Kindness is Dying


inspired by the words of Charity Parkerson


if beauty slays

what might have been

the beast, then beauty

loses something greater

than itself


the battle starts with us

inside these bars of purity

nailed shut –


i can see a garden

built around the torn-up

earth, a barricade and

prison from diversity –


nothing lives

but weeds find holes,


they always do.


© Ben Ditmars 2017


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Writing Spaces: Part Deux

I read an article last year on where famous authors do their writing. There were some remarkably inspiring locations and it made me wonder where the authors I know (the majority being small press and indie) write their stories, poetry, and other words. I collected photographs from ten talented writers last year. This year, I invited twelve more to do the same. They span the spectrum from paranormal to poetry and children’s fiction. Thank you once again to all the writers who let me into their homes and special places with their photographs: Paula Walker Baker, Melissa Craig, Michelle Franklin, Kelly Stone Gamble, Tracy James Jones, Dan Leicht, Dionne Lister, Jeanne McDonald, Charity Parkerson, Poppy Ruth SilverJacqueline E. Smith, and Danielle Thamasa.

Paula Walker Baker 1

Paula Walker Baker, author of Jack Learns to Grill

Melissa Craig 1

Melissa Craig, author of The Unblemished Librarian

Melissa Craig 2

Melissa Craig, author of The Unblemished Librarian

Michelle Franklin

Michelle Franklin, author of Khantara

Kelly Stone Gamble 1

Kelly Stone Gamble, author of They Call Me Crazy

Tracy James Jones

Tracy James Jones, author of Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose

Dan Leicht 1

Dan Leicht, author of Blissfire

Dan Leicht 2

Dan Leicht, author of Blissfire

Dionne Lister

Dionne Lister, author of Shadows of the Realm

Jeanne McDonald 2

Jeanne McDonald, author of The Truth in Lies

Jeanne McDonald 4

Jeanne McDonald, author of The Truth in Lies

Charity Parkerson

Charity Parkerson, author of A Dash of Desire

Poppy Ruth Silver

Poppy Ruth Silver, author of Soon to Melt

Jackie Smith

Jacqueline E. Smith, author of Cemetery Tours

Danielle Thamasa, author of Project Death: Ressurection


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Dream List of Books

There are a lot of books I want to buy. Unfortunately, some are not yet available, and others cost money. I’ve read as much as the Amazon sample allows for most, but decided it would be good to have a dream list of books.


Between Worlds by Jacqueline E. Smith


Birthing Inadequacy by Natasha Head

Broken Places by Rachel Thompson


The Complete History of Middle Earth by Christopher Tolkien


A Dash of Desire by Charity Parkerson


Enlightened by Regina Puckett


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling


Hark-A Christmas Collection by Justin Bog

The Funny Adventures of Little Nani: Book 2

Midnight Chimera by Helle Gade


Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling


Realm of Blood and Fire by Dionne Lister


Sexy Witches by Charity Parkerson


Sing Song Stories by Agnes Crozier Hebertson

7 Films, Books & Songs

I’m starting a post where I list my seven favorite films, books, and songs. Feel free to post yours as well.


7. Milk


5. Lord of the Rings: Two Towers

4. Clerks

3. Disney’s Hercules

2. Return of the Jedi

1. Toy Story


7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

6. Sandcastle and Other Stories by Justin Bog

5. Nocturnal Embers by Helle Gade

4. Taming the Incubus by Robyn Koshel

3. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. A Splash of Hope by Charity Parkerson

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling


7. American Pie by Don McLean

6. I’ve Got a Name by Jim Croce

5. Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits

4. Night Moves by Bob Seger

3. Heart of Gold by Neil Young

2. Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland

1. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin