The Shift

The Shift

Jace believed in dimensions. Really, he couldn’t not. All since the day he saw the world shift.

It was a normal day. Kind of. The sun was shining, but he wasn’t. Deep inside his body he felt cold, empty, and very lonely. The wind was warm, though. It seemed as if the world wanted to caress his entire soul, but he couldn’t let it happen.

He stood in front of the slabs of cement and freshly disturbed dirt beneath him. They had left him. That is how he felt it was in life now. All of them. All of them left him. What did he have any more?

Why was the sun shining so warm against his back when all he wanted was rain? He needed dark moody clouds above him.

They had been killed in a horrible accident, and he wished now he could have been with them. He wanted to be with them.

As he turned around, the world began to swarm in a tornado of color. Noises assaulted him, suddenly, as if he was in a large basin of screaming people. As it all turned, shifted, around him, his body collapsed to the now very hard ground. He had someone in an orange suit in front of him before his eyes closed.


Opening his eyes, he felt like something was very wrong. Very, very wrong. He was in a medical place, but the windows had bars on them.

He thought losing his entire family was tough, but as the minutes ticked by in that bed, he found that being transported into a new dimension was even harder. He was in prison. His crime? Killing the person who had killed his family. Only, his family wasn’t dead in this dimension.

His family was still alive, and he killed the guy who had caused the accident. Now he was in prison for ten years. As the warden asked the doctor about his loss of memory, because that is what they were calling all of his questions, he paced around the room. Jace’s hands were cuffed in front of him, but the thought that his family was live made this new nightmare worth it.

He believed in dimensions because he went through a shift. He was fine with staying in this shift. Even if he was now a murderer. He had his family back.

France Gamble 2022

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That Didn’t Go As Planned

March did not go as planned. Does it really ever, though?


So, we started the month off with an issue from Frances. I don’t know why, but she picked her birthday at the beginning of the month to start threatening herself and others again. The hard part when she does this is that it is random. Also, she usually finds or makes a sharp object first. 

Then I had some issues with food. These prices can take a crap now, please. Really. I always said I would like to live in a history worth note, but I was thinking Mars. Certainly not on a path to Blackout. Thanks.

Then we had an issue suddenly at 4AM with our dog, Tika. She woke us up by running into the dressers in our room. She was foaming at the mouth so badly that we were soaked over our winter blankets. At about 5:15AM she went into a series of seizures. They were able to finally make them stop at about 7:15AM. She stayed in a waking coma until the next day at about 3:30PM when we let her go. We couldn’t see her failing and in so much pain. They said her brain was probably already gone, but we just kept thinking she was in pain. I will dedicate a dog in the rest of the New Camelot series after her. She was such a beautiful pup. 

Tika laying on Briton’s lap while he plays his Nintendo DS.

After that it was just planning the rest of the kids’ school year, making and keeping their appointments, and trying to survive now. I also care for one of my friend’s part-time as her errand person and entertainment. She stays in her house all day. 

I have a friend from the Ukraine that I have also been chatting with when I can. He got out, and most of his family too, but they fear they aren’t any safer in Poland anymore. 

I also have two birthday kids in May. I am not done with their gifts, yet. 

So, what do I need to do now? What are my plans? Should I plan… ugh. Probably. I am setting up new posts for my social media now. I will be spending this entire weekend writing everything that is planned for this month here on Patreon. I also plan to write an entirely Patreon only rant on what just happened with that other author who claims being a diverse parent to ASD (hint, she isn’t.) So, finish the writing I need for this month this weekend, and then finish those two birthdays presents before May. I can do this! 

I really have so much going on, and really need to just sit to write. I want to be an author full time again. I haven’t done this since before everything went to crap in 2020. Time to come out of my shell again. Hello world. I still am here! I am ready to be seen again.

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Because it is a Lie!?

When an author, someone who is an influencer, declares a release date of a well wanted/waited for book… well, I was duped. I really thought that when someone declares a book release to be on April 5th, then that is when I would get the book. Especially since I ordered the book back before Christmas on a well-known site. A site I have my books on. 

France Gamble’s book covers

This whole story may sound like I am just whining over nothing, but I think it is about support. It is about following through with your promises. The first thing I saw was this post in our support page for this person’s influencer blog on Facebook. It is a support group for her page, but also a place for parents of special needs kids to help each other. I joined mainly to stay away from the drama I thought was associated with other Autistic parent groups. I also joined due to having more than just an ASD child. 

I read this all the way down. I thought: OH! I’ve done this before. I have done Author Take-Overs for pre-releases. I have promoted other people’s books. I have also read and reviewed books! I’m ready for this! I can help. It was to be exclusive, and the questionnaire to get in was very specific. We had to list our pages, our following numbers, and how we could help promote her book. Whatever works, I suppose. I thought she just was going to look for those with a ton of followers. My twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have a fair amount. I got in! YAY!

I did get an email with a release of the book. Recently. Haven’t been able to find the time due to my March Madness, but I was ready to crack her open this weekend. Cool. Going to still promote the crap out of this book. It is a book that sounded like my own journey with special needs kids. I started posting pictures and links for her book release! You know, the whole hype and stamina involved.

Then the countdown really began! We were given these pictures to help advertise some quotes. Here is one:

I am ready. I’ve got this!

But, then suddenly people started showing up on the supporter page with copies of this book in hand. What? Then she posted that she went to her local B&N and signed a few copies! So, hurry to her home town and grab them while you can. 

What?! I could feel the frustrations inside building. I had a pre-order still waiting to be shipped. I also paid $98 to see her April 30th for a VIP signing of this book. Exclusive tickets… I was counting down to the release. Where is my book? Why is it some random in her hometown could buy all of the books at a store when this isn’t released yet? How is it that I have spent so much time and energy with this book, but they are out? What am I counting down to? What was I paying for to see her in May for such a steep price? She couldn’t offer to sign copies for us? Her supposed exclusive release team? 

I wrote this post in her launch group. Not the main group. Not her blog page. This is in just the exclusive launch group. I was frustrated. I was angry, but I was also hurt. I ordered a book, too. I gave her boost numbers for the top website to put her in the top 100 book sales, but we could have just gone to the store? I could have grabbed my copy today from a shelf, but I had one on order for next week. I also worked hard for her, and I got nothing in return for it. 

My exclusive only post wasn’t up for a full minute before she ripped that down. I was immediately kicked from the promoter group. Fine. I was still in her supporter group. 

Then suddenly I am blocked from commenting, posting, and reacting. Figures. They didn’t tear it down, so they took my threat seriously. 

Then she messaged me. Of course she did. Here is that whole exchange:

I feel like she is trying to gaslight me. I have been writing, publishing, and advertising books for years now. I have been an avid reader for almost 4 decades. 

So, what happens from here? Well, I am getting together my ASD friends to make sure people know about her. What can you do? Let others know. I am sure her book is interesting, but now I feel she just is an abuser. She used me. She then didn’t feel the need to ask about any of our feelings about this issue. What did we all just work so hard for? I never did get an answer for why some of us preordered for a release date that was bogus, either.

I am not the only one hurt in this. Here is another comment on a person who posted a picture of themselves with a book already, too. 

I am calling her out now. She wrote a book about parenting ASD. I also parent ASD. I don’t hold my kid back, promote his off-days for my own benefit (like sharing a video of him screaming in frustration), and certainly would never take advantage of my fanbase like this. This woman needs to not be the face of ASD parenting. She may have a book out now, but let’s make this her last book. 

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Copyright: France Gamble 2022

They Came For Me

Copyright 2017

It had been happening for a while now. I would wake at 2:23AM every night. My dark brown eyes would look fiercely at the red numbers on my alarm clock to verify. Sighing, since this was getting old, I always knew that the weird star outside would flash bright. It never was too bright. Just a quick flash like a camera. Then the clock would announce it was 5:49AM. Every night.

I never felt myself fall asleep. I don’t even know if I blinked against the bright star. I just know it happened. It has been happening for years now. This all started when I was 17. I just had my 23rd birthday yesterday. I also am exhausted. I feel like I haven’t slept in all of those years.

My parents were becoming more concerned as medicine and doctors haven’t helped. Therapist have brushed me off. No reason for the insomnia nor the exhaustion. Now, here they were taking me to a different one. A hypnotist was my final choice before an extensive sleep study in a hospital bed.

France Gamble

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Foreseen Chapter One

A river flowed peacefully along the side of the meadow. Her hands brushed along the grass and she watched as the sun glistened on the top of the water. It was beautiful. Peaceful.

As usual, though, her dream didn’t stay that way. The sun darkened above her. A cold wind blew against her bare arms and she wrapped them around her. She sniffled back tears as the river turned a blood red in front of her. Turning around and the shadow fell more over her. He was going to kill her. This time she wouldn’t escape. 


The office was bustling with uniformed police and people in suits. The phones rang, chatting filled the air, and papers rustled amongst the chaos. Today was a busy day for the offices of the small city police station. Detective Charles Wu felt the pressure as he sat down at his desk in the middle of the precinct. It was busy, but a small bit of melancholy also tasted the air. The new report on his desk seemed to shine against the other four it now covered. Another murder. 

They were on his desk now, and that made it a serial case. This new one had made it to him. He sighed as he opened the top folder, the newest death. A man in his late thirties smiled up from the picture clipped to the side of the victims record. He didn’t even read the name, yet. He opened them all to look at his initial view. He was hoping to see the pattern right away, but their pictures showed nothing to him. Two men and three women; they were all varying in ages as well. Something made them a target, Wu knew. 

He would have to read their files. Without opening to the supposed horrifying pictures of their deaths, he read their profiles. All of them had different day professions. What connected them? 

“Psychics, huh?” a deep voice asked over his shoulder.



Casey Chapter 1

She had been staring at me for the whole class hour. I could feel it, and even when I turned to check she was looking at me. Those few glances from my sight made her eyes almost pull tears forward. She was going to cry. Why? 

“Casey!” she yelled out as I was now standing after class with Brandon and Wess. 

“Indigo is calling,” Wess snickered. I punched his arm slightly harder than I meant to. I knew he was messing around, but I really hated the teasing. Sure she wasn’t the most popular girl, but she was my friend. 

“Alright guys. See ya later,” I laughed off the accidental punch. I got a slug back from both of them. Wess’ once again was harder than it should have been, but Brandon gave me a friendly slap on my back. I would see them before school started in the morning. Most likely they would both try and get whatever Indigo wants out of me.

She hadn’t even moved toward me until I turned to look at her fully without my friends. A few snickers and calls came out from some of the cheerleaders toward her. Yeah, I knew she wasn’t popuar, but this was worse since she had yelled out my name in a crowded hallway. 

“Uh,” she looked down. This wasn’t being shy, though. Tears clung hard to her eye lashes. 

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Casey Author Note

I am rewriting this story from a different angle. Please be patient with me as I have found my muse did not like the way the current was going. So, the new chapters will be available in full on my Patreon. It is rated M for Mature still, but is also edited for the rules on Patreon I have set.

I know I usually post full chapters on here, but I found that I was short sighting myself that way. I still have my free short stories, and I will be giving previews to the chapters on here.

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Pandemic Blues

I am sure you are all with me on this. This pandemic has been hard for everyone, and especially difficult for those of us who live off of small incomes.

This said, I am here to say I am back! I have Casey ready to be updated again. There are numerous short stories written up (imposter syndrome has me horrible on these). Currently my posting schedule is as follows:

-Mondays will be Casey until it is finished.

-Wednesdays will be short stories until I run out of ideas.

-Fridays are going to be my work on Warlord until it is finished.

I will also be opening up the first chapters of my current works in progress for those who have not been able to be paying for full access. I think this will help prove that I am worth reading. 

School has started again, but this year the kids are good on their own for longer times. I also now have a full office area to work in. This is going to be a great benefit to me. Especially since I usually write in a café on weekends and not at my own home. The office is set for nighttime work and full benefits can be reached by Patreon people now! I am excited about this option for everyone. 

I have also decided to open up my Ko-Fi donation site for special short stories just over there dealing with a new idea I came up with during quarantine. I really hope you will go over and read that serial short story for the small donation site.

Let me know below what you want to see from my end. I really want to interact more with my fans and give more voices out there to my readers. 

When Illness Strikes

Continuing on with my series of Prepping tips and essays, here is my newest one for you all. I am going to say what happened during the storm. I am also going to say what happened afterward.

Today we will all find out what happens when a family is stuck for a week with no medical attention. Yup! We got sick.

It happens to all of us, you know. We catch something or exhaustion hits hard to our already overworked bodies.

Our family caught the infamous influenza that is going around. When we were able to contract it is a mystery since this winter has been very isolating. It had to have happened during one of our many doctor, specialist, or therapy appointments I was able to get everyone to.

But first, the storm sucked. We kept our power, but our vehicle did end up getting stuck. In fact, my friend’s vehicle was also stuck when we ended up needing to be rescued during an attempt to get to the ER. Ricky, my nine year old, fell down the stairs at the end of the storm. As they were opening up highways, we were trying to get the van to move with the hope that he hadn’t broken anything on his tumble down. It took us two and half hours to get to the hospital after the fall. On the way back, though, my friend’s vehicle slipped into the high banks of snow in one of the many farm ditches along our dirt road. We had to wait for another rescue. Her car was pulled out with a tow truck the next day. Three days later we were able to also get a tow truck out to get my van out finally. By that point, though, we were battling our illness.

So, the flu sucks. Not the gastro-intestinal issues that are most commonly called the “flu”, either. I am talking about the high fever, trouble breathing, coughing, and the aches so bad you feel like a god is pulling you apart one joint at a time. That is the “real” flu. Influenza.

The worry with Influenza is the fever and breathing. I have one child who gets pneumonia and another that has asthma. The flu becomes dangerous for children like this. Then add in that I was the only adult for at least a mile around for these days we were stuck out here, you have an even more dangerous situation. I knew once I caught it, then it would be time to beg for help. I made sure to not catch it.

Here is how you make sure to keep your family safe during most medical issues. I am going to cover sickness that doesn’t need medical intervention right away. With these things we can keep the flu and other such illnesses from spreading. Always try to for help if you feel you can’t handle it, though. I am, as stated before, not against the ER being visited.

Our few things needed will be for a two week illness. Any longer and you’ll probably need help anyway.

Remember that with all illnesses the body needs to have nutrients and liquids. My children had a sore throat from the coughing. I made them warm water and had them take a spoonful of honey to sooth their throats. If this was an infection of the throat, then we would have had homemade lemonade with the honey. Just what I do, but get medications if you feel the need.

I don’t mind the body fighting the illness like it should. I prefer not to lower any temperatures with medicines. I use cool clothes, warm baths, and honey spoons.

In your medicine cabinet, I say gather together two bottles of cold/flu medicine for all ages in your house, then get a large bottle of honey (so many uses for this and make sure the ingredients is pure honey), pain relievers and fever reducers (if you get the fever too high, then push one of these onto the patient to see if it helps before medical attention), decongestant for everyone, anti-dhiarriah, heart burn medicine, allergy medicine, laxative, and alcohol wipes.

My medicine cabinet is actually a large two shelved – two doors cabinet in my kitchen. All of my medical supplies for everyday use is in there.

The person who is sick needs to be isolated from the rest of the family. As people get symptoms, they are put into the sick room. The person caring for the sick people should have hand sanitizer outside the door of the sick room. Use it going in and out. It would suck to get strep or a bad cold alongside the flu. Remember they do this in hospitals. It does work. I also have a robe that goes on outside of the door and I take it back off before sanitizing when I leave. If it is a known air born, then grab some masks from the medical section to also wear. It really is for the caring person to not get it, too.

Now that we have our medicines set up, let’s move on to other things. If you can’t leave the house for two weeks while caring for a sick person, then you will need food. I suggest easy to make food for the rest of the family. This is the time that we pull out our homemade microwave meals from our freezer or our all-in-one canned goods. Buy them if you need to. Rotate every six months to a year depending on their expiration date if bought. I make our meals every six months. We usually go through them within that time anyway due to someone getting sick.

We now have meals for the non-sick and the care person. You will need easy meals for the sick person/people as well. Canned soups are great for this. Go for the more broth type to replenish liquids, fill the stomach, and be easy on the body. Chicken noodle soup is also a great thing to have if you can make it or buy it. We always keep at least seven jars of chicken soup on hand from our storage room. I make it from scratch and can it myself. If the sick person is holding down liquid, then try at least one of the meals to have chunks of goodness in it. Do not force anyone throwing up to eat anything solid.

I also keep some extra snack like foods for the person who is caring for the sick people. There are times, I know, where I couldn’t stop from soaking rags in cold water to actually make a full meal and sit to eat. Trail mixes, chips, and such are fine for a meal or two during the few times you can’t walk away. Once all four of my kids had it, I knew I wasn’t going to be eating full meals anymore. I drank milk for the protein and added it to my snack grabs.

Getting ready for having the flu or a serious cold is easier than it sounds. Just try to remember what it was like to be sick the last time you were. For gastro-intestinal diseases and viruses, then be prepared for those as well. I am glad we didn’t have that this time, but we have fought those as well. With those it is usually the holding down liquid that is the toughest. Keep mint on hand to settle a stomach to hold down water. My kids know as soon as they say they are going to throw up that the mint leaves are out for tea.

If you are looking for alternative medicinal help, here is a small part of what I have in my cabinent besides the Nyquil and such:

-Eucalyptus oil to add to a humidifier or on the bottom of socks. (DO NOT PUT IN MOUTH!)
-Lemon oil to add to a spoonful of honey for a sore throat.
-Peppermint oil for fever reducing water on rags and also to kill athletes foot/foot smells.
-Melaleuca oil for acne and rashes.
-Frankincense oil for bug bites and to use with honey for scratches.
-Honey is used as an antibiotic on wounds and sore throats during illness. Local honey a day can ease allergies.
-Homemade ear oil for ear aches and ear infections.
-Three corn bags and four rice bags

We are all better now. Cleaned up and washed down everything. Make sure, always, after having such an illness to disinfect the house again. Keep everyone from places if possible and use hand sanitizer like it is lotion until all coughs and sneezing is done.

Adversity Prepping Tip: Medicine and supplies can be expensive. It is alright to check the clearance section for things about to “expire”. The date on the medicine can be used up to a year after it “expires” and still have it do the job it is required. If something goes on sale again, then grab it if you are able to.

Death By Stickman

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