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Journal Entries

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.

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.

Carcerated Grammar

In the outside world, writers starve to have their words consumed and considered. On the inside, every 'letter' is sacred and sav(i)ored.

In a nutshell, it's correspondence between a guy and woman in prison... and another guy with the same name... and occasional other characters (you know how destiny and randomness go.)

Instagram: @carcerated.grammar

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Pseudo-accolades for Carcerated Grammer's  Weekly / Biweekly / Monthly 'Cerealized' (sic) Prison Correspondence:

2017 Channillo Awards '1st Place Runner Up' in Best Ongoing Series, Humor and Journal Entries Catagories. 

https://channillo.com/2017-channillo-award-winners/

"'Carcerated Grammer' is... well, what can I say? I've never read anything quite like it. it goes well with pie."

- Larry Jacoby 'The Colored Sightglass'

 

"I feel for Bianca but I suppose, I'd read anything sent to me in prison too."

- Harriette Fairline 'The Long Island Shore Woman Gazette'

 

"the age old adage you can't polish a turd, well the only thing here easy on the eyes is thanks to the yellow paper it's written on.

- Tony Cima 'Hoffman Hot Rods Fanzine.'

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?

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. 

Z: True Stories of a Cult Kid

“I was taught to believe that humanity was imploding on itself. Only those of us living at the compound were pure, and it was our job to make sure the rest of the world got what it deserved.”

-Ezra Grady

On June 7th, 2009, after an argument with his parents, ten-year-old Ezra Grady ran away from his home in Harmony, Maryland. After years of searching for Ezra with no leads, the Harmony police declared him dead on June 11th, 2016.

On September 1st, Ezra reappeared at his former home, alive and well.

Told through letters, essays, police interviews, and photographs, Z: True Stories of a Cult Kid chronicles the mysterious, frightening, and deadly seven years of Ezra’s life after being recruited by and eventually escaping a doomsday cult based out of Dresden, Illinois.

However, as with every story, things may not be as they seem with Ezra, the cult, and his return home.

Love is a Location

A series of essays and journal entries on how to live authentically, with boldness and confidence, in any and every situation. 

 

 

The Upward Journey of a Betrayed Wife

Betrayal.

No one ever thinks it will happen to them. I certainly never did. But suddenly it's there like an ugly throbbing sore hidden under a loose bandage and you wonder if you'll ever feel normal again. 

Guess what? You will. No, really...you will. But it will be your new normal and you will decide exactly what that looks like. 

Want to know how? Follow my upward journey. I'm still sorting out my new normal. The only thing I know for sure is I will survive because going backwards is not an option. 

Go forward with me and let's do it together.

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. 

Walks With Sam

The beauty of a walk can inspire a life. Ask all the great walkers  -- Beethoven, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, William Wordsworth, Mark Twain. But when you add man's best friend to the mix, the walk becomes an adventure. WALKS WITH SAM takes the reader on a weekly hike with writer David W. Berner and his dog, Sam, a black Golden Doodle. What do they discover?

All proceeds from this series are donated to PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal community. 

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.

Bittersweet Memories

I have always been one to write things down so I won't forget them.  The same goes for memories.  As time passes, we forget so much of our lives, especially with those we are close to and love.  So, I decided to put those memories to paper, and someday, when I do forget, it will be written down.  I can revisit those times and somehow be with that person again for a little while.

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!

 

Diary of a nearly new Mum

Being a new Mum is a venture into the unknown. Forget whatever you had planned, this diary is about what really happens.

Each story is a week in the life of our new English Mum facing her latest trial, be it weaning, returning to work or the yoga class. 

There's frustration and joy, friends full of advice and help, plenty of accidental comedy and cake but very little sleep along the way. 

"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.  

The Misadventured Piteous Overthrows of a Self-Taught Lit Snob

Unpublished novelist, picky reader, Shakespeare-obsessed movie addict moans for the company of other writers, groups, guilds, readers, listeners, on-lookers, acquaintances, or random strangers. Will also accept a small, intimate gathering of stuffed animals around a tiny tea table for commiseration.

Or, just read the scathing, potentially humorous rantings.

Just a writer writing about writers...writing. And some other stuff in there somewhere.

Caution: I use adult language. While I loathe excessive and gratuitous cursing and sexual situations in writing, I talk like a sailor in real life. I will try to do my best to keep it tastefully direct. Try.

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.        

Musings of a Champagne Addict

Join me the first and third Friday of every month for the unfiltered ramblings of a flawed, single woman trying to make it as a romance author.

Stop the Truck, I See a Picture

Most Americans think of two things when they hear Nebraska: corn and cows. I want to be offended, but both corn and cows outnumber Nebraskans, so you win; however, I think there is more to Nebraska than our main exports. This series will explore a favorite pastime of rural Nebraskans, which is dirt-road driving. What is it? What’s the thinking behind it? What exactly does one do on a dirt-road drive? Of course, it’s just driving on dirt roads, but digging deeper, this series will examine the philosophy behind the drives. I’ve laughed until my stomach’s hurt. I’ve cried until my checks were chapped. I’ve yelled until my lungs were sore. These rides are full of deep conversations and earnest introspection. We rednecks ponder the same questions you do. Why are we here? Why does God let bad things happen to good people? Is God real? We do all of this while eating Slim Jims, drinking sodas, and listening to sport’s games.

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.

Monster on the 7th

Monster on the 7th is a collection of poetry that was gathered up from my memories as a child into my adulthood.

Growing up there was my mother and father, my brother and myself along with vodka and valium, dead cats, razor blades, psych wards, and a picnic basket full of emotional problems for the four of us.

In this collection I touch on everthing from Anxiety and Depression, Love, Death, Religion and Addiction.

Whether some of these memories are dark, funny, sad or disturbing, they are the stories that shaped my life and made me who I am today.

(Nothing here is fabricated) Enjoy...

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



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



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


In the outside world, writers starve to have their words consumed and considered. On the inside, every 'letter' is sacred and sav(i)ored.

In a nutshell, it's correspondence between a guy and woman in prison... and another guy with the same name... and occasional other characters (you know how destiny and randomness go.)

Instagram: @carcerated.grammar

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Pseudo-accolades...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



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


“I was taught to believe that humanity was imploding on itself. Only those of us living at the compound were pure, and it was our job to make sure the rest of the world got what it deserved.”

-Ezra Grady

On June 7th, 2009, after an argument with his parents, ten-year-old Ezra Grady ran away from his home in Harmony, Maryland. After years of searching for Ezra with no leads,...View Series



A series of essays and journal entries on how to live authentically, with boldness and confidence, in any and every situation. 

 

 

 View Series


Betrayal.

No one ever thinks it will happen to them. I certainly never did. But suddenly it's there like an ugly throbbing sore hidden under a loose bandage and you wonder if you'll ever feel normal again. 

Guess what? You will. No, really...you will. But it will be your new normal and you will decide exactly what that looks like. 

Want...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


The beauty of a walk can inspire a life. Ask all the great walkers  -- Beethoven, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, William Wordsworth, Mark Twain. But when you add man's best friend to the mix, the walk becomes an adventure. WALKS WITH SAM takes the reader on a weekly hike with writer David W. Berner and his dog, Sam, a black Golden Doodle. What do they discover?

All proceeds...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




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



Being a new Mum is a venture into the unknown. Forget whatever you had planned, this diary is about what really happens.

Each story is a week in the life of our new English Mum facing her latest trial, be it weaning, returning to work or the yoga class. 

There's frustration and joy, friends full of advice and help, plenty of accidental comedy and cake but very little...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


Unpublished novelist, picky reader, Shakespeare-obsessed movie addict moans for the company of other writers, groups, guilds, readers, listeners, on-lookers, acquaintances, or random strangers. Will also accept a small, intimate gathering of stuffed animals around a tiny tea table for commiseration.

Or, just read the scathing, potentially humorous rantings.

Just a writer writing about...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



Join me the first and third Friday of every month for the unfiltered ramblings of a flawed, single woman trying to make it as a romance author.

 View Series


Most Americans think of two things when they hear Nebraska: corn and cows. I want to be offended, but both corn and cows outnumber Nebraskans, so you win; however, I think there is more to Nebraska than our main exports. This series will explore a favorite pastime of rural Nebraskans, which is dirt-road driving. What is it? What’s the thinking behind it? What exactly does one do on a dirt-road drive?...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


Monster on the 7th is a collection of poetry that was gathered up from my memories as a child into my adulthood.

Growing up there was my mother and father, my brother and myself along with vodka and valium, dead cats, razor blades, psych wards, and a picnic basket full of emotional problems for the four of us.

In this collection I touch on everthing...View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.