A Writer’s Greatest Fear

By Mel Blasingame | April 10, 2019

After weeks, months, maybe even years of work, you’ve finally completed a writing project that you feel deserves an award. It’s your baby—you brought an idea to life, nurtured it, and helped it grow into what it is today. Congratulations! You’re a proud parent! You want to show off your accomplishment to the world, but you can’t yet. There’s one crucial aspect of the creative process that every writer needs to go through: peer review. Don’t panic! I know it … READ MORE…

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Return to Simplicity

By Edward Callery | April 5, 2019

I often find myself craving the thought patterns and imagination of younger years—a reality unhinged, naïve, and above all else, limited. My appreciation for reading has really dulled over these past few years; I guess academic writing will do that to you, but I find myself coming to blows with it more and more often. What I can’t forgive is the same disregard from creative writing—just carelessly preparing extravagant dishes, only to try and force-feed them down my metaphorical gullet. … READ MORE…

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So You Want to Write a Thesis

By Lauren Kennedy | March 28, 2019

By the time you start grad school you will hear all your fellow students talking about their thesis ideas. Knowing that you have to write a thesis, a large body of work with your own research and contribution to a field of study, can feel overwhelming at times. The first suggestion I have is to think about what interests you the most. For me as a literature major, this can be anything as general as deciding between British literature, American … READ MORE…

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A Guide To The Magical Worlds Of Tamora Pierce

By Emily Brooks | November 3, 2017

Have you ever found yourself wanting to start a new book series, but haven’t had time to find an author worth your time? Tamora Pierce has been in the writing game long enough that she’s written something for everyone, whether you prefer knights in shining armor, antics of magical teenagers, or a good-ole spy novel. Most of her books are set in either the fictional world of Tortall (think of kings, knights, and the appropriate accoutrement) or Emelan (which is … READ MORE…

5 Reasons It (2017) is Better Than Stephen King’s It (1990)

By Betsy Dickens | November 1, 2017

In honor of the recent remake of Stephen King’s It, here is a list of why this version trumps the original (in my humble opinion). In order to keep everything fair, I am only including the first half of the original, since part two of the remake has not been released yet. WARNING: SPOILERS AND HORROR IMAGES AHEAD 1. The Production Yes, I understand it was the ‘90’s. There is a distinct campy quality to the original that will always … READ MORE…

5 Reasons to Read in Every Situation

By Rebekah Brown | October 24, 2017

Looking for proof that reading is still relevant? Searching for an excuse to read that tawdry, Romance novel instead of doing the dishes? Here are five straight-forward and practical reasons to read anywhere and anytime. So settle in, adjust your spectacles, and get that pug firmly situated in your lap, because I have lain before you ample reason to read as long as you wish. 1. Reading is a great way to waste time while being productive. Looking for a way … READ MORE…

Fall: Season of Innovation

By Zoe Wright | October 16, 2017

You’re in the heat of the semester, midterms are approaching,  and three of the biggest holidays of the year are coming in hot. Do you visit with family or stay home and recover in solitude? What about that art challenge everyone’s doing? Or maybe this is the year you finally make plans for Halloween like the social human being that your schedule says you are. Each year, questions like these seem to come out of the woodwork simply to make … READ MORE…

Ten Spooky Book Suggestions

By Kelsey Nannemann | October 5, 2017

October is the perfect month for reading creepy stories. Here are ten books with varying levels of creepiness to get you in the Halloween spirit, pun intended. 1. Ghost Story by Peter Straub “For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past — and get away … READ MORE…

Listening to Brian Andreas’ Voices

By Andi Ullrich | September 28, 2017

If you were to stand in the doorway of my room, you would first look forward and see a big window, dying plant, and a cheap rug. Then you’d look to the left to find my bed, dresser, piano, another cheap rug, and pretty much everything else. You wouldn’t notice much to the right of the doorway because really, there’s only a wall. Not until you walked into my room would you give this wall a second glance. And only … READ MORE…

Staff Spotlight – Joseph Zook

By Anna Dore | September 21, 2017

The following is an excerpt from The Persecuted. It is a story about three young adults that are at the wrong place and time. Scientists have created a “smart” shot to increase the intelligence of society, but lost their funding. They continued to make the product, but had no one to test it on, so they kidnap a group of children. Will they survive on their own, or will they have to rely on a stranger for survival? — The Persecuted … READ MORE…

An Interview with Norman, OK’s Self-declared Poet Laureate

By Mary Means | September 14, 2017

Johann Sebastian Baculum (JSB) is the self-declared Poet Laureate of Norman, Oklahoma and star of the podcast Talkulum with J.S. Baculum, an “OETA-rejected series” about himself and his poetry. Mary Means (MM)   How did you come to be the Poet Laureate of Norman, Oklahoma? JSB     Well, I’m a pretty forward thinking individual. I wasn’t just going to wait for them to figure it out. So I decided for them. And I don’t really feel like it’s something that just … READ MORE…

How To Address Writer’s Block

By Joe Zook | September 12, 2017

We all have it. That abrupt halt in the intense, speed-of-light journey that is writing. Some call it writers block, others see it as a need to figure out exactly what they are attempting to say. Whatever we call it (doesn’t matter), we all find ourselves slaves of this mystical force. If I am blocked, which happens too often, I usually just start writing whatever enters my head. I do this until I feel some give to the wall of … READ MORE…

My Childhood in HD – Studio Ghibli Fest 2017

By Emily Brooks | September 7, 2017

I was one of those kids who found a single movie and stuck with it, watching it whenever possible. For me, that movie was Studio Ghibli’s 1986 classic Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Aided by Hayao Miyazaki’s unique art style and directing, which is touched upon in a previous article by Janet Cowden, the film inspired a sense of magic and determination in me, as well as a never-ending desire to be a nefarious, sky-sailing pirate with bushy pink hair. … READ MORE…