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Lorraine Devon Wilke
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Devon Wilke's debut novel, After the Sucker Punch, is now up at Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats.

Author, journalist, photographer; singer/songwriter, Lorraine Devon Wilke, started early as a creative hyphenate. First there was music and theater, next came rock & roll, then a leap into film when a feature she co-wrote (To Cross the Rubicon) was produced by a Seattle film company, opening doors in a variety of creative directions. In the years following, she wrote for and performed on theater stages, developed her photography skills, and accrued a library of well-received feature screenplays; most recently, The Theory of Almost Everything was a top finalist in the 2012 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest. She kept her hand in music throughout – songwriting, recording, performing – leading to the fruition of the longtime goal of recording an original album (Somewhere On the Way). Accomplished in collaboration with songwriting/producing partner, Rick M. Hirsch, the album garnered stellar reviews and can be found at CDBaby and iTunes. She continues with music whenever she can (which, she maintains, is never, ever, enough!).

She’s curates and manages both her fine art photography and personal blog (Rock+Paper+Music), contributes regularly here at The Huffington Post and writes a column for the award-winning newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise (reprints here). Her debut novel, After the Sucker Punch, has just been published at Amazon; she has another novel in the works, as well as a non-fiction piece on brain injury, and invites you to enjoy her essays and journalistic pieces @ Contently. You can follow her journey with this book at and be sure to check her website @ for links and information.

Entries by Lorraine Devon Wilke

While We're At It: A Few of My Religious Beliefs That Oughta Change the Law

(44) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Ah... religion. It used to be the balm of the soul; now it's the arbiter of medical insurance coverage. In a country built upon the separation of church and state, by a government founded on the principals of religious neutrality, the Hobby Lobby ruling is seen by many as an...

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What the Amazon vs. Hachette Debate Ignores: Independent Authors

(26) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 2:28 PM

Reading what they want... from whom they want.

Lines have been drawn, sides taken; articles, blogs and editorials prognosticate about what -- and whom -- will be left standing when the dust settles. Big 5 authors are stamping their feet in step with...

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Are Parents the First, Best and Last Defense Against Mass Murder?

(10) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 2:53 PM


Who do we blame this time? Whose failing do we focus on; who gets the brunt of our outrage and anger this go-around? The NRA? The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department? Gun culture? The girls who didn't fall in love with the shooter? A...

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Is Self-Publishing Killing Books? My Journey With After the Sucker Punch Answers the Question

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 9:33 AM


A reader with whom I've had occasion to debate various issues in the past said to me recently, "self-publishing is killing books." We were discussing the state of literature at the time and little did I know this arena of marketing...

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Haven't We Reached the Statute of Limitations on Demonizing Monica Lewinsky?

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:44 PM


Oh, the media is abuzz; people are tweeting, presses are pumping, pundits are prepping; it's bound to be the top story on every gossip show and cable entertainment segment across the land: Monica Lewinsky is "breaking her silence" and, dear Lord, this is...

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The Evolution of Bassist Erik Scott: From Alice Cooper to World Celtic

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 3:50 PM


There's a classic saying that goes, "An old musician never dies, he just... (fill in the blank)," and one fills in that blank with whatever witticism aptly applies. I don't know if Erik Scott would appreciate the "old musician" reference, but since he...

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The Traffic Ticket Racket and Its Erosive Effect on Community Policing

(11) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 1:10 PM


I fought the law and the law didn't show up in traffic court the other day, so my case was summarily dismissed. Oh, happy day... sort of.

After paying the $367 fine up front, taking two days out of my life to...

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Have Scandal and House of Cards Succumbed to Post-Snowden Syndrome?

(8) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:26 PM

I think we can all agree: Television is reveling in another golden age, with scores of beautifully written and shot dramas available on every channel and then some... a veritable bounty of entertainment. But while we're bingeing on this cinematic smorgasbord, there is another trend worming its way into the...

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Why American Women Hate Their Faces and What They Could Learn From the Brits

(18) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:34 PM

One cannot watch the Oscars -- or any grand Hollywood event -- and not be swept up in the fashion, the pageantry, the suspense, the... cringe-worthy sport of seeing just which aging actress has ruined her face.

Seriously, I sit and watch these things and wonder out loud: "Why...

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Turns Out Dems Love Hillary: Now Can We Leave Bill's Privates Alone?

(14) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 1:39 PM

It seems, despite in-and-out party grumping to the contrary, most polled Democrats really want Hillary Clinton to run. According to a just released New York Times/CBS News Poll:

More than 8 in 10 Democrats say they want Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, showing a...
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Mothers (and Fathers), Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Bullies

(8) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 3:27 PM

A few key names to consider: Richie Incognito, Chris Christie, Michael Dunn; the Baruch College fraternity boys. What do they have in common, this odd group of disparate males? Bullying. Unacceptably aggressive behavior. "Boys will be boys" mentality. Yes, it's a motley crew.

Frankly, I'm sick of that phrase,...

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Deconstructing the Expert Delusion: No, Not Everyone Is One

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 7:43 PM


Lots of empty chairs there. Ironic, in an emblematic sort of way. Because we as a society simply brim with experts. In fact, if you've ever been tempted to throw your computer across the room and scream, "SHUT UP" after you've read...

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Dear Celebrities: Twitter Is Really Not That Hard to Figure Out

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 9:32 PM

2014-02-05-ThinkBeforeYouTweet.jpgWhenever a controversial or high-profile story hits the news, we can count on certain predictable events to follow, perhaps the most predictable being the miscalculated and/or idiotic celebrity tweet. It has almost become a Celebrity Rite of Passage to fumble wildly on...

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Beyond Mental Health and Gun Control Is This: Guns Make Death Too Easy

(105) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 9:13 AM


Anyone who's dealt with anger and disappointment directed at another person, who's been bowed by heart-crushing sorrow and depression, who's experienced and gotten past a psychotic episode, or been pumped to irrationality by the adrenaline of rage and despair, knows --...

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The Wolf of Wall Street: Cautionary Tale or Excess Porn?

(10) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:19 AM

That's three hours I'll never get back.

I don't know what you did today but I spent three long hours with a bunch of people I didn't like. Not a one. Three very long hours watching a gaggle of loudmouth, self-indulgent greed guzzlers snort, steal, and screw their way through...

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Courting Controversy Has Not Only Made Media Redundant, It's Skewed the News

(4) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 5:13 PM


I opened the TV and Entertainment section of an online newspaper and on one very large page with a seemingly endless selection of stories on the topic of television, I found what appeared to be about 15 articles on the Phil...

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Random Acts of Artfulness: The Magic of Painter Allison Curtis

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 8:32 AM


It was sitting atop a ledge outside a blue house: a brightly hued, well-executed, somewhat surrealistic painting of a wolf's face. It grabbed his eye -- how could it not? Between the striking image and just the sheer oddity of finding...

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Want to Feel Better, Really Better? Step Away From the News

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 5:59 PM


I read an interesting term yesterday: "clickwhore," defined as a writer or publishing site that will do anything and everything to get you to click on their stories, whether by sensationalizing a headline, picking the most salacious news to cover, promoting...

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What Do Buddha and the Laws of Attraction Have to Do With the State of Our Politics?

(11) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 10:26 AM


A few years back, a little book called The Secret was published to phenomenal success, a subsequent film, and an almost cult-like following that continues even seven years after its initial printing. The Secret aligns its principles with the...

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Let's Stop Just Talking About Gun Control

(834) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 10:32 PM

Another mass shooting. Eyes glued to TV, posts on social media, lots of horror and outrage... it's become a rote procedure, hasn't it? We gasp, we weep over stories of the dead, we question the hows and whys of the shooter, but, strange thing this time around: I noticed fewer...

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