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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, www.thinkingfunny.com.

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

Robb

#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 https://youtu.be/ePIwBHjce7E

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.http://www.amazon.com/Problem-Child-Principals-Improbable-Hyperactive/dp/0988785463/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Robb

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 www.goodreads.com. 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

Problem Child – Peek Inside the Mind of an “Active” Child

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Hello all, and welcome inside the world of an undiagnosed ADHD mind!

I’m sharing these stories to have a few laughs at my expense, and to assure parents and teachers that hyperactive kids can grow up and have something resembling a normal, happy life.

Problem Child is the first is a series of mostly-true stories and tall tales about my hyperactive childhood. I grew up in Oildale, California, and went to Highland Elementary. My poor teachers didn’t know what to do with me–other than ship me off to the principal’s office.

I ended up having my own special desk there.

The stories in this book are about what was going on inside my mind when I was trying to follow the rules, and failing miserably. It was difficult for everyone involved. But we survived.

These days I write humor and teach speech communication. A bit ironic. I get paid to do–and make others do–what once was a sure-fire ticket to the principal’s office. So, there’s hope for us all!

Problem Child shares my family’s stories, and my hope is that they give you a glimpse into why active kids do what they do. Humor helped my family cope, and I think it’s sometimes the only thing that does. As luck would have it, my kids inherited some of my hyperactivity, too. So I’ve experienced it from all angles.

If you’d like to send me an email, I’m happy to talk about what seems to work best to keep overly-busy kids engaged. I’m not a counselor, but I do have a lifetime of experience in this area–I’ve not outgrow being being an “active” person, but I have learned how to manage it.

Thanks for dropping by to check out Problem Child, you can find it in print or ebook on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and independent booksellers. And if you have an active kid in your life … hang in there. Some of the most successful people in the world drove everyone crazy when they were kids.

robb@robblightfoot.com