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

Anastasia Vitsky

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!


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

Anastasia Vitsky


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…


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 🙂

Anastasia Vitsky

Lynnie Christmas

 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 😊

Anastasia Vitsky


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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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.


Dreams of Flying blurb:

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

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Danika reviews Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story by Jeanne Cordova

This looks interesting. Shame there’s no kindle version 😦

The Lesbrary


I will admit, I find the idea of lesbian nuns fascinating. I love that there are multiplebookson the subject. It actually makes total sense: historically, at least in the Western world, one of the few avenues that women had available to them if they didn’t want to get married to men and have children was to become a nun. Is it surprising that lesbians are over-represented in that number? In addition to this being a lesbian nun book, it’s also by an author I already enjoy. Cordova wrote a memoir about her activism titled When We Were Outlaws which I reviewed at the Lesbrary previously, so I knew that her writing style agree with me. It also ended up being an interesting prologue to When We Were Outlaws: I wouldn’t have guessed that passionate lesbian activist spent her childhood yearning to be a nun.


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Blue Book Scavenger Hunt!

Good fun, and the book’s still only 99p if you don’t have a copy 🙂

Anastasia Vitsky


Boy, do I have something fun for you! Melissa Shirley, one of my co-authors for the Blue Book of Grown-Up Fairytales, came up with a neat idea for an activity. She asked each of us for a ten-item list of items or symbols from our books. Then she wrote the cutest rhyming clues for you! Don’t give away the answer, but either post an image or a link to an image (one at a time, or WordPress thinks your comment is spam) in the comments. The Blue Book authors will vote for the best answers, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Melissa.

How fun, right? Here is Melissa’s explanation:

Join the hunt to win a prize

An Amazon gift card worth $25

We’ll give you the clues, you figure them out

Answer in pictures, to the net roam about

Be creative and post us a…

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