Books You Suck: A Love Story

You Suck: A Love Story

In a past life as a bookstore ninja, I was told time and again to read Christopher Moore’s books. I liked the covers, they were brightly lit and amusing. I put him aside because I had a million other things to read. But he stayed in the back of my mind. Then I briefly stopped …

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Books Zen in the Art of Writing

Zen in the Art of Writing

I have decided to elevate Ray Bradbury to be the grandfather of my literary aesthetic, which is cinematic absurdist. I found an essay (an interview, really) in this book where he states “all my stories are cinematic. … I may be the most cinematic novelist in the country today. All of my short stories can …

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Books Remember Me

Remember Me

This is the long-form review that I wrote for Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark that originally appeared on Litsy. Add me there; I am hellogilly. Back when I was a wee little Gilly, my Ma got roped into a subscription for Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. This novel appeared in vol. 217 in 1995, when …

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Articles Read More in 2017

Read More in 2017

With the installation of a president I do not support and women on seven continents protesting said installation who I stand with, I turned inward to my own journey and what it took to get me here. Sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. We’re so concerned about what is going on outside, in …

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Books Chapter 13: The Future’s So Bright

Chapter 13: The Future’s So Bright

Dear Adrian W. Griffith, I’m sorry to bother you like this, but my name is Marlene Griffith. I am your daughter. You died when I was a baby. I don’t blame you for leaving me, my mom, and my sister alone for the rest of our lives. God called, and it was your time to …

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Books Chapter 12: Always Get the Bad Guy

Chapter 12: Always Get the Bad Guy

“This is not a difficult decision!” Aurora said impatiently. “Freelancing is the way to go. Section Seven will betray you. They betrayed me. Your father was ordered to abandon me when my contacts within La Rivoluzione were rooted out and murdered. And Adrian did. He left me there ALONE!” Aurora screamed, her voice echoing off …

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Books Chapter 11: Naïveté

Chapter 11: Naïveté

It had been almost seventy-two hours since David was kidnapped. Grandma Annie was worried. David promised to have dinner with them on the second night he was missing. “He’s never late, you know,” Grandma Annie said dejectedly. “I know, but David works very hard. I’m sure he’ll make it next time,” Marlene fibbed. She knew …

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Books Chapter 10: One for the Other

Chapter 10: One for the Other

Richard Murphy kissed his wife and their two children goodbye. “Don’t have too much fun,” he warned them playfully. His family would be visiting his wife’s extended family, but Richard could not attend because he would be processing tax returns for temporary American expats at the “accounting firm” he worked at. His family was used …

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Books Chapter 9: Take It Outside

Chapter 9: Take It Outside

Marlene drove in her borrowed Mini Cooper S to the Radcliffe Camera section of the Bodleian Library at Oxford. Posing as an academe from America, the head librarian granted her reference-only access to the library. Scrolling through the heavy tomes, Marlene selected one and compared it to the part of the cipher text she had …

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Books Chapter 8: Liar’s Den

Chapter 8: Liar’s Den

Marlene was eventually released from French custody. The case was closed after a homeless man admitted to firing the weapon (even though Marlene knew it was a boldfaced lie). Pilar had no immediate family to whom to tell of her death. Marlene went to the quiet funeral at Père Lachaise cemetery. She and the Catholic …

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