Work in Progress Fragment

From the erotic short story collections (novella) (novel?)

She drove back into the business district northwest of the Oceanfront district, in the heart of old New Cal, taking care to avoid any Metro attention. She parked her car, paid the meter fee and carefully retrieved the gun case from the back seat. Most normals wouldn’t think anything unusual about the weapon case which gave no outward sign of being anything other than an oversized messenger box with a leather strap. Anyone stupid enough to ask her about it would either get shot with her SR45 pistol hidden under her jacket, or a punch in the face depending on her mood. She slung the case over her shoulder and walked up the steps.  She looked up at the top of the high-rise building at the sign that had once read VARIETY, noting that some joker had smashed certain letters so that it read ET. It was still a impressive building even post Fall, while most of the street level’s giant rectangular windows had been smashed out and boarded over, some enterprising soul had painted the wood to match the color of the sandstone exterior. Tellingly, there was no graffiti. The main doors to the building had either been left untouched or replaced, and in front of them stood two huge tanned boulder shaped men in suits, with black hair neatly cut.  Nanshe paused for a moment as she realized these men might be brothers.

    “You have an appointment?”  one of the two Samoan twins standing at the door to the imposing building, speaking politely, in a surprisingly high voice better suited to a tenor singing falsetto.  Nanshe nodded and opened her hand. She dropped the single razor blade into the giant’s palm—it landed flatly as he nodded in acceptance. She wondered if he ever got accidentally sliced by his boss’s strange calling card, and then realized if he did, he probably didn’t care. 

    “Name?” asked the other giant man in a suit. He nodded too, when she told him, and pulled out a small handheld transceiver and spoke quietly into it a moment. The reply was short and garbled, blunt. “Please see the receptionist inside.” the giant said.

    The inside of the former People’s Bank was clean, neat, and spoke of incredible wealth. She wasn’t sure what kind of wood the floor was, maybe pine or oak, but it shined and looked spotless, as did the smooth, brightly lit walls. Large canvases of ugly modern art were equally spaced throughout the lobby. The furniture was plush black leather and caramel colored wood, and the receptionist at the large desk at the end of the lobby looked like a former fashion model for a hair magazine. 

    She was dressed in a expensive gray suit, and came around the desk to escort Nanshe to the massive elevator off to one side with the clicking of pricey but conservative heels. Nanshe was taken aback by that. Who found shoes like that anymore, much less wore them?

Are we there already?

Happy Year’s end, and here’s hopes for a greater new year, hmm? I haven’t actually blogged with any seriousness since about September, because life swamps my time these days with bureaucratic balderdash and the battle of Depression 2013 slogs on, cannons a-firing, ships sinking in the muck, and days stretching on.  

 

So a bit on the novels (Yes, I am still writing and making art and all that why ever do you ask?) and shorts. I am busily chuddering* my way throw the snowy pages of the end of book Two in the space trilogy, as Toddler time dilation allows. I wonder of Einsteins theories ever go askew when three year olds are involved.

 

Through the advice of a friend I have also taking up writing short erotica stories. I aim to collect about 15 of those and self publish them in a small volume, under a new smutty pseudonym. family is doing alright, but of course, we could be doing better. Times are tough for everyone these days, aren’t they? Well, pish-posh to all that naggery. I suppose I’l try to blog again soon in the New Year, and mayhap share any news of some events or another.

 

Take care, thanks for reading!

 

*Chuddering: Chopping, shoveling, clawing and shuddering ones way through thickly wet and heavy snow of the metaphorical sort. 

Blur

"I can do absolutely terrible things to myself in the name of researching fiction authenticity, right? I hope so. Jesus. The scars burn hot as fuck while they heal, and they look like rusty liquid barbed wire sprayed over frayed shoe laces. Human beings are infinitely amazing, but i could do without the mental processes burning away. Load another pill, and keep god damned writing before the firewalls ice out.

"Keep still, keep calm. Fingers shaking. Dimensionless quantity, focus. One. One. Bleed through the lithium cells, the dreary shock of prime-time.  Feller’s voice through the time-haze: “Activate and load your pills. Focus on the number.'"

How to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Updated

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57611684/typhoon-haiyan-typhoon-yolanda-recovery-how-you-can-help/:

Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda) devastated the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, and is currently barreling its way towards Vietnam.

Powerful typhoon slams Philippines

Officials fear thousands of dead, and some expect that millions will need basic aid during the still-unfolding rescue and recovery process, to say nothing of the billions of dollars in damage to homes and infrastructure.

Below is a list of some of the organizations that will be assisting in the recovery effort, with links to their sites to explore how they will be assisting, as well as opportunities for you to assist.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list, and CBS News does not explicitly endorse any of the aid organizations listed below. This list is merely provided as a reference point for those considering donating to relief efforts.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. They are sending teams to assist in the Philippines.

Their website is here.

Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.

Their website is here.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. It also provides assistance during natural disasters, and the Philippines Red Cross has already sprung into action to assist families in reconnecting.

Their website is here.

The International Medical Corps' Emergency Response Fund is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. They are gathering teams to send to the Philippines.

Their website is here.

Save The Children supports children and families around the world affected by disaster. They are currently preparing to assist in the Philippines.

Their website is here.

The United Nations' Childrens' Fund (UNICEF) is currently rushing relief supplies to the region, and says up to four million children could be affected by the disaster.

Their website is here.

Mercy Corps is deploying some of their most seasoned emergency responders and will be working with partners on the ground to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of survivors. In the wake of one of the strongest storms in recorded history, families desperately need food, water, shelter and other basic supplies.

Their website is here.

Finally, before you donate either your time or money, please be aware that there are always scammers looking to profit on disasters. If you find an organization you are thinking of giving money to, check their credentials at the Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/), which evaluates the financial health and efficiency of more than 5,500 organizations.

Directly taken from: 

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/09/world/iyw-how-to-help-typhoon-haiyan/index.html

(CNN) -- The stories coming out of the Philippines are unimaginable. Rushing water and wind tearing children away from their parents' arms. A death toll that may be over 10,000. A city of 200,000 in which no buildings appear to have survived intact.

One of the most intense typhoons on record, Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) left catastrophic destruction behind.

If you're looking for someone missing in the Philippines, or if you have information about someone there, Google.org has launched the Typhoon Yolanda Person Finder. A Google crisis map has also been added to detail evacuation centers and areas designated for relief.

Charities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world are responding to this disaster. Many are detailed below with how they're providing aid and how you can help them make a difference.

Emergency support

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. You can donate to the Philippine Red Cross by selecting the Supertyphoon Yolanda campaign on their donation page. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the American Red Cross are both supporting the Philippine Red Cross and are ready to provide additional assistance. The Canadian Red Cross is also working with the PRC and are accepting donations for theirTyphoon Haiyan Fund to assist all countries affected by this storm. In addition, the British Red Cross has launched a Typhoon Haiyan Appeal that you can support.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is working with local authorities, the Filipino Jewish community and their global partners to assist in providing for survivors' immediate needs. You can support their efforts online or by phone at 1-212-687-6200.

CARE's emergency response teams are coordinating with local partners in the Philippines to provide food, water, shelter and health care for those in need. Their teams in Vietnam are preparing for the potential need there as Typhoon Haiyan continues its devastation. You can support CARE's efforts on their website, or by phone at 1-800-521-2273 within the United States or +1-404-681-2252 outside the U.S.

Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., is on the ground helping with water purification, shelter materials and essential living supplies. You can donate to the organization's efforts online or you can call 1-877-435-7277. You can also type in your phone number on the website and a representative will call you back to take your donation.

Convoy of Hope's Global Disaster Response Team has shipping containers full of food and supplies on the way to the Philippines. The organization is preparing more supplies to be sent like canned goods, hygiene kits and water filtration units. You can visit Convoy of Hope's website to donate funds to their efforts or call 1-417-823-8998.

Food and water

The World Food Programme was already providing emergency food assistance in the Philippines following the October earthquake. With these emergency food stocks stretched thin, they're now mobilizing additional supplies and are flying in 40 tons of fortified biscuits in the coming days. Additional food supplies are needed. You can help these efforts by donating online or by calling 1-202-747-0722 domestically or +39-06-65131 for international calls.

Samaritan's Purse has sent disaster relief specialists, including water and nutrition experts, to the Philippines to deliver immediate aid. They have launched the Philippines Emergency Relief fund for this disaster, which you can support online or by phone at 1-828-262-1980.

World Vision is responding in the Philippines by first providing emergency food and clean water. They will also work to create child-friendly spaces and help families rebuild from this disaster. They have launched a Philippines Disaster Response Fund that you can support online or by calling 1-888-511-6443.

Shelter

ShelterBox was already in the Philippines providing shelter after the 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. They are now expanding their operations to provide tents and essential equipment for families left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan. You can support their work in the Philippines either online or by calling 1-941-907-6036.

Habitat for Humanity is already providing help to 30,000 families with shelter repair kits to rebuild their damaged homes. You can support this work by donating from the Philippines to their Re-Build Philippines Fund or from the U.S. by contributing to their Disaster Response Fund. You can also make a donation by phone at 1-800-HABITAT.

Medical assistance

Americares has an emergency shipment on the way to the Philippines with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. You can support Americares with an online donation or by calling 1-800-486-4357.

International Medical Corps has pre-positioned medical supplies and is coordinating with partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid. Their team is on the way. You can support their efforts online or by calling 1-800-481-4462.

More than 1.5 tons of emergency medicine and medical supplies are en route to the Philippines from Direct Relief. The supplies include antibiotics, pain relievers, nutritional supplements, antifungal medications, wound dressings and chronic disease medicines. You can call in your donation by dialing 1-805-964-4767 or you can go online to support the organization.

Helping children

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is helping children and their families in the Philippines receive shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines. Their emergency response can be supported online or by calling 1-800-367-5437. You can also donate directly to UNICEF in the Philippines here.

Save the Children is offering disaster relief support for children in the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam after Typhoon Haiyan. You can support their Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund online. You can also donate by phone at 1-800-728-3843.

Emergency response teams from ChildFund Internationalprepositioned supplies, including emergency kits and tents, and made arrangements with local suppliers to access food and non-food relief supplies. The organization is also preparing to setup child- centered spaces where kids can feel safe. Donate to ChildFund online to help children cope and recover confidence after this disaster.

 

Colorado Flood Victim Assistance

  • House Concert this Friday to Benefit Flood Relief

    Event details:

    Concert at 7:30PM

    Please RSVP for exact address (hey — it’s a house concert)

    Want to attend? RSVP to the Facebook event and score your tickets online HERE.

    Now, if you can’t make the concert, you can make a donation to flood relief as well. Simply visit this link and from the drop down menu, select one of the options for a "donation to Lyons flood victims"

  • Foothills United Way The Foothills Flood Relief Fund launched on Sept. 13 in response to the unfolding disaster in Colorado. All of the money donated is going directly to people affected by the floods, according to Heather Spencer, the communications manager of Foothills United Way. The fund is focusing on Boulder and Broomfield counties, where the organization is located. It will work with local and state officials to determine what people’s needs are and partner with the appropriate organizations. The Boulder Community Foundation is matching up to $50,000 of donations.
  • Help Colorado Now HelpColoradoNow.org is a collaboration between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster that pairs donations with survivor’s needs. They have compiled a list of reputable organizations for people to donate money, which it says is the most effective way to help. The site also has several lists to organize volunteers and materials needed — like food, water and clothing.
  • Colorado chapters of the American Red Cross: Since the floods started last week, the Red Cross and its partners have provided shelter to more than 1,600 people, served more than 7,000 meals and helped affected residents find the proper health and mental health professionals, according to its website. There are currently eight operating shelters across the state to help those that have been displaced. The Red Cross is accepting financial donations for relief and recovery, but is directing any small donations to Help Colorado Now.
  • Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is providing food and shelter to five of the hardest-hit counties in Colorado. Across the state, it has distributed thousands of meals to displaced people, emergency responders and law enforcement in affected areas. The Fort Collins shelter will remain open for 30 to 90 days.  
  • All Hands Volunteers:  Three All Hands Volunteers employees visited Boulder last week and reported the flood damage covers a wide swath of Colorado. As a non-profit volunteer organization, AHV is organizing volunteers to launch a project in Colorado when it deems the area safe. The organization is asking for both monetary donations and volunteers to support its immediate efforts to help people evacuate and its upcoming effort to help areas recover.
  • Colorado Humane Society:

    Colorado Humane Society is accepting donations athttp://coloradohumane.org/donate. You can check with your local humane societies to see if they are accepting donations.

    Colorado Housing Search

    ColoradoHousingSearch.com is helping flood victims in Boulder and Larimer Counties. Donations for VACANT rental properties, vacation homes, can be listed through Colorado Housing Search. Please note donated rooms in homes can NOT be accepted
    1-877-428-8844

    King Soopers:

    All King Soopers stores are collecting cash donations for the America Red Cross Flood Disaster Relief at their registers.

    Colorado Farm Bureau:

    The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has activated a Disaster Fund where 100% of donations will go to Colorado farmers and ranchers affected by the floods. You can donate here: http://on9news.tv/14QTfG9

    Checks can be sent to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation. Please note Disaster Fund-Colorado Floods in the memo line.
    Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
    Attn: Disaster Fund
    9177 E. Mineral Circle
    Centennial, CO 80112

    Bonfils:

    Bonfils is accepting blood donations. For information visit: http://bit.ly/1aIrTox

    Text to Give:

    The mGive Foundation has a campaign active to fundraise for flood response throughout the state. Donors can text FLOOD to 80108 to give $10 to the mGive Disaster Relief Fund. Donations will be collected by the mGive Foundation and directed to organizations providing services to the affected areas and listed on the http://helpcoloradonow.com website.

     

     

     
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    Work In Progress Fragment from Book Two

    They began the drill sequence on the Lieutenant's mark, and he hit her palms hard, so that the stinging pain focused her attention sharply. Was he mad at her because of the rejection that night? Who cares, said that same small angry voice. Although he hit harder than she did, she was faster than him, and she thought she could plant him on the pad if she chose to, but something held her back. She hit back, harder, pushing him back to his side of the line. 

    He grinned the same cocky smile he always had, as he stepped up the pace, suddenly skipping the sequence and just striking at her. It took her a second to realize that he wasn't following the drill any more, just slamming his hands into her palms or forearms or shoulders. She felt a prickle of fear, the same she had felt before, with the man who tried to kill her on her tail. It was the same look. The same arrogant, sure-of-himself grin. 

    She backed away from the line and kept up her defense, trying to shake the image from her head. Just then a well placed strike hit grazed her chin. The Lieutenant called out his name sharply, but he struck again, catching her jaw more squarely. Her head whipped back and she felt a warm wetness in her mouth. She hit the pad with a popping sound.

    Something in her snapped. She slipped into that anger inside herself and felt it burn. Time went from too fast to molasses slow in a millionth of a second. Her opponent was gone, vanished. She saw the would be killer stepping forward with that slack, sickening grin on his face. 

    She flipped to her feet, sidestepped his advancing attack and snap-kicked his knee. There was a pop, a sickening crunch and the killer's face contorted with pain as he fell to the pad. There was a scream, then another. Was she screaming? She saw the man scramble away from her on the pad, and kicked him hard in the stomach, started to follow him, arms up in a boxing-defense pose. There was an arm around her neck. She ducked, grabbed the arm, leaned forward and threw that weight over her, widening her stance. Someone came up behind her. She whirled just as the new attacker kicked her in the chest, and she landed on top of first new attacker. Pain froze her body. She tried to get up, but couldn't.

    “Hold her down!”

    “Doctor! Get over here!”

     

    fragment from an unpublished piece

    "The slender black haired girl stood quietly in the cold downpour, naked except for a loincloth and chest band. Her pale skin was covered with goosebumps, but she did not notice. One foot she held in the air behind her, arms outstretched for balance, the other foot straining against the rough pole that rose from the water below her. There were other poles, some straight, some tilted to one side or another, each serving as a possible foothold. Having fallen onto them in the past the young girl was determined not to lose her balance again. 
    Thunder crackled and fell upon the earth in the distance, and the girl's eyelids wavered, but she kept her eyes open. Nevertheless, the Temple mother's whip sang out from the darkness where she stood and burned a mark across the girl’s neck, chest, and stomach. The girl winced, but did not cry out. She had learned that lesson when she first arrived.
    One girl, she remembered, did not. They had been brought together in the same group, and the other girl whose name she never learned, kept sobbing, even when the whippings began. She cried out at each lash, and screamed to be taken back to her parents. A few days later, her body had been carried to the funeral pyre. That taught Emillie her first lesson of the Temple.
    Weakness was not tolerated. Failure was not tolerated, and in the Temple of the Goddess the only mercy meted out was the embrace of death, followed by the funereal songs. Weak girls were made to suffer more, and those who did not, or could not become stronger, were eventually broken and died from the strain.
    Emillie felt a surge of pity for that first girl who was whipped to death because she had been scared, but not enough pity to show any emotion on the poles this morning. She tried to keep her emotions buried beneath the flow of the moment, concentrating on the shifting pole. 
    She counted herself lucky that her father had trained her since she could walk, in the art of hand fighting, because she joined the temple with more endurance and skill than the other girls. However, any thought that she was superior, or even a good fighter had been beaten out of her in training within her first month. The Order was quick to hammer down any pegs that stuck out, and the day she showed her advanced skills in the ring, the Mentors simply put her in a harder class where she was suddenly outmatched. Those earliest days had been the hardest, when she had been thrown against the wall repeatedly, or had her arms and legs broken by dour senior girls who would kill you as much as look at you. 
    Skill itself was nothing in the Temple. Speed and unwavering endurance took you further, and kept you alive. She lost count of how many times she almost died that first year. The days she spent under the mages care was both reassuring and embarrassing; if you showed no weakness, then the Temple mothers spared no effort in your care and recovery, but the healing was not easy, nor painless, and at first, when she lost to better students, it was a blow to her pride.
    The pole shifted beneath her foot, and Emillie felt it start to fall. She leaped to another pole and caught her balance almost instantly. The first pole clacked against its neighbors and fell into the water with a splash. The humming sing-song of the whip followed the searing welt of pain that exploded across her body, but Emillie kept her calm. A lesser person might have decried the unfairness in being tasked with both staying above the water on shifting poles, and yet not being allowed to move. 
    Emillie recalled the Temple mothers' first lesson about the whip from that night when the crying girl had died. The Temple Mother who spoke that night was the same who stood in front of her now. Arianhad.
    “The whip is not punishment,” Arianhad said in deceptively sweet tones, her face lit by torchlight. “The whip is fact, and the fact is this: sometimes you will feel pain in life, for a reason. Sometimes you will feel pain in life because you fail a task, or break an oath. Sometimes you will feel a pain for no reason what so ever.  Every Temple sister bears lash marks, and all have felt the whip. Some may tell you such a thing is 'unfair,' and they may be right, but beyond these walls, life itself is unfair, as the Gods have intended.
    “Life is unfair, and hard. There are things beyond these walls,” and here Arianhad gestured at the far corners of the Temple's vast prayer room, “that will shred your soul from your broken body if you show any weakness. Therefore in times of weakness, the whip is your friend. It brings pain, and pain is a gift of our goddess. It reminds you that you are still alive, and still have a choice. You will make choices in this Temple, and in this life that will bear many consequences. To that end, the whip is not punishment. It is simply consequence.”
    Now Emillie believed knew the true meaning of pain, and the gift it was to the Goddess, almost as a great a gift as the skill of war. The pole under her foot began to sink, and Emillie leapt again. The whip sang out, but missed Emillie by a few inches as she landed on a pole further away. 
    The true gift of pain, and the whip, Emillie thought to herself, was learning to avoid getting hit. 
    “You're getting faster,” Arianhad said conversationally. “Not bad for a sprat of only twelve winters. You make stop now.”
    “Thank you Temple Mother,” Emillie said, leaping from pole to pole and then to the stone walkway where Arianhad stood. She stood still as her body exploded with the pain of another lash, and the corner of her mouth twitched in a brief smile.
    One day, she thought, I'll leave this temple and go back to my mother and father and grandparents."