The Brightest Light


Clichés & City Lights

I very much like the moment in the bathroom staring out the window.

The Renegade Press

Sometimes as a writer you can’t help but feel as though your very existence is a clichéd hybrid of all those who have come before you.  You write about feeling like an outcast, both revelling in, and despising the idiosyncrasies that form the microcosm of you. You are volatile, temperamental, a deep thinker, quirky, a workhorse, a masochist, and about a million other things. You yearn to be accepted, yet when those moments of companionship with your fellow man arrive, your anxiety craves independence. You write to fight demons, to understand the world, to question the illogical and voice an opinion that needs to be heard.

You write because you are different. Yet by doing so you prove that you are ultimately the same as almost every great writer throughout history. You’re still a minority, and you deserve to be celebrated as such. But the eccentricities that define you are…

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What I’m Reading Now – The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly, Chapter 14

lizardcageIn The Lizard Cage, Karen Connelly does not spare us a moment, no matter how private, of her prisoner Teza’s life behind bars. In Chapter 14 the author bares Teza’s soul as he recalls his courting and love for Ma Thazin, or as he puts it, he tries to find her.

Karen somehow reveals Teza’s pure love while mixing in lust smeared by imprisonment and shame. I have seldom felt a more contrasting mix of emotions nor such a strange building of tension, and she does not let up as Teza, himself, fuelled but a very human need could not let up until the very end, which prison and this candid novelist somehow turned into anything but the release expected “as though the wall itself has clenched tight and crushed them all.”

Maung-go lo-ba-deh. Chit-pa-deh. “I’m afraid. You’ll hurt me.” Ma Thazin whispered to Teza during their first love making.

I feel the same about this book.





Making the Most of Your Tax Refund

Some solid advise here on what to do with your income tax returns. I suggest paying some debt and investing the rest (or put it in a high return savings account until you can afford a good investment); obviously real estate in the investment I would advise in.

Apprisen Money Minute

It’s almost tax time; which means tax refund time, yay!

I can remember as a small child this time of year when my parents received their tax refund. My sisters and I would get an allowance that we could use to go shopping for new clothes, shoes, etc. We weren’t poor but we weren’t rich either. My father was a Marine and not at all a materialistic man. So most of the time we got what we needed, which was not always what we wanted.

As a teen my parents were divorced so refund time meant I got spoiled rotten along with my sisters. At the time I was just happy to get the money but, looking back, I realize they did it out of guilt of the divorce. As an adult I try to understand why so many people squander their refunds this way. All those years, all…

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Book I’m Going To Read Next – You’re Gonna Hurt Yourself: Daily Struggles of Small Time Wrestlers (Jobbers) by Ben Nelson Creed

I was both excited and a touch jealous when I saw that one of my favourite local wrestlers Nelson Creed released his book, You’re Gonna Hurt Yourself: Daily Struggles of Small Time Wrestlers (Jobbers) by Ben Nelson Creed. Here is a guy living two of my dreams, he is a current professional wrestler and has been for a long time and now he is a writer.

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 10.57.51 AMI never wrestled Nelson Creed during my short stint as a professional wrestler but we did meet a few times both in catch wrestling and the professional wrestling circuit and share some mutual friends. I can’t say we know each other well but I certainly always held him in high esteem.

It is that respect for him and for his craft as a professional wrestler that has me so excited to read his book. Professional wrestling is a grind full of back stage politics, injuries, egos and very little money for most. The local shows really are a labour of love, and that is what each wrestler has, love for their art.

I have ordered this book already and suggest that my fellow wrestling fans do the same, as well as any would be professional wrestlers. If Ben Nelson Creed writes as he speaks and wrestles it will be sure to entertain.

St. Patty’s Day Tribute

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tumblr_static_57zvalm9sswsosk0ccc4ww0ksEvery year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart all over the world observe St.Patrick’s Day. It began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland and has now become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods, and other culture rich delights. Why not celebrate with literature as well.

Here is my mini literary tribute to this special day:

St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography
by Philip Freeman
Ireland’s patron saint has long been shrouded in legend, but the true story of St. Patrick is far more inspiring than the myths. In St. Patrick of Ireland, Philip Freeman brings the historic Patrick and his world vividly to life. Born late in the fourth century to an aristocratic British family, Patrick’s life was changed forever when he was abducted and taken to Ireland just before his sixteenth birthday. He spent six grueling years…

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3 Quotes & How They Guide Me by Michael Moore

I wrote and shared this originally on



He Who Hesitates Is Lost. 

At first glance this quote seems like a dive in and damn the consequences sort of quote. I assure you it is not.

This quote speaks to the yearnings and desires (note I am not speaking to base desires here) within us all. That moment when the project you have been dreaming of is before you, or when the person you love smiles just so or when the trip of a lifetime becomes available; too often we hesitate thinking a myriad of thoughts from responsibilities to what if’s, all reasons to hesitate until the opportunity that we were waiting for is lost.

Do not hesitate when faced with that which truly matters or the you that you are meant to be could be lost.

The Mind is Everything, What You Think You Become. Buddha. 

When I first started researching Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy this ideal…

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Could Be My Favourite Book – The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Most readers have already heard of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth thus it will come as no surprise to them that I have chosen this as one of my favourite, possibly even my favourite read of all time.

This then is for those readers out there who haven’t yet come across this brilliant work.

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 3.55.34 PMKen Follett mostly writes spy and espionage novels. Pillars of the Earth is a step away from that into historical fiction, which is where I like to escape.

A colleague of mine summed this novel up nicely when he stated something to the tune of “When we have a bad day, our phone breaks or we lose our keys. In Pillars when they have a bad day their wife is raped and they will likely have to raise the bastard born from it.”

Yet somehow throughout some pretty dark and damning moments in The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett weaves hope in the face of certain defeat through his inspiring characters and their endurance and faith.

Before this book I read exclusively fantasy. Ken Follett wrote so well that I not only welcomed more historical fiction and general fiction but actually read his entire body of work. This book is a rare gem that everyone should read at least once.


Vote for April’s Featured Book

The Writer's Inkwell

As I go through my list of reads for the past month, I’m really surprised and happy to find such a wide variety of fantastic books. It seems like there is a little of something for everyone and I can’t wait to see which of these amazing books you guys choose to be featured next month. So how do you choose what to vote?

There’s no rules about how you vote. If you haven’t read the books, you can vote on the cover that catches your eye or read my reviews (click the title of the book below) and vote for which book sounds like the one you’d enjoy the most. If you are a fan of the author, feel free to vote for them! That’s the joy of this, you hold all the cards and whichever book you choose, may be the one featured next month. All of these…

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Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

Creative efforts are first manifested on imaginary planes; while they may not immediately yield physical rewards, I feel that consistently engaging in them is akin to spinning some giant, subtle wheel.

Even though that momentous wheel may be overlooked by us humans, it is definitely noticed and appreciated by the Universe.  Eventually, all debts are paid, all dividends are given.  (In one form or another)

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