Walk More and Write Better

June 21st is Bring Your Dog to Work Day, so it seems an appropriate opportunity to introduce an unpaid yet never under-appreciated member of my team: Mac-A-Roni, creative director. I adopted Mac in 2013 while still completing my doctoral thesis in Baltimore, MD. He...
How Humans and Machines Interact

How Humans and Machines Interact

A former colleague of mine at JHU, whose work and career as a curator at the Smithsonian I have been following avidly, was recently interviewed on Gridium about her research on “human factors engineering.” Dr. Karafantis explains in detail how this differs...
How to Write Historical Fiction

How to Write Historical Fiction

I get asked to beta-read a lot of historical fiction. It allows me to apply some of the many years of reading for my qualifying exams to good use and sharing scholarly articles about medieval Europe helps writers add depth and detail to their settings and storylines....
Cures for Writer’s Block: Gilbert’s Great Solace

Cures for Writer’s Block: Gilbert’s Great Solace

Because every text is different, so is every bout of writer’s block. It’s essential to have lots of curatives up your sleeve, to mix-in-match the best solution for your specific problem. Inner Criticitis Symptoms include self-doubt, delusions of incompetence and...