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My employment and studies at tertiary institutions.

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

Four of Five Stars The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman, is an ‘adult’ fairy tale novel (a novella, really, or close to it) that follows a middle-aged narrator who is inexplicably drawn back to the

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Tolkien mini-talk at Dowling College Library

Tomorrow, I will be preceding Dr. Bill Indick’s presentation “Archetypal symbols in ancient myths, folktales, nursery stories, and fairy tales of the Middle Ages are the blueprints of modern fantasy literature.” My talk will be an overview of my research

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The Magic of Humour: Comic Effects in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

There is no guaranteeing this is the final copy of my thesis. I will, to the best of my ability, try to verify the authenticity of this document. Be that as it may, this copy seems to be structurally in

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Woman’s Best Friend: Dogs and Charlotte Brontë

I have been going through an old hard-drive and found this gem. I wrote it for a post-graduate class in Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte instructed by of the University of Auckland. This paper was high in concept, a bit

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Wrapping up the Fall 2013 semester

Exuberance. I am happy to report that all 21 of my Developmental Writing students passed my class. This achievement included having their portfolio’s externally reviewed! I am proud of them. I wish them all the best with their budding academic

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500 words / day

I’ve had a slow month apparently, only logging 11k words on my novel since I last checked in. I blame a steady stream of freelance writing work and a new part time job on the weekends. Still, 2750 words a

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Adjunct Instructor – Suffolk County Community College

When I came back to the States in the late summer, I caught a lucky break. I applied for an adjunct position at Suffolk County Community College and received a callback the next day. The voice on the line was

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New Short Story Collection!