At the moment, and on the surface, our society wants to cast aside anyone who’s ever made a mistake. It occurs to me that mistakes happen when people try to fully live. The first time you take something on, you handle it like a child. You have never experienced it before, so you don’t know how to handle it. So you make mistakes, you learn from them, you grow from them, and you hopefully don’t make the same mistake over and over again. The following document depicts mistakes and the journey to overcome them.

The Eagle and Child is a…


Sometimes a little flash fiction feels good. As a teacher, and as a former student, I see this often. A kid asks, “Can I go to the bathroom?” To which I reply, “After you finish your quiz,” or something along those lines. This is just a little simple flash fiction of something I see often, something I have experienced, and hopefully in a fun little lighthearted way, depict the everyday in a dramatic fashion.

He sat in his desk in the old high school, watching the clock and doing the math on how long until the period ended. …


As I review this particular assignment and post, my school is currently having the discussion over the books that we teach and why we teach what we teach. We question whether our job is to inspire and make life-long readers, or to teach morals and the accomplishments of outstanding writers. Often times we end up landing at both, that there does need to be a blending of the modern and the excellent (not to say that modern can’t be excellent, but there is not really a modern equivalent to Tolstoy or Dickens yet). This particular discussion that will take place…


One of the more interesting graduate courses I took was World War 2 in Film. We analyzed the patterns and messages that emerges through the depiction of this conflict. It’s a rare time in history that the world essentially knows who the bad guys are, while usually it is a little more muddy in separating the “good guys & bad guys”. One of my favorite pieces of WWII cinema is Band of Brothers because of the blending of narrative and real interviews. It offered me a chance to be a fan, an academic, and a teacher, because it was fun…


The following was a final for a Gothic literature course. I wanted to look at a comparison of Basil from Dorian Grey and Victor Frankenstein. This is fairly quick academic work, something I would more think of like a brief magazine article in philosophically looking at what it means to be a creator. It’s not extensive, but an overview of an idea that could be something more, maybe not. But in a sense, this is academic conversation. …


Maybe not the best academic work I have ever done, but it certainly was a fun paper to write. I think this reflects my desire to make academic work and classic novels relevant to modern culture. So often, as a teacher, I hear students comment “How do we relate to this book?” and it is something every English teacher needs to deal with. In this instance, writing about a serious value issue within our society (obsession with being an influencer, or “insta-famous”) and the representation of that through classic literature, made Madame Bovary a more interesting read when I considered…


My first graduate level attempt to marry classics with the current mood of society. When I wrote this paper, it was shortly after the STEM school shooting in Colorado. At the time, there was a different school shooting about once a week. As displayed in another piece of work, this societal theme was deeply troubling to me. Through this paper I attempted to make sense of these horrible events through literature and Shakespeare and categorize what had been happening as following tropes of tragedy. This paper looks at the Tragic storyline, not just as a fiction narrative, but something that…


This was a more fun assignment to dive into. It was my graduate Technologies in Writing course, and at the beginning of the course, the world changed. The COVID-19 pandemic had shut down pretty much all of the world and people were forced to live like we haven’t maybe ever. At this point, mid/end of April, the drudges of quarantine began to set in. People had to stay sane. So this blog that we had to create for the course seemed like a natural place to explore how to stay sane and healthy during this particular time. I am fortunate…

Brandon Raycraft

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