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Uncharted

The world can be funny or terrifying depending on your outlook. Join our hero as he navigates the daily grind, experiencing life so you don't have to.

Extreme Esteem

"Think of it as your weekly pick-me-up, with no caffeine added. Each week, Murray will provide thoughtful and practical insights and advice to help build your self-esteem and uncover your true potential."

A deep dive into the challenges of living successfully in our "overly processed" world with strategies, insights and secrets. Stop merely surviving, start thriving and begin living with Extreme Esteem.   

Hamster Stew and Other Stories

Hamster Stew is a diary-style comedy serial about the adventures of an Irish mom, Trish McTaggart, struggling with her teenage son, a scary ten year old daughter, and an out of control life which lurches from disaster to chaos. All she wants is a part-time job, more passion with her Scottish husband, and a hands-off mother-in-law but life, and her daughter, are conspiring against her dreams.

Perhaps the lessons her friend is giving her in "how to say no" will help?

My Life as a Rocket Scientist (and other lies I tell myself)

Who am I really?

Well, that is the everlasting question. The answer that still eludes me, and so many others to this day.

My quest is to find some sort of answer to the complexities of life. Join me on this perilous journey, as I slay dragons, defeat zombies, and uncover the hidden truths inside.

Poking holes through tough situations, and learning to find the humor in everyday life. Sometimes, life sucks, but that doesn't mean it's the end of the world. (not yet, I promise)

Quips of Profanity may ensue. 

 

Series Release: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Series Updated: Last Day of the Month

 

No Vacancy

No Vacancy is a collection of humorous personal essays. Each essay is independent of each other, but together the collection weaves an autobiographical tapestry, at times sad, bizarre, and deeply personal. No skeleton in her closet is safe.

Lisa tackles subjects including grand conspiracies, generation gaps, memory loss, aging, nostalgia, modern technology, Corporate America, airline industry, affairs, addiction, unorthodox relationships, male species, and female anatomy, to name just a few.

Nit Roast & Other Stories

Nit Roast & Other Stories” is a first person, diary-style comedy serial about the adventures of an Irish mom.

Trish McTaggart's family life is a mess. Her diary holds her worries - an animal-obsessed daughter, a teen son drinking, an absent-minded husband, and a local parent who's out to get her. Building her new sewing business will be the easy part this year. This is a sequel to "Hamster Stew & Other Stories", also available on Channillo.com

Enchanted Mental Health

The line between our inner and outer world is not quite as solid as we may think.

By unleashing the magic that lies dormant in our human consciousness, we can transform not only our inner world, but the outer world too!

In this series, Enchanted Mental Health, South African mental health professional Josh Roberts (BA in Psychology, MA in Theology) walks with you through the mysterious terrain of the mind, mining existential and practical treasures along the way.

Through exploring the intersection of psychology, spirituality, and philosophy, get ready to unleash a vibrancy to the world that has largely been forgotten in our generation as we enchant our mental health together!

There's a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It's a baby.

No self-respecting modern woman wants a baby, until you do and then you’re stuffed.

There’s a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It’s a baby is a series of satirical columns about surviving life with a baby and a boyfriend in a modern world that forgot it’s not 1950 something.

Briana takes on all things babies and boyfriend as she discovers motherhood is like riding a wild horse that’s out of control. Only the horse is not a horse, it’s a donkey. And it’s going backwards.

Written with a lot of sarcasm, a little humor and not enough coffee by a woman who wishes she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

The Librarian's Secret Diary

Nina is the new librarian on the block. She’s learning the shelves with her buzzword-spouting boss and the senior librarian who hates reading and can’t wait to retire. She records the crazy reader requests and the knitting group in-fighting in her secret diary while trying to get the printer to work, flirting with the inter-library-loan guy, and struggling to discover why their romance books are acquiring red pen marks on page five.

Mouths of the Dark

Eric Neal's life changes on the night he sees the eyes glowing in the depths of his backyard. He becomes obsessed with what is watching him from the shadows, and his world begins to decay around him...

All we have left is Eric's journal. It is a chronicle of a young man's descent into a consuming darkness...

Warning: this series contains adult content.

The Mouths of the Dark series is complete. Watch for more stories set in the same world of shadows and light!

The Domesticated Poet

A behind the curtain look at life for this poet/Stay at home mom. Join me as I discover what it takes to balance the two as well as break the sterotypes that go along with both. 

Lines in the Gravel

Lines in the Gravel is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth's experiences growing up in rural Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Stories from the Roller Coaster

Al Ainsworth graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration. His career plan was to coach baseball at one high school for 40 years, win multiple state championships, and impact generations of young men. His family plan was to marry at age 22, begin a family at age 25, and complete that family by age 30.

Over 25 years into his life plan, he can look back on a coaching career that lasted just 13 years at three different schools. A subsequent career in pastoral ministry lasted eight years before giving way to his current endeavors as a teacher of learning disabled students and as a writer, speaker, and legacy builder. In between he has done everything from lawn care and landscaping to paper routes, membership sales, tool sales (for a week), glass installation, and even a couple of years as actuarial analyst.

And that family plan? Age 22 came and went without so much as a date. In his own words, he was an "idiot" when it came to his courtship of his future wife. Three children later--with a couple of twists and turns--they continue a counter-intuitive faith ride in Hernando, Mississippi.

This is their story.

The Un-Writerly Guide to Narrative Design

This Guide is intended for all those who wish to enter the world of writing. In it, we will explore the many ways and tools and means to craft the stories which reside at the bottom of our lungs, simply waiting for the deepest breath. I include prompts aimed at working our creative minds and always strive to give positive feedback and discussion. My Guide gives no definitive answers, no equations, or Truth; it merely provides a look into the words of one writer's pursuing of the elements of writing life. 

Dear Matt...Letters To My Son

These are letters, from my heart to his, to my prodigal son.  If you have an estranged family member, these letters are probably your heart, too. 

Work In Progress

Abigail Nolan wants it all....by the time she is 30. 

Looking forward to celebrating her 29th Birthday, she arrives at work only to find a pink slip for a present.  If she thought things couldn't get any worse, they do when her fiance of 2 years breaks it off the same day.

Devastated, she has no other choice but to move back in with her parents. With nobody wanting to hire her or marry her, she finds herself back at square one. 

Cramped in her family home with no privacy and endless social media updates of her friends being promoted, getting married or having babies- it all finally gets to her. After a few self pity parties and a lot of wine, she decides enough is enough!

She begins a journal to boost her confidence. Soon she gets a new job at the local Quik Copy and agrees to go on her first date in years. Things are looking up!

What begins as a motivational vice, her journal entries quickly turn into the humorous antics of a newly single gal.

Follow Abigail's journey in her own words as she reinvents herself and learns that having it all may not be what life is really all about!

 

"The Intruder"

I've been newly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which I call "The Intruder," and am trying to come back to God.  Join me on my journey through pain, understanding, clarity, and maybe, some answers, but definitely a time of self-discovery for me...and maybe you, too.  

This Side of Triumph

Drafts of drama, poetry and other works from a Brighton-based actor/writer.

.

"This side of triumph

Sleep uncoils across

The stones we perch on."

 

 

Revelations of the Past

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time?

Perhaps see the world from an entirely different perspective?

If you could experience the birth of the world first-hand, would you want to?

In this truly amazing series, a rather ordinary girl does just that.  This visionary account of the past, will capture your heart and mind from the very beginning.  You will be able to witness creation like you’ve never experienced it before and see the world through the eyes of a rather common girl; who experiences countless historical events as if she were really there.        

Progress Pending

Stay tuned for new challenges and life curveballs of Abigail Nolan.

Frank the Vampire Cleaner

Everyone has a story, even the janitor, but do you really want to know what he's seen?

Frank is the sort of person that fades into the background of everyone else's life. Shuffling through the corridors of the business building he works in, the streets of his city, and tending to the daily messes that people usually don't think twice about.

To anyone and everyone, he is simply a janitor. 

 

*Warning ~ Adult language, some sexual situations and commentary, some violence and graphic descriptions. 

Coffee and Criticisms

A look into gender roles, resistance and the journey so far-over a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

Broken

Poetry about love, life, death, loss, and the frailty of humanity, expressed in and through the beauty of words.

The everyday stories of Baggy Body and her gang.

Most of us have had "that moment" when everything in our world seems to change. The axis of our life shifts. Sometimes it's temporary. Sometimes it's forever. But at "that moment" you don't know which it will be. Baggy's most recent such moment was when she discovered a mass in her stomach. A mass she named Lawrence. This is her journey from Lawrence's discovery, through treatment, recovery and beyond. Laugh along with her as she finds out about Lawrence and gets her life back on its correct axis.

Journey of a Lost Girl

Mistakes. Regrets. Consequences.

Eliza is a girl that has traveled down a deep dark path and is now fighting her way back to the top. Battling demons, depression, anxiety, and alcohol. Fighting for a voice, learning to stand on her own two feet.

From a young age she never knew her place in the world. Blindly stumbling to rock bottom and painfully climbing back to sanity.

Making peace with the past is the only thing that will save her, but can she do it? 

Travel on a Different Plane

Let yourself go. Captivating, humorous, and delectable travel tales that will transport you to the next town or the far side of the world . . .

Kickstarts! Writing Workshop

A writing workshop for reluctant and blocked writers, and for those just looking to put the fun back into the creative writing process.

We all have those times when the words don't flow. Whether you are are a student who can think of about a million other things that you would rather be doing than writing that English assignment, or a veteran author who has spent the last chunk of time staring at a blank page where words should be, this workshop is for you!

While it explores ideas from the stance of writing fiction, with a few easy adjustments it can be very helpful for non-fiction as well! 

Long-Distance Love

The format for this short series is postcard length excerpts mailed between Andrew, a business assistant to a wealthy friend, and Jenna, a linguistic anthropologist. As the two of them travel the world separately, they meet via a postcard happenstance. They then find that they enjoy each other's company and become long-distance penpals, getting to know each other over many years. 

Dear Aliyah...Letters to my Grandbaby

Letters to my first grandchild, Aliyah Ann.  I am writing this series as thoughts strike me of things I want to tell her.  I won't post all the time, unless something happens and I need to write it out for several days.  So, I may go a little while without posting.

Pseudocide

Pseudocide: a suicidal synonym and a synonym for suicide. 

 

Artwork by Edward Clarke

Down the Indifference Hole

This story will chronicle, through several months, both the stigma surrounding a college dropout, how this unseen stigma affects them, and the psychological and physical journey taken since, along with additional social commentary.

Aspirations & Inspirations

Inspiration comes to me in many forms. I tend to be drawn to the darker side of fiction, whether I'm looking at movies, story ideas, or books. These poems have been inspired by life, by film and anything in between. I can't always explain where they come from. I just write them.

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



The world can be funny or terrifying depending on your outlook. Join our hero as he navigates the daily grind, experiencing life so you don't have to.

 View Series


"Think of it as your weekly pick-me-up, with no caffeine added. Each week, Murray will provide thoughtful and practical insights and advice to help build your self-esteem and uncover your true potential."

A deep dive into the challenges of living successfully in our "overly processed" world with strategies, insights and secrets. Stop merely surviving, start thriving...View Series



Hamster Stew is a diary-style comedy serial about the adventures of an Irish mom, Trish McTaggart, struggling with her teenage son, a scary ten year old daughter, and an out of control life which lurches from disaster to chaos. All she wants is a part-time job, more passion with her Scottish husband, and a hands-off mother-in-law but life, and her daughter, are conspiring against her dreams.

Perhaps...View Series



Who am I really?

Well, that is the everlasting question. The answer that still eludes me, and so many others to this day.

My quest is to find some sort of answer to the complexities of life. Join me on this perilous journey, as I slay dragons, defeat zombies, and uncover the hidden truths inside.

Poking holes through tough situations, and learning to find the humor in everyday...View Series



No Vacancy is a collection of humorous personal essays. Each essay is independent of each other, but together the collection weaves an autobiographical tapestry, at times sad, bizarre, and deeply personal. No skeleton in her closet is safe.

Lisa tackles subjects including grand conspiracies, generation gaps, memory loss, aging, nostalgia, modern technology, Corporate America, airline...View Series



Nit Roast & Other Stories” is a first person, diary-style comedy serial about the adventures of an Irish mom.

Trish McTaggart's family life is a mess. Her diary holds her worries - an animal-obsessed daughter, a teen son drinking, an absent-minded husband, and a local parent who's out to get her. Building her new sewing business will be the easy part this year. This is a sequel...View Series



The line between our inner and outer world is not quite as solid as we may think.

By unleashing the magic that lies dormant in our human consciousness, we can transform not only our inner world, but the outer world too!

In this series, Enchanted Mental Health, South African mental health professional Josh Roberts (BA in Psychology, MA in Theology) walks with you through the mysterious...View Series



No self-respecting modern woman wants a baby, until you do and then you’re stuffed.

There’s a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It’s a baby is a series of satirical columns about surviving life with a baby and a boyfriend in a modern world that forgot it’s not 1950 something.

Briana takes on all things babies and boyfriend as she discovers motherhood is like...View Series



Nina is the new librarian on the block. She’s learning the shelves with her buzzword-spouting boss and the senior librarian who hates reading and can’t wait to retire. She records the crazy reader requests and the knitting group in-fighting in her secret diary while trying to get the printer to work, flirting with the inter-library-loan guy, and struggling to discover why their romance books...View Series


Eric Neal's life changes on the night he sees the eyes glowing in the depths of his backyard. He becomes obsessed with what is watching him from the shadows, and his world begins to decay around him...

All we have left is Eric's journal. It is a chronicle of a young man's descent into a consuming darkness...

Warning: this series contains adult content.

The...View Series



A behind the curtain look at life for this poet/Stay at home mom. Join me as I discover what it takes to balance the two as well as break the sterotypes that go along with both. 

 View Series


Lines in the Gravel is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth's experiences growing up in rural Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

 View Series


Al Ainsworth graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration. His career plan was to coach baseball at one high school for 40 years, win multiple state championships, and impact generations of young men. His family plan was to marry at age 22, begin a family at age 25, and complete that family by age 30.

Over 25 years into his life plan,...View Series



This Guide is intended for all those who wish to enter the world of writing. In it, we will explore the many ways and tools and means to craft the stories which reside at the bottom of our lungs, simply waiting for the deepest breath. I include prompts aimed at working our creative minds and always strive to give positive feedback and discussion. My Guide gives no definitive answers, no equations,...View Series


These are letters, from my heart to his, to my prodigal son.  If you have an estranged family member, these letters are probably your heart, too. 

 View Series


Abigail Nolan wants it all....by the time she is 30. 

Looking forward to celebrating her 29th Birthday, she arrives at work only to find a pink slip for a present.  If she thought things couldn't get any worse, they do when her fiance of 2 years breaks it off the same day.

Devastated, she has no other choice but to move back in with her parents. With nobody wanting...View Series



I've been newly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which I call "The Intruder," and am trying to come back to God.  Join me on my journey through pain, understanding, clarity, and maybe, some answers, but definitely a time of self-discovery for me...and maybe you, too.  

 View Series


Drafts of drama, poetry and other works from a Brighton-based actor/writer.

.

"This side of triumph

Sleep uncoils across

The stones we perch on."

 

 

 View Series


Have you ever wanted to travel back in time?

Perhaps see the world from an entirely different perspective?

If you could experience the birth of the world first-hand, would you want to?

In this truly amazing series, a rather ordinary girl does just that.  This visionary account of the past, will capture your heart and mind from the very beginning.  You will be able...View Series



Stay tuned for new challenges and life curveballs of Abigail Nolan.

 View Series


Everyone has a story, even the janitor, but do you really want to know what he's seen?

Frank is the sort of person that fades into the background of everyone else's life. Shuffling through the corridors of the business building he works in, the streets of his city, and tending to the daily messes that people usually don't think twice about.

To anyone and everyone, he is simply...View Series



A look into gender roles, resistance and the journey so far-over a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

 View Series


Poetry about love, life, death, loss, and the frailty of humanity, expressed in and through the beauty of words.

 View Series


Most of us have had "that moment" when everything in our world seems to change. The axis of our life shifts. Sometimes it's temporary. Sometimes it's forever. But at "that moment" you don't know which it will be. Baggy's most recent such moment was when she discovered a mass in her stomach. A mass she named Lawrence. This is her journey from Lawrence's...View Series


Mistakes. Regrets. Consequences.

Eliza is a girl that has traveled down a deep dark path and is now fighting her way back to the top. Battling demons, depression, anxiety, and alcohol. Fighting for a voice, learning to stand on her own two feet.

From a young age she never knew her place in the world. Blindly stumbling to rock bottom and painfully climbing back...View Series



Let yourself go. Captivating, humorous, and delectable travel tales that will transport you to the next town or the far side of the world . . .

 View Series


A writing workshop for reluctant and blocked writers, and for those just looking to put the fun back into the creative writing process.

We all have those times when the words don't flow. Whether you are are a student who can think of about a million other things that you would rather be doing than writing that English assignment, or a veteran author who has spent the last chunk of time staring...View Series



The format for this short series is postcard length excerpts mailed between Andrew, a business assistant to a wealthy friend, and Jenna, a linguistic anthropologist. As the two of them travel the world separately, they meet via a postcard happenstance. They then find that they enjoy each other's company and become long-distance penpals, getting to know each other over many years. 

 View Series


Letters to my first grandchild, Aliyah Ann.  I am writing this series as thoughts strike me of things I want to tell her.  I won't post all the time, unless something happens and I need to write it out for several days.  So, I may go a little while without posting.

 View Series


Pseudocide: a suicidal synonym and a synonym for suicide. 

 

Artwork by Edward Clarke

 View Series


This story will chronicle, through several months, both the stigma surrounding a college dropout, how this unseen stigma affects them, and the psychological and physical journey taken since, along with additional social commentary.

 View Series


Inspiration comes to me in many forms. I tend to be drawn to the darker side of fiction, whether I'm looking at movies, story ideas, or books. These poems have been inspired by life, by film and anything in between. I can't always explain where they come from. I just write them.

 View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.