Anticipation of Belief

press play... Hi there. Welcome to the grand re-opening of my website. I've been away for awhile working on my novels, but time to kick this door back down. In the words of one Khan Noonien Singh during Star Trek Into Darkness, "Shall we begin?" There is a line in Elton's song above that caught my ear this evening. Those who think difference is the child of disease... The song is called "Believe" and is more than 20 years old now. Tonight was the first time I found that line and it just screamed out to me. I'd never thought about it that way, but it makes so much sense. This human experience has hypocrisy on levels most of us cannot even fathom. The Alphas talk of the road less traveled and how important it is to blaze [Read more...]

Limitless Skies

Press play: Good morning. It seems I missed last week's Wicked Wednesday prompt to promote my writing projects. It is my own bloody fault, of course, or this would have been part of that. Currently working on three new writing projects, two of which I have already shared; those being "Director Jake and the Great Korean Whorehouse" and "A Cold Saddle - Short Stories on Calgary". As I get through this, I will introduce both the third and a fourth. The latter is not so much a writing project but will shake the very fabrics of this website. Starting with Director Jake, the third in his series, and there is hope to have this ready for New Year's Eve. In this one, Jake will meet Suki, a character created by my friend Mucky Sod, [Read more...]

Please, It’s Melody

He heard her moans as he walked down the dark hall. He moved slowly with the carpet muting his footsteps. A louder pleasured scream came from the door at the end of the hall. The open door to his left allowed the noon sunlight to filter in. Glancing in revealed that room to be a full washroom with little toothbrushes and stains of fruity toothpaste around the sink. The towels hanging beside the window featured some character made of strawberries. A quieter moan filled the hall. His eyes turned to the end of the hall where the door was not fully closed, but a crack of light along the left showed it would be pushed open without restraint. Glancing at the walls, he saw the anonymous, seemingly happy family photos staring back at [Read more...]

A Blogiversay in Orange

Press play... This week marks my fifth blogiversay and this piece was to be my normal call out to friends, other writers, and thanks to my readers. This had been a disturbing enough week, that I can't do that. From a week where many of us expected the outcome was going to go one way, it was turned on its ear Tuesday at about 10pm Eastern Time. Hearing the reports out of the United States since then, I am now afraid to travel there. I am going to the Space Coast Book Lovers event in June, but even that I am nervous about. One particular Facebook post I shared got push back from some saying what is happening this week is not the fault of the racist, misogynistic, sexist candidate that won the U.S. election this week. It feels [Read more...]

Review of Ashley Lister’s “Raven and Skull”

"Tell us about a time you nearly died, Tony." I met Ashley Lister at Eroticon 2014 in Bristol, UK. He was giving a lecture on using the basics of Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey" in romance and erotic writing. I was one of the faceless attendees that day and, as Mrs. Stranded and I often joke, the only one in the room with no accent. That Lister was hitting on the Campbell note, the same note that inspired one named Lucas to write "Star Wars", was one of the highlights of the conference for me. "Raven and Skull" is the first chance I have finally had to read one of Lister's work. Having been part of the conference at Eroticon, finding Lister writing in the horror realms was surprising. Honestly, I expected romance or [Read more...]