The #MeToo Memoirs

When I was in the early days of recovery from sexual violence, I read all day, every day. I read and read and read and read everything I could about Rape Trauma Syndrome (RTS), rape culture, consent culture, predators, sociopaths, and especially survivor stories. I devoured the content on the Yes Means Yes blog. This…

C-PTSD From Emotional Abuse

Ten years ago I wrote a post called “PTSD from Emotional Abuse” on O. M. Grey’s blog, a name under which I published Steampunk romance. At that time, I was writing prolifically about matters of mental health, psychiatric injury, and the effects of trauma, mostly to process and understand my own experience. I wrote this…

Yodeling in Quarantine

What a fucking time to be alive. Global pandemic the like that hasn’t been seen for a century. Currently in the USA, we have over 300k confirmed cases, 3x that of a week ago, Brian and I have been in self isolation for 25 days (even though I say 24 in the video. Losing count!),…

My Beloved Enigma

I’ve been repeating three words to myself over and over again for the past ten weeks: I’m in trouble. My heart. My mind. My soul. My very sanity is at risk. (Romantic hyperbole. You know me!) I met someone recently, and his name is Brian Enigma. Yes. That’s his real surname, and it perfectly fits…

Bumbling Through Life

For the past two and a half years, I’ve been living the dream. At least, that’s what everyone keeps telling me, and they’re pretty much right. In the wake of debilitating trauma and the end of a 15-year marriage, I did what few would do in those circumstances. I started traveling through Europe, living in…

New Watercolor Work

A few months ago I published a post about my Patreon page. This is a reminder to all my readers about that page and my watercolor artwork. For as little as $1/mo you can support me and my art via Patreon. For 2018, I’ve committed to doing some form of art everyday, as well as…

Resurrecting Avalon Revamped

“Every once in a while I get the opportunity to read a piece of work that makes me think, ‘This is the one the will put this author on the map of the reading world.’ Avalon Revamped is that book for O. M. Grey. It deals with some horrific truths and should be read by…

Of Course, #MeToo

The past few months have been many things. Inspiring. Validating. Triggering. Infuriating. Gratifying. Of course, I’m talking about the growing #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. At long, long last, survivors of sexual violence, abuse, and assault in all its forms are not only being heard, they’re being believed. Although I’ve been moved to write about this many…

Beneath the Matterhorn

Okay. So I couldn’t see it well, but I did indeed see The Matterhorn. Even better, I went snowshoeing in The Alps for the second year in a row. Last year I was in the Austrian and Bavarian Alps. This year, I’m in the Swiss Alps, and this is The Matterhorn! I went snowshoeing BENEATH THE MATTERHORN!

For Just A Few Moments

….for NJD…. For just a few moments I captured your heart A sweet, brief reunion After decades apart For just a few moments We talked through the night Sharing stories and thoughts Of both darkness and light