Thursday, July 31, 2014

An Analysis of Ozymandias

By Laurie Epps

Welcome back. Sorry I've been gone so long, but we're going to continue on our with our studies of Romantic Poetry. Today, we'll be talking about Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Percy Bysshe Shelley:

  • Born August 4, 1792 at Field Place near Sussex, England.
  • He was the eldest son to Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley.
  • Therefore, he was due to inherit a large estate. (1 Brother-4 Sisters)
  • Percy attended Eton College for six years beginning in 1804 where he began to write poetry.
  • He transferred to Oxford but was expelled less than a year later for his co-authorship of "The Necessity of Atheism." (Co-authored with Thomas Jefferson Hogg.)
  • That pamplet was so tragic for Shelley because it also estranged him from his father for two years (which left him in dire financial straits).
  • When he came of age at 19, Percy reconciled with his father and wed Harriet Westbrook by elopement in Scotland.
  • In December 1816, Percy's wife Harriet committed suicide.
  • Three weeks later, he married Mary Godwin, most commonly known for her authorship of Frankenstein.
  • Due to his quick re-marriage, it was considered to be free love, Percy lost custody of his two kids that he had with Harriet.
  • Tragically, he died a year later attempting to sail from Leghorn to La Spezia, Italy on his schooner the Don Juan.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Prevent Yourself from Getting Hacked

By Laurie Epps

Welcome back. Today's blog is about preventing yourself from getting hacked. However, be aware that nothing is foolproof. But Edie's straight-forward approach makes it easy for us to follow, but also brings forth things that we might be taking for granted.

We're still working from her book, Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers. A lot of this section seems to be common sense, but in the digital age, it's just too easy to click the wrong click.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reconnecting With Family

Me and my brother
By Laurie Epps

Sometimes it's good to reconnect with family. I've been away from my office for quite a few weeks, but I'm ready to take on the challenge of going back to my regular schedule. 

I don't get a chance to see my brother very often, but when I heard he'll be in my state, I jumped on the chance for a visit. We caught up on things that have been happening in each other's lives, and all against the beautiful backdrop of Charleston.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Copyright Law

By Laurie Epps

Hi everyone. It's good to be back. We're still working from Edie's book, Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers. Today's topic is very sensitive, and there's a lot of layers to learning all the different copyright laws. Instead of trying to give you every copyright law ever written, this blog will focus on the basics for most writers. If you want to go more in-depth, look at pages 109-114 of our text.

****Disclaimer: Edie Melson and I aren't attorneys, and this isn't meant to be a source of legal counsel. Instead, it's meant to be an introduction to Copyright Law.

The Swan House in Atlanta

By Laurie Bower Epps Many don't know that I'm really from Atlanta. Somehow, as I've gotten older, it just seems to be natura...