The Democratic Presidential Primary Debate #2, Day 2: NOT Live Blogged

Calico Jack will discuss the Debate 2, episode 2 later.

The Psy of Life

File this one under the best laid plans of mices and mens. Today is a travel day for the Psy family. We are taking the red eye home and as such will be leaving for the airport in the middle of the debate. Also, since we are staying with the sibling in-laws, I cannot rank the final hours with the extended family higher than the hours live blogging the second day of the second debate.

I will be publishing my interpretations of the debate performances based on the snippets, segments, and re-plays of the debates I can watch tomorrow… from China. How the international dateline will further disrupt all of this, I don’t know. It probably won’t be until Saturday that I can post anything and one of them will be stirring round of Who’s Presidential?

See y’all then! Have a great debate!

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Let’s Make a Deal

Christine Ray – Indecision

Brave & Reckless

Originally Published on Blood Into Ink

I edge further
and further
from the known
the familiar
shutting some doors firmly
behind me
with a sigh of resignation
while others
I ease quietly closed
hesitant to reawaken
my past
I look for a yellow brick road
or neon footprints
to guide my steps
but the faint sets of tracks
are colorful chaos
blurring each other’s
into a chalky rainbow
as they criss-cross
and meander ahead
do I choose
curtain number one?
door number three?
or that unopened box
that my eyes
pretend not to see
the one that covers my back
in cold clammy sweat
while I gulp down anxiety flavored
shots of cheap rum and coke
gagging on the sticky sweetness
leaving me queasy
nerves humming
once more

Image courtesy of Pinterest

© 2018 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

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Anthologies Calling

Authors wanted

Fae Corps Inc

We are looking for two different types of writing.

For the Anthology of Through the Sunshine :

  • A story of between 3500-5500 words pertaining to light fae.
  • Send in Doc format to with the topic of Through the Sunshine.
  • Deadline is January 30, 2020

For the poetry volume of Faery Footprints :

  • Up to five poems, max of 100 lines each
  • Send in Doc format to with the topic of Faery Footprints.
  • Deadline is September 30, 2019

Each of the authors in Through the Sunshine will receive a share in the profits from the book.

Each of the poets in the Faery Footprints collection will receive either a pdf or paperback edition of the book as payment. Only the best 100 poems will be chosen for this collection. The others will be considered for posting on the blog.

We have other anthologies planned… So if you cannot get…

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Charlotte’s Web – Taylor Grace

Taylor Grace – Caught in a web

Brave & Reckless

Overwhelmed with thoughts
New beginnings
Final endings
Comfort zone versus creativity
Tangled in the unknown
Raw emotions wrap
Heart freely flows
This web has captured me
Only I can set me free
The Charlotte’s Web mystery
Some days a domestic goddess, and other days a lost woman that still hasn’t bothered to brush her hair. My journey is full of life’s whimsical tales, love, laughter, heartache, trauma, passion, fantasy and everything in between.   My writing is raw, sometimes too raw but I write it anyways, it’s my truth, my voice and I will share it. I’ve been described as honest, even complicated and have a whole lot of sassy undertones, so things get interesting,  even comical at times.  You can read more of my writing at The Broken Inside Me 

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Debate 2, Day 1: It’s the “Who are you again, and why are you still running? SHOW!

Calico Jack reviews Debate 2, Episode 1

The Psy of Life

I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for. Warren’s line could’ve been directed at just about any of the 17 people on the stage last night that weren’t named Warren, Sanders, or Buttigieg. I guess the answer is “I want a cabinet position”?

I thought several of the folks on stage could make a good secretary of something or other. Bullock and Higgenlooper improved their chances in the VP-stakes. The person to beat for VP at this point — that’s the operative phrase, isn’t it? It could change in the next year — is Buttigieg.

We’ll see if anyone — Booker, Castro, one of the nameless faceless white guys — breaks out on the VP track.

The Surprises

Bernie Sanders’ grooming — see the Sanders’ section — was…

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Kristiana Reed Reviews All the Beginnings of Everything by Kindra M. Austin

A review of Kindra M. Austin’s new collection

Indie Blu(e) Publishing

Austin has, yet again, created a masterpiece. All the Beginnings of Everything is a sensational collection which spans what feels like a lifetime. Separated into seven parts, Austin explores more in this collection than I feel she ever has done before; without sacrificing her trademark style. Her words remain sharp, raw and honest.

Part one is succinct, fervent and reveals how our childhoods fall into our adult years, no matter how hard we try to leave the past in the past. This is followed by parts two and three: Austin’s ode to self and survival. She is the lioness empowered by her dismissal of those who tried to break her. She will not give thanks; she is the reason she is here today and she will continue to create her own light and legacy.

For me, part four was a departure for Austin. Although she explores grief as masterfully as…

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Wrapping Up July’s Children’s Book Title Prompt Challenge

Daily Writing Challenge Prompts – One month done, another bgins

Brave & Reckless

Personally, I feel a little stunned that tomorrow is August 1st.  The summer is passing so quickly!  I have thoroughly enjoyed the Children’s Book Title Challenge and am a little sad to see it come to an end.  It has motivated me to write eight new pieces and I have read an incredibly creative assortment of response pieces.  My sincere thanks to everyone who participated on WordPress, Facebook, and Instagram.  It has truly been my pleasure to highlight so much fabulous writing.

Still feeling inspired?  I will accept response pieces inspired by any of the 31 daily prompts through Thursday, August 8th at

If you submitted a piece and did not hear back from me, please let me know in the comments below!  Gmail has been a little wonky lately and I want to make sure that I didn’t miss anything.

If you would like to get a…

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Optical Illusion

Christine Ray – Illusions and hidden truth

Brave & Reckless

my curves have been
morphing into hard lines
with sharp edges
my inner terrain becoming
an Escher drawing
stairways going nowhere
no sense of up, of down
utterly disorienting
but always an ominous sense
that there is a hidden truth
all these optical illusions
are diverting
my eyes from

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

Escher image is from the North Carolina Museum of Art

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Daily Writing Prompt: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The daily Writing prompt for 7/31 – A really bad Day

Brave & Reckless

Throughout the month of July, I will be providing a daily writing prompt based on the title of a beloved Children’s book. These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

Let your creativity go wild!  The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR that you integrate all the words in the title into your piece somehow

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless, email your prompt inspired pieces to me at .

You can also participate on Facebook by tagging your writing with:

  • # the daily book title
  • #kidsbookchallenge
  • @braveandreckless66

or on Instagram by tagging your writing with:

You can also share your response pieces in the comments below.

Alexander and the Terrible

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