Faced with a stack of American literature exams to grade, I turn to photography. I hate grading. I love teaching, but I dread grading exams and essays every semester. The thing is, it is almost never as hard as I feel like it's going to be, but I can't get over that feeling of dread. I just can't come up with a workable and ethical way to teach literature or writing that will allow me not to grade anything.
Just for good measure, here's a self-portrait of me in the middle of grading. That look on my face is the look of someone who is so done with grading but who still has a stack of exams to grade.
I am a teacher, grad student, writer, voracious reader, photographer, singer, feminist, and thriftstore fashionista. In no particular order.
I am Squirlaraptor. This name was originally created for my kitty to reflect her squirrel-like fur and her raptor attack skills and has recently been adopted by me to reflect my own curious nature and tendency to hoard as well as my (sometime) fierceness and my love of the hunt (at least, in terms of shopping and research--not so much in terms of killing and maiming, vegetarian that I am).