Ethel

My birth name is „Ethel“. This is, as I was told, an old English girl’s name, some independent form of “Ethelred.” That would be fine with me if I weren’t male! I figure my name was sort of an expression of Lucifer’s askew humor. At least he most of the time convulses with laughter when calling me.

As compared to what humans think demons are not only made, they’re born as well. I am, in fact, the living prove that I’m telling the truth.

My father and mother, Braxxus and Persophee, some “mediocre” distractors (demons who confuse human senses to tempt them doing evil) met during some hellish fire party and fell in love. That’s what they told me, even though I strongly suspect they were more physically attracted to each other than anything else. From that moment on, they copulated as often as they could. From what Persophee said, I am their “love bundle.” I’d rather say, the result of this more than equivocal mating became me.

Unfortunately, these two demons had a bet going with Lucifer and lost. As consequence, I was compelled to serve as the footman of a minion, of the minion of the minion of Lucifer’s master demon. Since Lucifer found me and the bet so hilarious, he often used me as his personal doormat and had tons of fun with that.

He thought it fascinating that I looked more human than anyone else in Hell. Both of my producers had scales and horns and except the somehow unexpected wiry hair that was standing up on my head and nearly looked like goat horns I had nothing demonic on me. When I was sent to Earth the first time, I could do so without the need of being changed. People shied away from me eventually because I seemed to smell weird, but after a few hours of bathing and a couple proper clothes I almost felt human and was accepted as one. That first time I discovered the beauty in this new world. I saw flowers, trees, green grass and ponds, parks, zoos and watched birds, cats and dogs…

To me, it was almost painful to sow evil amongst mankind. I hesitated to do what I was sent to do and this annoyed the Master of all Evil. He ordered me back and punished me painfully.

That day I decided I had enough. I know, my kind normally enjoys wallowing in anger, rage, crime, pain, depression and murder. But I was sick of it. I felt like drowning in greed, bullying, sins, and blood. I did not want that anymore and decided to get out. Of course, it isn’t exactly easy to change sides. But the thought of existing within evilness was unthinkable to me.

Finally, Lucifer helped me unintentionally by promoting me to become a distractor. He turned me into an extraordinarily handsome man to make it easier for me to tempt humans by being attractive to them. Additionally, to complete my physiognomy he re-named me “Jesse”, the “Gift-giver”. He nearly wet himself of laughter, explaining, that I indeed brought gifts to mankind: the gift of sin.

In my opinion, he got me closer to what I wanted. Of course, I need to be careful now. Guardian Angels don’t know mercy! But since I am here, on Earth, it is time to take action to free me…

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What do you think: Would you like to help me finding out if “Ethel” is fascinating enough to become a new character in my next novella?

 

Meet the winners of the 1st Halloween-poem contest

First of all, we want to thank you! Thanks a lot to all supporters, re-bloggers, commenters, readers, and of course: POETS!!

You all did such an amazing job – and you made it very hard for us, the jury members, to decide on the three winners! We are honored and happy you provided us with these amazing poems. It was such a pleasure to have you as participants and guests!

THANK YOU!!!



 

 

The Jury of the 1st Halloween-poem contest is proud to announce the three winners:

 

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Bruce Louis Dodson

 

His poem has been published within the third collection.

Please click HERE to read it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Jennifer Hinsman

 

Her poem is one of the third collection as well.

Please click HERE to read it.

 

 

 

 


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“FloridaBorne”

 

Her poem can be found in the second collection.

To read, please click HERE.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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(All winners were informed by email before this post was published)

 

Each winner has the chance to choose one of the following books:

 

ConfessionsofacorpslutE-book of  “Confessions of a Corporate Slut” by Jacqueline Gum

 

 

 

 

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A signed copy of  “Red White and Black Lies” by Jim P. Spencer

 

 

 

 

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E-book of either “The Hunting of Timber Manor” OR “Objects in the Rearview
Mirror” OR “Still Waters” by F. E. Feeley Jr.

 

 

 

Morning_at_the_vineyard

E-Book of “Morning at the Vineyard” written by Juliette Kings

 

 

 

 


Thank you for an amazing experience and a fantastic contest!

A.J. Alexander and the great judges: F. E. Feeley Jr., Jim Spencer, Pat Shannon and Juliette Kings

34 Writing Terms For Serious Writers

Cathleen Townsend provided us with an excellent educating article about writing terms for serious writers, which I think is definitely worth to share. Thank you, Cathleen.

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dictionary2Part of being a writer is expanding your knowledge of our craft. A better vocabulary about the technical aspects of writing can help you to become a more proficient wordsmith. It’s very difficult to speak intelligently about something if you lack the proper words.

I found these definitions via a tweet from Jenn Flynn-Shon (@jennshon), and I thought I’d share the best of them with you.

It’s well worth checking out the original article for the full list, especially since they’ve got more useful writing posts in their menu.

https://www.butte.edu/departments/cas/tipsheets/style_purpose_strategy/definitions.html

Alliteration: The repetition of the same sound in successive words, usually, but not necessarily, at the beginning of words: Blown buds of barren flowers

Apostrophe: A figure of speech in which the absent is addressed as if present, the dead as if alive, or the inanimate and abstract as if animate and concrete: Come, Sleep; O Sleep!

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Joke of the Day

Monday Funnies – Tuesday Funnies… no matter when Funnies, I’m sure you’re going to have a good laugh. Thanks Nutsrok for the fun you’re sharing!

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A lady walked into a drugstore and told the pharmacist she needed some cyanide right away. The pharmacist naturally was concerned by such a request and asked, “Why in the world do you need cyanide?”

The lady then explained that she needed it to poison her husband. The pharmacist’s eyes got big and he said, “I can’t give you cyanide to kill your husband! That’s against the law! I’ll lose my license. They’ll throw both of us in jail and all kinds of bad things will happen! Absolutely not! You cannot have any cyanide!”

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist’s wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, “Well, now. You didn’t tell me you had a prescription.”

Two kids talking:

Polly: “Does your grandmother read the Bible?”
Elaine: “Sure does. Day and night.”
Polly: “But…

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Poem Contest – Delay

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Dear contestants

Please be informed that the Jury  has not yet decided on the winners.

We are working on the final decisions. The winners will be contacted by email and the results will be published on this blog as quickly as possible.

We are fascinated by the all the amazing poems. Their quality makes it hard to decide on three.

Thanks so much for your patience!

A.J. Alexander

You Know You’re A Writer When….

You know you’re a writer when… – …. Kristen Lamb tells you about her studies, knowledge and experience. 😉
This is such an amazing blog post, I know you’re going to enjoy it as much as I did.

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So, I am gearing up for Nanowrimo and (of course) Hubby decides to get the flu because he is plotting against me  and secretly doesn’t want me to succeed  it is cold and flu season and this stuff just happens.

Poor thing.

Anyway, this means I was up all night long and have yet to go to sleep, but I did find a way to amuse myself between 1 and 4 a.m. before the fun hallucinations kicked in.

I found…THIS! Yeah, yeah, some of you have heard it before but it still cracks ME up and since I am here to amuse myself most of the time? Pthththththth. Haters gonna hate. Usually I do just fine blogging and writing in November, but just in case y’all don’t hear from me for a bit…

I figured I’d share since we all can use a good laugh before the real fun begins…

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Author Spotlight – Taren Reese Ocoda

Taren_Reese_Ocoda_Bio_Pic (1)Taren Reese Ocoda lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of Out of Oblivion, her first and newest novel. She enjoys writing sci-fi and erotic romance stories, and loves to read everything from fantasy to sci-fi romance.

 

 

 

Welcome! 

 

  1. When did you start writing?

 

I started writing in the late 90’s seriously, but it was a stop and start thing for many years as I built up my confidence. I also had a mishap where I lost an entire novel when my hard drive crashed, which made me give up on writing for a few years. I started writing again more seriously about a year and a half ago and finally started publishing my work.

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

 

I really don’t need a lot of motivation to write. I just love to do it. When I’m not writing, I start getting depressed and my anxiety kicks in. Writing helps me feel normal. I guess in a way that’s a motivation, but it’s something I love to do anyway.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

 

Under my real name I write fantasy, but under this pen name I will mainly be writing sci-fi romance. I chose this genre when I started reading it and actually enjoyed it. I’m not big on reading romances, but I really enjoy sci-fi romances. So I wanted to give writing them a try. Out of Oblivion is more of an erotic romance, but it’s a story that’s been stuck in my head for a while.  I likely won’t be writing a lot of those, though.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

 

Really, I don’t have any lofty goals. I just want to be successful enough to support my family financially and have enough where we can just go visit different places once in a while. I’d also love to be able to visit my family in the US regularly.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

 

Not really. If I start writing too much, my brain gets a little fried, and I know I need a break. But once I take a day or two off from writing, I can get back into it quite easily. There are also times my head gets a little foggy because I have Hashimoto’s Disease and that’s one of the symptoms. That makes it hard to write, but I wouldn’t call it writer’s block.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

 

First of all, write what you love and read what you love to write. The more you read really good books in your genre, the better you will get at writing. If you plan to self-publish, don’t try to do it all yourself. You’ll need help especially with your book cover (unless you’re an artist or graphic designer), and editor (even if you’re awesome at editing, you’ll need help… it’s not as easy to spot errors is your own work as it is with others), and promotion. Even if it just means joining writing groups to start because you don’t have money to pay someone, or meeting people through hosting blog tours or blogging in general. There are people out there willing to help you, as long as you’re willing to help them too.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

 

Out of Oblivion, as I said, was something that has been in my head for a while. I used to be involved in the BDSM community online and in real life as well. The story originated as a way to point out the dangers for a submissive to trust any dominant that comes along. Then I had my own bad experience and the story evolved from that. The story itself and the characters are completely fictional though. I only included minor elements of my own experiences. So it’s not a story about what happened to me.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

 

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Long Bio:

 

Taren Reese Ocoda is actually a pen name I’ve decided to use for writing my sci-fi and erotic romance stories. I write fantasy under my real name and decided that I wanted to keep the two genres separate. I live in Australia with my husband and daughter. I’m originally from America, but I moved out here a bit over ten years ago to be with my (now) husband. We met online and I came out here just for a visit so we could meet in person, and I’ve been here ever since. Ten years later we are still happily married, so we’re living proof that it can work! 😀 We have two cats, named Padme and Anakin—you couldn’t tell from that, that I’m a Star Wars fan—and two guinea pigs, named Sith and Prince. I love to read fantasy mostly, but I’ve been reading more romance lately as a result of meeting some really good indie romance authors who turned me onto it. I’m very picky about what I read though. Anything I read has to have a great story with characters that feel real to me. Those are the stories that really draw me in. They’re also the kinds of stories I try (and hopefully succeed at) writing. I had some ideas for romance stories in mind, but for a long time I didn’t think I had the skills to write one. I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing either. Now with the sci-fi romance genre out there, it’s intrigued me enough to give it a try. So I really hope you enjoy!


Author Pages:

 

Website/Blog: http://www.tarenreeseocoda.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/tarenocoda

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bbWzrn

 

Social Media:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TarenOcoda

Google +: https://plus.google.com/+TarenOcoda/posts


OOBAmazon link for “Out of Oblivion”

Last collection of the 1st Halloween-poem contest

We proudly present the last collection of contest submissions for the
1st Halloween-poem contest.

The Alternative All Hallows’ Eve Bash!

 (by Marje @ Kyrosmagica)

It’s all Hallow’s Eve time for the party to begin,

Witches, vampires, spooks and demons of the night,

Come and join in this annual spectacular delight,

Bring your entry ticket, a glut of gruesome grisliness.

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No glowing Jack O’Lanterns are permitted here,

No pretty Halloween plump pumpkins,

Our team of half dead bouncers search for sweets,

Ejecting sickly sweet cheerfulness with ferocious frowns.

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Vampires savour red goblets of the purist human blood,

Witches devour human brains a spicy savoury delicacy,

Ghostly ghouls can’t ingest or digest. Oh what a shame!

Instead the smell of rotten candles fills their one time bellies.

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Demons sit together in a clique,

They consume a spirit that no one dares to seek,

Their poker hot glances burn into your soul,

No one dares to join them, its too Lucifer hot!

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The party’s over way too soon there is clearing up to do,

The kindly ghosts are left to pick up,

They wail boo hoo,

A ghost’s ghoulish life is over before it has begun!

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The demon’s faces’ crease in a smouldering, bittersweet, smirk,

The vampires lick their lips, breaking into a blood-curdling smile,

And the witches cackle with ripples of raucous relish,

While Beelzebub bouncers pick up the ghosts and shake ‘em for fun.

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Next year’s party committee is set!

A year from now a Hallibaloo of a Halloween bash is on its way!

Don’t forget, don’t be late!

Creepy Cameras at the ready, Blood, Cold, Shiver, Fire, Flash!

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HALLOWEEN IS NOT FOR ATHEISTS

(by Kim Solem)

If you don’t believe in ancient behemoths beasts

Enchanted gardens, mystical forests or magic mountains

Haunted hills, ghostly worlds, or a Hell beneath

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Nor in grotesque giants, walking skeletons

Flying griffons, screaming banshees, or stinking harpies

The living dead, be they mummies or zombies

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In magical deer, magnificent birds and splendid unicorns

Or in evil eyed gorgons that can kill you with a glance

Nor in wizards, ghosts or witches; both good and bad

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If you can’t imagine a lascivious dancing satyr

Or that a donkey can talk, let alone a talking tree

Or in fire breathing dragons, multi-eyed creatures from space

Nor in leviathans and other monsters of the deep

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If you don’t believe in astrology, numerology, or eternity

Nor in extraterrestrial intelligence or the cosmic odyssey of infinity

As well as visions, epiphanies, auras of divinity and immortality

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Or in other, unseen things ….like Halloween

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Then my friend, you don’t believe in the Bible!”

People who don’t believe in ‘Tricks or Treats’

Such as you, are nothing more

Than atheists in denial

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SO NO CANDY FOR YOU…MAGOO!

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Halloween At The Holy Sea

(by Kim Solem)

On ‘All Hallowed Eve’
There was a prankster
Whose prank
Would change all humanity

His silly mischievous deed
On that fateful Halloween
Still affects the lives
Of you and me

This one solitary act
The first incident of a house TP’d
Brought down kingdoms
Changing all of History

Martin Luther, that smartass
Papered a door with a heretic rant
Destroying the Empire of Rome
With a single rusty tack

If only this Halloween hoodlum
Had not been a fool
We all would be going
To parochial school

And everyone would be content
Eating fish during Lent
Dressing girls in cute uniforms
While sending some to the convent

So now you hooligans
You have been versed
Your acts of chicanery
On this October 31st

Might set in motion
Things that cannot be reversed
That will eventually result
In a terrible curse

And the seeds of your children
Will suffer the folly you risked
Like me they’ll be raised Lutheran
And forced to eat the Lutefisk


Authors, Poets and Bloggers

It has been so much fun, and such an extraordinary experience to organize this contest and to get all these interesting, wonderful and fantastic poems from so many talented writers and poets!

It is Halloween’s eve after 9 pm Eastern Time, the deadline for submissions. The 1st Halloween-poem contest is closed now.

We want to thank all participants, readers and supporters for being a part of it.

Of course. it’s not over yet! – Our jury of 5 judges will carefully consider all entries and decide on the three winners.

Please give us one week to discuss. The results will be announced November 7, 2015.

Stay tuned!

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