Hiya! I write here to think through life and other vexing thoughts and ideas. Also, I hate writing. Yeah, go figure, ’cause I definitely can’t.

This professor would tell you a lot about himself, but inexplicably, I would end up telling you only uninteresting and dull particulars which would leave you crying in supreme boredom. In fact, you’d probably be left wondering why you had wanted to hear anything in the first place. So, I’ll just give you some dull facts:

(1) My favorite author is Mark Twain. 

(2) I don’t like coffee or chocolate–much.

(3) Butterflies hate me, I think.

(4) I’m never quite myself.

(11) Pride and Prejudice scares me, but I haven’t had a nightmare yet. 

(12) I’m heartless and  a warrior.

(Yes, the numbers aren’t in order…oh well.)

That’s about it. *bows and his hat stays on*

799 Responses to “About the Professor”


  1. 1 kalabalu February 17, 2021 at 03:12

    I absolutely love this conversation. it is so hilarious. How can I follow your blog and read more.

  2. 2 Devina May 5, 2017 at 23:10

    Greetings, Professor! Three years ago you paid my humble blog a visit. Scrolling down today I found you again and said to myself “Now this looks to be a peculiar fellow (peculiar in a good way)” and here I am! Have a good day/night:)

  3. 4 bardictale April 6, 2016 at 07:16

    I think you’ll agree with this: http://yeahwrite.co/post/87289946354 (I know I do, which is why I thought of you)

  4. 8 alicjajohnson February 21, 2016 at 05:55

    Howdy, Professor! I’ve nominated your fabulous blog for a Liebster! The full instructions can be found here (http://reelredreviews.net/2016/02/21/2nd-liebster-award/), whenever you have time to attend to them – given your always busy agenda ;)

  5. 12 Sarah Beth January 12, 2016 at 19:40

    the professor doesn’t like chocolate or coffee….hmmm, the girl thinks…could we be friends??? but wait!!…the professor collects old coins…he’d appreciate the girl’s wheat back penny collection for sure!

  6. 22 Nimmi September 23, 2015 at 20:26

    Hey Dear,

    A big congratulations to you… I’m so glad to inform you that I’m nominating you for “The Sunshine Award”. You can get the details here:
    https://feelingsoulmate.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/forth-surprise-box/

    Waiting for your answers… :)
    Keep Shinning!! <3

  7. 37 samaborder September 3, 2015 at 22:45

    Hello again Professor. I’m forward looking to I have what reading missed……..or something.
    tails a waggin sir tails a waggin.
    Sammy

  8. 39 Haylee September 3, 2015 at 14:56

    Hello! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog :) You have the honour of being my OFFICIAL 100th follower! I had to capitalise because you’re not technically the 100th – but that’s another, probably quite boring story that I’ll stick in a post.

    I feel I should give you a prize…what does one give a Professor? Obviously not chocolate (not a fan either, wouldn’t miss it if it became extinct).

    I’m enjoying your list of vocabulary too, it’s very Dahl. Look forward to reading more.

  9. 51 amommasview April 30, 2015 at 13:16

    Seriously??? You hate chocolate? Who hates chocolate?… What about wine???

  10. 60 Madam_W March 27, 2015 at 13:48

    Butterflies hate me too, those self-righteous bastards…

  11. 69 samaborder March 17, 2015 at 09:22

    Hi Professor
    I have nominated you for a “Daydreamer Award” Thanks for providing such fun on your excellent blog

    https://samaborder.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-daydreamer-award/

    Sammy

  12. 75 Nimmi March 9, 2015 at 13:06

    Hi Professor,
    I loved your Punchy Land and your Punchy writings. You always make me laugh and matter to think about. I (and probably the rest of your readers) would love to know more about how you write your magic verses. I was recently nominated for a special kind of award called ‘Virtual Blog Tour’ that lets one share more than just list blogs we like and I would like pass on a nomination to you (link to my post https://feelingsoulmate.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/blog-tour-award)
    Here are the rules if you’d like to accept:
    1. Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.
    2. Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do:
    •What am I working on at the moment?
    •How does my work differ to others in my genre?
    •Why do I write/create what I do?
    •How does my writing/creative process work?
    3. Compose a one-time post which is posted on a specific Monday (date given from your nominator).
    The date I would like you to post on – 30 March
    And also, please don’t feel obliged to do anything. The matter is that I am a big fan and would love to know more about your creative process.
    Keep Shinning always,
    Nimmi.

  13. 80 mgrace58 February 16, 2015 at 01:38

    Hey you! My partner in Sithy crime! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! :D
    https://mgrace58.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  14. 105 Nimmi February 12, 2015 at 10:59

    Hey Dear, Great to meet such a lovely person like you. You are an awesome, awesome writer. Your skill of making people laugh is incredible. I love to be around in this Punchy land. Looking forward to read more of your lovely work :-) Thank you!!

  15. 131 Donna George February 8, 2015 at 05:39

    Impressive about page, fun list, except the chocolate preference :)

  16. 140 Shreya January 25, 2015 at 01:44

    I thought of fighting you for not liking coffee or chocolate, but I realized there’s more for me. Also, I love this blog, Professor.

  17. 152 Feminine and Feline January 9, 2015 at 04:13

    What do you teach?

  18. 154 Kerry Elizabeth January 8, 2015 at 16:46

    Hello! I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! You can check it out here :) https://aspoonfulofperfection.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  19. 156 Louis from VA December 28, 2014 at 22:41

    Hey there, Professor! I hope this day finds you well.
    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. It looks like you’ve been nominated for it before… but who cares, right? I quite enjoy your dadblamery, and I hope you’ll accept.
    Details can be found here. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

  20. 158 Louis from VA November 1, 2014 at 23:08

    *lands in your blog* *squints disorientedly* Oh wow, your blog looks cool! Almost like it’s own world: the Punchy Lands. I’m still not quite sure what it’s about, but maybe if I stick around for a while I’ll get a better sense of it.
    Thanks again for following mine!

  21. 166 rolerrol October 21, 2014 at 15:28

    Great to meet you Professor!
    I would say I am looking forward to reading what You have to share but I have no idea what to expect. will let you know if I like what I read….haha
    Thanks for the follow…..!
    Rolain

  22. 172 Jadie August 24, 2014 at 17:35

    hahahaha this is just too cool! But what does the Professor look like?

  23. 198 kalabalu August 22, 2014 at 05:51

    Do you like it , if someone gives you a punch ?

  24. 202 aj vosse August 13, 2014 at 11:05

    Dear Professor, I am somewhat amused by your short list but more so, I am in a quandary regarding the equation.

    P=m(i)c2.]

    Would you please define each character and what is the function of the square bracket at the end??

    I will soon be clicking on the “read more” to see if the answers are hidden deeper… ;-)

  25. 218 coruscantbookshelf August 9, 2014 at 19:08

    Question: Is Darth Duke a PL’er, or does he only exist when you’re trying to annoy Erin and me? In fact, does your very Sithliness ever exist outside of trying to annoy Erin and me? In other words, I don’t believe you’re really a Sith on your own blog.

  26. 250 Anniemation Floe June 19, 2014 at 13:01

    Hi there,
    I have nominated your blog for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. You can find all the details you need by clicking on this link..

    http://anniemationfloe.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/are-you-inspired-are-you-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Have a good day 

  27. 252 zar4h May 12, 2014 at 18:12

    Hello!:) This is a very cool blog indeed!:)
    I can’t wait to read some of your work
    Love Zara

  28. 258 Amreen Bashir Shaikh May 12, 2014 at 06:13

    Hi! Nice Blog! I hope to read more of your posts in the future! :)

    Regards,
    Amreen

  29. 264 erinkenobi2893 May 6, 2014 at 01:08

    :-) Thanks for the feedback on the draft. ;-) Oh, and I borrowed the “Go boil your head!” from Brian Jacques. I thought it was better and more Obi-Wan than just “go jump off a cliff.” X-D

  30. 285 babso2you May 3, 2014 at 03:23

    Thank you for the follow! I too am a Twain fan. Have you read “The Lowest Animal?”

  31. 287 Dilip May 2, 2014 at 04:20

    Fascinating indeed! Good to meet you Prof.

  32. 289 The Reading Girl May 2, 2014 at 00:41

    Hello Mr. Professor

    I don’t know if you have done this before but I think you would do a great job.

    I would like to nominate you to participate in a Writing Process Blog Meme.

    If you accept my nomination, you will need to write an article prompted by the following four questions and post it on your blog on Monday, May 12, 2014. You’ll also nominate three writers of your choice to post their articles on their blogs on May 19, 2014. The four questions:

    What am I working on at the moment?
    How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    Why do I write what I do?
    How does my writing process work?

    I’d be honored if you would accept this nomination. Please let me know ASAP so that I can feature your blog in my post on May 5th, 2014.

    I will use some info from your About Me Profile information to let my viewers know more about you, if you don’t mind. Or, if you would like me to say something different you could let me know?

    Thanks Professor! I hope you decide to try this.I love your stories with the Punchy family and I would like for you to try this.

    Yazmin

  33. 293 Dianette April 22, 2014 at 11:48

    OH… MY… !!
    Where should I start?
    Should I , actually?!

    I could ( almost/fast) subscribe your… points.. from up above ;-)
    more or less…
    I’m not a Professor…( yet… still ) ;)
    Glad to find you, Professor…

  34. 309 saurabhcj April 17, 2014 at 19:29

    I’m sorry Im so confused! I can’t seem to understand a thing o.O What does dadblamery mean?

    • 310 Professor VJ Duke April 18, 2014 at 15:53

      Greetings! No problem. (I recommend heading over to the “Start Here” page. That will explain things.)

      Well, dadblamery refers to something that is ridiculous. For instance, you could say: “Saying pigs can fly is dadblamery, since we know it’s impossible.” Does that help?

  35. 311 The Reading Girl April 11, 2014 at 01:28

    i just noticed that you do not sound dull at all ;)

  36. 313 maryamchahine April 8, 2014 at 15:07

    By the way, I love the new look of your blog : )

  37. 315 maryamchahine April 7, 2014 at 15:30

    Chickit! I’ve read through all of the comments and replies, and I still haven’t got to the bottom of the mystery of the professor. Who is the professor? Here is what I have so far:

    *scratching in a dusty notepad with a pipe stuck at a frustrated angle in the corner of the mouth*

    1. The Professor doesn’t like tea, coffee or chocolate.
    2. The Professor loves Mark Twain.
    3. The Professor abhors hot pink.
    4. The Professor lives in PA.
    5. The Professor doesn’t work in a university.

    *tearing and crumpling the notepad paper in frustration*

    What does this all mean?!!!

    By the way, why is (5) not in italics like the rest? Is that some kind of clue? I bet it is or otherwise I’m going crazy ; D

    • 316 Professor VJ Duke April 8, 2014 at 01:18

      *laughing* I just fixed 5. It was a mistake! One of many. Well, here. I actually love tea. The professor is a warrior. And…well, I’m not sure what else to tell you. Do you have any questions? I am an open book, you know.

      • 317 maryamchahine April 8, 2014 at 15:04

        Okay, so it was a mistake? There is also a missing period after “I take full blame” which made me think this was another clue to you saying something more. I’m a bit off my rocker today…but the more and more I read your blog, the more I think you are doing double speak behind each line. There are probably clues peppered throughout your blog, but I just haven’t read it the right way.

        The professor is a warrior with a katana, I believe : ) Hmm…what is the meaning behind warrior? Is it the professor’s purpose to drive his readers insane? ; )

        I know you think I’m a bit crazy probably, but it’s the fault of your blog. I’m also a curious person who likes to know the person behind the blog. You heavily guard your identity that’s for sure. Do you work in a sensitive industry? Perhaps you are a CEO of a company?

        “Open book” has been repeated many times. Another clue? Perhaps I go back to my original theory that you are a teacher of some sort, but you don’t work in a university. You work in a school perhaps. Haha, lots of questions. I’m making myself quite dizzy ; D

      • 318 Professor VJ Duke April 9, 2014 at 00:02

        Oh really? Yeah, that’s a mistake too. And you wouldn’t be too far off. There are clues everywhere! I know that makes it tough for you–but there are!

        *laughing* No! What can I answer for you?

        Well, I don’t teach at all, and I’m not a CEO or work in a sensitive industry. Now, the answer I should give is that this professor lives in the PL and chronicles the PL: https://thepunchylands.wordpress.com/professor-vj-duke/ But I will tell you that the professor love s music.

        Yes, I always say that. Ask a question and usually I’ll give you an answer.

      • 319 maryamchahine April 10, 2014 at 16:05

        Ah, so I was right about the clues : D Okay, so I’m on the right track here, but that definitely doesn’t make it easier. I believe this punchy mission will require patience and much observance. Perhaps I will enlist the help of Daddy Olmes ; ) Haha, he will probably confuse me more than I already am, so that’s probably not a good idea. Good day to you, Professor. I’m off to ponder the significance of music and its relation to the Professor ; )

      • 320 Professor VJ Duke April 10, 2014 at 20:05

        I hope I haven’t told you too much! Oh dear… *the professor decides not to think about what he might have divulged*

        For sure! Daddy Olmes would confuse everything, I think!

        Have an awesome day, M.

      • 321 maryamchahine April 12, 2014 at 14:58

        No, definitely not enough. What information we have are some few crumbs ; D However, I have a new idea, but I will have to observe and read more. Until then….

      • 322 Professor VJ Duke April 14, 2014 at 13:11

        Now you have me guessing, M! How wicked. *laughs*

  38. 323 erinkenobi2893 March 31, 2014 at 14:25

    I feel ya for the last comment, about being responsible. I am (unfortunately) responsible for anything I write, but I’m not fully responsible for everything that goes on in the corridors of my mind palace (such as Morgana stalking Obi-Wan Kenobi and Capt. Rex and Commander Cody T.P.ing the place!) :-P
    *giggles* Some lives, you’ve just gotta be odd… ;-)

  39. 350 deepbluesandseafoamgreens March 28, 2014 at 21:19

    O Professor!
    Hello!
    I’ve nominated you for the Quintet of Radiance Award. You don’t have to do anything, but if you want, come check it out here: https://deepbluesandseafoamgreens.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/ze-award-squeakssquealssquawks-im-really-a-secret-bond-like-bird-who-pretends-to-be-a-teenager/
    Stay fabulous; you are awesome!
    :)
    Yours Truly, VQ

  40. 352 laugraeva March 25, 2014 at 18:43

    Erm I would quite like 445 comments on one page of my blog please? Thanks.
    P.S
    What’s that little symbol mean?

  41. 360 Jules March 20, 2014 at 01:33

    Hello :D I thought I’d stop by to ask how that intro page is coming along..?

    • 361 Professor VJ Duke March 20, 2014 at 12:15

      Hi, Jules! Nice to see you here. Well, it’s coming. The video for the page is almost done. Thanks for asking. Once the vids done the page will go up. It’s dadblamery. Would you have guessed that?

  42. 370 deepbluesandseafoamgreens March 15, 2014 at 22:05

    The professor has something mysterious about him. Intriguing, I dare admit, whimsical, if the professor were to teleport into 16th century Britain, even then I think the locals would gather round, stunned into utter silence by his spontaneity. I’ve much to travel, in my long, yet exciting journey, as I brave tempting seas and skip stones upon the shore. The professor is quite a character; so now I’ve to knock politely, remove the stupid clip from my hair, and wait patiently to be allowed inside…..

    :)

    Basically; you’re awesome, dude.
    VQ (Z)

    • 371 Professor VJ Duke March 16, 2014 at 19:11

      Hi, VQ! Great to see you here. (It’s actually made my day. :D )

      :lol: Lovely words, for sure. The professor is also wicked, don’t you think so?

      Definitely come in! And welcome. Get involved, comment, and have fun. It’s like a community here. Things will make more sense after a short while, I hope. (I’m always confused, though.)

      Aw, thanks! And so are you!

      • 372 deepbluesandseafoamgreens March 16, 2014 at 22:35

        Professor, VK, Sir Awesome, hello!
        Wowee! May your day be full of rainbows; a mist of faint lilac shadowed between each increasingly big (or increasingly small, depending how you look at it) arch. Wicked…perchance. Whimsical; creative, most definitely.
        I’ll take a browse, have a snoop round.
        Happy days!

      • 373 Professor VJ Duke March 17, 2014 at 14:46

        VQ, the professor is glad to have you about! If you have any questions about what you see, just ask me! :)

      • 374 deepbluesandseafoamgreens March 17, 2014 at 17:44

        Sure! :)
        Is there anything in particular you’d like to tell?

      • 375 Professor VJ Duke March 17, 2014 at 22:29

        Well, you mean about me?

      • 376 deepbluesandseafoamgreens March 17, 2014 at 22:32

        Why not? You, the blog, anything! The professor is an intriguing character.
        And I am an intrigued reader.

      • 377 Professor VJ Duke March 17, 2014 at 22:51

        I am? :) Why are you intrigued, VQ? I’m know as an enigma, you know.

      • 378 deepbluesandseafoamgreens March 17, 2014 at 22:55

        Yes.
        And..Precisely. You’re blog isn’t straightforward. And the more I’ve read and listened to you, it’s evident that you’re not “dooby dooby doo” but more…more…I can’t phrase it. Like, even now I don’t know how to define the multiple doobys. But you’re a very different blogger, and it’s a pretty refreshing change, because I still haven’t sussed you out yet. That’s cool. To unravel your personality in a more challenging way.

      • 379 Professor VJ Duke March 17, 2014 at 23:17

        Thank you. It’s true, the professor can only be unraveled little by little, you know. I like that dooby part. :lol: Would you say the professor is sweat or wicked?

      • 380 deepbluesandseafoamgreens March 17, 2014 at 23:19

        Sweet, or wicked?
        An interesting dollop of both.

      • 381 Professor VJ Duke March 17, 2014 at 23:27

        Exactly! That’s what I’ve been trying to tell people. And you just knew it! I’m honored. Thank you, VQ.

  43. 384 Jo March 14, 2014 at 14:50

    Hi, just saying something …. anything …… from a not very punchy Sweden.

  44. 386 Meeinal March 11, 2014 at 20:25

    Thank you for guiding me to your blog:) stay blessed.

  45. 394 Louise B. Leger March 5, 2014 at 14:28

    It’s funny because when you comment on my posts I often do picture you speaking in your character’s voice. This only reinforces that I’m probably correct in thinking so haha :)

  46. 408 British Chick February 28, 2014 at 03:34

    …I’m not quite sure what just happened

  47. 424 love o'clock February 27, 2014 at 02:47

    I like you! So here’s my follow :] Thanks for stopping by at my blog too!

  48. 428 Shalin February 19, 2014 at 05:05

    You have punchy writing indeed. Those were good fun facts about yourself. :)

  49. 434 A Mermaid Named (E.D.) February 15, 2014 at 17:03

    I have stopped by to say hi. I am an explorer-type by nature, so exploring this land will fit perfectly with my personality.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  50. 436 S.E. Panoply February 8, 2014 at 19:08

    Out of curiosity, what did you think of Twain’s Joan of Arc? I’ll be reading that one soon-ish.

  51. 438 The Diva Dummy Diaries February 8, 2014 at 18:44

    How strangely wonderful your land is – all the archetypes come out to play in full freedom :-) Kristina

  52. 440 Charron's Chatter February 8, 2014 at 17:58

    I adore mark twain–by the mark, etc…twain–my most recent book (read to completion) was his biography…:)

    he really did captain those river boats! And felt there was in no way time to write all that he had to write…something to which I can relate!

    A cool, mustachio’d dude, and one of the few to pull off such vernacular musings…

    • 441 Professor VJ Duke February 9, 2014 at 19:40

      Nice! I’ve got his bio. The professor must read it. Do you like him more after reading it?

      :lol: What do you write?

      Very true indeed! Do you think the professor is mustachio’d?

      • 442 Charron's Chatter February 9, 2014 at 20:02

        a resounding yes! vis a vis the moo-stache

        Further–I like him more. A lot more. If gives a backstory to all the hububbbery…the original name for Huckleberry…little known fact

        I write stuff to make you laugh mostly….lotta wordplays and such…:)

        but all genres–poetry, fiction, free verse, cnf, article, op ed…I mostly love nonsense poetry though–just had some pubbed thru Fowlpox Press…:)

        Word Mosaics…you can download PDF free…:)

        what do you write, Punchy?

      • 443 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2014 at 17:01

        :D Interesting!

        Neat. I’ll have to read this.

        Great! I love comedic writings.

        Mostly Punchy stuff, yes. You see, it’s the professor’s job to chronicle all the dadblamery that takes place in the PL.

  53. 444 ambikasingh2 February 7, 2014 at 04:45

    good to know the 2,4,and 6 about you.

  54. 446 edelweiss February 2, 2014 at 06:54

    Thank you for the blog visit and feedback!! Interesting profile! :D

  55. 448 The Reading Girl February 1, 2014 at 23:43

    haha :)…this just made me laugh. Which mean we will be great friends! At least I hope so. Thanks for the like and follow…I know I will definitely enjoy your posts.

  56. 469 belsbror January 31, 2014 at 03:17

    Sorry for the late notifications. Tech problems.
    I nominated you for the Awesome Blossom and the Lighthouse awards. Please get the badges at http://wp.me/p32YrK-1ll and get more info. Also included are the Inventive Blogger and Shauny awards at http://wp.me/p32YrK-1lp to complete the package. :)
    Have a wonderful day! Blessings, belsbror

  57. 471 sandraconner January 24, 2014 at 16:17

    I couldn’t help but laugh at your description of your writing “habit.” I often find that for me — where novels are concerned — shortly after a good beginning, the ending comes trotting along, bold and brave. So I have no recourse but to write the end right then — or else possibly lose my grasp on it — and then go back and fill in the middle. I do hate when that happens, because then the middle starts to bog me down. In my opinion, it’s much harder to keep that middle stimulating and full of life once I know the end. I’m actually grateful when I find myself working on a novel that I don’t know the end of yet.

    But, seriously, if you find yourself feeling discouraged about your writing because of this routine, you might find a little bit of encouragement in some of the articles I wrote recently in a series titled “2014: The Year of the Author.” I’ll include the link to the first article here, and each article has a link to the next. The material is mostly from my curriculum, which I use in all the creative writing classes I teach, but a number of people have found that parts of it have been just the shot of encouragement they needed.

    Also, when you do complete a work and you feel it needs re-writing, don’t get discouraged. Instead congratulate yourself on being smart enough to know it. Every freshly completed work needs re-writing — lots of rewriting. There’s never been a great novel written that didn’t have to be ripped apart and totally re-done in several places before it even hinted at greatness. But do this: Save that original piece exactly like it is. Create a file on your computer just for saving your very first drafts of everything you write. Once it’s saved in that file, then save it again — but under another name — somewhere else in your documents. I often title mine “Experimental Copy of ……” From this point on pull up only the new copy because this is the one you can rip apart.

    Now, experiment to your heart’s content. This is the exciting part of writing: finding out what all different kinds of directions you can take this piece. Attack it ruthlessly. Imagine yourself as a hard-nosed book editor — or a hard-to-please reader. Either one will work. Attack that piece, and any place that you see where you know something isn’t great, delete it and re-write to your heart’s content. You may have to do it 3 or 4 times, but knowing that you still have that original safely tucked away will free you to kill off any part of this copy that you want to experiment with. If you’ll let yourself do this, you’ll be surprised how much you can enjoy it.

    Hope this helps a little. Here’s the link to the first article in the series I told you about:
    http://sandraconner.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/2014-the-year-of-the-author/

  58. 473 lukeusry January 15, 2014 at 17:20

    “My writing career is thus summed up: I begin to write a book that I believe has great promise, and within the first few weeks, I love what I have written thus far—the beginning. Then I move onto the middle of the book, and this is where the trouble begins. At this point, I still think the work has merit, but it has lost some of its promise. Nevertheless, I am still motivated and I move on. Next, comes the ending. This part is written with absolute dreading, and it is a wonder that I make it through. But I do make it through. When the book is finished, I hate the beginning, admire the middle, and abhor the end. After weeks of deliberation, fear, and loathing, I decide that the whole book needs rewritten. However, I can never allow myself to destroy something that took so much of my time. So, I become foolish and begin to write a new novel which I claim, and believe wholeheartedly, will be much different and infinitely better than the preceding one. Upon completion, I hate the beginning, admire the middle, and abhor the end. Consequently, I have yet another masterpiece—a book that either needs rewritten or scraped in favor of another project. I go with the latter. ~ Professor VJ Duke”

    Beginning to middle, middle to end. Where we stop is where we begin.

    I’d like to think that’s how it works.

    The things we hate are the things that make us grow.

    They show us what we don’t want to be.

  59. 475 Lady Pinkrose January 13, 2014 at 15:11

    Thank you for following Petals Unfolding. I just pushed your follow button as well. (smile) IF I had the time JUST to delve into all the talent here on WordPress, this would be a great life.

    I am deeply touched you followed my Blog. ~Amy~

    PS One never knows what comes flying out of my hand (mouth). GRIN

    • 476 Professor VJ Duke January 13, 2014 at 15:37

      Thanks for following, Lady P! It certainly would be a great life.

      Ooo, should the professor be scared?

      • 477 Lady Pinkrose January 13, 2014 at 15:47

        Hehehehehe Of me? Not! Although what I do say, stirs the bees sometimes. LOL I do think outside of the box……just saying!

      • 478 Professor VJ Duke January 13, 2014 at 21:30

        :lol: Well, the professor would like that about you, you know!

      • 479 Lady Pinkrose January 13, 2014 at 21:35

        Well with someone like you cheerleading for me, I’ll get braver as time goes along. Truth be told, many have NOT liked me for what I do say and how I do think. I scare them, perhaps, because I just happen to rock the boat. Not purposely, but in how my perspective in life is. I’ve learned to stay quiet, yet, at Petals, my words are bubbling up. They make one THINK. Not a bad thing at all, yet, with the thinking, truth is seen, and oops, illusion is so much safer. Just saying……. Oh, I have LOTS of pretty sayings too, but now lately, the “oh oh” ones seem to be bubbling up. Oh, Professor, if only you knew the thoughts I don’t say….. gotta work on that courage as I posted today. :-)

      • 480 Professor VJ Duke January 13, 2014 at 21:44

        :lol: Well, say them all. The professor will be sweet about it. But cheerleading…you can’t really picture the professor cheerleading, can you? I sure hope not.

        And the professor is game for the truth over an illusion any day!

      • 481 Lady Pinkrose January 13, 2014 at 22:26

        The Truth. Most do not want to hear it.

        No short skirts for you, then, no? LOL

        Since a child, I have had a Mind for Truth and it seems a Heart that could see a lie a mile away. I have this uncanny “knowing”. I will just keep on and as I go, get more courage and confidence to say what I know. Or hear as well.

        I think we have begun a courtship. You are my type of guy! How NICE, and I mean that, to know there are others who seek Truth as well as I.

      • 482 Professor VJ Duke January 14, 2014 at 13:52

        I know. It’s vexing and a dadblamery.

        Oh dear no! Imagine how the professor would be shamed!

        Well, that sounds really nice, Lady P. The professor likes that lots.

        :D The professor is a genuine truth seeker!

      • 483 Lady Pinkrose January 14, 2014 at 16:27

        All joking set aside, I too seek Truth. And “truth be told” it really hasn’t gotten me too far in life. People honestly do not wish to hear truth. In so doing, the blinders would have to come off. I try to stay on the sunny side of the street with what I say, yet, when I say it like it is, or even pretty the truth up a bit, people still shy away.

        So I attempt to go in the back door with encouragement and smiles. I do get weary of banging my head against a brick wall, or so it seems, and I do wonder if anything I have done, has made one iota of a difference. At least I tried. And I did my best. That is all I can ask of myself, as with you. People are clueless how “those in power” have stolen their power away.

        At times I look at people and I see “puppets”. Cutting those strings usually is accompanied with attack and anger. Yeppers. I know all about that! So again, I try to stay on the sunny side.

        Vexing and dadblamery. You said it! I see too much and at times I wish I didn’t. Ah, but that is who I am, and so it is. Tootles!

      • 484 Professor VJ Duke January 14, 2014 at 17:16

        Well, Lady P, you accept your station with grace, I think. The professor could only imagine the frustration! Perhaps you might retire?

      • 485 Lady Pinkrose January 14, 2014 at 21:39

        Retire in the Land of Photo. Now that would be NICE. Retire from myself? How does one do that?

      • 486 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 00:58

        Oh, I guess that would be impossible, huh?

      • 487 Lady Pinkrose January 15, 2014 at 01:03

        Huh. I guess. I suppose I could have a brain transplant, just supposing, but I won’t. So I’ll finish this life as best as I can, and make plans on how to live my next one. (smile) And oh yes, the imagination is fertile. LOL

      • 488 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 01:15

        :lol: Don’t have a brain transplant! That would be disastrous, you know!

  60. 489 Yoshiko January 3, 2014 at 09:21

    Thank you for following my poetry blog and may you enjoy your visits and readings :-)

  61. 503 Susan Honthumb December 19, 2013 at 16:56

    You are a professor of what?

  62. 513 Gene'O December 18, 2013 at 22:29

    Professor, I am curious to know are you related in any way to the notorious Raoul Duke, esq. ?

  63. 517 curvyroads December 13, 2013 at 23:08

    Ha ha, I can’t wait to dig into your blog further. I especially love your Punchy Exclamations! :D

  64. 519 Crystal Lynn B. December 8, 2013 at 01:19

    Hey Professor! I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award because your stories are coolbeans :)

  65. 521 Anniemation Floe November 11, 2013 at 07:57

    Dear Professor,

    I have been following you for quite a while now & I think it’s time we expose the Punchy Lands to the world so I have decided to nominate you for a Liebster Award: http://anniemationfloe.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/liebster-award-honestly-transition-a-small-thank-you/
    Congratulations! Whether you choose to accept this award is of course entirely up to you, but I felt you were at the very least deserving of the nomination.
    Kind regards,
    Annie

  66. 523 technophile9 October 18, 2013 at 17:04

    Hey! I’ve nominated you for the WordPress Family Award. The full post is here: http://coatechnophile.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/the-wordpress-family-award/

    (I’m not sure if this is allowed, but perhaps you could nominate Ruber’s restaurant? Perhaps it can finally become ‘award-winning’. ;))

  67. 525 Cut Alima October 15, 2013 at 13:08

    Well I gotta say that THE PUNCHY LANDS is definitely an interesting land. I love the way The Professor states his(?) opinions. And yeah, I think I consider my self as a Punchyish person..

  68. 531 Toi Thomas October 15, 2013 at 00:02

    Well Professor, this could be interesting.

  69. 535 Jenn October 4, 2013 at 05:49

    Hi, Professor! I am teaching my son Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer this Fall! We homeschool! I’m now following your blog! :)

  70. 537 Jo - Over the Edge of the Wild October 1, 2013 at 02:09

    Dear Professor,
    Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the follow, but these Punchy Lands you have discovered sound intriguing. I hope you get the chance to finish the story sometime so we can all learn more.

  71. 545 Sherri September 30, 2013 at 09:24

    Well hello Professor! Many thanks for visiting my blog and for the follow, I do really appreciate it. I do sincerely hope that you like what you find there. I am catching up at the moment (the price I pay for not blogging at the weekend!) so will have to return, which I shall do you can be sure of that, to read and learn more about your ‘Punchy Land’! Meanwhile, I just wanted to say hi and thanks from my cyber summerhouse. Have a great day :-)

  72. 551 dawnhosking September 25, 2013 at 08:20

    I like your style ;)

  73. 553 ankushmehta September 24, 2013 at 15:50

    Thank you so much for the follow Mr. VJ Duke :) :)
    It means a lot :)
    Thanks again
    ~Ankush

  74. 557 colliebrookcrossing September 19, 2013 at 16:07

    You’ve caught my interest… I need to open up that thing that glows and has buttons and shows me stuff to read more though. It’s not very easy on the little glowy thing that does the same stuff as the big glowy thing but not as well…. Did I make sense? Eh, who cares. I’m sure you understand. I have a feeling we’re infected with similar strains of “interesting.”

  75. 563 Fannie Cranium September 17, 2013 at 17:54

    Hello Professor. Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods. I must say Punchy Land looks very interesting.

  76. 569 Dean Whitehorn artblogs September 12, 2013 at 09:56

    Hi Professor. What do you change into and do you change back into your original form if you have one.

  77. 571 jennifermzeiger September 12, 2013 at 02:27

    Watership Down equals… Rabits! and lots of adventure.

  78. 573 hazy September 11, 2013 at 14:41

    No chocolate? No coffee? What about tea?

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I’ve found my way to The Punchy Lands, and may I say, it looks rather nice. :)

    • 574 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2013 at 15:53

      The professor loves tea–green, cherry tea. :cool:

      Many thanks! The professor really enjoyed your blog. Welcome to the PL family!

      • 575 hazy September 11, 2013 at 16:05

        Why, thank you for the warm welcome, professor.

        I like tea too, preferably green but I don’t mind black, as long as it’s infused with mint or apple. :)

      • 576 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2013 at 16:24

        Ooo, apple would be great! Never have tried it, though. (I do like you’re gravatar. Very creative. Much better than a ring!)

      • 577 Hazy September 12, 2013 at 12:54

        Twinings has an apple one, but I think they recently changed it to apple & pear. Haven’t tried that yet, though.

        re: gravatar – Thank you! It’s my brother’s drawing of me being a bookworm. Your ring looks rather spiffy, it being engraved and all. :)

      • 578 Professor VJ Duke September 12, 2013 at 13:00

        Thank you! That’s to prove that the professor is the professor.

        Your brother is a great artist, methinks! (I’ll have to check out Twinings. And let me know when you try the apple/pear one.)

      • 579 Hazy September 13, 2013 at 13:54

        Yes. Yes, he is. He’s very creative. Thanks for the compliment, he says. :)

        I’d be interested to hear what you think of Twinings and which flavor you picked to try out. (would be glad to let you know how the apple/pear tastes, once I find it)

      • 580 Professor VJ Duke September 13, 2013 at 15:10

        No problem! (Tell him the professor was very impressed. Couldn’t draw to save his life, I think.)

        Well, do you recommend any, besides the apple? Definitely let me know!

    • 581 Hazy September 14, 2013 at 03:57

      Same here, I’ve no chops for drawing whatsoever. Best I can draw is a stick man.

      I really love their green tea & mint, and English breakfast (but I must have it with a bit of milk). I tweeted once about it, I’ll shoot you a retweet. :)

  79. 583 jennifermzeiger September 10, 2013 at 22:52

    The Horse and His Boy… Now that’s a good book. Although the Voyage of the Dawn Treader’s really good too.

  80. 589 Anja September 9, 2013 at 17:43

    Hahahahaha oh wait…..is that good?

  81. 600 Anja September 8, 2013 at 23:00

    Now I have come over here to learn about The Professor and his professorisms. I read about The Punchy Lands and really quite intrigued.

  82. 604 xoxosanaz90210 September 7, 2013 at 00:14

    Nice to meet you too!

  83. 614 heatherellisbooks September 6, 2013 at 17:45

    Hello thank you for the follow. I think the twits is the best :-)

  84. 616 hereisandrea September 5, 2013 at 01:00

    Hello Sir. Nice to meet you and thank you for following my little site… that’s how I had the pleasure of meeting you. I’m looking forward to reading more and following your adventures.
    ~Andrea

  85. 618 Kate September 3, 2013 at 01:22

    Thank you for coming by my blog! Looking forward to following you here! :)

  86. 620 Simple Mum September 3, 2013 at 00:47

    Thanks for dropping by my blog so that I can check out yours! You are indeed an interesting one! Will be your regular reader now!

  87. 622 Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister September 1, 2013 at 02:57

    If it weren’t for #5, we’d have been perfect friends. Now you’ll have to smell my coffee and chocolate breath if you want my feedback. Great stuff happening on your blog. I really like the way you have it set up and l’ve enjoyed your posts.

  88. 624 farrelljulie August 30, 2013 at 15:08

    Hi Professor! Thanks so much for reaching out to my blog! I love your humorous writing tone – looking forward to seeing your updates in my reader!

    Warmest wishes, Julie

  89. 626 Ms. Vee August 30, 2013 at 15:02

    Hello Professor, it is a pleasure to greet you, on your turf; whichever land that is in at the moment. :)

  90. 630 Douglas Patten August 29, 2013 at 16:09

    Greetings Professor! So glad to have met; now I look forward to observing your adventures.

  91. 632 Gabriela August 29, 2013 at 15:36

    1,4, 8-9 can describe me too. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am most pleased to make your acquaintance, dear sir.
    I must say, I love your attitude. :)

  92. 634 wantonwordflirt August 28, 2013 at 19:09

    Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Like your sense of humour, and randomness….I shall stop by for more.

  93. 638 honeydidyouseethat August 28, 2013 at 16:48

    Looks like a fun blog. Thanks for dropping by and following “Honey.”

  94. 640 heila2013 August 23, 2013 at 15:49

    Hi mysterious Professor. Haven’t figured you out quite yet.. thanks for following my blog. Stalking you as well now. :-) Heila

  95. 642 1WriteWay August 22, 2013 at 14:47

    Very entertaining! And, yes, I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not like chocolate or coffee ;)

  96. 644 0over0 August 19, 2013 at 15:18

    Hello professor. Thanks for following my blog.

  97. 646 Yasmeen Baloch August 10, 2013 at 05:04

    Hello.i Really loved what you have written about you and ;
    (8) I change often. Sometimes unexpectedly.i liked it ;)
    Blessings
    Yasmeen

  98. 664 booklovinggrandma August 9, 2013 at 15:33

    And thank you for following my blog!

  99. 666 booklovinggrandma August 9, 2013 at 15:32

    Greetings from another blogger who has a fascination for history. As a bibliophile who enjoys turning on kids of all ages to books, I find historical fiction a wonderful tool for not only providing reading enrichment but discovering history. Thank you for liking my humble blog.

  100. 668 emilyramos August 8, 2013 at 23:01

    Hello! Thank you for following my blog, Adventures in Fantasy. I am really looking forward to reading more of what you have to say!
    Take care,
    Emily

  101. 670 Frank August 7, 2013 at 16:59

    Traveling around your blog I find myself a loss for words except LMAOROFLOL!
    Funny stuff Prof.
    Thanks for the follow.
    Peace!!!

  102. 672 Mariah August 2, 2013 at 15:52

    I feel obligated to inform you that your blog has kept me entertained for over half of my workday. Almost no work has been done at my desk!

    It’s great :)

  103. 674 sarahneeve July 29, 2013 at 05:42

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. I too, love to make up words and have a weird fascination for history. Hows about a cup of tea and a chat, hmm? :)

  104. 676 TBM July 24, 2013 at 09:02

    I also love history. Fell in love with it in the 5th grade then studied it in college then grad school. Now I read history books. Sadly I don’t get the history channel. Life is so unfair. Nice to meet you!

  105. 678 Naomi iBaltuck July 20, 2013 at 15:52

    Dear Professor Duke,
    I am glad to have made your acquaintance! Perhaps a virtual cup of tea, then.

  106. 680 bikerchick57 July 19, 2013 at 21:38

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you’ll come back for another visit.

  107. 683 Michael Glover July 17, 2013 at 01:10

    This is the greatest “About” page I have ever read!

  108. 685 Lucky Wreck July 13, 2013 at 20:23

    Love your “About” page! :)

  109. 687 desertdweller29 July 12, 2013 at 20:06

    History is so repetitive. But you had me at #4. Love your “About Writing”. I can relate! Look forward to calling you Professor. One should always have a Professor in their life… Good day, Professor! (See, that’s fun to say.)

    • 688 Professor VJ Duke July 12, 2013 at 20:41

      Hi! Welcome aboard. Great to have you!

      I know. That ‘about writing’ thing is just plumb vexing, but we’ll get through it–somehow!

      History is repetitive?! It never repeats, just gets very close. ;)

      And, yes, that’s the thing about this professor. He just never feels quite like himself. Of course, maybe that’s a paradox. But that’s the way it is. Do you know what I mean?

      (If you can, check out the video I posted today! :))

      You made me chuckle about…professor…:D

  110. 689 deanthefish July 11, 2013 at 19:56

    To paraphrase the superior Rossini … Wagner has some wonderful moments, but bad quarter hours.

  111. 695 Bebekoh July 9, 2013 at 05:40

    witty introduction, professor… thanks for visiting my blog. see you around! :)

  112. 706 Masks of Ivory July 9, 2013 at 00:16

    Hi Professor. thanks for the like and did I see follow?..Why no chocolate, I don’t care much for coffee, but no cocoa for soul? hmm. Anyways, I can relate to your “about wiritng” page, I do the same thing. Write, scrap, then write another.

  113. 708 Bugburrypond July 8, 2013 at 22:28

    Hi there, thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m looking forward to your posts :)

  114. 710 Karina Susanto July 8, 2013 at 16:00

    Hi Mr.Professor
    Thank you for following my blog :) I am honored !
    Karina

  115. 712 Rajiv July 2, 2013 at 23:41

    Thanks for visiting my blog conspicuously.

    I, too, love history, and regret not choosing it for postgraduate studies. Regardless of the crumbling state of “Humanities” I think History will always remain The Subject to follow, learn, study, teach and write about.

    And surely, Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors.

  116. 714 kerrichronicles July 2, 2013 at 16:11

    Great introduction to yourself! History is never boring and its great that you love to learn! I look forward to getting to know you, Professor.

  117. 716 Elina July 1, 2013 at 11:30

    You sound like a very cool professor! With exceptionally good humour :)

  118. 718 Christa June 28, 2013 at 21:05

    I am entertained by your “about me” and wouldn’t mind consuming your novel.

  119. 720 Java Girl June 27, 2013 at 23:16

    Thanks for visiting my blog! How about tea then, since you dislike coffee? I love tea houses. ;-)

  120. 724 MissTiffany June 26, 2013 at 20:12

    Even though you are a Mark Twain fan, I think I will stick around for a while…

  121. 728 lidipiri June 25, 2013 at 22:23

    AFter that description… how can we not follow?

  122. 730 Professor VJ Duke June 24, 2013 at 19:43

    He’s tolerable, but irritating! :)

  123. 731 wordsaver June 24, 2013 at 18:41

    If you love your butler so much, the #5 must be Jack Daniel’s, as much about my knowledge about history…and thanks a lot for blogging.

  124. 732 lindaricke June 21, 2013 at 18:17

    I, too, hate both coffee and chocolate. I thought I was the only one. To me, calling something vanilla is not an insult.

  125. 734 Trapper Gale June 20, 2013 at 21:13

    Interesting. I too love history – and can be a bit cynical. I think I’ll stop by again soon.

  126. 736 freespiritedmomma June 20, 2013 at 18:26

    You had me at “Mark Twain”.

  127. 740 Nora L Pratt June 17, 2013 at 00:03

    Ah! I actually found another who shares my dislike for Chocolate? Can’t be… Now, coffee… that’s an entirely separate matter (it’s a MUST have… but some like coffee, some like tea; “I love the Java Jive…” sorry) Wonderful blog you have… I’m intrigued… Thank you!

  128. 742 J.E. Rule June 15, 2013 at 18:08

    Congrats! You have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award! I hope you accept it! http://jrule.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Keep up the awesome blogging!
    Best,
    Jill

  129. 744 Malcolm Greenhill June 14, 2013 at 14:28

    Thank you for dropping by Malcolm’s Corner.

  130. 746 Ann June 13, 2013 at 20:57

    Here’s another “thanks for stopping by my blog” for you :) No really, thank you. Your “About” is so extraordinary I am going to follow you :) I guess I like history but mostly just the wild west stuff like Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane. Okay, maybe a little Civil War thrown in there since I live near Gettysburg. Have a great afternoon. Blessings!

  131. 748 Brett June 12, 2013 at 12:44

    Very interesting blog! Keep it up. Thanks for the likes and the comment! (I enjoy history as well).

  132. 750 Khushbo June 9, 2013 at 20:54

    Very interesting blog Professor! Looking forward to your posts! And thanks for the visit to lifealight! :D

  133. 756 amb June 7, 2013 at 21:07

    No chocolate or coffee? Oh dear, Professor, those are my two favourite food groups! ;-)

  134. 760 sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches. June 7, 2013 at 16:16

    Professor – What fun reading through the ‘mix’ of commenters you have here. Thank you for visiting my blog recently. Did you say no chocolate and no coffee – that’s just un-American. I’m on my way to do some looking around.

  135. 762 boomiebol June 7, 2013 at 11:33

    Hi Professor! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog :)

  136. 764 Jennifer June 6, 2013 at 20:56

    A interesting as you sound, I may have to leave you be, after all you don’t like hot pink, chocolate or COFFEE!!! Not good enough, and I was so going to press that follow button…
    Just kidding, I can forgive you this time round. Jen :-)

  137. 768 Alison June 6, 2013 at 19:37

    Yeah, blogging is fun! :)
    Thanks for the follow. Hope you enjoy the stories of our journeys, both outer, and inner.
    Cheers
    Alison

  138. 770 muriellerites June 6, 2013 at 18:30

    History is fascinating… especially the conflicting versions. Your blog is intriguing. That’s why I prefer blogs to wedsites, the blogger always shines through. Thanks for your comments. Be well.

  139. 772 Alison June 5, 2013 at 21:21

    Hello Professor VJ, nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting our blog, and for the ‘like’ on our about page.
    Rewrite one of those damn novels! Unless of course you’re having too much fun blogging :)
    Cheers
    Alison

  140. 774 weggieboy June 4, 2013 at 14:02

    History is the condiment on time. You can live without it, but I have to ask, why!? I’m adding your blog to my “must read” list!

  141. 776 ilargia64 June 4, 2013 at 08:32

    Hi Professor!
    Thanks for visiting my place!!!! We have two things in common: I like History and Mark Twain!!! I will stay here for a while!
    Have a good day!
    PD: I understand your feelings about your books…Keep trying!! :)

  142. 778 thatartsygirl92 June 4, 2013 at 06:34

    I can relate to what you say about writing a book. At least you can finish a book. I can only write about 50 pages before a “better” idea dawns on my ADD brain and I start writing the new book, completely abandoning the old one. I now have nearly 40 unfinished drafts in my laptop. :) And I’m sorry my habit of smelling and watching books bores you. =)

  143. 782 Redo You Project June 4, 2013 at 00:26

    Interesting bio…Professor! Thanks for visiting Redo…

  144. 786 Smash June 3, 2013 at 16:36

    Good stuff Professor! I enjoy history as well. What would you say your favourite time period is?

  145. 790 Akanksha June 1, 2013 at 13:53

    Hello Sir,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog & its really nice 2 meet u here..& 2 read abt ur world -“Punchy Lands” :)

  146. 792 Jackie May 31, 2013 at 14:54

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog, liking my photo, and sharing your thoughts! I appreciate it very much. You’re an interesting fellow – I look forward to following your posts. :-D

  147. 794 Nancy Loderick May 30, 2013 at 18:08

    Hello Professor VJ!

    Thanks so much for the recent comment on my blog post about Insanity workouts.

    This led me to your fascinating blog, which I am now following.

    I look forward to reading more of your interesting works.

    Happy blogging!

    Nancy

  148. 796 Andy May 29, 2013 at 21:46

    History IS cool. But I’ve never experienced it without caffeine.
    Perhaps in the Punchy Lands I could detox easier?

    Great blog you have here.


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