Two Drops of Ink: The Literary Home for Collaborative Writing

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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 

John C. Gyorki


John is currently an Electrical Skilled Tradesman for the University of Michigan. He has over 33 years experience in his field. He resides in Southern Michigan with his wife Maryann. He spent four years in the Marine Corp as a 7011 (Aircraft Launch & Recovery Tech). After his tour, he completed a four year Inside Wireman Electrical Apprenticeship with I.B.E.W. (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers).

At a very young age, John developed a love for reading and hoarding books and has continued to do so. It wasn’t uncommon to see him writing notes about something. John believes inspiration comes from an intentional reading of the Word and following the Lord. He feels it encourages better living and thinking.

When John is not working, writing and reading books of various genres, he is trying his best at being a husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and uncle. On occasion, you’ll see him making sausage and jerky or fermenting cabbage and pickles. He is always put in charge of making Hungarian Goulash over an open pit fire. No one else is allowed!

“My goal is to foster traditional family community and common sense thinking”.

“ I enjoy reading books about personal life experiences. When people are at their lowest, broken point and then making a victorious comeback.”

John C. Gyorki

John started writing January of 2016. He submitted his first publication May of 2016 right here at Two Drops of Ink.

He is developing his voice as a writer and continues to work on his website.

You can join him at or email at

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Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

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Erik V. Sahakian

Mixed Genres: Poetry and Memoir

Erik V. Sahakian is an Administrative Pastor at Wildwood Calvary Chapel in Yucaipa, CA where he regularly teaches, counsels, and writes. Erik has a passion to see people develop a profound love for the Bible, an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ, and to walk in victory through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Erik is an avid reader and writer, which has led to authoring and co-authoring numerous books, including the 90-day devotional, Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself, and his personal collection of poems, Shadowlands to the Songs of Seraphim, both available on Amazon.

You can also check out Erik’s weekly blog and audio teachings at along with other free resources.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Cal State Fullerton in Political Science and has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.

Erik also loves to travel, which has led him to 24 states and 10 countries where he’s had the opportunity to speak about God’s Word and to share His love with others.

The best part though is sharing life and ministry with his lovely wife, Juanita, and their two children: Skylar and Maksim.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Mixed Genres: Poetry and Memoir

Aïda Barsoum

 Aïda Barsoum Of Birds and Wasps two drops of ink memoir


Originally from Egypt, I came to Canada with my family as an adolescent. I had
then a strong interest in writing, but circumstances required that I consider a
more straightforward avenue to employment and I chose to study mathematics,
which I also enjoyed.
After a few years as a statistician and as a teacher, I embarked on a multifaceted
career as educator, cook, healer and resource manager (read: mother). During
those years I occasionally had bouts of intensive writing, as when I started a
newsletter at my children’s school.
Besides writing, my interests include birdwatching, gardening and playing the

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Memoir: Of Birds and Wasps

Barbara Sinor, Ph.D



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: 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




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

Abbie Wirick



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:

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The ‘Memoir Challenge’: My Story

Amy Sprague



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.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The ‘Memoir Challenge’: Petals

Alan Catlin



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

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Requiem 

Carol Es



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:

Full CV available upon request.


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’




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: , 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:

Wendy’s other links: 

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Image/Memoir Writing Challenge: ‘Mama won’t ever let you go’

2) What’s your Diagnosis?

3) Memoir: ‘Monster Trucks and a Big Bag of Chips’

4) Memoir: A Labor Day of Love

5) Memoir: A Christmas Prayer

Laurie Jueneman



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:

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

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

Linda Kovic-Skow



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

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) How I Discovered my Passion

Anel Conradie



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.



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

4) Creativity is Found, Neither Here Nor There, But in The In-between ‘no-space’ of Existence




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.   


Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Memoir: The Perfect Imperfection




Rick Amitin is a Writer, Author, Blogger, Poet, Inspirational Speaker, and Founder of 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

Aaron Lebold

falling into a new passion Aaron Lebold


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 ( 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 –

Mike Ladano –

Brad McLeod –

To see my writing please check out my site:

My Life story at

My other blogs at

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Falling Into a New Passion

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



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 powerlifter, a gentle giant who has championed many in his career.

Websites: or

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

Author’s CV


Dr. M. Radh Achuthan,
B.E. (E.E), University of Madras
M.S.,(E.E.), M.S. (Physics), University of Missouri
Ph.D., Union Institute

Professor of Physics, Long Island University,

1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, N.Y.11230.

Physics, Human Resource Development.


Paper presented at the 13th International Conference of the Basic Income Earth Network, (BIEN), Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2010:

“Consciousness Seeking Relationship to Meet the Minimum Needs of All”

Author, “Growing up in the Villages of Uttar Pradesh, India: The Parent As A Teacher (PAAT) Profile of Village Backward Communities,” published in Indian Educational Review (1995)

Author, “Growing Up in the Villages of Karnataka: The Parent As A Teacher Profile of the Backward Community,” published in Man & Development, (1993)

Co-author, “The Giving Behavior on Money and Service,” published in The Indian Journal of Social Work (1992).

Co-author, “The Emergence of Independence from Traditional Control in India,” published in the Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (1991).

Co-author, “Attitudinal Indexes on the ‘Preparedness to Help Non-Familial Others in Need’ in the States of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka, India,” published in The Indian Journal of Social Science (1991).

Consultant, “Goals for Mankind,” a Report to the Club of Rome on the New Horizons of Global Community (1977), Bantam Books.

Author, “On the Need for Long-Range-Goals-for-Mankind Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Programs (LRGM-IUP),” published in Contemporary Education (1972).

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) A Monologue on Acceptance