The Thirst Series by Christopher Pike and The Fallen Series by Thomas E. Sniegoski

 Modified: October 20, 2019 at 5:35 pm

I found some new vampire literature to read.

I got a recommendation from a friend to read the Thirst series by Christopher Pike  (the link to the Simon & Schuster page opens in a new tab). You can find him on Facebook at Christopher Pike’s Facebook page  (the link opens in a new tab). I just ordered it, and I will see how I like the paperback novel Thirst, no. 1:Human urges, Fatal Consequences  (the link opens in a new tab) after I am done with reading it. There is a Wikipedia article on the Thirst, formerly The Last Vampire, series  (the link opens in a new tab).

As thanks for the recommendation of a series to read, I suggested to that friend a series for him to read that I liked. The Fallen at  (the link opens in a new tab) by Thomas E. Sniegoski at  (the link opens in a new tab). The book series can be found through the Thomas E. Sniegoski page on Amazon  (the link opens in a new tab).

A Teacher/Student Two-way Street Quote by Dorinda Grandbois via The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) on Twitter

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 12:47 pm

The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)  (the link opens in a new tab) had a tweet that shows the two-way street of the service of teaching and the role of the student.

Source URL:  (the link opens in a new tab)


Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) and MLA Handbook, the eighth edition

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm

The Purdue OWL

For all of us using Modern Language Association (MLA) formatting, this Purdue OWL ( the link opens in a new tab), brought to us by The Purdue Writing Lab and the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University was a priceless resource during studies for my B.I.S. degree. That, along with the paperback MLA Handbook, the eighth edition  (the link opens in a new tab).

Paperback MLA Handbook, the eighth edition (the link opens in a new tab)
Paperback MLA Handbook, the eighth edition  (the link opens in a new tab).


Friedrich Nietzsche and his “God is dead” Quote

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Philosophize This’s episode ninety, “Nietzsche pt. 1 – God is dead and so is Captain Morgan  (the link opens in a new tab), is the first in the rest of the Nietzsche section (a four-part episode section of episodes 90, 91, 92, and 93) has really struck a great chord with me while listening to the show. I did a quick Google search for “where does the ‘God is dead’ quote by Nietzsche come from” and found the textbook Nietzsche wrote the quote in. In this time between undergraduate and master’s, I am adding this book that the quote comes from to my to-read list: The Gay Science  (the link opens in a new tab).

General English Language, Literature, and Rhetoric

 Modified: October 19, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Who doesn’t have a podcast they are listening to about now? Well true, yes, some of you may not listen to them and instead prefer audiobooks or music? I discovered podcasts through Spotify and see there seems to be an abundance of them produced on countless topics and subjects by many authors. I found my next podcast series that’s up in the queue for listening. It’s been recommended by a mentor I studied under during my undergraduate studies’ later years and is named “Mere Rhetoric (the link opens in a new tab). I was taking a browse through their archives pages on “Mere Rhetoric” to see how to organize my offline folder before downloading the episodes to listen to if I happen to be offline. 

If everything goes along with a Higher Power and how I am trying to plan, take action, and make work, a shift toward this field of rhetoric and composition is where I will be going while applying to graduate programs. Either rhetoric or a generalist background, study, and instruction of English.

I have decided to postpone my efforts at graduate school until after earning a second bachelor’s degree. I will be starting a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Writing and Rhetoric Concentration (ENWR), my second undergraduate degree, this January 2020. I have consulted a few academic contacts on this decision and have come to a decision with that gathered information that this is the best insurance to have as an educational background when applying to a Master of Arts in English program. I will be studying at my undergraduate Alma Mater, Nicholls State University, through the online division again, which I highly recommend as a distance learning pathway to earning a post-secondary degree. There is even talk I hear of that a Master of Arts in English program will be available in Nicholls graduate programs to come fall 2020. That would be phenomenal! I would love to be approved as a student for that online program. I have a few other schools in mind, also: Northwestern State University and the University of New Orleans. They are two schools also in the University of Louisiana (UL) system just like Nicholls State is in the UL system. All are stepping stones on my career path outlook of becoming a post-secondary English language instructor.

The notion that I would like to focus my efforts going forward on in giving back through teaching came to me during my last few years earning my B.I.S. degree at Nicholls Online  (the link opens in a new tab) through the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Nicholls State University  in Thibodaux, Louisiana (the link opens in a new tab).


Theological philosophy

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 1:51 pm

A take on theological philosophy, narrated by Stephen West.

A Hegel discussion podcast titled “Hegel’s God,” via episode seventy-six on Philosophize This! Hegel, by Stephen West, on philosophical theology  (the link opens in a new tab).

Food For Thoughts on Moral and Ethical Justifications on Killing of Animals and Plants

 Modified: October 31, 2019 at 2:27 pm

And I envision myself at one point being able to attend frequently enough some kind of gathering where topics like this become the norm for conversations. Questioning these types of things opens me up at times to questioning what really is the pecking order of life? Spanning not only sentient beings but including that and, more broadly, spread across the spectrum of all earth’s living, existing beings/things.