Most student writers do not aspire to be writers. They just want to write well enough to pass their classes, especially their writing classes, so they can get on with their lives. Many know that writing will continue to be an important part of their professional lives, but they still don't aspire to it. It isn't a pleasant idea.
Roy K. Humble (not his real name) had always aspired to write and study writing, and for the first five years of his teaching career, he assumed his student must have the same affection for this craft and taught them accordingly. He showered on them all the delightful googaws that he'd gathered in graduate school, which at the time was steeped in classical rhetoric. In return, his students gave him the same papers that they'd learned to compose in high school, papers that had form of a kind and not much else.
Once Humble finally figured out this situation, he decided to try a new approach and assume that his students were unaspiring writers who knew little about formal writing and cared even less. Finding no textbook who approached students in this way, he started to devise his own. The Humble Essay was written first. It focuses on introductory composition students who lacked an understanding of both the essay and the paragraphs from which it was made. The Humble Argument later adapted the first book for slightly more advanced students who were better able to present their ideas in written form but didn't have particularly good ideas.
Both books are written to actual students. He used the nom de plume Roy K. Humble in part to general the book titles he wanted and in part to test the books out on his actual students, to get honest, not-sucking-up feedback about what worked and what failed horribly. What you find here is the product of decades of testing and fine-tuning, mostly with community college students.
In addition to theses two composition textbooks, the Articles section offers shorter bits of instruction on a variety of topics. Actually, at the moment, there's just one topic, Multimodal Communication, but the plan is to expand, especially with a focus on sentence mechanics. One can dream.
This site replaces PostindustrialBooks.com and HumbleWriting.com, which were fine but heavily dependent on WordPress and sitebuilding software that felt like a bad marriage. Who has the time to keep up with plugins and theme updates and email about upgrading? Oy vey.
So that's what this is all about. Thank you for listening. If you have any questions, please send them to editor @ this domain for a not unprompt answer.