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Lorraine Devon Wilke
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Author, journalist, photographer; singer/songwriter, Lorraine Devon Wilke, started early as a creative hyphenate. First, music and theater; next, rock & roll, then a leap into film when a feature she co-wrote (To Cross the Rubicon) was produced, opening doors in a variety of creative directions. Since then she's worked in theater, built her photography business, and accrued a library of well-received feature screenplays, all while keeping a hand in music, which led to the fruition of a longtime goal: her original album (Somewhere On the Way) is available at CDBaby and iTunes.

She curates and manages both her fine art photography site 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.  Her debut novel, After the Sucker Punch, is available at Amazon; see the book trailer HERE and check her Amazon author's page for other work and updates. You can follow her journey with indie publishing at AfterTheSuckerPunch.com and be sure to visit www.lorrainewilke.com for info and links.

Entries by Lorraine Devon Wilke

Anniversary Notes: What Barry White Taught Me About Love

(12) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 9:11 PM

When I was a young girl, electric with sensuality and a burgeoning curiosity about all things lust, passion, and love, a song came out, sung by a man with a silky voice, that seemed an anthem to all three. I was working my first waitress job at the time, an...

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America the Petulant: Land of a Thousand Outrages

(13) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 9:29 PM

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Poor Americans. Even when there's enough authentic drama in the world to provoke the angst of our most composed of human beings -- what with metastasizing wars, repeated beheadings, climate change crises; child refugees -- we as a nation still find time and...

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The Bigger Issue: Will Americans Ever Get Past Their Peeping Tom Mentality?

(21) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 3:47 PM

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There's much to discuss regarding the moral, legal, and privacy implications of the recent nude celebrity photo-hacking event. Clearly, as with any invasion of privacy or theft of personal belongings, there is no equivocation about the amorality and sheer creepiness of the as-yet-unnamed...

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Stylin' with Pete King or How to Dress for a World in Crisis

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:09 PM

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You know that point in a fight when you've gotten through the big, meaty stuff and you're exhausted but still so pissed off you end up going all stupid with something like: "Yeah, well... your... hair is... dumb!!"?

We've all been there. It's...

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Free Books: Marketing Genius or Devaluation of Writers?

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 7:44 PM

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Heard at a recent garage sale: "I always take free stuff even when I'm not sure I want it. I mean, it's FREE; I can always throw it out!"

Contemporary culture seems to have a conflicted relationship with free. People will hip-check...

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Who Started It Doesn't Matter, Who Has the Wisdom to End It Does

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:13 PM

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Remember back in childhood how, whenever a melee erupted on the playground or in a backyard, mothers, fathers or teachers would suddenly emerge to pull wrestling bodies apart while some sweaty kid, with pointed fingers and glaring eyes, would caterwaul, "But he started...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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