercise in her blogging class. Make a list of 100 words that describe things you like or your personality. If you want, you can send me the list and I’ll call out what I see as blogging opportunities. It helped me to realize what other topics people like to read about. 🙂

  2. Deep breath, Amanda 🙂

    Best of luck with the PhD. I know you’ll be able to sort everything out. Patient persistence.

    Posts don’t have to be long and ones like this one are just fine. Thanks for the mention, I appreciate it!

  3. Thank you very much to all of you. I really appreciate you all your support. After some arguing on the phone this morning, I was very lucky to find ONE person in the Academic Records dept who seems to actually care about helping me resolve this issue as quickly as possible, and she is now pushing things along at a faster pace. Hopefully, this whole thing will be fixed sooner rather than later.

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