Hi there! *breaks into singing Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time”* Welcome to my About page!
My name is Seeta (pronounced C-tuh), and I like chai. Not chai tea. Chai. Don’t argue with me.
For twenty years, I taught college English, sociology, and student development. I was an adjunct instructor, meaning I was only part-time. Technically.
To make ends meet, I taught five to seven classes a semester at three different institutions. I once did eight in a semester and promptly had a breakdown. 0/10 do not recommend.
Truthfully, the reason I majored in English was not to teach; it was to write. Yet as an adjunct, I never had time to write. I also picked up editing work because why not. In short, I spent my days improving everyone else’s writing, but never doing anything with my own.
I never stopped telling my stories though. I just subjected my students to them.
After two decades of self-betrayal and a whole discriminatory, gross boss, I left the traditional classroom in late 2019 and left higher education entirely in mid-2020.
After a smidgen of local social media success writing food reviews, I started a business in July of 2020, named it Whole Damn Woman, and piggybacked off that small following. My offerings changed too often, but the core mission never left: I wanted to help others stop giving away parts of themselves to make others happy. Plus food. Because food.
As I learned to take back my own wholeness, I shared my experiences with my followers by telling my stories. I finally had the space to write. Sadly, in trying to grow the business, I self-betrayed again, so I closed Whole Damn Woman in October of 2023.
- 20 years teaching experience
- 3+ years running a business
- 2 undergraduate degrees
- 1 graduate degree
- 1 graduate certificate
- 0 published books
Writing is one of two passions I’ve had since I was 12 (the other is Chicago Cubs baseball). From spending a high school summer in my bedroom handwriting fanfiction about a professional wrestling character to getting my first piece of short erotica published at age 43, writing has been my constant.
I will honor that from now on. Probably.