Getting Back into Drawing

When I was younger, I used to draw my story ideas instead of writing them down. Except for one art class in high school and a Human Figure I drawing class in college, I'm a self-taught drawer, and -- like most Pacific Rim folks of my generation -- my favorite style to draw is anime/ … Continue reading Getting Back into Drawing


An Interview with Prof. Rufel F. Ramos

Back in May 2017, a journalism student interviewed me as an assignment and then made it into a very very VERY low-budget video. I didn't know until a few months ago that he uploaded it on YouTube with the privacy settings set to the default "public". I'm not bothered by that because, well, I'm a … Continue reading An Interview with Prof. Rufel F. Ramos

State of the LQ, Summer 2018 Edition

ONE YEAR LATER... Okay -- what's happened since my previous blog post of 10 July 2017 (EEEEP!):   1) For Fall 2017, I taught my usual stuff of ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, and Honors ENGL 1301. In a change of pace, I taught a literature class for mostly dual-credit high students: World Literature I. Since … Continue reading State of the LQ, Summer 2018 Edition

“Final Note & Recommended Resources” from STARTERS

Well, here we are: the end of this book. With your “taste-test” of the basic creative writing buffet done and your “Let’s Start” portfolio completed, you have begun your journey to writing well. I hope this little guidebook has made the process of creative writing a little less mysterious and more do-able, and my parting … Continue reading “Final Note & Recommended Resources” from STARTERS

“Chapter 6: Drama, with Example” from STARTERS

DEFINITION  DRAMA is a unique literary form because – unlike creative non-fiction, fiction, and even poetry – it is also a performance art. In other words, it is meant to be seen and heard, not read, by a captive audience in one sitting. The content in dramatic works (called PLAYS) can be factual (based on … Continue reading “Chapter 6: Drama, with Example” from STARTERS