Author Archives: Pat Bowne

It’s Just Too Hard to Learn, I Guess

I have the nicest, most analytic and open-minded set of online friends possible, but there is one topic on which I can always start an argument with someone. All I have to do is post something against demonizing groups of … Continue reading

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It Comes Down to Stovewood

Young leftists. On the one hand they’re in the news too often as intolerant, illiberal, and not valuing free speech. Some of them get minimum-wage cafeteria workers discharged when their ethnic food comes from the wrong class, make jokes about burning political opponents alive, … Continue reading

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Is Not Being Persuaded a Survival Strategy?

I’m reading this book about how people change their minds, written by an activist and apparently for activists. I just finished the chapter outlining all the ways people refuse to change their behavior even though they *claim* to be swayed by … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Flies by Erica McAlister

Before there were robotics nerds or computer nerds or science-fiction nerds there were natural history nerds, and this book is for them. It’s that modern rarity, a popular science book that might have been written in 1940; the most advanced … Continue reading

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Biology Leads the Way in Graduate School Transparency

I could not be prouder of my discipline than I am today, after reading about the movement for transparency in graduate school outcomes. Anybody who cares enough to read my blog will know that I’ve gotten so desperate about the … Continue reading

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Why I am not Burned Out on Writing

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has had a few writing posts about burnout lately.  This one came at an odd time for me, because I have just had an ‘aha’ moment with the WIP which reminded me why I’m not burned out … Continue reading

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Escaping from YA

The Atlantic has an article up today about why so many adults read YA literature. It has a whole big section fighting back against the idea that YA is escapist literature. I can’t imagine how anybody would think YA is escapist … Continue reading

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In Which I Write Vaporware

I’ve had a rash of sales that haven’t come to fruition. I shouldn’t be too sad, because I already got paid handsomely for one of them: but I really look forward to seeing the stories in print. I sold The … Continue reading

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Pantser

I’m a total pantser when it comes to writing. If I know the story’s end, it will never get written; if I know who I’m writing it for and what its purpose is, it will be a dismal failure. I … Continue reading

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I Can’t See How the Republicans are Wrong Here…

And it worries me, of course. But it seems to me that giving tax breaks on graduate students’ tuition waivers is, essentially, financial support for the graduate school industry. Universities are obviously the great beneficiaries of the graduate school industry, … Continue reading

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