About Josh


Before I delve into talking excessively about myself, I’d like to take a bit of time to note that I absolutely love the concept of an “About Me” page. Admittedly, I’m as narcissistic and self-centered as the next person (and you are). After all, we experience the universe through our senses and interpret events through the filter of our mind and our personal experiences; in essence, we live through our own concepts of self. So, in celebration of humanity’s dedication to the self, I will start this bald exercise in ego-centrism.

My name is Joshua Derke. You can call me Josh, if you’re into the whole brevity thing. The idea for this blog came about when I made a curious discovery: “A Rushed Joke” is an anagram of my name. For some time I had planned to start a blog and write about the things that interest me. The audience I envisioned for this blog was pretty much anyone who felt like wasting their time on the internet, and I figured my chances were pretty good.

For most of my life I have been a student of some sort (or what some pompous sociologists probably don’t refer to as penniless mooching bums). Ever since I was a small child I wanted to be either a mad scientist or one of those cool people who conquer the world and then rule it with an iron fist of steady and competent disinterest. Unfortunately, and somewhat regrettably, life is not like a game of Risk so much as it is a buzzing alarm clock with no snooze button.

My main interests are politics, science, science fiction (hard, space opera, time-travel—really, any kind of science fiction), video games, writing, literature, comics (graphic novels, one-panels, superhero comics, etc.), movies and many other things. Basically, my interests are eclectic and I don’t really want to take my precious time listing all of them (and I suppose your time, but this isn’t an About You page, is it?).

I graduated from the University of Michigan in April of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature. I had also achieved certification as a nurse aide, and worked as a nurse assistant in a hospital for over two years. I also ran as the Democratic Candidate for State Representative for Michigan’s 93rd State House District, in the years 2014 and 2016.

Most recently I moved from Michigan to Philadelphia to live with my fiancée, Anastasia Klimchynskaya, while she completes her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.

My time at the University of Michigan has been filled with exciting adventures and great learning experiences, which include:

  1. A position as a Staff Writer for the storied and famous Gargoyle Humor Magazine for three years.
  2. Involvement in the LOL ROFL Comedy Club (an improv and stand-up comedy group) as an officer and performer.
  3. Dabbling in stand-up comedy by participating in Chili Challis’ Comedy Dojo and performing at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
  4. Stage Acting at the Walgreen Drama Center.
  5. Performing as an extra for the Michigan Creative Film Alliance’s movie “Appleville.”
  6. Work coding science-fiction short stories and magazine covers as a member of the University of Michigan Genre Evolution Project, working with GEP co-founder Professor Eric S. Rabkin.
  7. Work in political campaigns, most notably that of President Barack Obama in 2008, and for his 2012 reelection campaign.
  8. Work for Environment Michigan, collecting donations and raising awareness of vital environmental issues.

Well, I suppose that’s enough self-indulgent claptrap for now (I love compound words, by the way, and you should too). If you’d like to reach me by e-mail, send a message full of praise, disdain, or unhinged rantings to: arushedjoke@gmail.com.

You can find my LinkedIn profile here.

If you’re interested in following my author page on Facebook, you can mosey on over here and give me a Like.



  1. March 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Hi! I just saw your review on Amazon! Thank you so much! Listen, not to be anal here, but my friend also mentioned something about a character’s name being wrong and I cannot, for the life of me, find it. Would you please let me know where it is so that I can fix it for future Kindle versions? Thanks!

    • March 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      I’m looking through my notes here (I love the Kindle Fire HD…so awesome).

      Okay, so according to my Kindle it’s in Chapter 23, on page 214. Starting from the beginning of Chapter 23, it’s in the third section (after the ~*~).

      This is a bit of the text: “So one day after work, Trevor went with his father to sell his sister’s beloved vehicle.”

      From this text it is clearly meant to be Gavin, not Trevor.

      • March 11, 2014 at 12:11 AM

        Thank youuuu!! Oh my goodness, this has been driving me crazy! I guess I’ve read it too many times. 😛

      • March 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        I’m happy to help. I’ve been writing my whole life and learned the hard way that editing your own writing is a tough enterprise.

      • March 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        You don’t understand… I had at least seven other people edit it and NO ONE CAUGHT IT until my friend read it over Christmas.

      • March 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        Like, before I published it. You’re only the second person to catch it.

      • March 11, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Well, honestly, it’s one of the things I spent five years in college learning how to do. I used to edit and layout a humor magazine on top of all of the writing I edited and critiqued. You might say it’s a specialty.

        Heh–I used layout, a noun, as a verb. In linguistics this is called a functional shift. Shakespeare is noted for this strategy. I wrote a story with a bunch of functional shift (the character was a dramatic poetic type) so there’s sentences like: “I’m going to couch with the hang-outs” and “I’m going to go morosely liver.”

        Sorry. Tangent.

  2. March 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Have been reading through some of your blog posts, and really like the amount of research, thought, and effort you put into them. Great job…

    • March 22, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Thanks for reading! I’m glad that you appreciate the effort I put into writing them. I don’t update as often as I would like to, but I think the amount of time I put into individual posts makes up for it.

      • March 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Indeed, quality over quantity every time!

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