Typing these first words makes me feel like Thelma and Louise soaring into the Canyon: there's no going back. It's exhilarating; my blood pressure is definitely up. However, unlike Thelma and Louise, I'm also overcome with nightmarish doubts regarding this plunge. You'd think that a college English instructor who faces 50 students on campus and 100 online every semester would feel more confident about starting a blog, but no. I've already run five spell-checks and have been sitting here 45 minutes, writing and cutting and trying too hard. To all of my students who hate me: This is definitely payback.
My cat Sara is staring at me and whining, since I have rudely stayed at the computer instead of making our 8:30 a.m. playdate. How does she know when it's 8:30 every morning? I hope nobody minds reading about my cat. What if people think this is boring? What if people make fun of me? What if I get slammed!? Oh wait...they already do that on ratemyprofessors.com Suddenly this feels a little more freeing. Okay, now I'm stretching my arms, sitting up a little straighter. I can write for the world if I want to.