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Welcome to this month’s writing roundup, where I revisit pieces I published during the past month.

Why Writing Is the Worst Job in the World.” The Debutante Ball. 1 August 2015.

The title is a little tongue-in-cheek. Mostly this piece is about why writing is hard, why writing makes you weird (but in a good way), and the things writers must do to get the job done—and also about why I don’t write happy books. sticks out tongue

Freelance Academics as Public Intellectuals.” Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae. 14 August 2015.

I really liked writing this piece. If I were a preacher, I’d be a preacher in the church of this article. In it, I give three main pieces of advice: (1) “Get Your Research Out There, Just as It Is,” (2) “Create an Internet Presence,” and (3) “Remix Your Research” [by which I mean, share your research expertise outside the academy with journalism-type articles]. There are also practical tips for how to do all three of these things, so check it out.

Pivot Points.” Underground Book Reviews. 28 August 2015.

Back in July, I hit a writing funk. I could not figure out how to break out of it. So, naturally, I wrote about being in a writing funk. I decided that a funk could be reconsidered as a “pivot point,” a place to pause, to look around, and to change direction. You know, to pivot. Sounds a lot better than “funk.”

I also published one book review (in addition to the reviews on this blog):

Book Review of INCEPTIO by Alison Morton.” Underground Book Reviews. 24 August 2015.

Come back in a month for another roundup!

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