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Lorraine Devon Wilke
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Writer, 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 was produced, opening doors in a variety of directions. Since then she's built her photography business, kept writing, and recorded her original album, Somewhere On the Way, available at CDBaby and iTunes.

Currently she manages both her photography site and personal blog (Rock+Paper+Music), contributes here at The Huffington Post, and writes a column for the award-winning newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise. Her debut novel, After the Sucker Punch, and her latest, Hysterical Love, are available in ebook and paperback at both Amazon and Smashwords. Her short story, “She Tumbled Down," is sold in ebook at Amazon. You can view the ATSP book trailer HERE, and be sure to follow her adventures in publishing at All details and links @

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Musicians Have Taylor Swift. Who's Championing Fairness for Writers?

(5) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 9:41 PM


Even if you don't pay attention to whatever elements of Taylor Swift's life make the media on a given day, one would be hard-pressed to have missed the weekend's brouhaha with Swift vs. Apple Music. Say what you will about the girl --...

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Death Penalty: 'Civilized' Vengeance or Biblical Contradiction?

(63) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 11:58 PM


Matthew 5:38 "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'" -- Bible Gateway

Big news today: the Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been sentenced to death. The 21-year-old man who accompanied his brother on a...

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Silence Isn't Always Compliance... Sometimes It's the Activism of Listening

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 10:19 PM


With so much angst and unrest unfolding throughout the world, most of which we're made aware of in minute-by-minute bursts, the pressure to show our social activism bona fides is intense, ofttimes bearing down like a hurricane with an agenda. We're lectured by...

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I Don't Care If You Don't Want Children...Really

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:53 PM


We are a culture that loves to fight, a fact on regular display as we wrangle bird-flipping road-ragers, joust with online trolls, or try reasoning with that weird lady at the park yelling about unleashed dogs. There are political fisticuffs du jour, religious...

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The Food of Fiction: When Flavor Fits the Narrative

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 8:59 AM


Odds are good you can't look at the image above without at least a glimmer of nostalgia: the rush of excitement at hearing tinkling calliope music, the almost frantic gathering of pocketed coins and crumbled dollars, the race down the sidewalk to get...

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Fear and Loathing of the Religious, From Christians to Scientologists

(53) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 9:37 AM


Religion is all in a lather these days. Can you hear it in the news? Read it in the posts on social media? Sense it in the dialogue ratcheting up as we begin the next election cycle? On some level, and in some...

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What's Pain Got to Do With It?

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 4:01 PM

I promise you, I'm not going to write about a certain movie. Enough has been said. Besides, I haven't seen it and don't plan to... not because I'm squeamish, but because the core plot line doesn't interest me. I had planned, years ago, to read the trilogy, then write a...

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Caught Between a Bookstore and That Amazon Place

(11) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 4:05 AM

I had an interesting experience recently, one that emblemizes the continuing turf-war indie writers can get unwittingly caught up in amongst factions of the publishing world: those many have attempted to engage with little or no success (traditional publishers); those we're all seeking to involve in our independent marketing...
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Welcome To The Silly Season Of Award 'Shocks and Snubs'

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 12:27 PM


As I watch and read the usual spate of "shocks and snubs" features that can't seem to help themselves after the Oscar nominees are announced, I am once again reminded of how skewed and silly this entire awards season is. Come on...snubs?


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Some People Talk About Change, Lisa Schultz of The Peace Project Makes It

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 10:21 PM


Despite a cultural zeitgeist - particularly in the political and economic arenas - that is awash in themes of greed, corruption, partisanship, and intolerance, there are a great many, perhaps quieter, movements within our diverse and vibrant culture that are, in...

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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


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


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

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


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

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


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

(3) 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?

(20) 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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