• Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. ~ Ursula K. LeGuin
  • No man is useless who has a friend, and if we are loved we are indispensable. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)
  • Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says: 'I need you because I love you.'~Erich Fromme
  • There is no point in driving yourself mad trying to stop yourself going mad. You might just as well give in and save your sanity for later.~Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything
  • I have always been the type to go to the source of the rumor rather than believe the rumor. Seems the more intelligent thing to do. Of course, expecting intelligence may be my own personal Achilles' heel. ~me
  • Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 'Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it -- memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things.' ~ Tad Williams, The Dragonbone Chair
  • "May your true nature be known and proclaimed." ~ Huron quote

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Poems: 9Words

Roses Memories Leaves Always Forever Love Reminders Photographs Pale

Midnight Rose

She still wears those memories of you
Like midnight roses wrapped so tight
Around that slim throat blue black dying
Flower kisses against such pale skin
Reminders of the depth of your love
Five midnight roses cling so close
Soft yellowing leaves set them off
As her eyes stare wide unseeing
While they try to lift those roses
Off her pale pale unmoving throat
She will always wear those memories
Captured forever Permanently marked
In clinical criminal photographs
Reminders of the depth of your love

Stephanie Arwen Lynch

Wicked Games Buying Guide Ideas Red Fire Spring Preventive

Wicked Man

Wicked wicked man allowing me
To believe you might be buying
All these red fire desire ideas
That spring within me because
I forgot to take precaution
I forgot those preventive rules
Games are only fun to be played
When you know the rules the guides
Boundaries within which to keep
All these red fire desire ideas
About one wicked wicked man

Stephanie Arwen Lynch

Reckon ~ Round ~ Riven ~ Rock ~ Regret ~ Reap ~ Road ~ Rust ~ Recognize

Blackbird's Singing Again

Reckon you know the story too well
Regrets reaped then heaped so high so high
'Round abouts here we recognize
That driven by a raven look
Don't stop gotta keep running
Blackbird's gonna getcha tonight
Your riven heart in small pieces
Dust off the rust off those boots
Hit the road hit the road hit it
Turn up the music so you can't hear
The screaming calls of your own death
Rock on regardless of who gets hurt
Reckon you know that story quite well.

Stephanie Arwen Lynch

Amazon, you suck!

You may know that I am also a published fiction author. I write as Marilu Mann for Ellora's Cave. I write erotica. I am not willing to be swept under a rug by this inane censorship.

What is Amazon Rank? What does it mean? If you read anything Amazon deems as "adult", it means you won't find your favorite books in the "top lists".

Here's what Amazon's Customer Service told author Mark Probst who writes YA gay fiction not erotic and not adult.
In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude “adult” material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.

Check out what SmartBitches has to say about this so-called Amazon Rank and check out #amazonfail on Twitter.

Why am I doing this? As SmartBitches points out <blockquote>The goal: that “Amazon Rank” points to the definition that underscores Amazon.com’s shortminded censorship and inconsistent policing of what ought to be accessible to the book buying public.</blockquote>

POEM: Japanese Mermaids Don't Sing

Mirror, Cover, Alone, More, Cold, Mermaid, Walk, Dive, Sea

Japanese Mermaids Don’t Sing

Sometimes I see glimpses of her
-- Flashes of gold red black white --
Koi under lily pads floating cover.
Diving the depths again alone,
She’s a Japanese mermaid
Afraid to comb her hair any more.
Dropped her precious silver mirror
On his rocky stone cold heart.

Shall she attempt the pain again?
Divide her legs. Let her heart bleed
As she walks into love once more.
Mute because she gave it away
To the wrong handsome prince.
Or would it be better safer calmer
To dive again into that sea welcoming
Dark depths to hide her self that light
-- Flashes gold red black white --
Lilies and koi hiding from the pain.

Stephanie Arwen Lynch

Changing Times On Amazon!

Changing Times by Marilu Mann

I so thrilled to let y'all know that Changing Times (co-written with my best friend, Cai Smith) is now on Amazon. I'm so happy. Thanks for all of your support. I really appreciate it. Isn't it wild that it feels even more real to see it on Amazon?

P. to the S. I totally wiped out the earlier groovy post with all the reviews and excerpt. SIGH. Head here for all the fancy-schmancy stuff including the reviews, etc. :)
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Tarot For Writers: Hero's Journey (Spring 2009)

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