Updated My Essay Writing Handbook

Back in October 2014, I published a slim writing handbook, mostly for my Freshman Composition students so that they wouldn't have to buy a ridiculously expensive college textbook that we would only be using 10% of its bulk. Surprisingly, even though I've published other books before and after, this little handbook brings me most of … Continue reading Updated My Essay Writing Handbook

No One Reads My Dissertation — But That’s Okay

On May 14, 2006, I graduated with my PhD in Literature. When I shortly -- and fortunately -- became a full-time faculty member of a community college a month after this photo was taken (yay employment with full benefits!), I realized that the "publish or perish" rat-race of tenure-track scholarship no longer applied to me. … Continue reading No One Reads My Dissertation — But That’s Okay

Behind the Scenes: Writing THE MIRACULOUS ONES

My mom usually doesn't read novels -- she prefers her fiction in TV drama form, especially Korean dramas. So I was surprised when she told me, a couple of days ago, that she started to read my novel The Miraculous Ones.  A few pages in, she said, "This is a thick book! How long did … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Writing THE MIRACULOUS ONES

“12 Stand and Wait” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

12  Stand and Wait   When I consider how my light is spent, Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent which is death to hide, Lodg’d with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he returning chide; “Doth God exact … Continue reading “12 Stand and Wait” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

“11 In the Beginning” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

11  In the Beginning    AJ Fitzpatrick settled in her chair, staring at the darkened ceiling above her as the keynote speaker droned through the expected points of a commencement speech – the importance of an education, of life-long learning, of making a difference, of giving back to society.  The other fellow graduates around her seemed … Continue reading “11 In the Beginning” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES