TJ Seitz


On the surface Mr. Seitz appears to be a quintessential middle aged male. TJ is married to his HS sweetheart and lives with his family in a suburban split level house located on the outskirts of Rochester, NY.

Seitz has spend the majority of his professional career working as an information technology specialist in the fields of education, criminal justice/law enforcement and procurement.

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 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, a divorce, a few bouts with unemployment and colon cancer 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.


I Survived Cancer (And All I Got Was This Cheesy T-Shirt)
Price: Free! Words: 15,120. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer, Essay » Literature
Essay about being diagnosed with colon cancer and what happened afterward.
Thoughts on Buddhism III - Who Am I?
Price: Free! Words: 2,470. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Buddhist
Essay that reflects on the classic question or koan, "Who Am I?"
Mr. T Can't Dance and George Saunders Stole My Stories
Price: Free! Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(2.00 from 1 review)
Short story about a man who believes that author George Saunders stole his notebooks when they were roommates in college.
What Is the Buddha Nature of a Computer Class?
Price: Free! Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Vocational, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Buddhist
Essay about student reactions to a koan-like question disguised as a daily warm-up exercise.
Full Circle
Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Essay about learning how to let go of the past, starting over and moving on.
Lilith's Necklace
Price: Free! Words: 13,880. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Short story about a young woman who lives in a post apocalyptic world.
Price: Free! Words: 2,700. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Genealogy, Nonfiction » Social Science » Storytelling
Creative non-fiction piece about a family myth, ancestors, memory and the truth.
Thoughts on Buddhism II: Great Doubt
Price: Free! Words: 2,620. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Buddhist
(4.00 from 1 review)
Essay about the concept of "great doubt" and learning how to recognize it.
The Once and Future Thug
Price: Free! Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Short story about a teen and how he became the leader of his gang.
A Mouse in the Classroom
Price: Free! Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Teachers & educators, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism
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
Price: Free! Words: 8,490. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Historical » USA
Short story about a teen during the mid 1980's and his job at a local grocery store.
A Husband Makes Things Easier
Price: Free! Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Short story about a conversation between two people during a snowstorm.
The Witch's Apprentice
Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(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
Price: Free! Words: 8,820. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Biographical
Short story about a student named Kwinton Jones and the inner city high school he attends
Price: Free! Words: 1,900. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Short story about a woman and her two companions who live at a hotel for transients.
A Buddhist Monk Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism
(5.00 from 1 review)
Short story about novice monk going to elder monk for advice
Louisiana Rain
Price: Free! Words: 50,080. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
Story about a spontanious road trip to New Orleans during the early 1990's.
Grasshoppers on The Grill
Price: Free! Words: 570. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Buddhist, Essay » Literature
Short essay about being aware of our actions and considering their effects.
The Existence of Souls and Other Blatherings
Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays, Essay » Literature
Essay inspired by an online philosophy class on the subject of souls and whether or not they exist.
Wrestling With Oresteia
Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays, Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology
A non-fiction piece about the concept of Fate inspired by something said in the novel Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.
Once in A Lifetime
Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / general
A non-fiction piece about once in a lifetime experiences.
Portnoy's Son
Price: Free! Words: 15,970. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Coming of age
Short story about a group of people who lived together during the late 1980's-early 1990's and a character named Dirtbag
Price: Free! Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Friendship
A prose piece on the topic of beauty that was inspired by a poem.
Price: Free! Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers / job hunting, Essay » Literature
Essay about being middle aged and unemployed during The Recession.
Three Degrees of Passion
Price: Free! Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A short story about love and relationships from three points of view
Thoughts on Buddhism
Price: Free! Words: 1,420. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Buddhist, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism
3 short writings associated with the subject of Buddhism
Uncle Vincent
Price: Free! Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
A short story about the life of a quirky person who died
Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business writing, Essay » Business
An essay about the writing documentation and paperwork as a career choice
A War Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
A short story set in France towards the end World War II
A Particular Kind of Woman
Price: Free! Words: 1,240. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Personality, Essay » Literature
Non-fiction piece on the power that some women have over men
Thoughts On Writers
Price: Free! Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Essay » Literature
Creative prose piece about writing and the lives of everyday, unknown writers.

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