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#9 in Literary Fiction
A Road To Walk
1 part / 13 pages
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updated Apr 20, 2019

A month has passed and Mom's bruises are healing, but our hearts are still broken, weeping.  Mom makes a joke, saying it's a good thing she is black because bruises aren't as noticeable.

 
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An Expats Experience's of Living in Turkey
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updated Apr 06, 2015

My book ‘An Expat’s Experiences of Living in Turkey’ is based on the many and varied experiences that have occurred during the past 25 years spent living in Turkey. It starts with how as an Englishman I came to arrive here in 1989 and why within a very short space of time my late wife and I decided to buy a plot of land and have a house built in a quite village down on the Mediterranean Coast. What followed from our decision to uproot and move to Turkey is a mixture of joy, happiness, distress, frustration, grief and finishing with extreme happiness, with my now living in a completely new environment and enjoying a second life here in Turkey. Scattered throughout the book are various tips and suggestions on a variety of things that can help those thinking of either just buying a holiday home here, of moving to live here permanently. 

 
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#4 in Memoir
Austin
1 part / 1 page
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updated Dec 28, 2013

This is about my best friend who committed suicide and how I felt after it. We both had parents who were not very nice to us. They always were very harsh and strict, telling us things such as "why can't you be more like your brother?" and shouted at us, telling us what terrible children we were. Through all these troubles, it was Austin that helped me through it, and I did the same for him. But he couldn't handle it anymore. And, without any warning, he killed himself. I was left confused and I didn't know what to do. I ended up finding myself writing poems about how it affected me and how I felt. I have written quite a few poems about him but this is the one that stuck in my head.

 
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Broken in Bulgaria
1 part / 18 pages
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updated Jan 09, 2019

My dream life in Bulgaria became a living hell and 18 months later had nearly destroyed my life after being subjected to domestic violence at the hands of a mentally ill Bulgarian national who deliberately targeted me by hacking our internet and eventually destroyed my relationship leaving me alone and isolated.   With the attitudes of the Bulgarian culture towards these things meant I had nowhere to turn to for help. Even the police refused to help me and in the end saw me as a trouble maker when I requested their protection and help for an issue that is a way of life out there 

 
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Fabuloso
1 part / 10 pages
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updated Apr 20, 2019

"We killed everything.  Everything.  On a night like this.  On a night just like this." A late night conversation, a restless cat and words yet unwritten.

 
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#5 in Gay and Lesbian
Fag Hag
1 part / 3 pages
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updated Oct 16, 2014

This is the beginning of how I became a Fag Hag, from surviving childhood in the suburbs: raised by narcissistic, drunken, homophobic parents (and that's their good points) - to developing wonderful friendships with gay men (one gay man in particular). And lesbians. And bisexual, pansexual, transgender people. I could almost have called this book Gay - had it not been for the unfortunate discovery of my own heterosexuality, and the ensuing disaster this has proven to be, hence this is Fag Hag. Where everybody else is getting way more sex. It's twisted, comical and self-deprecating. And almost undeniably, unforgivably true. Cinderella only exists here in the form of a Drag Queen on ecstasy. The straight Cinders burnt to death in an unfortunate wig-cigarette burning incident on her way home from a fancy dress party.

 
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Fourteen
1 part / 1 page
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updated Nov 18, 2013

I wanted to write a poem for my friend who is moving countries and I really wanted it to be special. I wrote a few poems and this one was my favorite. 

 
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From infertility to pregnancy
1 part / 9 pages
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updated May 22, 2014

"When we decided to start a family we thought it was just a question of time. But then we found out that we suffered from infertility. What followed was a long and emotional journey. I understood all the facts of infertility, but my emotions were so strong and often so confusing. Was that normal? How could I get through it? That’s why I wrote down my feelings and what was happening throughout my journey from finding out about infertility to finally becoming a Mummy. This is not a medical book, but if you are looking for comfort in knowing that other people have gone through this before you, struggled with their emotions just as much and want to hear their story, then it is the book for you. If my writing helps only one person to find a little bit of strength and hope from my story, my suffering was not for nothing. My journey resulted in a beautiful baby." This is the journey of a young woman on her journey to motherhood. It starts with excitement which slowly moves into devastation and fear but eventually ends with a happy ending. The story is a true life story from a young woman who kept a diary of her emotions and experiences whilst going through the emotional and physical stress you can experience when IVF treatment becomes your only chance for motherhood.

 
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Grass in the Wind
1 part / 1 page
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updated Oct 19, 2016

A memory of children at school.

 
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#7 in Memoir
Greater Things
1 part / 23 pages
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updated Dec 21, 2016

Greater Things is the story of Kristin, a young girl whose life was turned inside out in an instant, and was given no hope of normalcy. This book follows her journey of accepting her disability, while at the same time trying her hardest to overcome it. It is a raw perspective on everything from how people react differently to her situation; to learning how to navigate in and through an inaccessible world; to just trying to make the best of a crummy situation.  This not a book about falling apart, but rather about making the most of a heartbreaking situation, trusting in God, and waiting for Greater Things.   Please visit www.kristinbeale.com to read more.

 
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#1 in Memoir
Memoirs of a Cocaine Addict
1 part / 58 pages
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updated Sep 30, 2016

A brutally honest account of the devastation that drug addiction has had on the life of a now 43 year old professional woman over the past 20 years +.

 
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#2 in Memoir
My way to freedom
1 part / 12 pages
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updated Dec 09, 2015

The Iranian culture has been going through a lot of changes along the history. Even though, culture is a dynamic entity, some of these changes have led the Iranian cultural identity in to crisis. Displacement, as a result of economic and political chaos have been a triggering factor in recognising the crisis in the recent decades. I, as a female skilled migrant from Iran who moved to Australia 9 years ago, have experienced various dimensions of this crisis during my life in diaspora. I set out to demonstrate the complexities within Iranian culture versus other cultures. In this respect I focused on people’s lives, their ideas about various aspects of culture and the changes that the culture is dealing with at the moment. The project also draws on observations from a recent trip back to Iran. It was particularly surprising that almost everyone from various levels of society knows that life in Iran is much more difficult than it is in a lot of countries around the world but it seems like no one can do anything about it. I identified the core problem as a cultural one. In this respect, some Iranians have sought solace and a sense of calm through becoming involved in various mystical activities and courses and have found that very useful in their personal life. However, I very much doubted whether this helped at a broader social level.

 
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Nightmare
1 part / 7 pages
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updated May 31, 2018

What should have been a day of a dream come true became a nightmare for life

 
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Office Conduct Becoming
1 part / 3 pages
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updated Apr 20, 2019

"Sometimes, it's just easier to keep it professional, Igor.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained."  

 
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#3 in Memoir
Part II
1 part / 1 page
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updated Dec 06, 2013

A poem about the brotherhoods forged in war, and a tribute to those loved and lost.

 
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Reflecting the world
1 part / 1 page
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updated Nov 30, 2013

Today's society is filled with emotions. The good, the bad and the somewhere in between. For teenagers especially, it is hard to find a place or purpose. this topic is explored.

 
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#8 in Memoir
Shattered Innocence
1 part / 19 pages
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updated Oct 06, 2016

This is my story of being sexuallyabused as a child and sold into prostitution and then living in several different violent relationships in my adult life.  This is a story of addiction, abuse, and hope.

 
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Some Place
1 part / 6 pages
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updated Dec 28, 2013

This work tells of a young man named Mark out at a bar with an unnamed friend. While his friend buys beer for the two, Mark takes the opportunity to blindly hit on a girl sitting at a nearby table, Marina. Marina then steers Mark towards discovery. 

 
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Tangled Mess
1 part / 1 page
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updated Apr 15, 2017

A memoir of my strange journey through life

 
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#5 in Memoir
The Age Of Legality
1 part / 46 pages
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updated May 26, 2017

this is a memoir of me trying to live my life trying to go through phases as a 21 year old man from Hempstead, New York while trying to get to college hungry, seeing poverty while waiting for bus trips, seeing signs of autism, dealing with relationships and most importantly, meeting my mother's lawyer for the first time to find out about how she got to America.

 
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