Monsters Published!

After many delays, sabotage attempts, efforts to censor the book, and having endured intimidation tactics by school administration officials, the SFCC Pullman Campus Creative Writing Club is pleased to announce that this year’s anthology, Monsters, has finally been published.

In an email dated March 7, 2019, I learned that Dean of Student Services, Cynthia Vigil had gone so far as to contact the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Washington, who is reported to have told her she could not censor the anthology.  Attempts to do so violate the students First Amendment rights.  However, that did not prevent Ms. Vigil from pressuring students and faculty alike, nor is this is the first time faculty and staff have attempted to censor student work.  (See: “Concern, condemnation after Spokane Falls student newspaper reports on sex scandal.” Seattle Times.  April 5, 2018.)  Ironically, both censor attempts were for the same reason, the administration does not like being reminded that sexual predators are monsters. Continue reading


Book Cover 101

We’ve all heard the admonishment, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  Whoever said that clearly wasn’t trying to sell books in the 21st century.  Regardless of whether it’s consumers, bookstore buyers, or the folks making nominations for the Worst of Amazon, everyone is judging books by their covers. Why? The simple truth is, a great book with a horrible cover won’t sell, but a horrible book with a great cover will.

Authors and self-publishers need to put as much thought into their book’s cover as they do the content between the covers.  The smartest thing to do is hire a professional cover designer.  This is because every book requires multiple cover files, how many depends on how the book is distributed.  The best recommendations for cover artist come word-of-mouth.  If you attend an author event and see someone with a cover that catches your attention, ask for the name of their artist.  Most authors are happy to share that information. Continue reading


The Trouble with FTEs

FTE stands for Full-Time Equivalent, which in academia represents an imaginary student enrolled in 15 credits.  The problem with claiming that funding should be distributed according to FTE and not based on what students actually pay in tuition and fees is that not all FTEs are created equal.  Imagine a situation where a community college has both a main campus and a branch campus.  For the sake of this exercise, assume that both campuses have 4 FTEs, meaning that students are enrolled in a total of 60 credits at each institution.

According the funding equation set forth by CCS Administrative Procedure 5.05.01-H and the Student Services and Activities Committee, students pay $11.28 per credit for the first 10 credits they enroll in, then $6.56 per credit for the next 8 credits, and pay nothing for any credits taken beyond that.  The breakdown for our imaginary 4 FTEs is below:

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Toxic Workplace

Sometimes you just encounter a really bad boss.  The kind of boss that has no respect for your time or for you as an individual.  After two years of giving my supervisor the benefit of the doubt, I have come to the conclusion that I have a bad boss and have been existing in a toxic work environment.

Today, my supervisor started our meeting with the phrase, “I’m not going to apologize,” and ended the meeting by telling me, “You should be grateful.”  There was a lot of not listening, platitudes, talking over my concerns, or brushing them aside in the middle. Continue reading


Bigfoot Review Call for Submissions, 2018

The SFCC Pullman Campus Creative Writing Club is pleased to announce the theme of this year’s anthology: MONSTERS!

Whether they hearken from myth and legend, the evil side of religion, fantastical or sci-fi creatures with beastly traits, warlords or mass murders, or are the stuff of nightmares, we want you to bring us your monsters. This anthology explores monsters, their roles in our lives, and ours in theirs. Submissions are open to fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, however, all works should adhere to the theme. Authors whose work is selected for inclusion will receive a copy of the book and have an opportunity to participate in a reading in May 2019. Continue reading


DYSTOPIA Launch Party

All the hard work has paid off and now it’s time to celebrate! The SFCC Pullman Creative Writing Club is proud to announce the publication of their anthology, DYSTOPIA.  Authors will be at Thomas Hammer Coffee on Wednesday, June 6th to read sections of their work and be available to autograph copies for the public. Coffee and munchies will be provided.

Copies of the book are available for purchase from Bruised Books in Pullman and BookPeople of Moscow.  On June 4th copies will be available from And Books, Too, in Clarkston.  In addition, Aunties Bookstore and Giant Nerd Books in Spokane have agreed to sell the book just as soon as I can get a few copies to them.  Bookworms can read for free by using their library card.  Print copies of the book have been distributed to libraries in Whitman, Asotin, Latah, Nez Perce, and Spokane counties.

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Bigfoot Review, Call for Submissions 2017

For Monday FUNday this morning, the SFCC Pullman Creative Writing Club unveiled the cover of the 2017-2018 Bigfoot Review.  The students will be working on this all year, with the expectation of having a book in hand in May 2018.  Authors whose work is selected for inclusion will receive a copy of the book and have an opportunity to participate in a reading on May 23, 2018.  Submission information is listed below:

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SFCC Creative Writing Club Creations, June 2017

It’s been a busy quarter at the Spokane Falls Community College Pullman Center.  I’m the advisor of the Creative Writing Club, which undertook a joint venture with Film Club this year.  The Creative Writing Club produced a screenplay, which the Film Club then produced.  The final product was released at an end-of-quarter showing on June 8th.

When the script was complete, the club decided that they wanted to try their hand at comic strips and came up with a couple of fun ones.  Those were displayed on the big screen in the foyer, enabling them to share their creativity with the rest of the student body.  I received permission from some of the students to display their work here.

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It’s Official: SFCC Pullman has Moved!

Sasquatch is on the move in Latah and Whitman Counties . . . In the days following the SFCC Pullman Center’s move to the Washington State University campus, Bigfoot was sighted in nearby Latah County where a motorist swears she saw Bigfoot chasing deer along the highway just north of Potlatch.  Perhaps Skitch invited a few friends over to check out his new digs and they tried grabbing some food on the way.

Skitch’s new stomping grounds will be the Math Annex located on the WSU campus.  Approximately 200 students will start classes in the new building on April 3, 2017.  Being on the WSU campus will expose SFCC students to university life and enhance their college experience. There isn’t enough classroom space in the Math Annex, so some students will have classes across campus in Krugal Hall. Continue reading


SFCC Pullman Finds New Home

Kruegel HallThe Pullman Center of Spokane Falls Community College, which was in danger of being shut down just a few weeks ago, has found a new home.

In May, President Janet Gullickson made some announcements regarding the possible closure of the Pullman Center and even held applications for admission and sent letters to prospective students saying the Center would only be operating with limited classes for Fall 2016.  This resulted in students and faculty rallying to show support for the campus, especially since the campus was a profitable venture.

Since the center’s lease for the space in the Gladish Community and Cultural Center ends in June 2017 there was an opportunity to find other space that would cost less to rent.  An appropriate location was found in Kruegel Hall on the Washington State University campus.  Kruegel Hall offers ample space for classrooms and offices for less rent, making the Pullman Center even more profitable.

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