When the axe falls

Says it all really. Sadly the UK seems to be going down the same path

In Others' Words...

When the axe came into the forest, the trees said,
‘The handle is one of us.’
Ancient Proverb

The above quote is usually associated with a fable. There’s a Turkish version and a Macedonian version. Aesop penned one.  Sometimes it’s called the Woodsman and the Trees, sometimes it’s called The Trees and the Axe.

The basic premise is that when we sacrifice any of our human community at the altar of comfort or false security or pride or fear, when we deem ANY of our sisters or brothers to be less than or different, when we decide someone is other, we are complicit in our own destruction.  We hand our enemies the very tools they will use to harm us.

These are frightening times to be different.  These are frightening times to live at the margins.  Frankly, these are frightening times to be anything other than a straight, white…

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Freiya’s Stand is now available! — Anastasia Vitsky

Freiya’s Stand is now available! Run, don’t walk to your nearest Amazon site. You’ll find a few surprise treats at the end of the book, too.😀 I hope you love Freiya as much as I loved creating her. Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone. When should love take a stand? Freiya’s life is perfect. She’s […]

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Simple Gifts go on vacation!

I think Patreon is a great site for creators and their fans. Check it out

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Are you a fan of classical music, spanking, and best friends who become lovers? If you’ve read Simple Gifts, (or even if you haven’t), take a peek at this follow-up story. The bonus stories are provided as part of my subscription service on Patreon.

Find my Patreon site here!

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Music.  Without the love of her life, how can Leila learn to live again?

Professional violinist Leila Feran is accustomed to fame as the youngest and first female concertmaster of the Philharmonic Symphony.  Driven to achieve ever-increasing heights, she injures her wrist so badly that she may no longer be able to play.  While she recovers, she moves in with her childhood best friend, a pianist and beloved orchestra teacher in a small town.

Carene welcomes Leila with open arms and only one condition: no divas allowed.  And if Leila can’t follow the house rules, she might find herself over…

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Finding Ms. Write

Looks good

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Welcome to day two of the Finding Ms. Write blog tour, and the second day of my personal blogging out “Faux Pas,” my contribution. You can find my earlier post here.

Jove Belle introduced us to Finding Ms. Write yesterday, and now it’s my turn. Welcome, everyone! I’m thrilled to have you here.

So. I write kink. Guess what question I dread most?

“Do you actually do all the kinky things you write about?”

It’s enough to make a naughty author blush! I am, you see, a rather quiet person who likes to spend time thinking. Or playing with babies, or teasing my dearest friends.

I said once at a conference panel, “I’ve made the commitment that my private life will remain private.” The audience nodded respectfully, but I still received the inevitable question whether my fiction is autobiographical.

You see, my characters spank. With wooden spoons, to be…

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Dear “Christian” Conservatives…

Yep!

Because I'm Fabulous

It was just over a year ago when Leelah Alcorn stepped in front of a transport truck. Just over a year ago since she was buried under a name she didn’t like and didn’t want. But you won’t use the name she chose. Unctuous sympathy drips from your mouth while you refer to her as Joshua. I’ve read your articles, the ones where you blame liberals for causing her death. You claim she died because of depression and that real therapy, which reassured her of her innate maleness, would have helped. Then you quote doctors from John Hopkins University and a study which claims that 80% of transgender youths end up cisgender by the time they’re adults. But do you know what you ignore? That study had flaws big enough to drive a truck through. The researchers lost track of a bunch of the youths and simply assumed they’d stopped being trans. That’s not…

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Ana’s Advent Calendar, Day 5 : Little Lynnie’s Christmas Crackers

My Christmas Story 🙂

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 Wow, what a busy day of recipe sharing yesterday! Did you find anything new you’d like to make? It’s not too late to add a recipe before Michelle B compiles everything into our Advent Calendar cookbook.

Our guest today may be new to you, but you’ve seen her in the coments. Please welcome Lynn! She has a story of Christmas crackers and Little Lynnie. 😀

Britons have been pulling Christmas Crackers whilst eating their Christmas dinner since Victorian times.

The design of the cracker is basically a cardboard tube wrapped in paper which overhangs the tube and is twisted to form two ends. Two people then pull the cracker between them and one end rips off leaving the winner with the central tube. As the cracker rips the integral explosive bangs, or cracks, making everyone jump.

The contents of the cracker…

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Announcing (the 4th Annual) Ana’s Advent Calendar 2015!

Should be great fun and I’m quite excited to say the artwork is mine 😊

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It’s that most wonderful time of the year…again! For the fourth year in a row!

Ana’s Advent Calendar began four years ago as a small group of authors who contributed books as prizes. We laughed, got silly, had fun, and discovered community amidst the stress and paradoxical loneliness of the season of festivities. The highest compliments we’ve received all said the same message:

Ana’s Advent Calendar is the only place where I feel comfortable. This time of year stresses me out/makes me sad, and this is where I can come and find the strength to keep going.

People have asked us, “Where can I get more information about your Advent Calendar?” They’ve also said, “But I don’t like the holidays.”

Although Ana’s Advent Calendar is open to everyone (well, not bullies, trolls, or spammers), this event was created with a few special people in mind. If you:

  • Feel a little…

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What does a woman look like?

Excellent blog post by Michelle

Source: What does a woman look like?

What is it with women arbitrarily defining other women? How does someone wake up in the morning and decide they are the gender police, taking up Gandalf’s role and his line of “you shall not pass”? Goodness knows I can barely manage to remember to put my own glasses on in the morning (probably because my eyes aren’t open). No way in hell am I ready to start judging others.

Trans women are women: simple as that!

Dirty old woman: Dreams of Flying in First Ladylove

Looks great 🙂

Anastasia Vitsky

Dreams of Flying is a special story of my heart, the coming-out of a newly retired librarian who finds love. Who says love only happens to the young?

Annabelle, the condo manager, wastes no time inviting the newcomer to her cabin cruiser. Here’s a snippet of the prologue:

“Ouch!” She gives a breathy giggle as my hand makes a second impact. “Now who’s the dirty old woman?”

“You’ll pay for that.” I’m glad she can’t see the ridiculous grin spreading across my face.

“Oh, please.” She lowers herself one more step, leaning until her back nestles against my chest.

I wrap her in a soundless slow dance to the lapping of waves against the boat. By some unfathomable stroke of good fortune, this creature has made Oneir live up to its name.

Dream.

Dreams of Flying blurb:

Retirement means saying good-bye to everything she knows…and hello to a whole new…

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Review: Taliaschild

Taliaschild by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TaliaschildSix years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina’s queendom.

Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places the priceless talisman around Sonna’s neck, neither can remove the jewelry.

Alarmed at Kira losing the talisman’s protection, Vina and Talia take drastic steps to protect the princess. In the process, the entire earth descends into chaos.

Five years later, nineteen-year-old Sonna forages for two-day-old fish heads while dodging street pimps. The talisman leads her to the mysterious Nicodemus, who offers one command:

“Go to Kira. She needs you.”

Baffled, Sonna embarks on her journey. What can a pauper offer a spoiled princess? Will the street child end up surprising them all?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is a sequel to Taliasman. Another story based on a fairytale, this time the Snow Queen, with a hint of Disney’s Frozen.

I thought the characters were excellent and I really liked Sonna, the street urchin. Kira was a bit of a spoilt brat but it was somewhat understandable.

I could have done without the visual of two-day-old fish heads but it certainly makes one appreciate access to plentiful, tasty, fresh food.

As is her wont, Ms. Vitsky likes to play with word choice and skip backwards and forwards in time, creating a believable world. Scenes are painted with enough description to imagine but leaving room to fill in the details yourself.

There is some spanking and love making at the end but it is sweet and innocent, rather like the girls themselves.

Another great book which is well worth checking out.