Is global warming really happening or is does it exist in the imagination of people who aren’t in touch with the cycle of changes in the Earth’s atmosphere? Thirty-two creative fiction writers developed short stories by working with the concept of global warming and mysterious crowns. Enter into a new world where something has ushered in very hot days. Four more chapters of fifty-three giant tales: Global Warming, Dangerous Days, Crowns, and Another World.
My short story, “West of Lucky” is included in this Anthology. In “West of Lucky” A young woman follows a suspicious man into the forest and she discovers that he is from another world. This short story is about superstition and how it can cause someone to manifest things that aren’t really there. Clearly, the main character clings to her superstition as a way of life, which prevents her from seeing what’s really happening around her. People do all sorts of crazy things in the name of religion and belief. I wanted to take her beliefs and show how quickly they can turn fantastical.
33 Authors include: Joyce Shaughnessy, Tom Russell, Andy McKell, Todd Folstad, Sylvia Stein, Arlene Lagos, Mike Boggia, Randall Lemon, Glenda Reynolds, J.R. O’Neill, H.M. Schuldt, Gene Hilgreen, Mirta Oliva, Alli Vaughan, Lynette White, Connie Flanagan, Neil Carrol Ellison, D C Mills, Rebecca Lacy, Karen Beck, Shelly Heskett Harris, Lynn Johnston, Mary Agrusa, Karen Hopkins, A.A. Abbott, Craig Teal, Shae Hamrick, Robert A. Strobel, Victor J.M. Christensen, Tim Girard, Elaine Faber, and Randy Dutton
The Butterfly Project was created with one simple question in mind. What would a female mafia look like? When we think of the word “Mafia” we think Italian men in designer suits, gold chains, chest hair sticking out of their open shirts, a toothpick between their teeth and a wad of cash in their inside jacket. We also think of gambling, extortion, money laundering, murder, betrayal and revenge. So to do what Hollywood does and just “insert female here” would not do it any justice.
I didn’t want another group of women in leather with guns, where they all know martial arts. I didn’t want it to be compared to Charlie’s Angels because the women I know would NEVER take orders from a man they never met, who communicates with them only through a speaker.
If women were to form a mafia (and many have, you just never hear about it or read about it) I doubt they would be that interested in monetary gain. For me, I think women would use their powers for good, not evil. (Most women). When I wrote “Butterflies Wake” I envisioned a large neighborhood watch that involved women taking out the bad guys themselves, because lets face it, the justice system has failed us. A piece of paper won’t keep a man from breaking into your house and beating the crap out of you, and a rape whistle on a college campus is a F***ing joke.
So after much thought and many volunteers, we put together a nice compilation of photos and a video (make sure you check out the you tube video at the bottom) showing what we think a female mafia would look like. Enjoy and share, these ladies did a great job! No men were hurt in the making of these photos. In fact, they are all awesome men who support feminism.
Butterflies Wake- An underground female mafia rights the wrongs of an unjust society in this gripping story of everyday women taking matters into their own hands where the justice system has failed. For many years they have worked quietly and gone unnoticed by the world in which they live, until one of them goes missing. The wrong people start asking questions and before they know it, they are in danger of being exposed. How will they save one of their own without putting their organization in danger? Will they be able to remain a secret?
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Lagos has written poetry, stage plays, screenplays and short stories for over 20 years. In addition to writing Butterflies Wake, she has also written the Beyond Earth Series, a science-fiction fantasy trilogy and has twelve short stories published in the Giant Tales anthology. Her new novel, Butterflies Wake, is now available in hardcopy and eBook. Lagos currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband and their daughter.
“Butterflies Wake” is now available for pre-order on Smashwords!
Order it now and it will be in your library by midnight on June 23rd!
The highly-anticipated novel, “Butterflies Wake” launches this June, and may very well find its way to the bestseller list before the end of the summer. The novel is about an underground female mafia that rights the wrongs of an unjust society.
Along with the book, I have put together a photo campaign that depicts vigilante women in positions of power, in an effort to go up against the mainstream depictions of women as victims of a domestically violent and rape-excused culture.
The messages the photos send are very clear, “We are not afraid” and “You are not alone”. For a fiction novel it seems to hit home, with many women often asking me, is it real? If so, can I join?
While my usual reply is that it’s just a tongue-in-cheek fiction novel, it does raise the question about whether or not its time for women to become more vigilant in their own protection against a culture that excuses such violence towards them.
Want an exclusive on the Butterfly Project with all the photos? Contact me at email@example.com
THE BUTTERFLY CODE
Protect Thy Neighbor
Remove The Greedy
Relocate The Violent
Reform The Misguided
Expose The Disturbed
Find The Missing
Free The Burdened
Punish The Betrayers
Reveal The Truth
Awaken The Sleeping
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I’m launching my new novel “Butterflies Wake” on June 24th
and I need bloggers to help me spread the word!
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Butterflies Wake – An underground society of women form a female mafia in order to right the wrongs of an unjust society.
An underground female mafia rights the wrongs of an unjust society in this gripping story of everyday women taking matters into their own hands where the justice system has failed. For many years they have worked quietly and gone unnoticed by the world in which they live, until one of them goes missing. The wrong people start asking questions and before they know it, they are in danger of being exposed. How will they save one of their own without putting their organization in danger? Will they be able to remain a secret?
Written by: Arlene Lagos
Cover Design & Photography by: Jan Marvin http://www.janmarvin.com
Edited by: Elisabeth Kauffman http://www.writingrefinery.com
Gazing numbness through panes of weathered glass
Reflect unrecognizable imagery of a woman far gone
Cracked skin covers dried up veins that ran warm with blood
in a once beating heart, now cold and broken
Salt filled tears slowly falling onto sunken cheeks
that rest above her slanted mouth struggling to smile
Thoughts linger, night sets, and time passes by as the darkness unravels
baring its teeth as to gnaw away at her soul
Hope is a distant memory and dreams remain shattered
Struggling to hold up her head, the lifeless woman looks at the clock
Another painful day spent in dark solitude
Doorbells chime in unison with ringing phones without answer
What difference would the sound on the other end make?
Hunger is wasted on her, as she will not commit to such a pointless act
Why bother feeding something that’s dying?
All in her head, it’s all in her head they said
But how can one feel like their dead if it’s all in their head?
Pill bottles scatter her bedside; laundry covers her floor
She tries no more
In dreams she finds a glow of light,
a better place that guides her; she holds on tight
“Don’t wake me”, she screams,
“it’s too real out there, for me to care
I like it better here”
Closing her eyes she drifts back to there
Someone’s coming is it real or a dream? Her mind stuck in between
“You are needed,” says a voice “You have still much to give you must live,” says the voice.
“You must live”.
A child walks in, her heart begins beating again,
she opens her eyes, she lets it all in
The little girl snuggles her, and holds onto her tight
Rocking back and forth, the woman, she cries
Breathing hard in and out as the pain slowly subsides
The child within is the hope she had lost
As she struggles to stand, to embrace life at all cost
“There’s still much to do,” she whispers wiping the tears from her eyes
Putting the brush to her hair, she gives life another try.
Adaminia has been separated from the other warriors and has to find a way back to them in order to finish the journey they have set out on to reunite the stones. The darkness grows closer and threatens their chance of survival. One of them will fall; another will go missing. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.
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