Grad School – Back At It

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Just a quick update for my friends. I’m officially back in Grad school, studying event management through CSU Chico’s Recreation Administration program. It’s been almost a year since I decided to return to school, and it’s exciting to be sitting here in the “Grove” of Chico State’s Meriam Library. My classes begin next week, but I’m bopping around getting familiar with its resources.

I picked the events track because I wasn’t finding what I wanted in any MFA writing programs. As you can tell from my work, I’m passionate about comedy. I looked in vain for quite some time before deciding that there just was not the sort of program that valued humor writing (in all its various forms) and comedy enough to offer it the wide curriculum it deserves. Don’t get me wrong, there are many wonderful MFA programs, but not seem to care much about the humor or other genre-centric writing. I talked to one advisor and made it clear I would like to refine my writing in part to increase its commercial potential, and the expression on this woman’s face resembled that of my mother the time I tracked doggie-doo onto her new, green-shag carpeting.

On reflection, I decided that the most helpful thing for me to do was to continue attending writing workshops and conferences, and better yet, to get in the game of offering them.

That’s how I ended up back in school. My goal is to gather working or aspiring humor writers, stand-up comics, screenwriters, playwrights and improv artists so we can learn from one another. I’ll be writing about my efforts here and over at my other blog,

Please keep in touch and feel free to offer suggestions. I’m hoping that this journey will prove helpful and mostly fun. 🙂


#Humor Book – My First YouTube promo for Problem Child

Humor Book Looks At My #ADHD Childhood

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Hello all

All the advice I’ve been getting lately suggests that I need to have a variety of promotions in play, including a brief clip on YouTube. Today I took my first stab at doing just that, and so it’s up and running at this link

Let me know what you think. Karin says the audio could be a little crisper, but I was going for mellow. After all, one of the ideas I’m trying to get across is that people can chill out a bit when they grow up. But if the consensus is that it needs work, then I can redo it or just sharpen it up a bit in Audacity.

I rummage around and found some shots from the family album, and I think they work. I thought that would be better than pointing a camera at myself and just having a talking head. But… it might not be a bad idea to add in a contemporary image.

Thanks to all of you who have helped spread the word about my book. It helps, too, to encourage readers to go on Amazon and review either the print or Kindle versions.

Thanks. The book can be purchased at any number of places, including Barnes and Noble. At the moment, though, I am working on getting more attention and reviews on Amazon. Here’s that link.


Free #Humor @ Goodreads Giveaway

Below you’ll find the free Goodread’s Giveaway for the paperback edition of “Problem Child.” There’s no obligation to buy anything to enter the contest. The only requirement is that you have a Goodread’s account.

Another Free Option

If you’d rather go for a Kindle edition of this book, you can use this link to enter for 25 ebooks being given away over at Amazon. Or… you can do both!

Click here to enter the free Kindle Contest. Or use the widget below to go for an autographed paperback copy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Problem Child - The View from the Principal's Office by Robb Lightfoot

Problem Child – The View from the Principal’s Office

by Robb Lightfoot

Giveaway ends June 15, 2016.

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This is not a memoir, it’s a sorta-was, a collection of 25 humorous short stories that date back to the days of the “unsupervised sixties.”

Problem Child takes you inside the hyperactive and somewhat Machiavellian mind of Robb Lightfoot, the kid who had his own special reserved seat in the principal’s office. He wasn’t looking for trouble, it just found him.

He was president and sole member of Highland Elementary’s short-lived rock-throwing club, a chewing gum connoisseur, and woodshop survivor.

Robb’s recollections are part truth and part tall tales. Learn why school is unlike Jeopardy! and why too much knowledge may be hazardous to your health.

Some of these tales happened almost exactly as written, others are a combination of pranks, misunderstandings, and mishaps that have been combined. Still others are epic stories that have grown with each telling, and form a part of the Lightfoot’s family lore.

A key point in these stories is that usually, Robb is trying to do the right thing and getting it all wrong. His allies are a patient principal, a tolerant mother, and neighbors who have their own quirks. The stories cover Robb’s grade school years, and include a cast of his friends.

Just like in the TV Show Dragnet, the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Problem Child is dedicated to the late Principal Tom Lewis, who eventually set up an extra desk in his outer office for Robb to take his time outs, reflect, and read.

Author Robb Lightfoot went on to complete his studies and entered education as a profession. He now lives and writes in Northern California, and is a full-time, tenured college teacher. He owes a great deal of his success to the very patient faculty and staff at Highland Elementary in Oildale, California. So there is hope for hyperactive kids! They just need people to believe in them and, with kindness, hold them accountable.

Goodreads Giveaway – Problem Child

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Hello all

I’m giving away 25 paperback copies of my latest book, “Problem Child – The View From The Principal’s Office” over at You can enter for free. The contest ends June 15th, and I’ll be sending out autographed copies to the winners.

Problem Child is 25 tall tales of my hyperactive childhood. Many of these happened just as told, others are compilations of events. Most are the stuff of Lightfoot family lore. It’s true that I had a yardstick broken over my head while trying to sneak a peek at a nude sunbather, but there’s no proof to the charge that I instigated a class spit-in where all the 7th grade boys spit in one place trying to drown a beetle.

You can learn a few things in this book, such as why it’s not a good idea to teach a 10-year-old how to tie a hangman’s noose or how you can “Shop Like a Man.”

The take-away of this book is that even kids who are the biggest pain in the class can grow up and find their way in life. I owe a lot to my principal, Mr. Thomas Lewis. I’ve dedicated the book in his memory. He and I spent a lot of time together because I was sent to the office each day for talking in class. I think he’d appreciate the irony that I’m now a speech teacher and humorist. His method of dealing with me was to add an extra desk to his outer office and park me there each afternoon.

So here’s to all of you parents, teachers, yard monitors, and principals who have to deal with kids like me. It’s not that we set out to be a problem; it’s just that we are wired (literally) a bit differently.

I hope you enjoy a few laughs at my expense.

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Robb Lightfoot

Northern California