Being ‘one of them.’

The most divisive, hurtful, downright skanky word in the English language isn’t hatred, or prejudice, or anger, it is much, much older and more basic than that. It is the word, them. . . Coming from the old Norse word ‘theim’ its meaning is literally ‘of them’. The word epitomizes the plight of the other, … Continue reading Being ‘one of them.’

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Poisonous Tribalism

Many people say that all art reflects life or that all of it—at it’s base—is social commentary. l don't know. That sounds pretty pretentious to me. What I do understand is that no one writes in a vacuum. The things we see, experience, and feel deeply will find their way into our stories in one … Continue reading Poisonous Tribalism

#Friday Fiction 100-Word Challenge / “The Girl Who Takes Pictures of Locks”

I really liked this blog post by Jimmie Bise. Locks have such strong symbolism and what they keep out, or even more importantly – what they keep in, sometimes means the difference between life and death to the soul.

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The Girl Who Takes Pictures of Locks

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Charly took pictures of locks, any lock she saw. She kept them on her smartphone and scrolled through them every night before she went to bed. She called each of them by name and whispered words of strength over each one. She knew where they were, what they held.

And who they protected.

She always finished with the same picture — five battered padlocks on a rusted orphanage gate. These were the oldest, brave locks and true, the ones she knew best. Her heroes. They had held out the horrors. They had saved her life.

And she would never fail them.


This story is based, very loosely, on a dear friend whose pictures of locks have become a particular delight of mine. No even bother trying to sort out why — my delights are often completely inexplicable to anyone who isn’t actually me…

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Guest blog coming soon!

Keep your eyes on this space for a guest blog from the amazing Punam Farmah. Indie Author, Gardening Guru, and all around good egg! She'll be joining us next week to share news about her newest book Kangana as well as her forays into the romance genre and experiences writing cross-culturally.