Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Note: This was supposed to be about 700 words. There is no way, my friends. No way that’s happening. In fact, this will probably my closest attempt to publishing a full-length novel. I hope you enjoy. (Feat. photo credit: Gretchen Kuykendall Engel) When I mention Realm Makers to folks, they always ask me what it

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When good people make bad decisions

When good people make bad decisions

We’ve seen it happen over and over, and each time we just shake our heads. Good people make a bad decision or series of decisions and their lives (and usually those they love) change forever. How do you respond when you’re negatively affected by someone else’s bad decision? What if that person is you? Life

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Standing in their Stilettos

Standing in their Stilettos

I drive the strip after dark, neon lights flashing through the car window and yellow streetlights spotlighting girls at every bus stop and corner, illuminating stilettos and short skirts. Looking at these girls, beautiful painted faces clearly visible from only a couple yards away, I do the only thing I can do—I look at them

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When you have no words

When you have no words

“Do you ever feel that way?” I ask my friend in the Dillons parking lot, shoppers passing by with carts full of riches untold for most of the people in this world. “Like you don’t have any words left, or maybe that there’s too much to say for words?” Like you just need to be with the

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When your story hurts

When your story hurts

On Friday morning, four days ago,  my beloved aunt tried to take her own life. She shot herself in the stomach after a months-long struggle with anxiety and depression. At 11:00 a.m. my phone rang and Lauren, at 22 the oldest of their seven children and more my little sister than cousin, came on the

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What stories taught me about coming home

What stories taught me about coming home

I’ve been trying to write this post for two weeks now. Staring at the blank page, turning over thoughts in my mind like laundry churning in the washing machine. Where do I start? How do I start? Where do I find words to articulate what I do not fully understand myself? A week or so ago

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The Inconvenience of Opportunity

The Inconvenience of Opportunity

We left the massive ship sleeping along the quayside in Sri Lanka at 11 p.m., driving 45 minutes through Southeast Asian traffic to get to the Colombo airport for our 3 a.m. flight. It took a four to five hour eternity to fly from Colombo to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. An hour and a

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Life on the Wild Side

Life on the Wild Side

I sit curled on a rock at the dimly-lit watering hole, the thick blackness of the African night settling over me. It’s silent except for the far-off cough of zebras and the quiet lapping of a pair of hyenas come for an evening drink. They pad away as silently as they appeared. A shadow flits,

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When in the course of human events…

When in the course of human events…

“Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences.

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Video Blog from England

Video Blog from England

Hello from rainy Carlisle! Two of the founders of Crosshair Press, Amy Williams and Katie Morford, have been reunited in soggy England for a good catch-up and some sight-seeing around the U.K. Watch their video update below for the latest on their adventures and Crosshair Press releases and follow their travels at iwanderlost.com.

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Tricycle taxis and the land of pagodas

Tricycle taxis and the land of pagodas

The heat could have peeled paint off a house. Fried a quail egg on a rubbish-covered sidewalk. Boiled whole chicken feet in a pot of oil. Sweat snakes down the curve of my back and dampens my palms as I switch a tripod case as tall as I am to my other shoulder. The clamor of

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Kayaking in the Desert

Kayaking in the Desert

There are just some things in life that make no sense. Tuna in Mac ‘N Cheese. Ski slopes in the middle of a mall in Dubai. Kayaking in the Arabian desert. I live in that zone where I think my life has gotten as crazy as it can get, and then God racks up the

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