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About Rufel Ramos

RUFEL F. RAMOS is an English professor at Dallas College (a multi-campus community college in Dallas County, Texas) and a published author. She is also a survivor of a rigorous liberal arts education, a single mother, an aunt, a big sister, the oldest child, an adopted kid, an Asian-American, a US Navy brat, a bemused Catholic, a sci-fi/fantasy geek, a mediocre Maker of stuff, and a once-and-future globe trotter. She often writes on any and all of those roles on her blog, thelizardqueen.wordpress.com and her website, rowenasworld.org.

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.

 

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Introduction
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
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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 —

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.

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