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all the best David.

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As you may know, I teach English for a living. Actually, I work in the Intensive English Program at Upper Iowa University, which helps university students from other countries raise their English proficiency before they enter undergraduate classes.

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It’s a great job for many reasons, including that I get paid to blog.

Not paid additionally, unfortunately, but one part of my busy day is running the blog for our program. It used to be over at Tumblr, but honestly I’m not a fan of Tumblr, so I just recently brought it here to WordPress. The new address is

I have a lot of ideas for this blog. As you might see, the main one before was putting up pictures of our field trips. I’ll still be doing that, but also I will be writing short grammar explanations, vocabulary posts, video of campus, etc.

Are there any aspects…

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Fiction T’s are here!

have fun!

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**Reblog or share this post for a chance to win a Fiction T shirt of your choosing! Details below**

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These days, everyone on the Internet wants to gain a following. Now with Fiction T’s, that is easier than ever as people follow behind you trying to read the story on the back of your t-shirt.

Fiction T’s takes the best and quirkiest of the Green-Walled Tower’s short fiction and puts it on a t-shirt, available through Spreadshirt. 8 designs are currently offered, each in both black and white text so that dark and light colored shirts are available.

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Some examples of the stories:

Classic Arguments: Literary classics argue after the library closes. There is a definite winner. A great shirt for avid readers out there.

The Physics of Angels: A mother with a migraine tries to explain how an airplane stays up…creatively. Perfect for parents with young…

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Ad-diction – Friday Fictioneers

it is a super cool idea!

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A couple things before the story:

First of all, I’ve just launched a t-shirt line called Fiction T’s, which have some of the Green-Walled Tower’s best flash fiction on the back. There are a few Friday Fictioneers stories among them as well. Check out the store here, or click on this link to see the post about them. Reblog or share that post before next Wednesday and I will enter you to win one of the shirts.

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Second, last weekend I took a trip down to Kansas City and met with Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and Marie Gail Stratford. It was a great chance to chat about writing and other random things. Hopefully I can get the chance to meet other Fictioneers down the road sometime.

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Now, on with the story. I waffled a lot on this picture before settling on this story. Click the links if you don’t…

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It Appears I Have a Zombie Car

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Upon my word, I’m not sure how to say this but I believe I am the owner of a zombie car.

Braaaaaaaaaakes...braaaaaaakes. Braaaaaaakesss…braaaaaaaakesss. [Source] Don’t ask me how such a thing is possible; my mechanic Gregory had no idea what the matter was and I had to rely on the expertise of young Michael who runs the comic store and indie movie theater. He seemed to know all about it. At least he pretended to.

It all started a week ago with the accident. I was coming up Route 43, just north of Springersville. It was foggy and you know how the road curves left just over the river? Well, straight ahead is the gate for Granger’s scrap yard and I just missed the turn completely in the fog and plowed right into that chain-link gate with my 2002 Corolla. It was an honest mistake, I can assure you…

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Attack of the Cubblies

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And now for something completely different.

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Attack of the Cubblies

“Your Majesty, after several failed attempts, we finally managed to capture one of the invading Cubblies. It’s imprisoned in one of the outbuildings.

“Well, can you interrogate it?” the king asked. “Find out what they want, man!”

“It’s just too cute, your Majesty,” the captain said, his face reddening. “The first man who tried to interrogate it untied it and was going to bring it home as a present for his children.”

“Well, find someone who isn’t so damned sentimental then.”

“We did, I’m afraid. That first man we chose was Major Hickens, who is the most bitter, misanthropic man we’ve got. The others don’t stand a chance.”

“You’d better kill it then. We can’t take any chances.”

“How are we going to do that, your Majesty? None of the men will put a hand on it.”

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A little more about David

9. Have you ever had any paranormal experience?

Not as such. My wife and I like to visit supposedly haunted places at night but we’ve never seen anything.

10.Who is your favorite person in life?

My wife. Who else could I say? 🙂

11. Do you have any hero? who is s/he?
My hero is either J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis. They were both academics, Christians, and fantasy writers of a very high caliber. I would love to emulate their lives, at least in most ways.
12. If you could change the world would you? what will be the changes?
I would make everyone more loving towards each other. That would fix a lot of problems right there.

13.What do you hate most in the world?
I hate willful ignorance and stupidity and people arguing from flawed logic to intentionally deceive people.

14.What are your hobbies other than writing?

I have a lot, although not a lot of time to pursue them. I love mountain climbing and camping. I also love wood-carving and playing Minecraft. Anything really that involves creation.

15.Who is your favorite poet? Why?

I don’t really read many poets. My favorite poem is Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll, since it’s weird like me.

16.If you could change one thing about yourself what will it be?

I blush easily, so I would change that.

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About your books, all of them (individually)- I have five finished novels, not including Giselle, so I’ll just write about Giselle, since it’s the only one currently for sale on my blog.

1. What is this book about?
Giselle is the story of a man who goes back in time and sees a woman he liked but fell out of contact with. He then tries to pursue a relationship with her in the present and the past.

2. What is the inspiration behind the book?
I honestly don’t remember but a lot of the preliminary work on it I did when I was on a hiking trip by myself. I went to a few remote Korean islands for a few days.

3. Is there any special message?
It’s a love story but deals with ideas like free will and fate and if we can change things or not.

4. Tell me something about how you wrote it, what you loved writing/hated a bit or anything you will love to share!
I started this story several times since it didn’t feel right at first. Also, in the first draft, the main character killed himself at the end. The couple people that read it thought it was horrifying and depressing (they were right), so I changed it and made it much better.
5. Full url from where we can get your book. 🙂
This has links to various places where you can buy it.