Consider a PTSD Claim

•July 18, 2014 • 6 Comments

A UK Law Firm asked me to post this infographic on PTSD. I am happy to do anything that helps raise awareness of this debilitating disorder and the things that cause it.

PTSD Claims Infographic

[Source Blackwater Law]

Contact Blackwater Law to make a PTSD Claim. I’m considering it, especially since The Steampunk Musician lives in the UK. Especially since he refused to even say a few pretty words to start the accountability by apologizing

I got the NYPD police report, btw; and although it is greatly minimized and inaccurate (no surprise there), it clearly states the rape in black and white. “She said no several times, but he managed to pull her panties aside…”

I won’t go into the details of the assault and 5+ hour ordeal again, since I’ve done so here and in more detail (with greater understanding) here.

No win, no fee with Blackwater Law

From their website:

Deciding to make a claim for compensation can be difficult and emotional. If the military fail to give you the protection and support you need during or following a tour of active duty, you may be entitled to make a claim.  Jason Brady has seen claims for snatch land rover compensation and post-traumatic stress disorder rapidly rise over the last few months.

Jason Brady, partner and an expert in this field advises clients on a wide range of military injury compensation claims including cases relating to:

  • Psychological illness (PTSD)
  • Defective or unsafe equipment, including Snatch Land Rover accidents
  • Exposure to harmful substances, diseases, illness
  • Noise induced hearing loss
  • Accidents during training or on a military base
  • Loss of limbs
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Paralysis

Jason is a senior litigator with APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers).

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be an extremely debilitating illness with wide ranging long term implications. Serving in the military is one of the most common causes of PTSD claims, with symptoms commonly including:

  • Becoming irritable towards others
  • Feeling isolated or guilty
  • Insomnia and interrupted sleep
  • Frequently reliving the event
  • Increased feelings of anxiety and/or anxiety attacks

With the complex nature of post-traumatic stress disorder, you may not begin to experience symptoms associated with the condition until many years after the traumatic event. Whether you experience them after a matter of months or some years, you may still be entitled to make a post-traumatic stress disorder compensation claim.

If you would like to talk to Jason or one of his team to chat through your experiences and assess whether you would like to pursue a military accident claim or a post-traumatic stress disorder claim, call us or complete the online contact form and we will get back to you right away.

We offer specialist advice on a no win no fee basis.

Perhaps I’d have a decent case with Blackwater Law, since I still can’t have sex, still can’t write romance, and still live in near-complete isolation…yes, even three years later…

Young Men, Sex, and Urge Ownership (And Why It’s Not The Girl’s Problem)

•July 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment


I love this article. It’s a must-read for all.

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:

Young men, I need to tell you something; something that maybe your fathers, or your coaches, or your uncles, or your buddies never told you, but something that you really need to hear.

Your sex drive? It’s your problem.

I know you’ve been led to believe that it’s the girl’s fault; the way she dresses, the shape of her body, her flirtatious nature, her mixed messages.

I know you’ve grown-up reading and hearing that since guys are really “visual”, that the ladies need to manage all of that by covering-up and keeping it hidden; that they need to drive this whole physical relationship deal, because we’re not capable.

That’s a load of crap.

You and me, we are visual.
We do love the shape of women’s bodies.
We are tempted and aroused by their physicality.

And all of that, is on us, not on them.

You see, we actually live…

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Ukiah Corner Gallery Art Show

•July 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Edgar & Me

Edgar & Me

For the entire month of July, my visual art and books will be on display in the front window at the Ukiah Corner Gallery under the name of my alter-ego, Christine Rose. I’m ever so excited about this! It’s the first time in my life that my visual art has been on display in public.

There will be a reception for this month’s featured artists, me and one other artist, during the town’s “First Friday” celebration, which actually occurs on the second Friday this month because of Independence Day.

July 11, 2014. 5pm – 8pm.

So far, the response to my work has been overwhelmingly positive. While completing several of the pieces, I’d post them on my Facebook page in progressive images. From the background through the finished work, followers and friends got to see the painting transform in stages.

Due to the great response, I’ll be offering prints to several of the pieces. All of my available art is listed in this public photo album on Facebook, and it will soon be on art sites like Fine Art America and our Etsy page. In this Facebook photo album, examine each piece of art more closely along with its description, medium, and price for the original.

UCG1I’m accepting commissions at the moment, too. Email me if you’d like to see my rendition of your favorite author or musician…or even a cityscape or landscape.

See these paintings close-up in my Facebook photo album entitled Original Art & Prints. Leave a comment here or there and let me know your thoughts! Email or message me directly if you’re interested in a print, and I’ll get a quote to you ASAP. I’m working with photographer and founding member of the Ukiah Corner Gallery Elliot Little to get high quality prints made for those who are interested.

If you’re in northern California, stop on by the Corner Art Galley during the month of July and see them for yourself! Remember, the opening reception is July 11th between 5 and 8pm. Although I will unfortunately be at another scheduled event in Colorado (busy! busy! busy!) during the reception on the 11th, there will be plenty of other artists to speak with.

Summer Solstice #ARBLAST 50% Off Sale!

•June 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

New Print Cover 4 WebRiverdale Ave Books, the publisher of my novel Avalon Revisited and my short stories “A Kiss in the Rain” and “For the Love of a Book,” are participating in All Romance eBooks 50% Summer Solstice Sale.

For 24 hours, you can get my (five-flamed) Steamy Steampunk romance Avalon Revisited for must $2.99 at All Romance eBooks!

Also available at this great #ARBLAST discount is my Gothic Victorian short story “A Kiss in the Rain” for only $0.50 and Riverdale’s benefit anthology, We Love NY, the only place you can read my short story “For the Love of a Book,” for just $3.49.

But hurry! This offer is only good through today in this HOT HOT HOT Summer Solstice Special!

Magnificent Maleficent, An Analysis

•June 9, 2014 • 17 Comments

GreyGhostIn the Spring of 2011, author Tee Morris gifted me a few things. First, he asked me to write a short story for Tales of the Archives, Vol. 1, “Dust on the Davenport,” which went on to win the Steampunk Chronicle’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Short Fiction in 2012; and second, he gave me a name for the “M” (and this really cool trading card of me, left).

I chose the pen name O. M. Grey as a feminine version of my husband’s long-lost brother’s adopted name: Oliver Grey. I knew Olivia would be for the O., but I really didn’t have a name for the M. My legal middle name is Marie, so that could be it, but the “M.” was really because the initials OMG were just too fun to pass up.

Enter Mr. Morris. During (what turned out to just be the very beginning of) a difficult period in my life, he pulled me out of a highly traumatized state (in the wake of the assault by The Writer) and got me back on my writerly feet again. Through his friendship and kindness, I had a project. I had a goal. I regained focus and was able to move forward in my healing and in my career. He also added to my Steampunk Persona by dubbing me Olivia Maleficent Grey, The Grey Ghost and Captain of the I.A.S. Blythe Spirit (a known Ministry associate). Unfortunately, since the second assault (by The Steampunk Musician) occurred just a few weeks later, I never took these gifts where they could’ve gone. The lost opportunities and damage to my career are far too painful to think about for very long. Continue reading ‘Magnificent Maleficent, An Analysis’

Hmmmm…Would I Accept an Apology? (A Rant)

•June 5, 2014 • 12 Comments

20140605-181905-65945829.jpgYesterday, a colleague and friend asked me if I’d accept an apology from The Steampunk Musician (TSM) who chose to sexually assault me three years ago before wooing me into love, which helped me minimize the assault because “he really cared,” only to subsequently discard me when it all become too “real” and inconvenient for him.

I couldn’t put it more succinctly than another friend did:

I can’t even imagine how [he] or anyone could apologize sincerely…”I’m sorry I nearly ruined your life and caused permanent trauma to you and your career?”


The rest of this rant isn’t nearly as brief.

Continue reading ‘Hmmmm…Would I Accept an Apology? (A Rant)’

Amber Unmasked & The Clockwork Heart

•May 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

OMG & Amber LoveAt the 2014 Steampunk World’s Fair, I had the great pleasure of meeting the amazing Amber Love.

She recorded a portion of my Reading and Q&A there, so you can hear me read “The Clockwork Heart” here, as well as hear Amber’s coverage of the incredible Steampunk World’s Fair. She even covered the excellent panel with Bunny Bennett of Steam Powered Giraffe on Gender Bias in Steampunk.

“The Clockwork Heart” will be appearing in the next issue of Steampunk Trails. Discover this short story and more of my work on my published works page, under free or for purchase stories, and through my Amazon Author Page.


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