Monday, May 7, 2018

Process Challenge: Entry Points

This morning, take a look at how you decide where to enter your writing sessions. Do you spend a good deal of time deliberating about where to start, what to write, what to do? Do you have a clear sense of your entry points? It is valuable to know exactly where you are starting your writing as soon as possible, so you don't waste time, become anxious, or demoralized.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

New Coaching Website

I have a new website that explores my coaching practice! It only took seven years, but here it is! It provides information about my coaching philosophy and methods, the types of problems I help scholars and leaders work on, my rates, and some testimonials (more coming soon!).

Friday, April 27, 2018

Short, Focused Writing Session Challenge

Pick one task. One that is clear, specific, and easy to enter. Set a time for 15 minute. Yes, only 15.

Write.

How many could you do in a week, above and beyond other, longer blocks?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

New Essay, Duck

I thought I would share a personal essay I just had published in the awesome journal, Bluestem.  It explores my disability at its darkest, at is most ironic, at its most public. I present, Duck

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Where Has Rich Been?

A few people have written, asking me where I have been and why have I stopped blogging.

Well, you deserve an answer.

And the answer is, right (write) here, healing! I am still recovering from my staged (back to back) knee replacements. Given that I am now back in the classroom, have my current coaching clients, and am working a few book projects and an article or two or three, I have backed off the blog for now.

I have learned that to keep a successful (at least in terms of longevity) blog going, you need to allow for some ebbs and flows. This is an ebb; I hope you can forgive me this, and enjoy my previous flows. I am certain another one, is perhaps not just around the corner, but will happen again in the not too distant future.

Cheers.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Great Quote from George Saunders

In an interview on "false starts" in writing, novelist and essayist George Saunders (and if you have not read, The Braindead Megaphone, it is a must!) noted that:

The magic antidote is always labor.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Topics for Blog: Bring em' On!

From time to time, I have asked readers to send me ideas (here, or via email) for blog topics. Five years in and 700 blog posts past my start here, I do get stale from time to time. So, drop me an email, a tweet, or a response here. If it is related to writing, publishing, the scholarly life, becoming a thriving faculty member, dealing with depression, anxiety, or other emotional barriers to succeeding as a scholar, I will write it! Give me a good challenge. I will try to be up to the ask.