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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

Proofreading Weekend – Problem Child polishing

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Hello all

I’m doing one more round of revisions this weekend, and I have download information for beta readers. The book has been out since December, but I wanted to polish and proof it  it prior to sending it off to the Thurber judges.

The information on downloads is below.

I wanted to give a shout out to my proofreaders, Barry Hilchey and especially Venkat Raman. I’ve been over this book numerous times, but it’s a truism that you are blind to your own errors.

Karin, too, has spotted glitches Thanks.

I wanted to show off my other current writing activity, www.thinkingfunny.com.

This logo was designed by my late brother, Jim, and it makes me smile every time I look at it. The ThinkingFunny.com website will feature bios of humorists, book reviews, articles on the history of humor and stand-up.

So, if you know of talented, upcoming comics and humorists, please let me know. I’d love to interview them. It also helps to give me their contact information.

Stay tuned.

Click here to my see my Smashwords book. You’ll need to select “buy, and then enter the freebie code –  SF82A.(note – this code expires soon).

Robb

 

 

Hyperactive Humor

Photo of Robb yelling - cover art for Problem Child - The View From The Principal's Office

Hello all, and welcome inside the world of an undiagnosed ADHD mind! It’s available on Amazon, click here. http://bit.ly/ProblemChildBook

Some testimonials

Move over Ramona (you pest) and Wild Max and Alexander and your horrible day. Make room for Robb. He has stories to tell. If you are a parent, teacher or were ever a child yourself, you need to read this book. Robb writes with self deprecating humor and intelligence about his childhood in a time before we started dosing kids with Ritalin, when there was no stopping his unlimited curiosity and creativity. Pay attention and prepare for a wild ride. (Don’t worry – he survives) Susan B. Crandell

This book is non-stop hilarious, one of the most entertaining I’ve read. It’s a spot-on race down memory lane for any of us who have ever gotten in a bit of trouble (by mistake of course) at home or in school. Mr. Lightfoot brings us immediately back to our wild and unpredictable childhood events that, even if they didn’t seem funny at the time, are priceless in the retelling. Top notch humor for everyone. Charles B. Price

This book was very well written. Very easy to read and funny. My children loved the stories I read to them. You will enjoy this whether you visited the principal’s office or not. Laura Long

About This Book

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