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Feminist Flicker - Decoding Sexism In Movies

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered why it left you with a feeling of dissatisfaction so subtle that you couldn't quite put your finger on it? Have you ever wondered how to tell if you're watching a movie through the male gaze? Then look no further. Feminist Flicker is here to shine a light on those shadiest of cinematic corners.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that sexism in society is supported and promoted by sexism in the media - especially movies. Indeed, even the most beloved of films can sometimes be unmasked as a hive of insidious white patriarchal messages. 

But fret not, dear reader. Just as Morpheus revealed the nature of the Matrix to Neo, so Feminist Flicker is on hand to expose the truth to you - by decoding sexism in movies, one film at a time.

There's a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It's a baby.

No self-respecting modern woman wants a baby, until you do and then you’re stuffed.

There’s a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It’s a baby is a series of satirical columns about surviving life with a baby and a boyfriend in a modern world that forgot it’s not 1950 something.

Briana takes on all things babies and boyfriend as she discovers motherhood is like riding a wild horse that’s out of control. Only the horse is not a horse, it’s a donkey. And it’s going backwards.

Written with a lot of sarcasm, a little humor and not enough coffee by a woman who wishes she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

Searching For Cereus

“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.” -Jack Gilbert

Uncharted

The world can be funny or terrifying depending on your outlook. Join our hero as he navigates the daily grind, experiencing life so you don't have to.

Colors

COLORS, by Celaine Charles

We live in a colorful world, one that speaks if we listen.

This collection of poetry captures the shades and tints of color I find in my walk along life. The world shines in hues of sorrow, fear, joy, and victory. It’s quiet and thoughtful, though has the potential to scream at the top of its lungs. The world is full of color, even when it appears colorless. And, there is always chroma within the softest of hues.

Sometimes color is overly bright, and we wish it to blend into neutral, to see only heart and soul; faces of people. Then again, we long for the striking red breast of a robin to catch our eye in the mundane spinning of time. The world has a lot to say, if only we stop and notice.

My wish is to inspire a color in you with each poem read. You may not experience color the same way I do, but perhaps you might take a moment to perceive what you are feeling, and what colors arise in your own mind when you notice them more deeply.

For the next six months, I will bring you two poems each week, Mondays and Fridays. One to start your week, and one to finish. All proceeds from this series will be donated through Channillo Charities to “Mary’s Place,” a Seattle-based organization helping children and families facing homelessness.

I welcome your thoughts in the comments along this journey. My hope is to polish this collection for publication in the end. Your encouragement and critique will pave that roadway, helping me leave a legacy of color to the world in gratitude of its muse.

Cityscapes: Urban Treasure, Urban Detritus

Our city streets contain a multitude of objects that people have left behind, lost, or abandoned—a single tap dancing shoe, a lost lipstick lid, a forgotten mug. These wayward items represent our untold stories, our lost moments stolen by time and place. This poetry collection is a linked series that focuses on those objects that we fail to notice as we walk our sidewalks and travel down our streets.

And I Remembered

The suicide attempt was supposed to be the end for Elisabeth. Instead, it was yet another beginning for her, but it forced her to look back at every event in the previous five years that had brought her to this point.

Miami was a light, carefree, airy place where Elisabeth thought she had found herself, and found someone else, a professional hockey player who was starting his own adult life - just like she was. Until it took a grave turn.

Chicago was dark and lonely, a place where Elisabeth wanted to find herself, but lost herself. 

Jumping into the ocean forced her to consider what direction she decided to go in next. But it also helped Elisabeth understand how she grew, struggled and nearly gave up. And how she had to put it all back together.

Searching For Home

What does it mean to call a place home? What if that place is halfway across the world?

Working for a study abroad program in Kaikoura, New Zealand, Lauren taught students the importance of "home-making." When it came to home-making Lauren didn't hold back: connecting with the community, playing open mics at the local pub, and befriending strangers on hiking trips around the country.

But when a natural disaster devastates her New Zealand town, she finds leaving and saying goodbye to a home was something she hadn't learned. 

Follow her journey from falling in love with a place and calling it home, to learning to let go and process the trauma and grief that comes with losing a home.

Extreme Esteem

"Think of it as your weekly pick-me-up, with no caffeine added. Each week, Murray will provide thoughtful and practical insights and advice to help build your self-esteem and uncover your true potential."

Sand in My Parfait

Somewhere in the wake of all that craziness we call life and living, there lingers on a sweet aftertaste that makes it all worthwhile. Sand in My Parfait is a series of poetic musings on parenting and other forms of slow death.

Every poem in this series takes a humorous jab at life as we know it.

WARNING: 
Many poems in this series are written in classical/formal verse. Reader discretion is advised.

A Touch of Noir

A Touch of Noir is a collection of short stories written in "noir" style, featuring immoral, desperate, and sinister characters set in the foggy, shadowy and hilly landscape of post-WWII San Francisco, as well as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Manhattan, and Chicago.  The stories are primarily told in first person, using language typical of 1940s-1960s.

**Update: A Touch of Noir was released in paperback and ebook format on Amazon (+Kindle), Barnes and Noble (+Nook), iBooks, Kobo and Googleplay. Six new tales not available on Channillo are available in this version.

The Blossom of the Soul

The year is 1615. In a Benedictine convent in Northern France a woman named Mary Seton, who was once lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots is nearing the end of her life. 

She wants to tell you her story. 

 

Ghosts of Eagle Valley

Ask anyone in Eagle Valley, Virginia, and they’ll be happy to tell you the history of their little town. After all, it’s a fascinating story. Way back in the 1700s, some of the town’s bravest young men marched off to fight in the Revolutionary War. Later, Eagle Valley’s mill brought the American Dream right to their doorsteps. During the Civil War, families were split between staying loyal to Virginia or re-joining the Union. Even as recently as World War II, Eagle Valley locals fought for victory half a world away. The town of Eagle Valley is proud of its long history, and even more proud of the ancestors that built their town.

Of course, if you ask the ghosts that still haunt Eagle Valley’s streets, you just might hear another side of the story. In this four-story collection, the ghosts of Eagle Valley set the record straight. Every town has its secrets, and these skeletons are ready to come out of their closets.

Ghosts of Eagle Valley is the companion short story collection to Ellen Smith’s debut novel, Reluctant Cassandra. Available only on Channillo for Charity, proceeds from Ghosts of Eagle Valley will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 

My Life as a Rocket Scientist (and other lies I tell myself)

Who am I really?

Well, that is the everlasting question. The answer that still eludes me, and so many others to this day.

My quest is to find some sort of answer to the complexities of life. Join me on this perilous journey, as I slay dragons, defeat zombies, and uncover the hidden truths inside.

Poking holes through tough situations, and learning to find the humor in everyday life. Sometimes, life sucks, but that doesn't mean it's the end of the world. (not yet, I promise)

Quips of Profanity may ensue. 

 

Series Release: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Series Updated: Every other Wednesday

 

The Deer's Ashes

The air of the late Southern summer was thick and heavy, more like soup than air, but I didn’t mind. The shade of the trees by the river was cool; the sun barely peeked through their thick leaves to the ground below. I shifted in my hammock, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath. The sounds of the river rushing next to me, the wind rustling through the trees above, and the muffled sounds of voices walking up and down the path always calmed my heart...

Maddie Sam is a twenty-six-year-old bisexual artist, four years out of college and still working at the local coffee shop downtown. She has a vague relationship with Zadie, who is still in the closet and insists she's going to marry a good ol' boy one day. Suddenly, someone from Maddie Sam's past arrives in town, not entirely by accident.

As I passed the small used bookstore, I saw a faded blue Nissan truck across the street with stickers all along the bumper. I paused and looked at it, and in a rush the memories all came back, bright as day, overwhelming me.

Elwin's Banishment

Banished by his people and transformed into a wolf by his god, Elwin must find a way to save his people. 

This series will follow the wood elf as he struggles to adapt to his new life and defend agasint the evil that lurks in the woods. 

Complete!

Proofreader: Jaycee Durand

 

Hamster Stew and Other Stories

Hamster Stew is a diary-style comedy serial about the adventures of an Irish mom, Trish McTaggart, struggling with her teenage son, a scary ten year old daughter, and an out of control life which lurches from disaster to chaos. All she wants is a part-time job, more passion with her Scottish husband, and a hands-off mother-in-law but life, and her daughter, are conspiring against her dreams.

Perhaps the lessons her friend is giving her in "how to say no" will help?

The IT Girl

What’s it like for a woman working in IT? Kay has been struggling to answer that question for years. Does it mean that she’s often the only woman in the room? Yes. Does it mean she offers a perspective that no one else has? Yes. Does it mean she’s listened to because of her unique take on things? -- hold that thought. As Kay navigates her career and figures out what feminism truly looks like in the workplace - aka do NOT ask her to plan that potluck because she’s the only chick there - Kay also finds humor, inspiration, and friendship along the way. Follow along each week to read stories from her life in the world of Information Technology - and all of the oddities and wonders that a career in tech can bring.

Tearing Down the Playhouse

Meet the Parkers, a family of four living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.:

Michael, a Vietnam vet and artist haunted by the choices he's made;

Jean, a woman at the crossroads of feminism and traditional family values;

Nate, a comic-book-loving boy who just wants to be cool;

and Jen, a Generation-X girl trying to grow up gracefully.

This collection of interlinked stories of love, loss and coming of age are told in their voices, from Cold War America to current day. 

windows

poems that offer glimpses into lives, into minds and hearts, into moments

picture walking down the road and glancing into windows, or driving and glancing out, each look offering a snapshot of the scene you've seen

might be good, might be bad, might be nonsense.. but it will be something

Waiting

 Whether we await good news, or expect to be disappointed, our character is revealed through our actions while we are being forced to wait. Join me on this journey of self-discovery and the exploration of the human condition. In between the big moments, nestled in the pauses and the quiet, lives the chaos where our lives are truly being lived.

Angel’s Guide to Heavenly Recipes

Heavenly recipes from all over the globe, and some from my own kitchen!

All recipes have been thoroughly tested by the author, her husband, and occasionally, her cats.

Sera Storme

Eight years ago, Sera Storme was forced to give up her baby daughter, Lani, for safekeeping. On the run from the Trillium criminal organization, she became a bounty hunter and mercenary for hire, taking jobs where she could, staying low-key. 

On her most dangerous assignment yet, she and Lani are reunited. Sera Storme is a hotheaded bounty hunter, a crack shot and a master of unarmed combat. Being a mother was not something she was prepared for. 

Now Sera must track down and defeat Xane Mori, a dangerous psychic from Mars, in the Sol system, while keeping eight-year-old Lani safe from the Trillium soldiers hunting them. Her only ally is the icy Sabian Delain. Sera’s mission will force her to confront her past, and to find a way to forge a bond with the daughter she left behind.

Death at Delphi

Whose bones lie in Caroline’s grave?

A mysterious drowning. A dead person seen alive. A secret society reviving ancient rites. Rumours of smuggling, espionage and betrayal.

When a handsome stranger asks Jayne for help, her quest takes her to Greece where a web of lies, intrigue, and jealousy is soon laid bare. 

But how can Jayne unravel the intrigue of her friend’s death, when no one will believe her? 

And where is Caroline now?

trees like paintbrushes

trees like paintbrushes
dipped in yellow, red, orange
left on end to dry

 

this collection celebrates nature, in every aspect.. come see the world with me..

 

*cover painted by kathie nooms saxby, inspired by my haiku, above.. which then inspired this collection

Unorthodox Sympathy

"You fill your eyes to their laurel brims

With the beauty that seeps from the cracks

Of the world, broken

Like shattered pottery."

Minute portraits of ordinary life - mere moments in time - that concentrate on the notion that broken things are beautiful.


Winner of the 2016 Channillo Award for Best Poetry Series

Runner-Up of the 2017 Channillo Award for Best Poetry Series

Every Lover is a Soldier: A Story of Vietnam

In this sweeping tale of one woman’s experience of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, Samantha Sullivan loses her brother to the war only to gain the love of his best friend, Sergeant Jake Westergaard.

When Sam joins the Army Nurse Corps and is sent to the 91st Evac Hospital, Chu Lai in 1967, she is shocked to find Jake is stationed there as a platoon sergeant. Forbidden from fraternizing due to the difference in their ranks, they develop their relationship in secret, supporting each other through the violence and pain of their respective duties. 

They marry in secret—on R&R in Hawaii—and return to Vietnam to serve one more tour each, all the while maintaining the utmost discretion about their illegal marriage. 

Sam works long shifts at the evac hospital, doing what she can to put broken and burned men back together again.  She is haunted by the death of her brother—she sees him in the men she treats—and is terrified that one day Jake will end up on a stretcher laid out before her in triage.

Sam discovers she is pregnant, and despite the death and danger around them, Sam and Jake decide Sam will stay at Chu Lai for the first two months of her pregnancy. Jake’s tour will end six months later, in time for the birth of the baby. But seven weeks into her pregnancy, as Sam is planning to tell her superiors, the Viet Cong and NVA launch the Tet Offensive. Sam is wounded on the first night of Tet and is sent home. 

Two weeks later, Jake’s chopper goes down. No bodies are found, only blood trails. 

Is he alive? Has he been captured? Sam is left to wonder, and to wait. When her son is born--a son who has the same coal-black hair as Jake--she wonders what she will tell him about his father’s fate. And what will she believe for herself? 
 

Ghost

Life was simple, until I kidnapped her.

Ghost. The name of a man who is known for his ability to do the impossible. Of course, a hitman of his caliber is hard to find and his skills do not come cheap. Ghost has trained himself to be cold. A necessity when eliminating his victims. Take a job, complete it, get paid. Nothing more. Do as you're told. He has been successful with every hit he was assigned. When living in this hellhole some call a town, a man finds him and asks Ghost for his services. Accepted. First target, a girl. Heiress to the White family. Easy. A simple hit. This girl, that when he puts the gun to her head, intrigues him more than she should. He hesitates. What to do? Follow orders? Or take the first step down a road that could destroy him?

*If you do not wish to wait for the full story, "Ghost" is available for sale at your favorite eBook retailer

Lines in the Gravel

Lines in the Gravel is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth's experiences growing up in rural Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Allie's Choice

Allie comes home when her grandmother dies to finish the B&B that her grandmother had planned. While working on the house she finds a wooden box and opens a door to the past which changes her family in ways she could never imagine.

Vulpine One

Andrus Ovega is accused of murdering his own parents. He is a fugitive from Earth and AWOL from the space army of the International Space eXploration Commission. Left for dead aboard a burning ship, he is forced to assume the role of a notorious mercenary, "Vulpine One." But as he hunts for hope for the future, his past chases him through the cosmos. He'll need all the weaponry, cunning and help from the artificial intelligence "Foxtrot" to survive the criminal underground, corrupt government agencies, evil secret societies and space mutated monsters as he searches for revenge and clues to the origins of the mysterious order of Vulpine. 

Untested

On the day the riders came to town, they kidnapped Kella and brought her to Lord Perrin’s keep. To win her freedom, she must cure Perrin’s son from the magic poisoning his blood. Where Kella is from, it is dangerous if people find out that you are a magic-user. That’s why she and her mother had never settled in one spot for long—as soon as rumors started circulating about her abilities, she had to disappear fast. She never learned how to properly use her gifts. But at Perrin's keep she meets Taroy, who is tasked with guarding against her escape. He wants to protect her and keep her safe, but Kella is on her own when it comes to the magic that must be worked. In a race against time, Kella begins her journey to master the magic within and save Perrin's son—despite her fear that she is just not good enough to perform such complicated magic. Untested is a fantasy story for young adults that follows a young woman's journey of discovering that believing in yourself is a magic of its own.

The Cats On Haunted Hill

When a friend brings the first cat to the House on Haunted Hill, no one had a clue as to what turn of events this would bring! The cats become determined to protect their home as well as their mistress Miss Casey and will go to extremes to do so. 
( How It All Began is about how the cats came to live on Haunted Hill and how they 'accidentally' come across a way to protect their home!).

 

 

The Typist

In the vein of classics from Lovecraft and Poe comes the horror tale of Henry Pickman. A disillusioned newspaper editor down on his luck, Pickman's fate takes terrifying twist when he finds an antique typewriter with a dark secret and the boundaries between fiction and reality begin to fade.

The Spell of No’an (KIRINS: Book One)

A race of tiny magical beings lives on Earth today. They dwell in elaborate tree homes and mysterious underground sanctuaries. Because of an ancient dispute, humans are unaware of their hidden civilization.

They are kirins. 

For thousands of years they have lived in peace, but a deadly menace now threatens their existence. A party of daring explorers, led by the wise magician, Speckarin, is sent to destroy the evil lurking a continent and an ocean away. Failure of this mission would mean death to the voyagers and the entire kirin race. But their success will depend on aid from a truly unexpected source—human beings. 

Fly with these adventurers and witness today’s world as it has never before been seen. You will find yourself looking to the skies for this mystical race of beings, because maybe, just maybe…

YouTube Trailer: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_ZYI_wF-Vs

The Gulmohur Tales

East meets west in these tales of honor, intrigue and humor as the lives of everyday characters intersect only to become inextricably intertwined. The result is a tapestry celebrating one humanity.

1. Hooghly's Child
A young member of a growing Indian resistance finds himself and his toddler stalked by assassins in 1876 Calcutta as a Swedish couple seeks distraction from a sorrow that unites them.

2. The Appointment
It is 1987 and seven-year-old Niyaz has the chance to emigrate to America. The future holds endless possibilities.

3. Bus To Triplicane
John Perry and his local guide, Asif, take a bus ride in the Madras metropolis of South India. John runs into a spot of trouble.

4. A Mall Encounter
Vinod Belchada sees the killer of his parents in a shopping mall, or so he imagines.

5. Lunch On Lower Wacker
Little Zeenat makes a trip to the mosque downtown to join her Girl Scout troop in packing lunches for the homeless. She has a heart-warming experience as she gives away the last of the lunches.

6. The Wager
Young India is finding its voice in this little story set in 1904. William Mortimer makes a wager with his wife, but the Indian boys he engages to win his bet have a wager of their own.

7. A Change Of Heart
A suicide bomber in a Chicago cafe has a change of heart, but his plan is set in motion and his body is trained to execute. 

8. Living
Age and mental illness have taken their toll on a veteran, but he still recognizes love and service when he sees it.

9. The Sound Of Bangles
Matthew Lambton is robbed of his merchandise and left wounded on a dirt road in 1763 Agra, India. A sweet village girl takes him to her home where Lambton matches wits with the girl's grandmother and finds himself at a loss for words.

10. For Here Or To Go
A young and bright programmer experiences the stresses of American acculturation on his first day in the States.

Flying Bobs and Other Stories of Shadow and of Substance

Flying Bobs is a collection of twelve short stories written in the tradition of The Twilight Zone.  The stories explore the human condition with all its triumphs and tatters.

So, You're Thirty!

When did I become an adult...and what do I do now?

A weekly tongue-in-cheek "How-To" column about surviving your 30s.

The "How-Tos" (or how-to-NOTs) encompass the daily and general life-perplexity of a 30-something single professional, attempting to work, date and recreate in the city.

 

Travel on a Different Plane

Let yourself go. Captivating, humorous, and delectable travel tales that will transport you to the next town or the far side of the world . . .

Betweens

Too often we think of our lives as timelines, in terms of the dots along the way that represent highlights and low points.  This poetry collecton explores the moments in between, the small moments that connect everything and show us what and who we are.

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



Have you ever watched a movie and wondered why it left you with a feeling of dissatisfaction so subtle that you couldn't quite put your finger on it? Have you ever wondered how to tell if you're watching a movie through the male gaze? Then look no further. Feminist Flicker is here to shine a light on those shadiest of cinematic corners.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that...View Series



No self-respecting modern woman wants a baby, until you do and then you’re stuffed.

There’s a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It’s a baby is a series of satirical columns about surviving life with a baby and a boyfriend in a modern world that forgot it’s not 1950 something.

Briana takes on all things babies and boyfriend as she discovers motherhood is like...View Series



“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.” -Jack Gilbert

 View Series


The world can be funny or terrifying depending on your outlook. Join our hero as he navigates the daily grind, experiencing life so you don't have to.

 View Series


COLORS, by Celaine Charles

We live in a colorful world, one that speaks if we listen.

This collection of poetry captures the shades and tints of color I find in my walk along life. The world shines in hues of sorrow, fear, joy, and victory. It’s quiet and thoughtful, though has the potential to scream at the...View Series



Our city streets contain a multitude of objects that people have left behind, lost, or abandoned—a single tap dancing shoe, a lost lipstick lid, a forgotten mug. These wayward items represent our untold stories, our lost moments stolen by time and place. This poetry collection is a linked series that focuses on those objects that we fail to notice as we walk our sidewalks and travel down our...View Series


The suicide attempt was supposed to be the end for Elisabeth. Instead, it was yet another beginning for her, but it forced her to look back at every event in the previous five years that had brought her to this point.

Miami was a light, carefree, airy place where Elisabeth thought she had found herself, and found someone else, a professional hockey player who was starting his own...View Series



What does it mean to call a place home? What if that place is halfway across the world?

Working for a study abroad program in Kaikoura, New Zealand, Lauren taught students the importance of "home-making." When it came to home-making Lauren didn't hold back: connecting with the community, playing open mics at the local pub, and befriending strangers on hiking trips...View Series



"Think of it as your weekly pick-me-up, with no caffeine added. Each week, Murray will provide thoughtful and practical insights and advice to help build your self-esteem and uncover your true potential."

 View Series


Somewhere in the wake of all that craziness we call life and living, there lingers on a sweet aftertaste that makes it all worthwhile. Sand in My Parfait is a series of poetic musings on parenting and other forms of slow death.

Every poem in this series takes a humorous jab at life as we know it.

WARNING: 
Many poems...View Series



A Touch of Noir is a collection of short stories written in "noir" style, featuring immoral, desperate, and sinister characters set in the foggy, shadowy and hilly landscape of post-WWII San Francisco, as well as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Manhattan, and Chicago.  The stories are primarily told in first person, using language typical of 1940s-1960s.

**Update: A...View Series



The year is 1615. In a Benedictine convent in Northern France a woman named Mary Seton, who was once lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots is nearing the end of her life. 

She wants to tell you her story. 

 

 View Series


Ask anyone in Eagle Valley, Virginia, and they’ll be happy to tell you the history of their little town. After all, it’s a fascinating story. Way back in the 1700s, some of the town’s bravest young men marched off to fight in the Revolutionary War. Later, Eagle Valley’s mill brought the American Dream right to their doorsteps. During the Civil War, families were split between staying...View Series


Who am I really?

Well, that is the everlasting question. The answer that still eludes me, and so many others to this day.

My quest is to find some sort of answer to the complexities of life. Join me on this perilous journey, as I slay dragons, defeat zombies, and uncover the hidden truths inside.

Poking holes through tough situations, and learning to find the humor in everyday...View Series



The air of the late Southern summer was thick and heavy, more like soup than air, but I didn’t mind. The shade of the trees by the river was cool; the sun barely peeked through their thick leaves to the ground below. I shifted in my hammock, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath. The sounds of the river rushing next to me, the wind rustling through the trees above, and the muffled sounds of voices...View Series


Banished by his people and transformed into a wolf by his god, Elwin must find a way to save his people. 

This series will follow the wood elf as he struggles to adapt to his new life and defend agasint the evil that lurks in the woods. 

Complete!

Proofreader: Jaycee Durand

 

 View Series


Hamster Stew is a diary-style comedy serial about the adventures of an Irish mom, Trish McTaggart, struggling with her teenage son, a scary ten year old daughter, and an out of control life which lurches from disaster to chaos. All she wants is a part-time job, more passion with her Scottish husband, and a hands-off mother-in-law but life, and her daughter, are conspiring against her dreams.

Perhaps...View Series



What’s it like for a woman working in IT? Kay has been struggling to answer that question for years. Does it mean that she’s often the only woman in the room? Yes. Does it mean she offers a perspective that no one else has? Yes. Does it mean she’s listened to because of her unique take on things? -- hold that thought. As Kay navigates her career and figures out what feminism truly looks...View Series


Meet the Parkers, a family of four living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.:

Michael, a Vietnam vet and artist haunted by the choices he's made;

Jean, a woman at the crossroads of feminism and traditional family values;

Nate, a comic-book-loving boy who just wants to be cool;

and Jen, a Generation-X girl trying to grow up gracefully.

This...View Series



poems that offer glimpses into lives, into minds and hearts, into moments

picture walking down the road and glancing into windows, or driving and glancing out, each look offering a snapshot of the scene you've seen

might be good, might be bad, might be nonsense.. but it will be something

 View Series


 Whether we await good news, or expect to be disappointed, our character is revealed through our actions while we are being forced to wait. Join me on this journey of self-discovery and the exploration of the human condition. In between the big moments, nestled in the pauses and the quiet, lives the chaos where our lives are truly being lived.

 View Series


Heavenly recipes from all over the globe, and some from my own kitchen!

All recipes have been thoroughly tested by the author, her husband, and occasionally, her cats.

 View Series


Eight years ago, Sera Storme was forced to give up her baby daughter, Lani, for safekeeping. On the run from the Trillium criminal organization, she became a bounty hunter and mercenary for hire, taking jobs where she could, staying low-key. 

On her most dangerous assignment yet, she and Lani are reunited. Sera Storme is a hotheaded bounty hunter, a crack shot and a master of unarmed combat....View Series



Whose bones lie in Caroline’s grave?

A mysterious drowning. A dead person seen alive. A secret society reviving ancient rites. Rumours of smuggling, espionage and betrayal.

When a handsome stranger asks Jayne for help, her quest takes her to Greece where a web of lies, intrigue, and jealousy is soon laid bare. 

But how can Jayne unravel the intrigue of her...View Series



trees like paintbrushes
dipped in yellow, red, orange
left on end to dry

 

this collection celebrates nature, in every aspect.. come see the world with me..

 

*cover painted by kathie nooms saxby, inspired by my haiku, above.. which then inspired this collection

 View Series


"You fill your eyes to their laurel brims

With the beauty that seeps from the cracks

Of the world, broken

Like shattered pottery."

Minute portraits of ordinary life - mere moments in time - that concentrate on the notion that broken things are beautiful.


Winner of the 2016 Channillo...View Series



In this sweeping tale of one woman’s experience of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, Samantha Sullivan loses her brother to the war only to gain the love of his best friend, Sergeant Jake Westergaard.

When Sam joins the Army Nurse Corps and is sent to the 91st Evac Hospital, Chu Lai in 1967, she is shocked to find Jake is stationed there as a platoon sergeant. Forbidden from...View Series



Life was simple, until I kidnapped her.

Ghost. The name of a man who is known for his ability to do the impossible. Of course, a hitman of his caliber is hard to find and his skills do not come cheap. Ghost has trained himself to be cold. A necessity when eliminating his victims. Take a job, complete it, get paid. Nothing more. Do as you're told. He has been successful with every hit he was...View Series



Lines in the Gravel is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth's experiences growing up in rural Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

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Allie comes home when her grandmother dies to finish the B&B that her grandmother had planned. While working on the house she finds a wooden box and opens a door to the past which changes her family in ways she could never imagine.

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Andrus Ovega is accused of murdering his own parents. He is a fugitive from Earth and AWOL from the space army of the International Space eXploration Commission. Left for dead aboard a burning ship, he is forced to assume the role of a notorious mercenary, "Vulpine One." But as he hunts for hope for the future, his past chases him through the cosmos. He'll need all the weaponry, cunning...View Series


On the day the riders came to town, they kidnapped Kella and brought her to Lord Perrin’s keep. To win her freedom, she must cure Perrin’s son from the magic poisoning his blood. Where Kella is from, it is dangerous if people find out that you are a magic-user. That’s why she and her mother had never settled in one spot for long—as soon as rumors started circulating about...View Series




In the vein of classics from Lovecraft and Poe comes the horror tale of Henry Pickman. A disillusioned newspaper editor down on his luck, Pickman's fate takes terrifying twist when he finds an antique typewriter with a dark secret and the boundaries between fiction and reality begin to fade.

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A race of tiny magical beings lives on Earth today. They dwell in elaborate tree homes and mysterious underground sanctuaries. Because of an ancient dispute, humans are unaware of their hidden civilization.

They are kirins. 

For thousands of years they have lived in peace, but a deadly menace now threatens their existence. A party of daring explorers, led by the wise magician, Speckarin,...View Series



East meets west in these tales of honor, intrigue and humor as the lives of everyday characters intersect only to become inextricably intertwined. The result is a tapestry celebrating one humanity.

1. Hooghly's Child
A young member of a growing Indian resistance finds himself and his toddler stalked by assassins in 1876 Calcutta as a Swedish couple seeks distraction...View Series



Flying Bobs is a collection of twelve short stories written in the tradition of The Twilight Zone.  The stories explore the human condition with all its triumphs and tatters.

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When did I become an adult...and what do I do now?

A weekly tongue-in-cheek "How-To" column about surviving your 30s.

The "How-Tos" (or how-to-NOTs) encompass the daily and general life-perplexity of a 30-something single professional, attempting to work, date and recreate in the city.

 

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Let yourself go. Captivating, humorous, and delectable travel tales that will transport you to the next town or the far side of the world . . .

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Too often we think of our lives as timelines, in terms of the dots along the way that represent highlights and low points.  This poetry collecton explores the moments in between, the small moments that connect everything and show us what and who we are.

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