Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Parting Note to My Instructor

Today is the last day of my core curriculum as an Occupational Therapy Assistant Student (OTAS). It doesn’t seem that long ago I made the monumental decision to go back to school and pursue a meaningful career in health care. Now, the end looms near, just over yonder horizon!

Time has passed so quickly. I’ve been through the tedium of classes like ‘Effective Public Speaking’ and ‘College Mathematics: Introductory Algebra’ and I’ve immersed myself in mind-numbing courses such as ‘Functional Anatomy I & II’ and ‘Intervention in Neurological Rehabilitation.’ I’ve managed to keep my GPA up around 3.8 through it all, so I’m fairly satisfied with my effort, even if I’m not going to make valedictorian! I’ve also been part of our group’s Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) as the elected 2009 president, and been invited to serve for two years on the college’s Program Advisory Commitee (PAC).

It’s been a good ride. And I’m certainly going to miss my classmates. And I’ll most definitely miss my instructor, Leah Dunn, who happens to be the program chair and also spearheaded the college’s effort to become nationally accredited with ACOTE (a crucial part of us being able to take the national board exam). So, this is my message to her:

"Thank you, Mrs. Leah Dunn, for your dedication and support of this program and of us, your first students at Brown Mackie College NKY. You'll never forget cohort I, I'm sure, and I know we'll never forget you. This might sound cheesy, but you've created a legacy.

"And now we'll be the first ones to go out into the world  from this program—your program!—and become difference-makers in people's lives. You will always be a part of that. As we treat our patients, you will be there, too, Leah. You've done a lot of good in your career, but someday I hope you'll look at your role in educating hundreds of OT students and say, 'That's where I did my greatest good.'"

I owe this woman a great deal. She has been nothing short of amazing, and as I get ready to embark on the next few grueling months of clinical rotations, I’m proud and honored to be her student.

Way to go, Leah! You rock!


A collage I made of BMC NKY’s Cohort I



Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fun in the Snow (a.k.a. “A Good Day to be Alive”)

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I’m also wanting to test this new gadget, a word count picometer (or Writing Meter) through Writertopia. Let’s use a hypothetical title… hmmm, how about “Mortimer Van Fluge, Nacho Ninja,” which I’ve planned for 5,000 words.

So far, let’s say I’ve written 2,750, so…

Alright! It works. Very cool. I think I can use this. Now, who here thinks the “Nacho Ninja” might actually make a good story?


Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Brand Spankin’ New Blog Design (Just For You!)

I’ve spent the last few hours updating ye olde blogspot for 2010. Have a lookee at yonder sidebar and see I’ve added a Blogroll of all the delicious blogs I’m following, as well as a link to my bibliography page. Oh, yes indeedy, now you can see a full list of all my exploits in the “glorious” publishing market to date (some with links even).

I’ve also added an RSS feed. So, here’s to a new and improved Twenty-Ten!


In case you missed my post from the other day, I’m still jonesin’ after having my short story “A Little Darkness” featured at EverydayWeirdness. Go give it a read if you haven’t. It’ll take all of about two minutes, and it’ll be two minutes well spent (if I do say so myself).


Thursday, February 4, 2010

“A Little Darkness” – Today’s Story at

The Web site Everyday Weirdness features short speculative fiction (fantasy, scifi, horror) every single day:

Everyday Weirdness collects weird works—prose & poetry, artwork & illustration, and a variety of other media—and strives to publish them 7 days a week for your enjoyment.

Today, February 4th, they’re featuring my story “A Little Darkness.” So, don’t lurk here. Go, go, go! READ IT.

And, hey, maybe subscribe to the site. Or if you’re particularly inspired by what editor N.E. Lilly is doing, become a Weird Supporter and make a small donation via Paypal, which supports the site and enables them to pay the writers.