September, 2014

    Some Thoughts on Transparent Season 1

    I have watched all ten episodes of the new Amazon series Transparent, a series built around the story of a trans woman, Maura Pfefferman, coming out to the world. A series just about a woman coming out would be unsustainable in the long run, though, as eventually, Maura’s going to have to become just another […]

    Upon Further Consideration

    I felt the need to follow up on Thursday’s post, if only to apologize for the poor quality of the writing in that piece. Reading it back irritates me. I’ve been told it’s a good post, so maybe I’m just overly critical, but I worked on that damn thing for three days and I just […]

    Ali Finds Her Self

    Monday was possibly the best day of my life. And here’s the funny thing: it wasn’t even very atypical. And that was the glory of it. It was in fact the total opposite of atypical. I woke up; I did some writing; I got ready for my first day of work; I headed to campus […]

    What is the Teacher’s Name?

    I am getting nervous about tomorrow. It is my first day in front on a classroom since leaving my old school and my first day in front of a classroom as myself. I need this job and I need this┬ámoment. I have a lot riding on the hour and forty minutes I spend in front […]

    Today on Skeptoid …

    So it’s finally out, and so I’m finally free to say something about it: I have taken on a contract job to write and produce some episodes of the Skeptoid podcast. Not every week — more like every six weeks or so — but I’m still excited to become a part of a podcast I’ve […]

    Name Change Update

    This blog has been pretty job-focused the last couple weeks, and with good reason: it was the most pressing issue on my plate. But because I’ve been job-focused and not posting as often as I might, I didn’t get to tell you folks what happened recently: I got the date for my name change! It’s […]

    Once More Unto the Jobs Thing

    I’m a teacher again. Me. Not Him, but Alison. Authentically! I have my friend Steve to thank. He’s the one who mentioned me to the associate dean at a local community college and explained my issue with the name and the transcripts and such. He’s the one that she told the name incongruency wouldn’t be […]

    The Jobs Thing, Again

    Having resolved my inner conflict over whether or not to sacrifice my identity for the sake of work, I have begun sending out applications. I have decided that the best approach is to just own the discrepancy and to offer a quick explanation that smooths it out without over-sharing. There’s two parts to this approach. […]