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

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STARTERS: A Beginner’s Guide to Creative Writing

Well, here it is -- my creative writing guidebook for beginners -- Starters: A Beginner's Guide to Creative Writing. While folks can still re-read my past blog posts for Starters' chapters, you can have them all in one place either as a slim print book or as an even slimmer Kindle ebook. As usual, I … Continue reading STARTERS: A Beginner’s Guide to Creative Writing

A Start for 2017: a Creative Writing Guide

Well, here we are, twenty-two days into 2017, and I realized that it's been over two years, when I published Scaffolds and Structures in October 2014. Back then, I was able to kick out two books pretty much simultaneously because I was on paid leave from my teaching duties. All that freed up time = lots of … Continue reading A Start for 2017: a Creative Writing Guide

11: The Takeaway, AKA These Go to Eleven

A “takeaway” is the main point or gist from something that was presented, like a seminar or a report. “These go to eleven” is a line from the 1984 mock rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. The latter has absolutely nothing to do with the former. But when I realized that this book had eleven numbered … Continue reading 11: The Takeaway, AKA These Go to Eleven

1: How a Navy Nomad Learned English

“English is my third language but it’s the only language I know.” In reviewing grammar and syntax to my students, I would often say this, usually when I’m commiserating with them. Standard English – the speaking, reading, writing of “educated” English fluency – isn’t easy for both non-native and native speakers. What’s weird about me … Continue reading 1: How a Navy Nomad Learned English