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Lone Girl

A girl quietly pads over to her window in the dark of night. She separates the curtain with a quiet swoosh and perches on the wide windowsill. She looks up at the lighthouse on the far shore. Its beam of light illuminates her room and face every other minute. The harbor is silent as she … Continue reading Lone Girl

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Depression is Winter: A Poem

Cold temperatures, lethargy, Snow that blankets everything. Only deeper as the season continues, Barricading in the safety of isolation.   Excavating the emotional avalanche Like brushing feet of snow off the windshield Chipping away at ice, the shell of protection, Reopening emotions.   Potholes deeper, cracking souls. Patches of asphalt fill holes. [Read More]

Review of “Vicious Depths” by Madeline Stanford

Vicious Depths by Madeline Stanford is a wonderful YA dystopian fantasy novel. The ideas of heaven, hell, and purgatory are uniquely turned on their heads in the world Stanford created. Everyone is given a red test score when they die, doled out by the rulers of the Azure. These rulers are called the Senatus, and they … Continue reading Review of “Vicious Depths” by Madeline Stanford

Growing Up in a Cult: An Interview

What is a Cult? When people think of cults the Jim Jones incident of the 70s comes to mind. He laced Kool-Aid with cyanide and convinced his followers to commit a mass-suicide. But cults are a lot more common than that. Cults usually have several defining characteristics. These are: Members display zealous and unquestioning loyalty … Continue reading Growing Up in a Cult: An Interview

A Book to Read for Sarcasm Month: “Frat Girl” by Kiley Roache

“Frat Girl” by Kiley Roache is a chick-lit book about a rebel. Cassie Miller is a girl who has aspirations to go off to her dream college in California. In order to do that, she needs to get a scholarship. The one she’s applied for needs her to propose a research project that relates to … Continue reading A Book to Read for Sarcasm Month: “Frat Girl” by Kiley Roache

Romance Writing: Creating Characters Who Are Meant To Be Together

As an avid reader of romance, I have read numerous novels where the hero and heroine fall in love for no reason. It simply serves the plot. This is not what we want as readers. We want characters that fall in love because they are meant for each other. They have to be perfectly matched … Continue reading Romance Writing: Creating Characters Who Are Meant To Be Together