Daily Archives: December 8, 2015

Violent Video Games are Bad

The semester is almost over and I’m starting to finally feel like maybe I can breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. I decided to teach freshman English this year and it was harder than I expected.

But also better than I expected.

Here is a list of the research topics they chose:


Violent Video Games

Pro-Eating Disorder websites.

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) syndrome associated with Facebook etc.

Body Image

Anonymity vs. Security

New Media in Elections

Parent/Child relationships online

Truth vs. Untruths spread by social media

Women and Pornography

Pornography and the brain

Hashtag Activism

Race and Social Media

Sports and Social Media

And more. While these papers were long and long and long (I required them to be long) and I had to grade them (my least favorite thing in the whole wide world), they were also interesting. Fascinating in some cases. And gave me lots of writing ideas.

Question for the writers: Do you ever consider writing non-fiction? If so, what kind of non-fiction? What about a novel for adults? How would your brain have to shift to do that kind of writing? Why did you decide to write the things you write?

Question for readers: What do you read and why? Do you ever read outside your preferred genre? Why? When? Have you ever gone a historical fiction binge? A self-help binge? A graphic novel binge? When? Why?

I love how life can inform my profession. The good. The bad. The sad. The happy. All of it can make me a richer writer.

xoxox hastagloveandcandy



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