Writing Out Child Abuse


by J.S. Wayne
September 13, 2012, 1:51 am
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WOCA News and Upcoming Events! by J.S. Wayne
August 22, 2012, 2:33 pm
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It’s been quite a summer around here. Everyone’s been horrifically busy, myself included. The joys of modern life, I suppose. But I wanted to take a moment and let everyone know about some new developments:

First, A Light In The Darkness just got a great review on Goodreads.com! Here’s the link for that: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/390551377

It’s always nice to score a 5-star review, and I’m very grateful to the reviewer and all the authors who made this possible. Y’all worked really hard to get these stories tightened up where we rated 5 stars, and I thank you all!
Second: We’ve got the first couple of submissions for the next anthology! I’m really excited to be working with these new authors, A.D. Wayy and Paula Acton. They’ve done up some great stories for your reading pleasure, and I’m looking forward to getting this project underway!
With that said, it’s only fair to explain, at least in part, why I’ve been absent of late. First, I’m going back to college, and getting the financial aid and residency sorted out where that became practical was a daunting prospect to say the least. However, I’m proud to say that I managed it and I will enter Southern Utah University as a freshman as of tomorrow!

Life doesn’t stop just because people get busy, and there are children out there who need our help. My hope is that in the next couple of weeks, things will settle down where I can start doing some more active promo for ALITD and WOCA again. In the meantime, my apologies for being away so long…but I think the results are going to be well worth my silence.

And finally: Saturday, September 8th, I’ll be appearing at Braun’s Books on Main Street in Cedar City, Utah! I’ll be discussing my career, things I’ve learned, and of course WOCA…and I’ll be donating 50% of all sales that night to WOCA to get things rolling! So if you happen to be in the area and want to swing by, I’d love to see you.

While it may not look like things are progressing very fast from outside, there are a lot of irons in the fire, y’all. I’m hoping that WOCA’s just going to get stronger. The new submissions certainly seem to imply it already IS!

Until next time,

Best,

J.S. Wayne



by Diamonds and Dogs
June 18, 2012, 9:01 am
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We Don’t Need Another Hero… by J.S. Wayne

This sentiment formed the basis of the theme song to the smash hit Beyond Thunderdome, starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner. In the movies and in books, there’s really only room for one hero, or at most a small group of heroes.

Here in the real world, things are a little different. Comic-book archetypes form the basis of our morality, daring each of us to be an extraordinary person and stand against the darkness. Everyone has the opportunity to be a hero, and the fact is in this world, we need every one we can get.

If this holds true for adults, it is doubly so for children. How many times have you read a book or watched a TV show where one of the characters reminisces about wishing a superhero would swoop in and carry them away? It’s a sad but nonetheless true fact that too many children can’t even claim their parents or loved ones as heroes, because those very people who are there to shelter and protect children instead use them in vile and hideous ways, for their own pleasure and to deflect the shame of what they allowed themselves to become.

The authors and production staff of A Light In The Darkness, WOCA’s inaugural anthology, are not heroes. We’re all just regular, ordinary people who share a common cause and a common hatred of anything which harms children. But, in the long months since the initial call went out, all of these people have done extraordinary things, carving out great swaths of time and sacrificing sleep, time with friends, family, and other valuable matters to make this anthology happen.

In a way, I had the easy job: All I had to do was read and give my thoughts. Organizing, keeping everyone on track and on task, and making sure the wheels ran smoothly was largely due to the efforts of Gillian Colbert. Hey, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m the guy for ideas and extra muscle, but I’m not so shit-hot on minutiae. That’s where Gillian’s innate eye for detail and organization comes in, and she deserves thanks neither I nor anyone else can ever adequately give.

Renee Vickers played her role as well, helping me keep my mind right and focused on why I started all this in the first place. Being an editor sometimes feels like playing the role of a budget-rate Atlas, and my hat’s off to anyone who can do that and still keep their drive to write their own material. Having a good friend around to talk to makes a world of difference, and she managed to help deflect my doubts about my ability while still finding the time to write her own material!

Eric Keys and Phoebe Valois both brought great stories and a fresh eye to the table, as well as some new perspectives on why a project like this matters. I’m very proud to have gotten to work with them, and it’s going to be very exciting to introduce these inspiring new talents to the world.

And Laurie Sanders, with Black Velvet Seductions . . . well, I don’t KNOW enough superlatives to adequately describe her and her commitment and assistance with this project, so I won’t even try. Let it suffice to say that if there was ever a person the appellation “angel” described, she’s it!

Okay, okay, enough gushing.The point is, we DO need heroes. However many we manage to assemble, it will always have to be plus one to protect every child who needs it. By doing something as simple as purchasing this anthology, you can help.

You can be a hero.

I promised y’all an excerpt when we were talking at the bar, and I’m going to deliver. Here’s a snippet from “A Hope In Hell,” one of my stories in A Light In The Darkness. Don’t forget to check out the ALITD blog tour, coming soon from Sizzling PR and featuring the WOCA authors! In the meantime, I really hope y’all enjoy this excerpt, and I’ll be back soon!

(The cover was supposed to go here, but an ID10T error prevented me from posting today. Next time, folks. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.)

Edit: Wait no more! Thanks to R. Renee Vickers, it’s here!

In A Light in the Darkness, the inaugural anthology from the authors of WOCA, a dark world awaits you.
Spanning centuries of time, encircling the globe, and running the gamut from eerie historical fiction to gritty
urban fantasy to page-scorching erotic romance, these authors unflinchingly dissect the horror of child abuse
in all its forms. These authors have taken great pains to ensure the innocent are assured justice and the guilty
pay for their crimes in the unique fantasy worlds they have created. Sadly, in real life, this is not always the case.
This book contains scenes of graphic violence and honest depictions of child abuse. Readers who may find such material unduly disturbing, objectionable, or “triggering” are strongly advised not to read it.
Some of the newest and hottest names in fiction have lent their talents to this collection, including Gillian
Colbert, Amber Green, R. Renee Vickers, Eric Keys, Phoebe Valois, and J.S. Wayne. All of these authors are
united by one core belief, and with this collection, they seek to turn their talents to a greater good.
One hundred percent of all proceeds from this collection are being donated directly to Writing Out
Child Abuse. These proceeds will then be dispersed to charities whose sole aim is to help survivors of child
abuse all over the globe. To learn more about WOCA or their fund-raising activities, or to get involved yourself, visit http://wix.com/writingoutchildabuse/intro.

She decided in moments that she didn’t care for the
feeling of traveling across the veil. The nausea and
discomfort the transit caused made her cranky and
irritable, ready to take offense at the tiniest slight. On
the other hand, that wasn’t wholly a bad thing, so long
as she vented her ire in the right direction.
The ranch-style suburban house appeared perfectly
normal to her regular sight. White siding, pale blue trim,
lawn the size of a postage stamp. The shrubs butting up
against the one-story dwelling were uniformly manicured
and well-maintained, the first of the spring flowers
peeping out between the branches.
She took a long sniff of the balmy evening air. It was
still early enough that her presence on the street wouldn’t
be taken amiss. After adjusting the hem of her green
jumper, she reached up checked her beret to be sure it
was squarely seated on her head. Normal, meaningless
gestures that had nothing to do with the reality of the
situation, but they would satisfy any observer.
Squinting slightly, she stared at the house again. Her
stomach fluttered as she invoked the odd sense only her
kind possessed. The pleasant, typical suburban home was
stripped away to be replaced by a vision of the true nature
of the inhabitant and the deeds the house had witnessed.
The house reeled and cringed on its foundation as if
struck by a god’s fist, the paint peeling and cracking,
running in some spots in bruises and lacerations
as produced by Sherwin Williams. The windows
spiderwebbed and jagged fangs of glass fell out of the
panes to tinkle onto the porch, falling through missing
boards in some places and crashing onto the warped wood
in others. Soon only the empty holes remained, as lifeless
and blank as a tragedy victim’s eyes.
She watched through the weed-choked chain link
fence as the ground began to shiver and boil, vomiting up
clods of earth and tangles of roots. Among the grasping
fingers of the broken roots, brownish and reddish pebbles
began to show through the spewing earth. The pieces
became larger and larger, until she recognized a small
thigh bone mingled among the destruction. A low moan
like the rustling of a dry desert wind howled around her,
the innocents who had suffered and died here screaming
out from their unhallowed and unknown graves for
surcease and revenge.
A head-to-toe shudder racked her tiny frame, and she
fought the urge to recoil. She pushed away the vision by
force, blinking several times to try to erase the memory
from her mind without success. Swallowing hard, she
squared her shoulders and marched up to the door, a half dozen
brightly colored boxes tucked under her arm. She
mounted the small flight of stairs leading to the porch
and rang the bell, taking care not to touch anything more
than absolutely necessary.
The dignified chime cut through the canned laughter
of a TV show. In a few seconds, a rustling from the
general area of the forced merriment told her the
homeowner would soon be arriving. She took one step
backward, hoping the queasiness in her stomach didn’t
show on her face.
The porch light clicked on and the door opened.

Until next time,

Best,

J.S. Wayne



by Diamonds and Dogs
April 24, 2012, 9:23 pm
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The post says it all

Love, Life, and Relationships: Overcoming Emotional and Child Sexual Abuse

Jason Kidd, of Gadsden Alabama contacted my office because he googled ‘child abuse’ in a search for attorneys or legislation that would support his efforts to seek justice for his daughter Melanie, and found our petition to Make Child Sexual Abuse A Felony.

Jason Kidd has a protective order against his ex-best-friend of thirty years for an indefinite amount of time. Last May, the wife of his best friend went to their pastors for counsel. She had found a Tracfone which is a prepaid phone that had a text message in the draft messages stating that he had feelings for their best friend Jason Kidd’s daughter, Melanie.

Jason Kidd has possession of 600-700 pages of text messages that include pictures from three to four of the prepaid phones, where his best friend was grooming his daughter from the age of fourteen to sixteen for the purpose of sexual abuse. In…

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Some Revelations… by jswaynemajordoma
January 18, 2012, 7:27 pm
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When I started putting the wheels for WOCA and the forthcoming anthology A Light In The Darkness in motion, I had only the vaguest idea what I hoped to accomplish. I knew perfectly well that I was asking my fellow authors to explore something painful. What I didn’t know, and should have realized from my own experience, was the depth of the emotional wounds I was asking them to reopen.

Several of the authors have told me their own, real-life stories. Those tales are not mine to tell, and if they choose to do so, they will in their own good time. The memory of abuse is a unique and horrible pain, and it is something you don’t simply “get over.” You get past it, you learn to live with it, you learn to cope. But those scars never truly heal, and many of us live in terror of becoming the very monsters we fear and despise.

I knew WOCA was deeply personal to me. But I didn’t realize, although in retrospect it should have been glaring obvious, just how personal it was to the other people who’ve gotten involved. We are united by shared pain, by shared rage, and by a cold, burning desire to keep our past from becoming another innocent’s future and fate.

All those who have told me their stories and submitted stories for A Light In The Darkness, knowing full well they were giving their work and sharing their pain with the world for nothing but the chance to make a difference in our world, are incredibly brave souls. They have delved into the most harrowing corners of their individual beings to answer this call. For my part, I applaud all of them for their courage and pray that the good I believe this project will do will in some small way offset the terrible memories they’ve forced themselves to relive .

As I’m writing this, my wife is watching Criminal Minds in the other room. A quote from G.K. Chesterton is recited by Thomas Gibson, and this quote sums up WOCA’s aim in a uniquely poignant way:

“Fairy tales do not give a child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

The stories included in A Light In The Darkness are no fairy tales and are certainly not intended for children’s eyes. Many adults will find this subject matter disturbing, because every shading of child abuse is explored in an unflinching and forthright, sometimes brutal, manner. What these stories offer is redemption for the abused, even if not in the way the reader might expect or hope, and justice for their tormentors.

To the best of my knowledge, a project on this scale and with these aims has never been attempted before. Child abuse is viewed as a taboo subject, to be spoken of in whispers if at all, in the confines of one’s own home, church, or with one’s therapist. What we set out to do is tear down the wall of silence and prove that child abuse is not something to speak of in whispers, but in wrathful screams.

If you know or have reason to believe that a child you know is being abused in any way, do not hesitate. Do not think twice. Contact your local authorities immediately. The key to saving children from becoming their tormentors is early action and intervention. Too many children do not get the assistance they need early enough to help, to their own detriment and that of society.

Don’t let someone you love have to live with those scars.

Keep watching this blog for more updates and information about the authors who’ve lent their talents to Writing Out Child Abuse, and keep your eyes open for the WOCA monthly newsletter, coming soon!

Until next time,

Best,

J.S. Wayne



Applause For E-Book Eros by jswaynemajordoma

http://4-letterwords.ebook-eros.com/2011/10/taboo-topics-your-books-your-choice

Although we as Americans enjoy certain basic protections under the law, this chilling question strikes right at the heart of where the line between free speech and criminal behavior is drawn. Rather than pulling this offensive work off their shelves immediately and thereby appointing themselves arbiters of taste and morality, E-book Eros instead put the question to the readers as to whether or not books such as this are “acceptable” fare. For which they should be applauded; how many banned books exist that have achieved such status on FAR less merit than the work in question?

While, as publishing industry professionals in our own right, we support the First Amendment right to free speech, we also balance that right with the belief that certain subjects simply are not okay to portray in anything approaching a positive manner.

And a book that purports to give advice on how to be a better pedophile certainly falls firmly into the latter category.

So let E-book Eros know that although we support the First Amendment rights of authors and have no issue with sex-positive works, there are some taboos that should stay that way. One voice can be heard, and we, as a voice for those who have none, can and should speak out against guides which seem to suggest it’s in any way acceptable behavior to victimize our children.




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