TJ Seitz

Biography

On the surface Timothy John Seitz appears to be a quintessential middle aged male. TJ (or Jackie to family members) is married to his HS sweetheart and lives with his family (3 kids, a dog, 4 cats, 1 guinea pig, a ferret and a leopard gecko) in a suburban split level ranch located on the outskirts of Rochester, NY.

Seitz spent 20 years in the field of government IT before shifting his career path towards procurement. Learning why/how things work, “pushing buttons” and “stirring the pot” (instigating) have always been inherent weaknesses for TJ so administrating computers and contracts within large bureaucracies comes natural for him.

While working full time, TJ also attended college part time (and sometimes full time). To keep himself (relatively speaking) sane he majored and minored in non-technology subjects, earning a BA in English with a writing concentration from Saint John Fisher College and a MA in Social Policy from Empire State College.

As an undergraduate student TJ attended writing classes taught by George Saunders and Judith Kitchen (though neither teacher would probably remember him). Distractions like kicking virtual wasp’s nests on BITNET Listservs (predecessors to social networking sites like Facebook), soliciting donations for a Panty Alter fund and hanging out with a heavily medicated professional drummer named Dirtbag interfered with TJ’s ability to write anything particularly noteworthy for either class. He also attended a workshop at the Omega Institute mentored by Marge Piercy and Ira Wood.

In reality the stable full time jobs have been serving as functional fronts for TJ’s secret life as a writer. They provided him with money to pay his bills and experiential material to write about. The down side of working in IT and going to college was that he did not have a lot of time to devote to writing and publishing. Adding a problematic first marriage, babies and divorce to the mix did not help much either.

TJ is currently working on several writing projects/ideas and recently took a graduate writing class proctored by James Whorton.

Mr. Seitz's essays and letters have been printed in both local and national publications. His poetry has been published both in the United States and England.

Where to find TJ Seitz online

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Books

A Mouse in the Classroom
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Price: Free! Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Teachers & educators
Essay about the day and what happened when a mouse appeared in an inner city in-school-suspension classroom.
Expect It When You Least Expect It
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Price: Free! Words: 8,490. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
Short story about a teen during the mid 1980's and his job at a local grocery store.
A Husband Makes Things Easier
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Price: Free! Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
Short story about a conversation between two people during a snowstorm.
The Witch's Apprentice
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Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Short story about a train ride during the 1940's and what happens afterward.
Passin Time at West Side High
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Price: Free! Words: 8,820. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
Short story about a student named Kwinton Jones and the inner city high school he attends
Anita
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Price: Free! Words: 1,900. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
Short story about a woman and her two companions who live at a hotel for transients.
A Buddhist Monk Story
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Price: Free! Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Short story about novice monk going to elder monk for advice
The Big Polyp and How He Earned His Name
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Price: Free! Words: 830. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
Short story about a person and how they earned their nick name during the 1980's.
Louisiana Rain
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Price: Free! Words: 50,080. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
Story about a spontanious road trip to New Orleans during the early 1990's.
Grasshoppers on The Grill
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Price: Free! Words: 580. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Buddhist
Short essay about being aware of our actions and considering their effects.
The Existence of Souls and Other Blatherings
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Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
Essay inspired by an online philosophy class on the subject of souls and whether or not they exist.
Wrestling With Oresteia
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Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
Essay about the concept of Fate
Once in A Lifetime
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Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
Essay about once in a lifetime experiences.
Portnoy's Son
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Price: Free! Words: 15,990. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
Short story about a group of people who lived together during the late 1980's-early 1990's and a character named Dirtbag
Beauty
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Price: Free! Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
An essay about the subject of beauty.
Unemployment
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Price: Free! Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers / job hunting
Essay about being unemployed
Three Degrees of Passion
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Price: Free! Words: 8,160. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
Shory story about love and relationships
Thoughts on Buddhism
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Price: Free! Words: 1,430. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Buddhist
3 short writings associated with the subject of Buddhism
Uncle Vincent
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Price: Free! Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
Short story about a person who died
Paperwork
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Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business writing
An essay about the writing documentation and paperwork as a career choice
A War Story
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Price: Free! Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
Short story set during World War II
Poems written Between 1990 and 2010
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Price: Free! Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Poems written between 1990 and 2010
A Particular Kind of Woman
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Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Personality
Essay on the power some women have over men
A Fairy Tale Contract
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Price: Free! Words: 6,150. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Business
A classic fairy tale written in the form of a contract
Thoughts On Writers
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Price: Free! Words: 2,160. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Essay on writers

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