You Should Be Writing

In November, I challenged myself to do the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) task of writing a novel in one month. I have tried this before and failed miserably. This time, I am happy to say, I failed MUCH better! I didn’t write 50K words as the site suggests, but I did manage to write…

How To? You’re Doing It Wrong

Any time I have read a “How To” article, I have not sought it out with a sense of confidence in my ability. I have searched for help because I felt lost, ignorant or incapable in some way. When it comes to “How To” articles about writing, this is particularly scary. Bonnie Grove at NovelMatters…

SEL Layer 13: Ego

Lain finally has things figured out now, but do you? Realizing that she has been the cause of all the turmoil, she makes the ultimate sacrifice. What does that mean about her in the end? Read the questions and the discussion page on amdmathews.com and at http://anime-night.grouply.com/, then post your own response here!

SEL Layer 12: Landscape

Lain thinks that she has figured everything out. We se her now interacting with her friends confidently. However, Arisu is quite troubled, and she manages to change Lain’s mind about the need for a body. Read the questions at http://www.amdmathews.com, and write a response to this episode here!

SEL Layer 7 Society

Lain has attracted attention from some interesting sources. The MIBs are working for a mysterious person who asks Lain questions about her identity. Why doesn’t she know the answers to these quetions? What does it mean about her? In other events, the strange man walking with all of the weird equipment meets an unhappy end…

SEL Layer 6: Kids

Now we are nearing the middle of the series, and we can see significant changes in Lain and in her relationship with the Wired and with the real world. You may be able to recognize some recurring themes and concepts. As this series was created over ten years ago, some of the technologies that were…

Language Pet Peeve #4: The Oxford Comma

The other day, someone on Facebook posted this hilarious image about the Oxford comma. I could not agree more. However, I  never thought of it as an Oxford comma. I just thought it was a correct comma. At least, that is what they told me back in fourth grade. Back then, they called it a…

SEL Layer 5: Distortion

Lain’s sister Mika is having a hard time during this episode. What do you think is causing it? Is it Lain? What do you think the doll meant when she told Lain that there isn’t anything she doesn’t know? What does that mean about Lain? Please look at the discussion questions for this episode at…

SEL Layer 3: Psyche

This week my students at Northlake watched episode three of Serial Experiments Lain, “Layer 3: Psyche.” In this episode, we see the culmination of the event at the club. Lain ends up at the police station. When she gets home, she does not find her parents there. In the morning, she finds her mother in…

New Term, New Goals

Well, it’s the start of another semester. So far, it seems pretty good. The students seem to be really engaged, which is good. I have lately been less tolerant of students who do not want to be in school. This is college, after all. You do not have to be here, so why take it…