6,850 words; Short Story; CompleteA first-person narrator meets an odd caretaker at a roadhouse inn that is centuries old, as old as the nation; bypassed by interstate highway and frozen in time, the hotel is no longer relevant to the corporate franchise world of today, or even the world of forty-plus years ago. The narrator and the caretaker are two people who share an outsider’s perspective. Their surnames are famous worldwide for the distilling families, makers of fine whiskey’s on both sides of the Atlantic. They might be part of the family, but they are from decidedly broken branches of their respective family trees. They share a love of the old hotel, too, a fascination without specific source for the narrator; it’s just a place his heart bids him return. Jack is connected in a more elemental way, not only to the place, but to the namesakes and makers of bourbon. The narrator would like to report that the last time he saw Jack was at the old Summit Crest Hotel, but it wasn’t. Old Jack might be dead, but he still gets around pretty well, he and his cronies . . .
Peregryn Holmes (the Holmes coming from the great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes) chose her name because she doesn't remember her real last name, only that she liked the Sherlock Holmes stories. The first thing she remembers is waking up on a hospital bed, when she was 10, and being told that she's going to go live with Walter now, so be a good girl alright? At her new home she meets a dad who's never really around, but is great when he is; a Julio who's got an angel's heart but makes the devil's decisions; and the first in a row of Bottle Blondes who never really want to be her mother. The only thing she wants, is to know who her mother is, and who she is, but how will she find that out she can't even remember her own last name?
An piece exploring pre-war relationships of unrecognized couples/ individuals. This could evolve into a novella. It primarily experiments with a third person narration, of the same but mutually exclusive events.
I saw her bathing all in nude, Her beauty and the darkness consumed her, Her darkness was shining, But she wasn't afraid, Because she knew who she was. She knew where she wanted to be, But even as it was crumbling, She saw her fate drowning, Nemesis. In darkness as she tried to breathe. As she tried to survive, to wait it out until the Sunrise. Eating the apple after years of forbidding herself from eating, Gaining that insight, To what she never thought she would know- Pure enlightenment. The Darkness thou doth tempt, Love thy parents, But breaking windows, A&E... Can it all be forgiven? It's not a cry that you hear at night, It's the whisper of gratitude, From all those who have been saved, From inner turmoil, their own darkness Shining.
Seeing the Light of Day and its sequel follows the journey of one woman as she experiences the changes taking place as the upgrading of human consciousness takes effect. The new energies have now arrived with the advent of 2012 and beyond and these are touching all our lives. As the world is slowly breaking down in order that it can come together whole, the story follows her own experiences as she is broken down in one with the shattering of her world…from brokenness to wholeness…she is re-configured, re-designed and she has felt the sorrow of the world, and pledges now to be a messenger of peace. These books are a heart-breaking love story. The woman, is in effect, writing a love letter not just to the lover she has lost, but to the world, encouraging it to love itself and become a true union. But this is not Hollywood…it is gritty, real and raw and the reader is taken on the heart rendering journey of how her heart is smashed against the rocks, how she feels despair at the deepest level, and how she finally arrives at inner peace and renewed hope... There are no Hollywood happy ever after endings…she takes the reader on a journey of repeating patterns of behaviour, power battles, and ego based behaviours….but there is the magical possibility that man may yet redeem himself…. The world is now waking up and each person is remembering who and what they are.
A boy of 17 intrigued by all things subtle and often over-looked, is diagnosed with a multitude of mental illnesses, and therefore prescribed a vast array of medications. Flattened by the weight of his peers judgement, he isolates himself away for years, refraining from all social contact and destroying all that is technological, but for one item, his laptop. With this lone piece of hardware he begins to write out his daily thought process, delving deep into his mind and its peculiar predicament. This habit however, begins to lead him further away from the social norm; letting the onset of further troubles lead psychologists and his family to the conclusion that his mind has begun to break down. Now left with little options, he begins to dig a little further into his now labelled "insane" mind, and unravels a philosophical outlook that warps the boundaries of 21st century living, and therefore sends him on a journey for not only his sanity, but for his life.
This is a sequel to Seeing the Light of Day. This is a contemporary love story and it mirrors the world as it divides and separates and poses the question of how to unify their world. Seeing the Shadows of the day begins as they have entered into separation and man begins to feel his inner rage, resentment and anger at her ways. He launches missile attacks in the form of e-mails, maligning her good name with others, and resists taking any responsibility for how he has contributed to their present situation. He wears a mask of public image, continues to promote himself as a spiritual teacher, and decides that he can find something better, easier...more me...and he creates a world in man's image. God continues to talk to the woman, and tells her to abandon him completely in order that he can find his inner courage, slay his inner demons, and face the ruthlessness and brutality within himself, in order that he can integrate these things as part of his whole.... In this way they will lose their power over him and he can shine light into his shadow...he will be able to learn to use all of himself to God effect. The woman uses the power of grace to dis-arm him of his weapons....she does not go on the attack, she does not defend herself, she does not justify her actions...she simply hears what is really being communicated...'you have hurt me'....Serenity is her ally.
The idea on which this opening is built is the concept of memory. In our daily lives, we allow memories to stagnate and often hold us to ransom. The memories sometimes degrade to the point where they are in contrast to what actually happened. This novel then examines the character of Mat Berringer and his relationship to his memory of the train wreck that killed his parents. The wreck acted to jolt his conscious memory into existence, and being so horrific, it is all he can focus upon in ensuing years. As in this opening, he suffers from sexual dysfunction, and an element of social ineptness. However, he is also intelligent, cunning and has a near eidetic memory. He can also be socially manipulative if he so chooses. This proves to be the case in procuring a Dictaphone form his ex-journalist Aunt. He manipulates her into giving him the prized remnant of her past life. Effectively, it acts as a tool for Mat to engage with his memories, and the formulation of a coherent picture of his parents, and their death.
GENRE: Contemporary, Fiction8,100 words; Short Story; CompleteOn the occasion of his mom and dad’s fiftieth wedding anniversary, a father reveals a horrible secret to his son. Possibly, if revealed, it is enough to tear the family asunder. The son listens to his father’s confession, a nightmare if it were only a dream, but a horror this World War Two veteran has carried through his life and for some confounding reason is driven to reveal all to his son. Ultimately, the son accepts the burden of sharing his father’s sin. Together, they will protect the family they have created and although the foundation is flawed, their house will stand. Years later, after the deaths of both the father and mother, the son commits a lesser sin of his own and applies the lessons of his father to save the family again.
House of Beasts is about a group of swingers that move to the countryside to get away from the prying eyes and hypocrisy of the suburbs. As they become self-sufficient, and although they still swing, they all become active members of the community in their own way.
Set in modern day Edinburgh, an average Joe man in his early thirties, is given the news that he has terminal brain cancer. He then sets out to enjoy a life that he always wanted to lead. A life without consequence, fear and regret.
Two frightened men sat facing each other in a cold, dimly lit room. There was no window, and nothing on the walls except the ventilation grills and a grid of TV screens showing neat rows of red and grey human corpses.