Victoria's Nonfiction
personal (and impersonal) essays on matters domestic, cultural, and social  
   

"Why I Will Never Carry a Gun in My Classroom," February 22, 2018, Washington Post (syndicated in Chicago Tribune and local papers nationwide, reprinted in Indianapolis Star and featured on CBC national TV and Indianapolis NBC affiliate)

 

 
"I Can't Show My Kids Star Wars: The Last Jedi Because of All the Porg Abuse," March 19, 2018, SyFy Wire.  

“How to Build a Nursery for a Dying Baby,” June 21, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“How I Cobbled Together a Grown-Up Life From the Unwanted Scraps of Others,” July 13, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“Where We Live Now: A DIY Remodel of My Entire Life,” August 3, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“Cocktails of Our Lives: A Seriously Questionable Screwdriver,” August 4, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child, and I Have a Very Small Village,” August 29, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“On Fear and Brock Turner’s Freedom: What it’s Like When Your Assailant Gets Released,” September 7, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“I Hate Your Girl-Shaming Girls Life Meme: Here’s Why,” September 20, 2016, Maximum Middle Age.

 

“25 Years Later: Nevermind and a Cheerleader From the Burbs,” September 27, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“The Elena Ferrante Exposé: Man Feels Entitled to Woman's Identity, Defends Himself By Calling Her a Liar” October 3, 2016. Maximum Middle Age

 

“25 Years Later: Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Finding My Power,” October 4, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 
"Cookies for the First Gentleman: A Vegan Chickpea Chocolate-Chip Cookie Recipe for Bill Clinton," August 17, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.  

“Cocktails of our Lives: The Apple Jack,” October 11, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 
   
humor  

“Must-Haves for Your Wedding/Murder Registry,” August 15, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“10 Things I Totally Blame on Feminism,” August 30, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“10 Treasures From the 1970 Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook,” September 21, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“10 Mostly Gross Things I Never, Ever Thought I’d Do When I Was Childfree,” September 29, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 

“You, Too, May Be Attracted to Middle-Aged People! Science Says So,” October 5, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 
"All the Grown-Ass Adult Places Pokémons Should Hide in Pokémon GO," July 13, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.  

“Hello, I’m the Ghost of Feet Past,” October 7, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 
   
politics  
"This is how Indiana Gov. Mike Pence wins: Moral superiority, “religious freedom,” social media hypocrisy and the problem with #BoycottIndiana," April 2, 2015. Salon.  

“Trump’s VP Pick Mike Pence is a Garbage Dump in Flames for More Reasons Than You Know,” July 15, 2016. Maximum Middle Age.

 
   
academia: creative writing craft and pedagogy  
“What Do You Think You’re Doing? On Starting a Fiction Press When the Book is Supposed to Be Dead.” Ball State University English Department blog. August 2011  

“An Interview with Debra Monroe.” Glimmer Train Stories. Summer 2011

 

“Read Like a Writer.” Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Papers. 2006

 

“Myth and Memory: The Advantages of Writing Fiction About Place.” Literally: News from the Writers’ Center of Indiana. March 2005

 

“Creative Writing in Other Kinds of Classrooms.” Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Papers. 2002

 

“A Big, Bad Toolbox: Teaching Creative Writing to the Reluctant.” Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Papers. 2001

 

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