Published Contributors


Two Drops of Ink: The Literary Home for Collaborative Writing

At Two Drops of Ink, we proudly collaborate with other writers. Most bloggers work hard to brand themselves and push their own sites, and that’s fine; however, here at Two Drops of Ink, we have created a unique and powerful epicenter for collaborative writing. Along with our writing team and the blogs we post, we accept submissions of all genres (see our submissions guidelines). This is a huge win-win for our literary blog and for writers that are either well established and are looking to expand their audience, or relatively new writers looking for exposure. We dedicate this page to those writers, and their works, that were good enough to publish on our blog. Congrats to them. Please take a moment to scroll down through the list and enjoy and share their writing.

Scott Biddulph | Editor-in-Chief

Submit your work for publication here: Submissions 


Benjamin Fletcher Helton

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Benjamin Fletcher Helton is a poet, lyricist, and writer. Having been clinically diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a young teenager, he’s been on an often arduous journey, but maintained a ridiculous sense of humor, developed a love for linguistics, and despite experiencing moments of anguish and questioning his purpose, finds identity and and comfort in Jesus Christ. He cannot thank his mother, late father, brother, sister, and close friends enough for their unwavering support and affirmation in his life, and hopes to inspire readers through transparent honesty and vulnerability.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) ‘Poetry Break’ by Ben Helton


Ken Allan Dronsfield

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Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran, poet, and fabulist. He is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net in 2016-2017. He has been published in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. His work can be read in Literary Orphans, The Burningword Journal, Belle Reve Journal, Blue Heron, The Literary Hatchet, Two Drops of Ink, The Stray Branch, Now/Then Manchester Magazine UK, Scarlet Leaf Review, EMBOSS Magazine, and many more. Ken loves writing, thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night during a full moon and spending time with his cats Willa, Hemi, and Turbo. His book, “The Cellaring”, a collection of light horror, haunting, paranormal, weird and wonderful poems, is available through Amazon.com. He is the co-editor of two poetry anthologies, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze and Dandelion in a Vase of Roses also available at Amazon.com.
Facebook Groups: Contemporary Poets, Their Works, Current Poetry Projects, News, Links, https://www.facebook.com/groups/807679459328998/ Contemporary Poets Global: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1782986578682087/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Ken Allan Dronsfield


Daginne Aignend

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Daginne Aignend is a pseudonym for the Dutch writer, poetess, and photographic artist Inge Wesdijk.

She likes hard rock music and fantasy books. She is a vegetarian and spends a lot of time with her animals.

Daginne posted some of her poems on her Facebook page and on her fun project website http://www.daginne.com, she’s also the co-editor of Degenerate Literature, a poetry, flash fiction, and arts E-zine

She has been published in many Poetry Review Magazines, in the bilingual anthology (English/Farsi), ‘Where Are You From?’ and in the Contemporary Poet’s Group anthology ‘Dandelion in a Vase of Roses’. Three poems are translated in Serbian and published in the Literary Review Belgrado.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Flash Fiction: Viva’s Smile


Gayle R. Lee

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Gayle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013 from Siena Heights University in Michigan. She enjoys swimming, movies, nature walks, spiritual drumming, and watching Detroit Tiger baseball. She currently lives in her home state of Michigan where she works as a Home Manager in a private residence for three boys.

Gayle is also the author of Fortitude: A Quest Through Fear and Doubt (2017) and Dancing with Life: Healing After the Death of a Child (2012). In February of 2017, she started a blog titled Grief with a Twist. The focus is on grief, the afterlife, healing and spiritual growth. Her website is https://GayleRLee.com.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Why We Write


Marsha L. Mullen

The Fiction Challenge: 'Jessi’s Sunset' by Marsha L. Mullen

Marsha is a senior at Wichita State University; she is pursuing an English degree with minors in Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. Her passion is to write about the good guy always catching the bad guy. Her belief is if she wanted sad, she’d watch the news, therefore, she gives her readers happy endings. Marsha lives with her 17-year-old daughter, Audrey, Audrey’s two kittens, ferret, and dog, along with her own fantastic German Shepherd, Kalani, who she absolutely adores almost as much as her two daughters. Audrey is also a writer (she has a published story, see the link below). They live in the quiet suburbs of Wichita, Kansas. Her 20-year-old daughter, Ashley, who is graduating with her Architectural degree in December, lives in a neighboring town with her boyfriend. Marsha recently started a blog with tips for the everyday driver; she feels her seven years as a commercial driver has shown her what everyone with a license should know. Check it out: www.marshalynnewriter.com. You can also find Marsha on Facebook and Twitter. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009331770905  https://twitter.com/MarshaLMullen66

Audrey’s story was entered into a contest when she was 16:

http://shortfictionbreak.com/from-beginning-to-end/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Jessi’s Sunset’ by Marsha L. Mullen


Pam Stoklosa

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In the last few years, God put an old passion back in my heart—writing.  I am a degrees Accountant who has worked in the business world for several years.

Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with the fourth traumatic brain injury in my lifetime. I was in a serious automobile accident last year which caused the fourth TBI as well as serious neck and back injuries. I was told that I could not work again. 6 months ago, I could not read and understand a paragraph.  Today, after many prayers, and Neuro therapies, I am able to do so. I still have many struggles ahead of me, but know that the Lord God has provided for me and is gently guiding me.

God filled my heart with peace and my old passion to write and took away the fear. Writing helps calm me and exercises my brain. I find such peace in writing about the Lord and His kind and gentle ways. He has healed much in me and has asked that I share His love, peace, joy and hope with others.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Fiction Writing Challenge: ‘The World Beyond the Rocking Chair’ by Pam Stoklosa


Alyssa Trivett

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Alyssa Trivett is a wandering soul from the Midwest. When not working two jobs, she listens to music and scrawls lines on the back of gas station receipts. Her work has recently appeared on VerseWrightsIn Between HangoversYour One Phone Call, and Spillwords. She has fifteen poems in a poetry anthology entitled Ambrosia. All proceeds from the anthology are being donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org). A print edition can be purchased here:

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:


Marcee Corn

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Marcee Corn is a teacher and storyteller by profession.

Ms. Corn’s love of words originated when she was a teenager reading the poetry of Shel Silverstein and others. And her love for the spoken and written word has never left her.

When she completed her degree in Elementary Education, she was hired as a first-grade teacher in Memphis, Tennessee. Still being enamored with words, Ms. Corn began telling stories to her students her first year in the classroom. It was a special treat saved for the end of the day when her students were tired and needed a relaxing break.  The students would lie on the carpet around their teacher and listen to her made-up tales. Many times the stories involved dinosaurs or dragons – a very popular subject with six-year-olds. Some years, Ms. Corn would tell ONE very long story that would continue for the entire school year ending on the last day of school. With the popularity of her storytelling, word spread about her tales, and children waited anxiously to see if they would get into Ms. Corn’s class!

One day, Ms. Corn realized that through her storytelling, she could help encourage those shy, struggling and withdrawn children in her class by making them the heroes and heroines in the tale.  Thus began a tradition and passion she pursued for the next 23 years of her career. Even when she taught 6th graders in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, as her career came to a close, she continued with the storytelling. Of course, the subject matter changed from dinosaurs to current topics of interest to twelve year old preteens-each other.

While still in Vestavia Hills, she and her sister, Susan McCulloch, began writing the memoir, Unclaimed Baggage; the story of their mother’s journey through Alzheimer’s Disease.

In 2013, Ms. Corn and her husband moved to the mountains of North Carolina. With the inspiration that the mountains provided, Ms. Corn decided to try her hand at writing fiction. In her mind, telling a made-up story seemed to be very similar to writing a made-up story.  She began writing fiction three years ago, writing unpublished short stories. She found she really enjoyed it.

Always Thaddeus, her latest novel, takes place on a fictional island off the coast of Maine.
Ms. Corn had spent many summers on the coast of Maine as a child. She has many fond
memories and remembers vivid details about the coastline and the uniqueness of the area. Recent visits to Maine prompted her to set her thriller, Always Thaddeus on Owl’s Nest, Maine.

When she is not writing, Marcee Corn and her sister, Susan McCulloch, and their husbands are proprietors of The Twisted Twig Antiques & Accents, an eclectic shop in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

Ms. Corn recently returned from Chelmsford, England as she completed her successful European launch of her new release, Always Thaddeus. On November 22, she will be in Birmingham Alabama for an author talk and book signing.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge:’Raven’ by Marcee Corn

Received the highest rating (36 stars) in our 2017 fiction writing challenge


Susannah McQuitty

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Susannah McQuitty is an aspiring author from North Carolina. She is a content writer for a marketing company by day, sleeper by night, and novelist by late afternoon. You can get in touch with her at author.smcq@gmail.com.

Mary-Lou Rosengren

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Shortly before I turned 50 in 2009 I’d just become a Grandmother for the first time, was about 20 lbs overweight (mena-pot?) and was feeling a lot of anxiety – I mean, a LOT!.  It wasn’t so much a fear of getting older.  I actually think there are lots of advantages to aging.  BUT I really, really felt like there were things I hadn’t yet accomplished in my life and if I didn’t soon figure out what they were I’d be 60 years old and still in the same spot feeling anxious and unfulfilled.  It was like I’d lost my spark.  I felt colorless, invisible and irrelevant. I also felt guilty for feeling like that. After all, I had an amazing husband, two wonderful well-adjusted sons, grandchildren, a family business and good friends but I just couldn’t shake that awful ache in the pit of my stomach, that emptiness that made me feel “incomplete” somehow.  Then in 2012 my dearest friend, who I was also lucky enough to have as a sister-in-law for over 29 years, died after a 5 year battle with colon cancer.  She was just 57 years old.  My own mortality suddenly weighed more heavily on me.  The days of assuming I had lots of time to do the things I’d always wanted to do were over (Taken from Mary-Lou’s Blog).

Her sites:

marylourosengrenonline.com

Twitter: @MLouRosengren

Instagram

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Thawed Out’ by Mary-Lou Rosengren


Hannelore Dean

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After working with concrete and pastels for years, I’ve started writing contemporary
fiction about folks who tend to screw up at least as much as the rest of us, which is part of their special charm. All of it, actually. They keep stepping into deep holes and then
having to claw their way back out. While they careen from one questionable decision to
the next, the rest of us stand helplessly by, wondering if we should call an ambulance or
the cops or somebody. Sooner or later they reemerge topside, muddied, bloodied, and
changed forever. If only they had listened to me in the first place! But, alas—I am not the
boss of them.
I blog about them, and about my latest writing project (a YA novel) at
http://hanneloredean.com.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Jingle, Jingle’ by Hannelore Dean


Laurie Oien

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Laurie is a blogger, writer and contributing author to the anthology, Feisty After 45, released by Mills Park Publishing. Laurie resides in Minnesota and enjoys finding creative ways to write about everyday experiences for her blog. She spins stories about life with a humorous twist and a little pinch of dramatics. She’s also been a contributor to Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and Midlife Boulevard.  You can find her enjoying the theatre, collaborating with other writers in a writing group, spending time with her husband and two children and will never miss the opportunity to delight in a daily dose of dark chocolate.  Now, that her kids are grown and off to college, she hopes to travel more and write entertaining stories from her adventures.

Laurie’s Blog: www.asquareofchocolate.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/asquareofchocolate/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Charlie’s Shoes’ by Laurie Oien 

This story won our Fiction Writing Challenge 2017

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 Bibiana Krall

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Short Bio: Bestselling author of the suspense novel, Escape into the Blue, and proud to be part of her first hive writing experiment with, Gender in Fiction: A collaborative study, author of four published novels, a slew of literary short stories, regular contributor to Millionaire Digest and Read My Mind Magazine, former international travel expert, and luxury insider, Bibiana Krall has lived the adventurous life she writes about in her novels, highlighting strong female protagonists and character-driven stories utilizing social narratives.

Winner of a Pay It Forward Scholarship from Wilkes University CW, Bibiana Krall recently earned an MA in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing her teaching MFA in Fiction. Learn more about Bibiana’s books, watch cinematic book trailers and enjoy blog posts at WWW.BIBIANAKRALL.COM

YouTube http://bit.ly/2vE0wbG

Amazon Author Page http://amzn.to/2hWotDh

Twitter http://bit.ly/1zXgMjY

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Aria’ by Bibiana Krall


 Ryan Quinn Flanagan

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Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, andThe Oklahoma Review.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Ryan Quinn Flanagan


 C.N.PILLAI

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C.N.PILLAI (Full Name: Chandrsekhara Narayana Pillai)

After Post Graduation in Chemistry from The University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India, I left for the USA in 1954 for higher studies.  Took a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1960 from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, returned to India in 1960 and joined the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (Madras), India, as a faculty member. Retired as professor of chemistry in 1994. I have published more than 100 research papers, guided 22 students towards the Ph.D. degree and have published a Textbook of Organic Chemistry. Now I spent my time reading and writing articles on general topics.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Meaning of Words: Is the Term Organic Chemicals an Oxymoron?


Wayne Russell

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Bio:

Wayne Russell is a creative writer that was born and raised in Florida, he has traveled the world and has resided in Dunoon, Scotland and Wellington, New Zealand, currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.

As of March 2016, Wayne leads an all-star cast at Degenerate Literature you can find them at the following link.

http://degenerateliterature.weebly.com/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) ‘Poetry Break’ by Wayne Russell


Ann Christine Tabaka

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Bio:

Ann Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware.  She is a published poet, an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer.  She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats.  Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies. Chris has been selected as the resident Haiku poet for Stanzaic Stylings.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Ann Christine Tabaka


Aaron Lebold

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Bio:

I have been in the recovery field for over seven years, I find a great deal of purpose by helping others, and I have a great passion for recovery. I currently work as a Recovery Coach with Brad Mcleod Recovery and do my best to support people struggling with addiction over the internet.

If you would like to learn more about me, I have been writing out my life story on Medium (https://medium.com/@aaronleboldbmr) I am really enjoying the experience, and reflecting on my past has been very beneficial for me, even after nearly nine years of recovery.

I want to personally thank all the people who have been following my work, and all the people who have encouraged me to keep pushing forward. I plan to keep going, even though I am not sure yet where it will take me.

Marilyn Davis – http://fromaddict2advocate.com/

Mike Ladano – https://mikeladano.com/

Brad McLeod – https://www.facebook.com/BradMcLeodRecovery/

To see my writing please check out my site:

My Life story at https://medium.com/@aaronleboldbmr

My other blogs at https://wordpress.com/stats/day/aaronleboldblogs.wordpress.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Falling Into a New Passion


Catherine Townsend-Lyon

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Bio: 

Catherine Townsend-Lyon is the best-selling Kodel Empire Publishing Group’s author of her shocking memoir, “Addicted to Dimes,” available on Amazon. A former columnist for In Recovery Magazine she is passionate about advocating recovery from gambling addiction and helping authors promote their books. Currently co-writing with a former NFL pro of his life in a memoir, Catherine resides in Arizona, and Southern Oregon. She has a large following on social media and shares her secrets to book marketing at “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den”.  You can connect with Catherine on Twitter – Google Plus  Facebook and GoodReads.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Authors: Book Promote Like A Pro!


Michael Lee Johnson

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Bio:

Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. He is a Canadian and USA citizen. Today he is a poet, editor, publisher, freelance writer, amateur photographer, small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.  He has been published in more than 930 small press magazines in 33 different countries or republics, and he edits 10 poetry sites.  Author’s websitehttp://poetryman.mysite.com/.  Michael is the author of The Lost American:  From Exile to Freedom (136 page book) ISBN:  978-0-595-46091-5, several chapbooks of poetry, includingFrom Which Place the Morning Rises and Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems.  He also has over 134 poetry videos on YouTube as of 2015:  https://www.youtube.com/user/poetrymanusa/videos  Michael Lee Johnson, Itasca, IL nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards for poetry 2015 and 2 Best of the Net nominations poetry 2016 and 2017.  Visit his Facebook Poetry Group and join https://www.facebook.com/groups/807679459328998/  He is also the editor/publisher of anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Hazehttp://www.amazon.com/dp/1530456762  A second poetry anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses, Editor Michael Lee Johnson, is now available here:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1545352089

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Michael Lee Johnson

2) ‘Poetry Break’ by Michael Lee Johnson #2


Neil Leadbeater

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Bio:

Neil Leadbeater is an author, poet, essayist, and critic, born in Wolverhampton, England and now based in Scotland. He was educated at Repton and is an English graduate from the University of London. His work has been published widely in anthologies and journals both in the UK and abroad.

His publications include Hoarding Conkers at Hailes Abbey (Littoral Press, 2010); Librettos for the Black Madonna (White Adder Press, 2011); The Worcester Fragments (Original Plus, 2013); The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives (Poetry Space, 2014) and The Fragility of Moths (Bibliotheca Universalis, 2014). An e-book, Grease-banding The Apple Trees is available as a PDF from Raffaelli Editore, Rimini.

Leadbeater is a member of the International Association of Writers and the Federation of Writers (Scotland). He is a regular reviewer for the online magazine Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) (USA), an external contributor for the UK to the Romanian journal, Orizont Literar Contemporan (Contemporary Literary Horizon) based in Bucharest and a participant in two translation projects associated with the University of Bucharest.

His work has been translated into Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.

Neil Leadbeater’s other links

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Neil Leadbeater Interviews Dutch Poet Albert Hagenaars


Gabriella Garofalo

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Born in Italy some decades ago, Gabriella Garofalo fell in love with the English language at six, started writing poems (in Italian) at six and is the author of “Lo sguardo di Orfeo”; “L’inverno di vetro”; “Di altre stelle polari”; “Blue branches.”

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) BLUE SONGS BY  GABRIELLA GAROFALO


RICK AMITIN

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Bio:

Rick Amitin is a Writer, Author, Blogger, Poet, Inspirational Speaker, and Founder of rickamitin.com. He’s a contributing columnist for Read My Mind Magazine and has published articles on various platforms. Rick traveled extensively as an Evangelist, Pastored for many years, and built a multi-million dollar insurance business in Los Angeles before embarking on the journey of personal transformation. Rick is a Certified Behavioral Analyst and a Transformational Life Coach. He is currently in development of an online training platform. Rick has attended numerous seminars in personal development with some of the leading voices of our time, Ford Taylor, Jack Canfield, Sanford G. Kulkin, and Kevin Knebl, CMEC to name a few. Rick is a former member of The Dallas Fort Worth Writers Workshop and the Writers Guild of Texas. He is a life-long student, and an avid reader and researcher. Rick resides in San Francisco, CA with his wife of thirty-five years.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) From The Stage To The Page: What I Discovered Writing My Memoir!

2) In our Book StoreIf Only I Had A Dad: Finding Freedom From Fatherlessnessby Rick Amitin


 ALEXSONDRA TOMASULO

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Bio:

I have been writing about my personal and intimate journeys for a few decades.  My scope includes grief, depression, forgiveness, transformation, and redemption. I love poetry, short stories, and essays.I have been working as a ceramic artist and teacher for a bit over forty years. It is through my meditative art process that I have found a quiet space from which I am able to create my stories. Now, after the loss of my beloved husband, I have found a new rhythm in the art of play as it relates to each artistic endeavor. I live on the coast of Maine, where the winters are majestic and the summers intoxicating.   

Blog: afishinthewind.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Memoir: The Perfect Imperfection


Michael H. Brownstein

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Bio:

Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the
small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review,
American Letters and Commentary
, Skidrow PenthouseXavier ReviewHotel
Amerika
, After HoursFree Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary
Poetry
, The Pacific Review and others. In addition, he has eight poetry
chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems
from the Body Bag 
(Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press,
2004) and What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005).

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Michael H. Brownstein


 John (Jake) Cosmos Aller 

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Bio:

John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller is a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served 27 years with the U.S. State Department in ten countries – Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Korea, India, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain, and Thailand. and traveled to 45 countries during his career.  Jake has been an aspiring novelist for several years and has completed three novels, (Giant Nazi Spiders, the Great Divorce, and Jurassic Cruise) and is pursuing publication.  He has been writing poetry all his life and has published his poetry in electronic poetry forums, including All Poetry, Moon Café, and Duane’s Poetree and literary magazines.   He is looking forward to transitioning to his third career – full-time novelist and poet after completing his second career as a Foreign Service officer, and his first career as an educator overseas for six years upon completion of his Peace Corps service in South Korea.

LINKS:

Linkinlin: https://kr.linkedin.com/in/jakealler

http://www.Writing.Com/authors/Jcosmos

http://www.poetrysoup.com/me/jakecosmos

http://www.moontowncafe.com/members/view_profile.asp?id=28083

https://allpoetry.com/Jake_Aller

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by John (Jake) Cosmos Aller


Satish Kumar Shukla

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Bio:

I am a practicing poet willed to force humankind, per my art with thought and word, to do a rethink on its ‘much ado about nothing’ that is our modern technical civilization, a bitter fruit actually. I am Dr.rer nat (Kiel), a research scientist by profession, a cosmopolitan world citizen. To the art of poetry itself, I bring along some substance as of science. On balance, I have definitely definitive to add to humans’ civilizational store a la Ved and Upanishad. So is my work irreplaceable, hand on heart.

Satish’s Links:

  1. Niume
  2. Google books: Panjab Moods

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: TIME’S TAWDRY TENUOUS TURNS


DONALD HUFFMAN

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Bio:

I’m an aspiring writer who has a full-time day job in healthcare.  I turned a self-destructive and drug-addicted life around almost three years ago, and with that, had a revelation of sorts that I was put on the planet to write.  I’m in the editing stages of my first book and have started a blog at http://donaldhuffman.com on the journey of writing seriously and professionally.

Donald’s Links:

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) How Your Well-meaning Ego Kills Dreams

2) Letting the Muse Take Over


NICK GRANDY

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Bio: 

I am a twenty-four-year-old man with a strong connection to spirituality and nature, who has an immense passion for the written word. Writing is what gives me my life, it awakens my spirit. I feel it is what I am meant to do. It is my main passion.

Nick’s Blog: GrandDeeds

Nick’s full bio

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) HOW TO CONQUER WRITER’S BLOCK


 Jennifer Brown Banks

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BIO:

JENNIFER BROWN BANKS is an award-winning poet, award-winning blogger, author and content creator.
She blogs about the writing life and other lessons on her popular site, Pen, and Prosper.
She is a contributing author to “The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook, Adams Media, 2016.
When she is not at the keyboard, she loves being creative in the kitchen.
To learn more visit: http://Penandprosper.blogspot.com/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) ‘Poetry Break’ by Jennifer Brown Banks


 Kristen Steele

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Bio:

Kristen is a former kindergarten and special education teacher with two wonderful grown children, two precious fur-baby dogs, and a mischievous cat. Diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (inflammation on the spinal cord causing nerve damage) in September of 2016 and Multiple Sclerosis in December of 2016, and Optic Neuritis in January 2017, life has changed in a big way in a short amount of time. But HOPE springs eternal as I rediscover and reinvent life along the way.

I began writing about my experiences as a way to cope with my sense of loss and new realities and move forward in hope. As I learn to let go of my identity as a teacher and small business owner, I have begun to find new beginnings and joys that all began with a seed of hope. It is my desire to share this with others who might be experiencing similar circumstances or just wondering what it is like to navigate this journey. I invite you all to follow me on the journey as I search for hope for life at 180-degree turn.

Her website: www.hope4life180.com.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Layers: Why I Write


 Caitlin Lambert

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Bio:

Caitlin is the mind behind her blog Quills & Coffee, where she shares tips, tools, & encouragement for writers. She writes YA sci-fi/fantasy novels and is currently querying her second book, WHAT LIES ABOVE, while drafting her third. When she’s not writing or working, you can find her reading, composing piano, and adding endless destinations to her travel bucket list. Or quite possibly eating dark chocolate.

Connect with me!

Website: Quills & Coffee www.caitlinlambert.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorcaitlinlambert

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaitlinALambert

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Three Good Things That Are Killing Your Novel


 Barbara Drewry

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My name is Barbara Drewry. I’m a mom, a grandma, a writer, a quilter, a gatherer of little pieces of life that many have, indeed, deemed worthless. They were wrong, of course! Every little piece can be put together with myriad others to make something beautiful.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: ‘Story of a Life’

2) Poetry Break by Barbara Drewry


Samuel Horstmeier

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Samuel has enjoyed a diverse experience as a young author, including his time as an award-winning opinions writer for The Legacy newspaper. There, he published over a dozen contributions regarding religion, politics, and his community. He has completed his degree in Political Science and Public Administration at Lindenwood University, where he was a member of the honors college. Samuel enjoys reading and writing works that discuss matters of his Christian faith, and engaging with political readers through thought-provoking articles regarding contemporary partisan issues.
He may be contacted at samhorstmeier@gmail.com and found on Twitter at @samhorstmeier

  MEL WALDMAN, PH. D.

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Dr. Mel Waldman is a psychologist, poet, and writer whose stories have appeared in numerous magazines including HARDBOILED DETECTIVE, ESPIONAGE, THE SAINT, PULP METAL MAGAZINE, and AUDIENCE. His poems have been widely published in magazines and books including INDIANA VOICE JOURNAL, LIQUID IMAGINATION, THE BROOKLYN LITERARY REVIEW, BRICKPLIGHT, SKIVE MAGAZINE, ODDBALL MAGAZINE, POETRY PACIFIC, POETICA, RED FEZ, SQUAWK BACK, SWEET ANNIE & SWEET PEA REVIEW, THE JEWISH LITERARY JOURNAL, THE JEWISH PRESS, THE JERUSALEM POST, HOTMETAL PRESS, MAD SWIRL, HAGGARD & HALLOO, ASCENT ASPIRATIONS, YELLOW MAMA, and NAMASTE FIJI: THE INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY.  A past winner of the literary GRADIVA AWARD in Psychoanalysis, he was nominated for a PUSHCART PRIZE in literature and is the author of 11 books.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: By Mel Waldman, Ph.D.


Rachel H.T. Mendell

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Rachel H.T. Mendell writes freelance from home in her office that she grabbed when her sixth child moved out, which is much nicer than the converted closet she wrote in for almost 20 years. Rachel writes novels, poetry, plays, essays, columns, articles, short stories, long letters, devotionals and experimental allegory. She has been published in various magazines as well as the Galion Inquirer, The Morrow County Sentinel, the Crestline Advocate and online at Richland Source. You can find a few of her articles in Heart of Ohio Magazine and floating around cyberspace. She keeps a blog, Domestic Mobility (http://domesticmobility.blogspot.com), and has recently started a website (http://www.rachelhtmendell.com). Rachel happily answers emails at mendell.rachel7@gmail.com. She is married and has seven children and one grandson. When Rachel is not writing, she’s gardening, caring for chickens, rabbits, and cats. She lives with her family in Morrow County, Ohio.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Reporter Life

2) The Reporter Life: Writing the Press Release

3) The Reporter Life: Writing a Letter to the Editor

4) Two Drops of Ink: Noise, Guilt, Muskets, and Time


 MARCELLE NEWBOLD

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Marcelle is a mum to a toddler boy and baby girl from South Wales. She blogs to share words and poems about being a mummy and family life. These words came tumbling out – after not much sleep. Her words aim to remind of the wonder of it. The wonder of you and of them.  https://marcellenewbold.wordpress.com/blog/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: ‘Go Away Morning’


 Lily Antony (L. Joseph)

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Lily Antony (L. Joseph) is an Engineer by profession with a post graduation in Business Administration. Her first attempt at writing was at the age of thirteen. Her other interests are painting and handicraft.

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Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Paying Forward: Trigger of an Uncontrolled Chain reaction

2) Poetry Break by Lily Antony


Carol Hind (Ladycee)

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I’d describe myself as a God-seeker and recovering perfectionist. I’d also like to consider myself as a word-artist, although my husband often refers to me as a word-junkie! Now, as you’ve probably guessed, I love reading and I love words. I’m fascinated by and admire the way skilled writers use them and, I’ve long cherished a desire to join the ranks of prolific published writers, whose words are feted, followed and feasted upon by fans and word connoisseurs.

Prior to me becoming a blogger, I failed to apply myself to the joys of writing and publishing consistently, despite always declaring (to myself anyway) that writing is my passion!

Words are powerful! They have the potential to impart life or orchestrate death. And so my heart’s desire is for the ultimate creator and wordsmith to use my writing gift, infuse my words with his anointing, love, and power. I write to encourage and inspire both myself and others—to maximize our potential and live our best lives.

LINKS:

Websites:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/LadyCee4Christ

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Carol Hind (Ladycee)

2) Will the Real Writer Please Step Forward?


Agent 54/Timothy Hecht

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Agent 54/Timothy Hecht 

Agent 54: Is a regular guy. He has a sense of humor and an active imagination. He works for the Nominal Secrets Apparatus (NSA) under the DORD (Department of Redundancy Department) as a Listener/Reader. His job is to read, view or listen to data collected by the NSA and determine if there is a risk to national security. He reports to his bosses, H. Cuffs and Max (Agent 86). He doesn’t take his job too seriously because he knows he’s spying on regular people most of the time.

His blog: http://agent54nsa.blogspot.com/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Hump Day Humor: Ancient Alien Ancestors?

2) Hump Day Humor: ‘Easter nEggotiation’

3) Hump Day Humor: Blitzed Wolfer


Anel Conradie

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Anel is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader.  With a background in teaching English literature and language she now pursues her own writing career.  She is an Alumna of Stellenbosch University, in Cape Town.

Growing up in Namibia, Anel has a deep appreciation of the vastness of nature which echoes the vastness of humanity.  “I love to write about the complexity of our humanity and that which forms our very core identity.”

Anel has been married for 7 years and has one daughter.  The journey of being a wife and a mom has also inspired her to write about, and share, her own experiences.  She is currently working on her first book:  “10 Lies we believe about marriage.”

Visit her blog or follow her on social media.

Website:  www.remarkablewives.com
Facebook:  https://web.facebook.com/remarkablewives/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/remarkablewives/?hl=en

Book: http://remarkablewives.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Deceptive-Truth.pdf

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Breath Through Pain

2) How to be Content in the Mundane

3) How I learned to have faith when I ran out of hope


Anwer Ghani

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Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet and writer. He was born in 1973 in Alhilla city. His name had appeared in Adelaide, Zarf, Peacock, Otoliths, Algebra of Owls, and others. And also had appeared in Inner Child Press anthology “The Year Of The Poet”. Anwer Ghani is the chief editor of “Tajdeed” literary magazine.  He had, in Arabic, forty books in literature and religious sciences. Here is his website: https://anwerghaniwriting.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html  
Anwer Ghan is the chief representative of the World Nations Writers Union (WNWU) in Iraq, the member in international writers association (IWA),  and the establisher of “Tajdeed Literary Institute (TLI)” and the annual “Tajdeed” Prize for expressive narrative.

 Danielle Bernock

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Bio:

Danielle Bernock is a published author and writer. Her first book Emerging With Wings: A True Story of Lies, Pain, And The LOVE that Heals takes you on her journey of personal transformation. It is available around the world. Danielle is passionate about helping others discover the personal freedom and happiness she has found. Her blog daniellebernock.com addresses issues of the heart encouraging readers in personal growth and validating their value. Danielle is dedicated to her own learning and growing, taking courses and reading continually.  She is a member of Tribe Writers, Rochester Writers’ Group, and the owner of 4F Media (a writing, publishing, and marketing company).

Danielle was born and raised in Michigan, the granddaughter of European immigrants. She has traveled around most of the United States and visited 3 countries. Due to the economy and the hand of God, Danielle lived in Arizona for 5 life changing years but is happy to be back in Michigan near her family. She has been happily married since 1980, has two married children, and four living grandchildren she adores, and who call her Mima. Danielle is forever young at heart, loves nature and new adventures (like zip lining). She loves spending time with family and friends, playing games, going for walks, having bonfires, heart to heart talks, and laughing. Lots and lots of laughing.

Get a copy of Danielle’s book here

Subscribe to her blog and get a free ebook HERE 
Like her author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniellebernock/
Follow her on Twitter @dbernock https://twitter.com/DBernock

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Write Your Story: Even if you’re not the Best Writer

2) Poetry Break: ‘YOU ARE MY GRACE’


 Mark Cayou

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Bio:

Mark Cayou is a new and unique voice in the literary world. As a retired high school English teacher, Mark knows his way around everything from essays to Shakespearean sonnets. Although remaining active in education at a local middle school, Mark now has the time to pursue his more creative passions. Mr. Cayou’s work can be found on prose.com under the pen name Dark. Mark lives in the high country of Colorado with his wife Rebecca and their English Bulldog, Peanut.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry & Prose by Mark Cayou

2) Poetry Break: Sonnet V


Linda Kovic-Skow

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Linda Kovic-Skow is a best-selling author in travel in France. Originally from Seattle, she currently winters in Gilbert, Arizona and spends summers on a boat in the San Juan Islands. She earned an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting in 1978 from North Seattle Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Seattle University in 1985. She has been married for 31 years and has two daughters. An enthusiastic traveler, Linda also enjoys hiking, boating, gardening and socializing with friends. “French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley,” was her debut memoir. The sequel, “French Illusions: From Tours to Paris,” recounts the rest of her adventure in France. For more information, visit http://lindakovicskow.com.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) How I Discovered my Passion


Laurie Jueneman

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Bio:

Laurie Jueneman is a registered nurse with a graduate degree in nursing education from the University of Minnesota. She worked in a variety of areas of nursing in Minnesota and Washington. She states it is not her education that qualified her to write her two books, the last one being, Climbing the Mount Everest of Depression, a Story of Hope, Recovery, and Inspiration, but her experience of living with depression for thirty years. Her career was actually sidelined by her illness and the side effects of some of the treatments. During the course of her treatment, she experienced many hospitalizations, two neurological surgeries, over 400 electro-convulsive treatments and was treated with almost every medication out there. She continued to be active in her community by volunteering in several areas including the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  She now feels that her “bad” days are better than her “good” days were at one time. She knows the difference between recovery and cure. She says she is in recovery. She is single, retired and lives with her roommate, a 6-year-old Bichon/Shih Tzus dog.

Visit Laurie Jueneman’s blog: http://helpwithyourdepression.com/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The ‘Normal’ Woman: The stigma of depression


John Grey

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John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review, and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Other links for John Grey:

  1. An interview with John Grey at The 3288 Review
  2. HEArt Online
  3. Google results for John Grey’s work

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by John Grey

2) Poetry Break: By John Grey (#2)


WENDY L. MACDONALD

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Wendy L. Macdonald is a Canadian, inspirational writer/blogger/podcaster who also loves to photograph nature. When she’s not writing, drawing, gardening, or sewing, she enjoys hiking, with her husband, in the beautiful parks of the Comox Valley. She homeschooled her children and believes all those years of reading wonderful classics aloud helped develop her love of storytelling and writing. Wendy invites you to visit her blog: www.wendylmacdonald.com , where you will find nature photography and links to her “Daily Bread” style Facebook page and other social media sites. Her passion is inspiring others to walk with faith, hope, and love. You can hear her podcasts at: www.hopestreamradio.com/program/walking-with-hope .

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Claudia Ricci, Ph.D

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Claudia chose an abstract painting of herself as a photo for her bio. She is an artist as well as a writer.

Claudia Ricci, Ph.D., taught English, journalism and creative writing at the University at Albany, SUNY for 14 years, and did a year-long teaching sabbatical at Georgetown University in 2009. Formerly a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, she is now a freelancer writing both hard news and feature stories. She turned to fiction writing in 1991 and earned her Ph.D. in English (Teaching, Writing and Criticism) from SUNY Albany in 1996. Her first novel, Dreaming Maples, was published in 2002 after it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her second novel, Seeing Red, appeared in January, 2011. Her short fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines nationwide including Alaska Quarterly Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Bayou, Yemassee, Barkeater, The Adirondack Review, The MacGuffin, and Another Chicago Magazine.  Ricci’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, Parentsmagazine and The Washington Post. She has been writing for the Huffington Post since 2008 and keeps her own blog at http://www.mystorylives.blogspot.com.

Claudia’s paintings: http://www.claudiariccipaintings.squarespace.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: ‘Red Bird Alert’ by Claudia Ricci

2) Gabriela’s Moon


Carol Es

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Bio:

Carol Es is a self-taught visual artist, writer, and musician who was born and raised in Los Angeles. Known for creating narrative paintings and Artists’ books, she has used past experience as the fuel for her subject matter, transforming a broken history into a positive and spiritual resolve. Candid experiences are laid bare and forged directly into her paintings, video installations, writings, and handmade books.

Carol’s works are featured in numerous private and public collections, including the Getty Research Library, Brooklyn Museum, UCLA Library Special Collections, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has exhibited at the Riverside Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, and Zimmer Children’s Museum. She is also a two-time recipient of the ARC Grant from the Durfee Foundation, awarded a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship in 2010, and the Wynn Newhouse Award in 2015. She was recently nominated for a 2017 Fellows of Contemporary Art Award.

As for publications, Carol has been published by small presses such as Bottle of Smoke Press, NY; Pig Ear Press in the UK, Chance Press, Berkeley, CA, MWE Press, NC, and Islands Fold in British Columbia. She has also written feature articles for Coagula Art Journal, Whitehot Magazine, Art Thought Journal, Art Collector Magazine and the Huffington Post. She is currently finishing up a memoir about growing up on the streets of Los Angeles entitled, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley.

Carol Es is represented by Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, CA and her Artists’ books can be purchased through Vamp & Tramp, Birmingham, AL.

Carol’s Blog/website: http://esart.com/blog/

Full CV available upon request.

COLLECTIONS

Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Centre Pompidou, Bibliotheque Kandinsky, Paris, France
Cowles Memorial Library, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

J. Paul Getty Trust, Research Institute Library, Los Angeles, CA

The Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

Otis College of Art & Design Library, Artists’ Books Collection, Los Angeles, CA

UC Irvine Library Special Collections, Irvine, CA

UCLA Library, Special Collections, Los Angeles, CA

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Carol Es

2) Memoir: ‘Bloody Knees’


Alan Catlin

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Bio:

Alan Catlin has been publishing for five decades; from the mimeos to the Internet.  He has published over sixty chapbooks and full-length books of prose and poetry. His most recent full-length book of poetry is American Odysseyfrom Future Cycle Press. Alan is also an editor and contributor at misfitmagazine.net.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Requiem 


Jack Phillips Lowe

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Jack Phillips Lowe is a lifelong Chicago-area resident. His poems have appeared in Clark Street Review, Nerve Cowboy, and Creativity Webzine. Lowe’s most recent poetry chapbook is Jupiter Works on Commission (Middle Island Press, 2015). And he believes that Drooper, of the Banana Splits, is the most underrated rock bassist of the 1960s.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: By Jack Phillips Lowe

2) Poetry Break by J.P. Lowe


Gene McCormick

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Bio:

Gene has had twenty books published, a mix of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. His writing regularly appears in small press publications throughout the United States and Europe. He has a novel, in narrative poetry form, coming out this fall from Middle Island Press: Obsessions. He also paints and has paintings in commercial and private collections nationwide. He has illustrated ten or so books (covers and interiors) and is the illustrator for Misfitmagazine.net.

Gene’s website

Gene’s books

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Gene McCormick 

2) ‘Vignettes of Prose’ by Gene McCormick

3) Vignettes of Prose: West Hollywood Waitress


Amy Sprague

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I am currently deciding between continuing on with this memoir or breaking it up into a memoir of essays/vignettes. It’s a story of abuse, Complex PTSD, identity, loss, and change—a survival story in a way, dark and light, breaking and healing. My poems and essays have been published at Word Riot, Frigg Magazine, Haggard and Halloo, DMU’s The Abaton, Blood and Thunder: Medical Musings, Psychic Meatloaf, The Writing Disorder, The Survivor Chronicles, Third Wednesday, and several others. I blog at Difficult Degrees.http://difficultdegrees.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The ‘Memoir Challenge’: Petals


Abbie Wirick

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Bio:

After so many years living as a reckless and irresponsible party girl, Abbie eventually woke up to begin the difficult work of sobriety.  As a woman in long-term recovery from addiction and mental illness, she is delighted to be able to help anyone whose life is touched by alcoholism, addiction, or mental illness; she is not a professional, yet as such, she has ample life experience. She shares her experiences of over 23 years in continuous addiction recovery in her blogs and has her eye on writing a book when she grows up. You can find her at https: www.abbieinwondrland.wordpress.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The ‘Memoir Challenge’: My Story


SUSAN MICHALEK

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I’m a Costume Designer; I work on Television shows, generally comedies. I’ve been a Costume Designer for 19 years. I live in Santa Monica, CA. I spend a lot of time reading and writing when I’m off work.  I do it for freedom, challenge, peace, and an effort at a type of secular enlightenment. To better understand others, have compassion for them, and in turn, understand myself.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Hospital: A Memoir


Phyllis Wintter

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Phyllis Wintter is an emerging writer.  As a graduate of Maharishi University of Management in 2014, she won the Most Outstanding Student Award for her “humorous and, sometimes, gripping” stories. She won first place in 2016 Northeast Georgia Writers Group in the short story non-fiction and poetry categories. She is also a singer/songwriter. She calls herself an “Imagine Agent”.

In her previous life, she worked in Human Services as a Programs Director developing curriculum, as a trainer, and as a grant writer.  She started a non-profit called “The Teachers Re-Center” which won “The Most Innovative Project Award” from Keep Georgia Beautiful. The project provided hands-on experiences to awaken creativity.

“Friend” her on Facebook

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) #2) The Image Prompt Writing Challenge: ‘The Chimney’


Christopher G. Fox, Ph.D.

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Christopher G. Fox, Ph.D. created Kindness Communication® as an extension of his role as Managing Partner of Syncresis, a consultancy that has been developing digital solutions for patient engagement since 2007. In past roles, he worked as an educator, speaker, communicator, and strategist. Kindness Communication® stems from his commitment to helping people lead better informed and healthier lives. He believes strongly that the worlds we move in can be better places if we make kindness the core of how we operate. This principle applies to our friends and family. It applies to the workplace. And it applies to the world at large as we face world-changing potentials and threats because of the impacts we can have on global societies and ecologies.

Biographical links:

Site: http://www.kindnesscommunication.com/

Blog: http://www.kindnesscommunication.com/kindness-blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CGFKindness

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophergfox

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Five Ways to Become a Kind Writer


 Ilona Fried

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Ilona Fried is a writer, nature lover, and student of the Feldenkrais Method. Her blog, alacartespirit.com, is dedicated to “bringing awareness to the menu of life.” She’s a regular contributor to The Wisdom Daily and has been published in Elephant Journal, Tiferet Journal, and Hevria.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) How ‘Feldenkrais’ Can Help You Write


Barbara Sinor, Ph.D

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Barbara Sinor, Ph.D. is a retired psychotherapist living in northern California. Finding Destiny is Sinor’s long awaited first fiction novel, release date September 1, 2016. Her other six books are highly endorsed in the non-fiction genres of addiction recovery, childhood abuse/incest, adult children of alcoholics, and other self-help and inspirational topics. Dr. Sinor encourages your comments and can be contacted through her website:  www.Dr.Sinor.com. Sinor’s other writing appears in the quarterly Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing, as well as other magazines, newsletters, and Blogs. She currently facilitates women’s groups, designs and makes jewelry, and is working on the sequel to Finding Destiny.

Amazon list of my books: Barbara’s Books on Amazon

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Dr. Barbara Sinor talks about stepping out of your writing comfort zone: Write About It!

2) Inspirational Self-Help Author Dr. Barbara Sinor Publishes Debut Novel

3) Writer’s Limbo: Caught between the muses 

4) The Image/Memoir writing challenge: ‘Shadow Memories’

5) The Fiction Challenge: ‘My Inspiration’ by Barbara Sinor


 Peeush Trikha

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Bio:

I am Peeush Trikha, an Information Technology professional with over 13 years of experience. Writing is something I have been fond of since I was almost ten years old. I once wrote a story with animal characters (it was written in Hindi) and where those characters were involved in Gun and Tank battles- maybe a big impact of watching action movies of Amitabh Bacchan, Jackie Shroff and Sunny Deol, in those days.
Somehow, I took Science and then Technolgy as my key subjects, and means of livelihood. Yet, the writer in me did not vanish. My interest in reading stories and Novels also helped.
Internet gave me a platform to first try my hand at blogging in 2006, and then writing with Helium in 2008. Working with Helium taught me to work within strict guidelines and helped me write better. Mypage5, Mylot, and Bubblews helped improve my English writing, yet on these sites, my main aim were commercial gains.
Then, Wikinut came in my life, and I attribute a lot of changes and improvements in my writing to this site. It is not a very strict site, yet it has its own rules and a good community which helped to improve my writing in many ways.
Writing on Technology, primarily Software Development and Methodologies, is one of my core strengths. However, I am also passionate about writing on Movies, issues that come out of my heart like Traffic conditions, Economic Issues, as well as Sports- especially cricket.

Looking ahead, I am also keen on challenging and offbeat topics.

Regards,
Peeush Trikha

Follow Peeush on Google Plus

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Foraying into Online Fiction writing: Tips for part-time writers

2) The Fiction Challenge: ‘The Morris Family Killings’ by Peeush Trikha


Mary Jo Martin

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Mary Jo Martin is a retired market researcher who lives in Houston, Texas. She is a member of the Houston Writer’s Guild. Her short story, Flowers for Lewis, was published in December 2015 in the Houston Writer’s Guild Press short story mystery anthology, Waves of Suspense. A memoir in progress is the account of her quest to unearth her medical history on her father’s side. This work won first place in the memoir category in a recent Houston Writer’s Guild contest. Mary Jo started her professional life as a chemist. Along the way, she sold out to the dark side and earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration. After years of successfully producing concise business text as a marketer and market researcher, she is now free to do “real” writing.

Check out Mary Jo on Facebook

Published Posts on Two Drops of Ink: 

1) Don’t be Scared – Just Do It!


Cara Hughes

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Bio:

My name is Cara Hughes, and I am a self-employed Accountant, who manages to fit work into a very busy life which includes being a wife and mother. I live in a small countryside village in rural Essex. I have been married to Adam for over ten years now, and we have two children.

For most of my life, I have been very mathematical, from specializing in business science for my degree, obtaining a First and then an MSc to my Accountancy qualification following which I became a member then Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants. However, two years ago I became a founding member of a writing group via Twitter (@TeamDeTernay) and have discovered a new passion with words instead of numbers. I have taken onboard the responsibility for preparation of the storylines for the group, and I now find that my head is often full of wonderful ideas. Also, in the last six months, I have also begun writing poetry and have had two poems published, including one about the love I have for my son following his diagnosis with Autism. I can be quite a shy person and sometimes lack confidence but by using words I have found that I am able to express myself in a way that I have never been able to before and in doing so have made some very lovely friends all over the world.

I have very varied tastes; if I like something, I will read, listen to, or watch it. If I do not, then, I will simply put it aside. My literary tastes are very historical based although, again, if a current day book captures me I will read it but this does not happen very often.  I studied English Literature during my final two years at senior school and developed a love for the classics ranging from Shakespeare to Jane Austen and The Brontes. I also enjoy reading poetry including classics such as Shakespeare’s Sonnets and William Blake to a modern author called Rupi Kaur, whose book Milk and Honey my husband brought for my birthday.

I have completed my first Novel and am currently seeking an agent.

Cara’s Website: http://carahughesauthor.com/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Role Play Writing: What to do when you live in the middle of nowhere, and you want to improve your writing


Olga Mecking

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Olga Mecking is a writer and translator living in the Netherlands. Her blog, The European Mama, is all about travelling, parenting, and cooking. Her writing has also been published on many other websites, including The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Wall Street Journal Expat, and Babble, among others.

When not writing or thinking about writing, Olga can be found reading books, drinking tea and reading some more.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) There Is No Such Thing as Your One True Voice


Jeffery Thompson

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Born in Saint Louis, Missouri. Selected Awards won in lifetime:
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2008 OPSU all states 2nd team defensive back. 2009 National player of the week (Canada), special teams, 2010 national player of the week (Canada), special teams. 2010 McGill University special teams player of the year award. 2014 Super Nove 9th Brazil MVP, Brazil American football champion.
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Entertainment accomplishments: wrote and published a comic book 2013 (Diaries of the Invasion). The comic book received positive reviews on in, black sci-fi, comic vine. Animation short film: Chance the Nightmare Dare, screened in a few film festivals, wrote and directed. XXL hip-hop breaking new artist 2012, hip-hop dx artist feature.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poem: These Moments

2) Poetry Break: ‘Memories’


Rev. Dr. K.T. Coughlin Ph.D.

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Bio:

Rev. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., DCC, DDVA, DLC, DD, NCIP, NCAMP, IMAC

Reverend Coughlin is a Founder and the Director of New Beginning Ministry, Inc., an evidence-based, twelve-step residential addiction recovery program for adults that is accredited by the A.A.C.T.. Rev. Coughlin has helped thousands of people to change their lives over the past eighteen plus years.  He is an Addiction Expert, Blogger/Writer at Addicted Minds and VIP Interventions, and a Professional Associate member of Gemini Behavioral Health.   He is a two-time World Champion and nine-time National Champion and State and National Record holder power lifter, a gentle giant who has championed many in his career.

Websites:  www.theaddiction.expert or www.revkevsrecoveryworld.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poem: Valhalla

2) Poetry: Butterfly

3) Poetry Break: ‘Tree’

4) Memoir: A Few Thoughts About My Life


Shannon Hogan Cohen

Bio:

There has always been a special place in my heart for storytelling. I write because there is so much to say and my two teenage boys’ tire of listening to me. I write for insight, the more written, the more I learn about myself. My passion for life and learning drives my appetite for adventure. Interests include traveling and learning about different cultures. I am married to a man who joins me on this journey and encourages me to grow.
I enjoy writing personal essays of my life. Your continued feedback encourages me to experiment and push harder. I repeatedly push myself as a writer and a thinker and ask additional questions on how to expand. Your input reminds me each piece has an audience. It is my job to find the audience and serve it. Feel free to peruse my website at www.prolificpreambles.com to read my additional work.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Rushed to Respond


Gerry Aldridge

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Bio:

Gerry Aldridge is an English sculptor and writer who lives in Portugal. He spent many years traveling and has published two memoirs about his journeys on Amazon- Kill Daddy, and I Don’t Believe God Wrote The Bible by Gerald Freeman (pen name). He writes to share his experiences on this planet and to hopefully inspire people to follow their dreams, instead of settling for a life they feel they have been told to have.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry by Gerry Aldridge

2) Poetry Break: by Gerry Aldridge #2


Dr. Alex Johns

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Bio:

Dr. Alex Johns (goes by Alx) is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Georgia, where he teaches creative writing and American literature. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides in the Athens, Georgia area. Alx is the recipient of the 2013 Pavement Saw Press Chapbook Prize for Robot Cosmetics, and his poems have appeared in Stray Dog Almanac, Chaffin Journal, The Oklahoma Review, Red River Review, Kota Press, Scrivener`s Pen, and Bellemeade Books, and were featured in the No Small Measure Georgia Broadsides project. Alx is the managing director of Athens Word of Mouth, a popular monthly reading series bringing together nationally known and local talent.

Athens, Georgia Word of Mouth monthly open mic: https://www.facebook.com/athenswordofmouth and http://www.athenswordofmouth.com/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Alx Johns poetry


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