The Great Pain lives upon little white napkins or shards of cardboard or edges of hunter green dumpsters. He can enter through a crack in your elbow or the gap between your big toe and nail. He doesn't leave and he doesn't say why. The Great Pain is within those of us that know him all too well.
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.
15 year old middle child Judy is so bored she can’t see straight, pushing everything around her to breaking point until one day with the police in her life and her lover in jail, she goes looking for answers. Carly flirted with alcoholism in her twenties but it wasn’t until she became a mother that she was able to commit fully. As her life unravels, Carly leaves her white toothed husband and kids and travels back to The Time Before Children; to San Francisco and Eileen, her barefoot friend nagged by a sense that she forgot something, and her single life. Carly’s story soon becomes one of loss and ultimately waste: Faced with so many choices, sometimes it’s easier to just sit down with a drink. That is until Eileen receives a phone call that will turn their lives upside down and lead them on a journey across America and towards their destiny.
there can be no synopsis as what is being communicated is in the poems by a published poet and author who is seeking a publisher for his most recent collection and who has fallen foul of the poetry scene which he has forsaken deliberately
What goes up must surely come down. Ali is piecing together fragmented memories, often disjointed at times. Suffering unimaginable loss was the starting point. Institutionalised and unsure of her own narrative she writes about her life as if she is observing it from afar. Throughout her journey she discovers the plasticity of her own creativity and realises how convenient ones own memory and imagination can be at shaping events, uncovering an awful truth of her own.
GENRE: Contemporary, Humor and Comedy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance2,700 words; Short-Short Story; CompleteImagine the convenience of a Pizza shop that knows what you want to order even before you call. Ah, the simplicity. You pick up the phone to hear that your very special pie is about to come out of the oven and will arrive at your door piping hot in only minutes. It’s the perfect solution for a sweaty guy arriving home after a hard day and hours of overtime. A pleasant voice on the phone seals the deal; Bob’s pizza, a couple of six-packs and a wonderful-sounding woman to enjoy them with are on the way.
This is a real love story where the man leaves the woman with the devastating words...I need to go for the real gold...She is completely shattered....She completely falls apart... she comes back together a lot stronger.... She knows he is chasing fool's gold...he is on a mission... he has a completely false image of himself...he doesn't yet know who he is... The reader is led along....did he really do that, you must be kidding, women wouldn't do that surely?....It is told in a conversational way as though gossiping over coffee.... The time-line is jumped around in as QB (the woman) remembers different scenes that she has played with Hat (the man). It's a cautionary tale of how when man has a false image of himself, acts with self interest reasons only, is afraid of his own shadow... he destroys all that has been good and beautiful in his life, and rather than face his inner demons, he demonises others... The woman is called QB...the reason is revealed at the end...what the nick name stands for. The man is called Hat because QB looks across at a photo of him and sees him wearing his favourite hat...she can't bear to look at Hat now....Hat is just how she always thinks of him... It is a Bridget Jones style book, but with observations of human behaviour and how the human psyche works...and also how when man strives for spiritual knowledge he often loses sight of living a good life... .
Notes of Consequence is the story of Ellen whose life is devastatingly disrupted by the death of her partner, Roger. Completely distraught, the horror and fear Ellen suffers eats at her life until she feels that to cope she must make radical changes. Ellen leaves her past behind by moving to a completely unknown place where she can begin again whilst trying to recover from loss and betrayal. Ellen moves to a remote and misshapen cottage she feels a strong connection with as soon as she sees it. Still haunted by the discovery of a note that implied Roger may have had a baby and mistreated the mother, Ellen navigates her way through a new environment finding friendships and ultimately dares to think about love. By immersing herself in her constant love of nature and literature, especially Thomas Hardy, Ellen begins to find new friendships, a new job and a deepening relationship with her surroundings. But Ellen stumbles on her road, fights feelings of isolation and loneliness, and struggles against the unforeseen consequences of a one night stand. Woven through the narrative are four notes that have consequences for Ellen. From devastation to hope, from bizarre and unexpected links between new friends and old passions, these notes direct Ellen through her process of healing and lead her to new discoveries. The focus of the novel is on personal narratives and relationships, and the intention is to give a descriptive account of contemporary rural living and Ellen’s emotive development after tragedy.
Neil Bidstrup, twenty-something career actor and model, is second choice for the lead in the Reality Television show, Reputation Alone, and doesn’t he know it. Forced to live without home, telephone, television, money, or internet, he must instead rely on strangers' generosity for hot meals, warm beds, or both. Before long, Neil gets the cold shoulder. Neil escapes from clingy one-night stands, overly-friendly churchgoers, randy grandmothers, vicious dogs, a stalker ex-friend, and the city itself, to lick his wounds and reassess human behaviour. All the while, Neil's every waking moment is recorded on minuscule hidden cameras and microphones for a hungry audience. He meets a small township of down-to-earth farmers, predisposed to giving anyone they meet a fair go, a memorable party, and pass the hat around to raise a little money for charity at the same time. With confidence restored, Neil returns to Sydney, but is instantly recognised by a sea of unfriendly faces, when (unbeknownst to Neil) his guest stint as a murderous villain on the nation’s number one soap opera comes back to haunt him. Following a life- and career-threatening beating, Neil wakes up in hospital. Abandoned by friends, family and talent agent; the vindictive executive producer of Reputation Alone is only arranging Neil's hospital discharge to continue his fortnight of misery. Caught between conflicting aspirations of fame and his near-constant shame, Neil has little choice but to continue in satisfying this unseen, manipulative industry giant. Even if this means sleeping rough and eating from bins.
This is the story of a woman who goes to a dance class and falls in love with the dance class teacher. It isn't a conventional romance. He's cold, emotionally immature, distant, and worst of all he wears green jeans and green shoes...There is no way she wants this to be happening! She ends up tied to his bed-post asking how on earth did this happen? Then he leaves her telling he needs to 'go for the real gold.' He thinks he can find someone better for him, less demanding of his efforts, and tries to find his ideal. She's gotten under his skin, he can't get her out of his heart, and the ideal is proving elusive to find. The story follows her reflections on how she came to meet this man, how her life has played out, and what she is learning from this journey. It is a more real version of Hollywood romance. Neither of them would have chosen one another, but they seem to be drawn to one another and neither of them can escape the pull of their hearts' desire. There are quirky insights into the human psyche, and it looks at the expectations that people have when they enter into a relationship.... He returns but this is just the start of their journey into learning how to be with each in their very different ways...
GENRE: Contemporary, Fiction, Paranormal, Humor and Comedy,2,700 words; Short-Short Story; Complete. Previously published in “Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors,” ISBN 978-0-9883103-0-8; A collection of short works written by service members and their families.Is it possible for a mother to understand the fate of her soldier son through a ponytail palm plant that lives in her kitchen? She believes that the plant is in symbiotic cellular-level contact with her son; that the plant responds to his current condition. It shrivels and contracts when he is in danger, physical or emotional. She can predict her son’s immediate present and future no matter where in the world he is, and her husband, the young NCO’s father—and a former soldier himself—believes her. Have you ever seen a ponytail palm plant decorated for Christmas?
GENRE: Contemporary, Crime, Fiction, Suspense24,850 words; Complete Novella - Ninth draft, but still not yet finely polished . . . More work to come but still readable, with all elements in place.Both lines of the first-person narrator’s Appalachian Mountain families’ are moonshiners going back generations, and as he tells it, “My uncles all were outlaws, every last one of them, and daddy was, too. They weren’t lazy. They knew what hard work was, and were eager to avoid it . . .” The narrator’s daddy and his mother’s daddy were the biggest obstacles to circumvent in any situation that developed, and surrounding those two, one could always count on situations developing. They made life difficult for people inside and out of the family, but they served the big fish that swim near the surface, the power elite of Mesach County. Even after the end of Prohibition, their special services remained valuable. As was clear that he would from the beginning, daddy finally took things too far. Something had to give, and the end began at Oblivion Bridge . . .