It’s Golden

by Dr Davis on March 27, 2015

Some days nothing seems to work, no matter what you do. Other days everything just comes together and it is awesome.

Today I’ve taken the dog for a walk, taught class, picked up prescriptions, mailed two huge packages of books off to a missionary, talked to my dad and brother on the phone, done laundry, visited with two different admins at my university, and graded some papers.

It’s a beautiful day out and my work has gotten done amazingly smoothly.


Next Grad Class Idea

by Dr Davis on March 26, 2015

Tom Scheinfeldt ?@foundhistory Mar 18
Next year I’m teaching a class called “Trending.” Each week we’ll pick apart what’s current on social media from a historical point of view.

Trending… from a rhetorical viewpoint. Wouldn’t that be fascinating?


DWme: So far this semester…

by Dr Davis on March 20, 2015

So far this semester I have felt like I am swimming against the current. While I am still getting major papers back within the two-week period, sometimes the homework doesn’t get graded for that long either. It’s not consistent, but I just don’t seem to have enough time.

Part of that is because I no longer do any work at home, so whatever I don’t get done at the office does not get done. That also means that the days we got snowed or iced in, I had no work at home that I could do, so I didn’t make good work use of the snow days.

Part of that is because my father is here; I spend most of my daytime break going to get him, going to lunch with him, and running errands with him. I enjoy that and I am glad to have the opportunity to do it, but it takes a big chunk out of my work day.

Part of that is because I have had to learn new software as part of my job and, being the technological miracle that I am, I have managed to find every bug the program has–to the detriment of my work and my classes.

Part of it is that I am trying to be more available to my students and spend a lot more time emailing individuals than I typically do and that takes more time than most people would think.

Finally part of it is that I am slower than I was in the past and what once took an hour now takes longer.


Other Poster

by Dr Davis on March 19, 2015

This poster isn’t as cool as the two I’ve already posted, but I thought maybe I should keep posting to remind me that I’m supposed to print these and actually put them up.

The text says:

Novice, journeyor, or expert in science fiction…
Boldly go where no class has gone before.

The image is from Wikimedia Commons, by Kjp993 under a Creative Commons 3.0 license:
TNG_combadge Star trek for boldy go class poster by Kjp993 WC CC3


1984: A Visual History

by Dr Davis on March 19, 2015

Flavorwire has a Visual History of George Orwell’s 1984.

1984 book cover from Penguin

Found the article via


Other Poster for Grad Class

by Dr Davis on March 18, 2015

The text of one of my posters says this (aside from the course name):

Explore new worlds. Discover uncharted territory. Create the maps.
Read scholarly tomes, popular culture stories, and graphic novels. Watch films.

This is the image:
tree from Theosophy and Alchemy German for SFF grad class poster


Poster for Grad Class

by Dr Davis on March 18, 2015

At my university we advertise our classes to the students via small flyers. I’ve made several for my fall class. One of them includes this:
Defy textism


DWme: The Best Thing About Spring Break

by Dr Davis on March 17, 2015

The best thing about spring break was that I was able to see my nieces and nephew. Since we moved so that I could teach at this university, I have not been able to see them anywhere near as much. The oldest will be 14 at the end of this month and the youngest will be 9 less than a week later. They grow up so quickly at that age and I am not near enough to spend time with them every month.

The second best thing about spring break was that I was able to see my brother and both my sisters. We girls were going to be in town at the same time and my father called my brother and asked him to come, too, in case, he said, it was the last time that could happen. My brother makes an effort to keep in touch with us, but I could easily lose contact with at least one sister, so Dad getting us together is a good thing.

The third best thing about spring break was that I got to eat at a favorite restaurant–twice! It was as good as I remembered and the second time, at least, the service was wonderful and they talked to my father and made him feel like a valued customer.


CFPs Done and Conferences Upcoming

by Dr Davis on March 16, 2015

I finally got a decent abstract off to MLA. So did several of the grad students in our department (totally unrelated to mine, just mentioning).

I also got my abstract off to SWCCL, which was due the day after MLA’s.

Have PCA coming up. I’m presenting in the Science Fiction section.

Have Oral Roberts U’s Conference on Science and Science Fiction after that.

Looking forward to all four of these conferences. Hope I get to speak at each.


Women Characters Redesigned by Women SF Artists

by Dr Davis on March 6, 2015

io9 has “Fantastic Redesigns of Women Characters by Women Science Fiction Artists.”

My favorite:

Betty Boop, redesign by Christina Hess

Betty Boop, redesign by Christina Hess