Day: April 3, 2020


(LOL, just checked the stats, and yesterday was my 666th published post!)

I was busy all day with the contest. I received just under 300 entries and probably read each seven million times. Today I sent out a lot of emails, so most contestants have been notified. The plan is to finish this tomorrow, send out the payments to the winners, and then have the weekend to upload everything and make the electronic compilation.

Why did I do this? To cheer up my literary community, give people a fun contest to focus on, stir their creativity, during what were the first weeks of the quarantine for most. To me, it scratched the itch I’d had awhile of starting my own magazine, which I know is a terrible, time-wasting idea that will leave me bitter and drained, but it had been itching with some regularity… So the contest was perfect. I got it all out of my system.

OK, that was a long-winded way of saying I’ve got nothing new for you. But I have some oldies.

Here are the top three most read posts from 2016 and 2017.


A Good Little Girl (the most widely read piece I have ever written)

Why Women-in-Science Panels Aren’t Very Useful

PhD Defense Grumpiness


Skyping Your Way Into (or Out of) A Faculty Job


Chalk Talk