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... .
GENRE: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance6,000 words; Excerpt; Chapter One of a 100,000 - 140,000 word novel, most of which is written, but not yet polished.In the late summer, 1992, an artist and a married woman meet at a Corcoran exhibit in which he is featured. The woman’s husband, a career diplomatic service professional, is about to learn that he will be in the Far East for a year. The story of the affair continues for 1000 weeks, almost twenty years, although the affair itself is over—except for occasional rendezvous—after the only year they have together. It is a story of obsessive love, and how it effects their lives. It includes paranormal and spiritual aspects that characterize the timeless nature of their union. Told from the artist’s point of view, the tale unfolds in alternate chapters, a flashback week, followed by a contemporaneous week. The woman cannot forget her lover, but cannot leave her husband. Defying a fundamental precept of Romance writing, in the end, the lovers are not united, which seems enough to condemn this work to the contemporary fiction heaps. The career diplomat leaves the State Department and is elected to Congress, which ultimately eliminates any possibility . . . The artist is condemned to search for her in every crowd and fantasize about finding her, if not in reality, in a surrogate, or in another world. A final misunderstanding breaks all contact, and the earthly saga ends with the artist’s death and an unobserved afterlife visitation.
On the night a young man sets off with the intention to propose to his girlfriend, an accident instead forces the young couple to re-evaluate their relationship as they struggle to come to terms with what has happened while trying to cling onto each other.
A God like presence has come to earth and entered into the body of a woman who has fallen in love with a man who is self serving in his nature. In the female form she wants to come to earth and see for herself why man is blowing his world apart. The man is abusing his power, he treats women poorly, and he is lying to himself about his motivations. He has a very polished public image, and tells everyone he is here to serve God's will. Behind closed doors he is abusive in his ways. The man has so many belief systems about how God should be he cannot recognize her when she arrives. He is terrified of being found out in his lies... The man gets into a relationship with the woman. He changes his mind about her not being right for him, and he begins to fall in love with her...but he keeps fighting a power battle to keep himself on top of his lies and self-sabotaging ways. He has styled himself into a spiritual guru and keeps telling the woman/God how ignorant she is....he uses his belief systems from a place of fear and murders his own happiness. The man is reflective of the world and how using beliefs, religious or spiritual, in a way that creates divide and separation, has kept the world in a state of perpetual chaos.
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 collection of sweet, simple, heart-warming short stories, and each parable has insight into the human psyche. They are fairy-tales that are aimed at older children and adults, and each has a theme that can be related to real lives. As the world is undergoing a raising of human consciousness, these stories are reflective of the simple values of human kindness, generosity of spirit and giving the best of ourselves in all encounters and situations that we are involved in.
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...
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 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.
A ballerina attempts to create herself within a continually evolving dance world, while struggling with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her alternative personality is an obsessive young male dance with a homicidal tendencies, whose aim in 'life' is to keep the host personality, Aldora, safe, regardless of the lives of others. This work explores the relationship between moral judgement and personality, the way the alternative personality can overpower Aldora's morality.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .