Monday, April 30, 2012

On Burying a Husband  

Another funeral.
A well-lived fruitful life.
We sang hymns
To comfort my friend. 

But oh
The long long nights
I search for you
On the rim of memory
listening for a silenced voice
and footsteps that never come. 

The darkness swells and grows
The stillness deafens. 

Laurel Lamperd

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Collision of Characters... Three Authors combine to create an adventure in three parts.

Beware! When serial snapshots collide mid-fiction, the future will never be the same. Find out what happens as ...

Edith Parzefall, Francene Stanley and Rosalie Skinner combine forces... as two worlds collide.
Check here  for the first installment.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Interview With Thriller Author Diane Capri

Read the full article below, or click to read and comment over at Write It Sideways

Today’s post is written by Debra Eve.

What can you tell writers with families and day jobs about keeping the faith?
I often speak to groups of aspiring authors who worry that they’ll never “make it,” because the field is “too crowded” and they’re “not good enough” and it’s “too hard to get published.” I tell them the truth: Believe me, not everyone wants to write a book.
In fact, millions of people don’t even want to read a book, let alone write one. Yes, writing is a competitive business. What work of any value is not competitive? But I believe that desire is a gift; we don’t desire to do things we have no talent for; and if you have a desire to write, you have at least some talent for it.
I can easily prove this to you by demonstrating all the things I have absolutely no desire to do, and even less talent for. (Like football. Seriously? Not only do I throw like a girl, I can’t catch, either!) If you have the desire to write, you have talent, and it’s up to you to develop that talent.
There are so many platitudes out there about never giving up and perseverance. But they’re all true. You can’t succeed if you don’t try. Don’t get discouraged when you hear “overnight success” stories. Most of the time, overnight success takes at least ten years!
The best news in today’s market is that writers can self-publish and actually reach our readers, which gives us all so many more options than we had before. Almost every author I know is self-publishing something. (And I know a lot of authors!)
If you have the desire and you’re willing to do the work you can be a published author. No extraordinary faith required.

Japanese Grandmother Available from Kindle

Check out my short story, Shanti, at
A excerpt below

I met Stephanie, the new arts teacher, the week after I saw Caroline on the plane to England.
"I'd like someone's help to hang my paintings?" Stephanie said at morning recess after everyone had introduced themselves.
"I'll give you a hand," I said, attracted by her vivacious pixie face framed by short dark hair so different to Caroline's cool blondeness. We made a date that evening.
 Stephanie's eyes lit up. "Thank you. Come for dinner."
Nigel, the manual arts teacher, a gangling one hundred and ninety centimetres, leered at us in his usual inane way.
I knew what he thought. Caroline has been gone a week and you're already on to another.
Stephanie's front door was open when I arrived at her unit on the second floor of a three-story block of flats. Receiving no answer to my knock and call, I went in.
She sat on the mat in the living area wearing a pale blue sari, edged with silver and red trimmings, staring through me as if in some subliminal trance.
I went outside and lit a cigarette, wondering whether I should go home. I’d finished my second cigarette when she came out.
“Oh, there you are. Do you want to hang the paintings before or after dinner?” 
lighthearted fantasy.
April's Calamity's Corner is available for download at
For Readers, Writers and Movie Buffs.
There is plenty of interesting reads in this month's CC.
Author of the Month is Rick Chesler, a thriller writer living in California.
Rick explains what research he did to write about his main character, Tara Mores,
who is a female FBI agent.
Always had a hankering to visit Brittany in France? The next best thing to travelling there is to read children's writer, Alanna's article and accompanying photographs.
Want to join CC's contributors? Send in a book review or favourite travel destination to

Friday, April 6, 2012

More on Harry Potter

More on JK Rowling and the Harry Potter books.
The children in my family love the Harry Potter books and movies. I have adult relatives and friends who love the books and movies. A writer myself, I think JK Rowling has a wonderful imagination. What do you think? Laurel
The below was taken from Paul's Writing Blog     http://paulcurd,
There was a minor furore when someone said the Harry Potter books were "poorly written, ill conceived and trite", drawing this impressive rationalisation:
"Being overly fond of adverbs isn't enough to totally condemn her as an author. I do believe she is of unparalleled importance, especially in what her books have done to bring not just more children into reading, but to jump-start the publishing industry into publishing more children's books. In a similar way to how Tolkien redefined high fantasy and has his spot in history for it, Rowling redefined magical fantasy and children's literature to a large degree. 40 years from now I doubt an author like Don DeLillo will be much discussed outside of 20th Century American Literature classes, but Rowling will still be eagerly looked over by young readers in 40 languages. Critical opinion will become more favorable to her as time goes on."
Three children try to save a creek for a wounded cormorant from the developers.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Young woman considers suicide when she is jilted by her boyfried.


Skulls adorning a landscape of hills
Teetering beside chasms
Cut brown into green softness.
In the foreground, a folding of green
like my green crumpled dress
which I wore
when I went out with Robbie
who doesn't want me anymore. 

I thought of the skulls
And how one day I'd be one. 

Why wait fifty years? 

They are flying above me
Against the skyline
Like balloons of methane gas.
I want to be up there with them
looking down on my desolate world. 

Laurel Lamperd

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