Scaffolds: A Childhood Memoir of Books


As a GenXer in the 1980s, I grew up as a latch-key kid. TV, movies, and video games vied for my siblings and my attention as we ate junk food. Yet, I became a reader at an early age, majored in English post-high school, and became a teacher and writer. Something about my childhood encouraged me to become a life-long reader. What was it?

SCAFFOLDS: A CHILDHOOD MEMOIR OF BOOKS is about the meaningful books I read when I was a kid and teenager. But the key to creating a life-long reader isn’t just with books alone.

SCAFFOLDS is for non-readers, new readers, and kid readers who grew up and never lost their childlike love for good books and good stories. Kids, like me.

And kids, like you.

Introduction: A Memoir of Sorts
1: How a Navy Nomad Learned English
2: A Brown Kid on Guam & Three Investigators on the Prairie
3: Movies – the Gateway to Books
4: The Accidental Autodidact, or How to Raise a Nerd
5: When the Reader Wrote
6: The Lewis, the Library & the Dynamic Duo
7: Pa’s Books
8: Portrait of an Anglophile as a Teen Girl
9: The How, Not the What, of Assigned Books
10: Physicists, Philosophers & Fools for God
11: The Takeaway, or These Go to Eleven
Appendix: My Narnia Short Story

Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1502992205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1502992208
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
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Structures: The Reluctant Writer’s Guide to College Essays

StructuresCoverI’m on sabbatical from my teaching duties in order to write a book. I intended to write just one book. I ended up writing two. This is one of them.

STRUCTURES: THE RELUCTANT WRITER’S GUIDE TO COLLEGE ESSAYS is a freshman composition handbook for those who dislike writing essays. Filled with straightforward information, easy-to-follow outlines, and essay examples, STRUCTURES demystifies essay writing and gives the reluctant writer support and confidence in a life skill that isn’t always pleasant but is always necessary.


1: Invention & Prewriting
2: Arrangement
3: Drafting
4: Revision & Editing
5: Different Answers = Different Essays
6: Narration, with Description
7: Process
8: Division, with Exemplification
9: Comparison and/or Contrast
10: Classification, with Exemplification
11: Cause and Effect
12: Argumentation
13: Researching and Documenting Sources
14: Argumentation Essays
15: Mixed-Mode Essay
Recommended Resources

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1502846632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1502846631
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
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“My Kind of Comedy”: An Exegetical Reading of Flannery O’Connor as Medieval Drama

MKoCLuluCover (2)Once upon a time, after I earned my PhD in May 2006, I pursued getting my dissertation published with an academic press. I actually got a serious bite from a university press (one amongst dozens to whom I sent out the book proposal).

But after nearly two years of non-followup-communication from that publisher (and after two years into a permanent full-time faculty position at a community college), the pressure to get my dissertation published was no longer there. Thus, my manuscript just sat there — mothballed.

However, I would find myself referring to my dissertation to my composition students. Surprisingly, it was not as an example of Flannery O’Connor scholarship (although I was and still am proud of what I accomplished), but as an example what a successful result of the writing and research process CAN BE — if they only trusted in the process.

Also, as time passed, the era of free and user-friendly self-publication arrived, so I thought, “Why not?”

So, world, here it is — “My Kind of Comedy”: An Exegetical Reading of Flannery O’Connor.


In this academic study, “MY KIND OF COMEDY: AN EXEGETICAL READING OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR AS MEDIEVAL DRAMA” deciphers Flannery O’Connor’s fiction through the lens of medieval biblical exegesis and the English dramatists of the medieval miracle, mystery, and morality plays.

“MY KIND OF COMEDY” peels away the grotesque dark comedy and tragedy in O’Connor’s mid-twentieth century novels and short stories and reveals underneath a master of a unique Christian comedic tradition that goes back over 500 years.

Abbreviations for O’Connor Texts
1    Introduction: Previous Critical Sources and the Argument at Hand
2   Four-Fold Sense of Medieval Exegesis: Scripture, Non- Scripture, and O’Connor
3   Medieval Drama: Origins, Genres, Examples, and O’Connor’s Fiction
4   The Geranium: Failed Lessons in the Tropological, or Moral, Sense
5   The Modern Miracles: Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away
6   The Modern Moralities: A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge
7    Conclusion: Last Stories, Last Words
Works Cited

Publication Date:
 August 8, 2013
ISBN/EAN13: 978-1492102670
Page Count:238
Binding Type:US Trade Paper
Trim Size:5.5″ x 8.5″
Color:Black and White
Related Categories: Nonfiction/ Literary Criticism / American
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Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones: A Novel

Zoey Fitzpatrick has lived a life of quiet loneliness, until she discovers that her brother Jamie is still alive — and possessed with not one but two fallen angels.

Fallen angel Ariel has lived an eons-long life of benign serial possession, easily hopscotching from one crazed, homeless human host to the next, until he discovers to his shock that he cannot escape his latest human host – Zoey’s brother Jamie.

Only by working with Ariel can Zoey save Jamie. But in working together, both Zoey and Ariel begin an inter-generational chain reaction that will unite the living with the dead, the fallen with the unfallen, and the ordinary with the miraculous.

In a journey towards an impossible role — to become a Beatrice, an unwitting guide for wayward souls and co-partners with embattled angels against the forces of Lucifer’s army – Zoey must battle death itself.

An urban literary fantasy, with homage to Dante, Shakespeare, and Milton, YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES is not your ordinary paranormal romance.

1     To These Dark Steps
2    The Mind Is Its Own Place
3    Floating Redundant
4    All Ye Who Enter Here
5    Darkness Visible
6    The World Was All Before Them
7    The Waters under Heaven
8    The Bow in the Clouds
9    The Surface of the Earth
10  Man in Our Own Image
11  In the Beginning
12  Stand and Wait
Literary Sources

Publication Date: Jul 13 2012
ISBN/EAN13:1478205741 / 9781478205746
Page Count:234
Trim Size:5.5″ x 8.5″
Related Categories:Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
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