Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Degree Program

English, MA

Committee Chair

Griner, Paul

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Stansel, Ian

Committee Member

Singel, Rachel

Author's Keywords

memoir; relationships; self-awareness; child hood traumas


As a studio artist and a creative writer, I contemplated what would happen if I utilized the principles of fine art in the application of the written word. If I became the subject of the written word, could I formulate the telling of my story in such a way that a reader could find themselves sculpted within its pages? Eight Pieces of Pie tells my story, that as a single woman at the age of forty-three years, eight months and six days, I discovered I was unavailable. I delved back to my first memories to discover how my emotional unavailability formed, how it perpetuated, and how I engaged in unhealthy relationships with unavailable men in the areas of spiritual, geographical, mental, legal, sexual, additive, financial, and emotional unavailability. Eight Pieces of pie tells the story and how I broke through my sabotaging behavior to a healthy life with healthy relationships.