Author Archives: M. Ashley

About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.

Orion Writes Religion

Two close encounters in one night: Hunter in the heavens. Hunted on Earth. Continue reading

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Adventures in Nash Vegas: The Holy Loop

You can get religion anywhere religion can get you—even under overpasses. Continue reading

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Friday Fun: It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s a Bruja?

Flying ointment in action… maybe. Continue reading

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Imbolc Oopsies

Curl up with me in the candlelight and listen to my silly Imbolc tale of social woe. Continue reading

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Fire Rooster Says, “Get to Work! Lunar New Year is Upon Us!”

Happy Chinese New Year to one and all! 2017 is the year of the fire rooster. Sounds pretty awesome, right? I know very little about the Chinese zodiac, but here’s what I gathered: Fire roosters are about punctuality (which makes perfect … Continue reading

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Come, Come All Ye Sinners

Threatening the damned with hell is the worst marketing strategy ever. Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life… and Some Stuff About Me as a Writer

I read this last night and it blew my mind: “Write the novel you want to read.” -Toni Morrison Write the blog you want to read. Be the author you admire. Confession time:

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