Once upon a time…I lived in New York City. Then I moved with my parents to a little island in the Caribbean called Puerto Rico. Then I obtained a fellowship for graduate school at Binghamton University in Upstate New York. Then I had a daughter and moved to Kansas City with my boyfriend. Then I became an adjunct. Then I got out of the adjuncting racket. Then I finished my PhD and got married. Then I moved to Houston with my husband and toddler. I am a reader, a writer, a listener, a wife, a daughter, and a mother. I also think too much about writing, popular culture, and watch too much tv. It all comes together here.

I created Words Are My Game after I quit adjuncting in summer 2011. It became an outlet for my writing as I worked on my dissertation, moved into an alternative academic position, and rediscovered my writing career dreams. For a while it existed on WordPress.com, and now I’ve migrated it to be part of my main site, www.lianamsilvaford.com.

My posts run the gamut, but I promise to keep things interesting. Showing up to work is half the battle, I will try to post at least twice a week. I have a schedule: Mondays are random stuff I think about, Wednesdays are Writing in Houston days, and Friday are Friday Free Writing days.

New here? Check out the most popular posts so far on my old blog, starting with the most popular:

  1. “Academics on Academia: Grad Student Guilt (Fourth Installment)”
  2. “Life Happens (Or, My Commitment to Grad School)”
  3. “Aural Memories (Or, My Husband’s Play-by-Play Voice)”
  4. “Twitter and Safe Academic Spaces”
  5. “My Fear of Commitment”