A young man reflects on how divorce impacted his life the summer he got his first Nintendo... and his second... and his third. In the uncertain parental universe he traversed, the button on his 8-bit consoles allowed a reset in a world in which he had little control. The summer swam with refreshes in dreams, in love, and in life. This creative nonfiction piece is a reimagining of a nonfiction oral history recorded by the author.
The deed had been done and the job accomplished. In only a few months after the last of the terrible outbreaks, the government had forbidden anyone to raise animals for produce. All hogs, poultry, cattle, and sheep disappeared from America's bountiful land. Suddenly, all the diseases that had plagued the country for so long vanished, leaving the people of the United States in dept of the government; or so they thought. The government did not have a problem with the animals but the power it gave to the people who produced them. So supposedly out of loyalty to the people, the United States government agreed to produce animal products in an isolated place where disease couldn’t affect it. But how would the government trust people to produce the food? Secretly, hundreds of American farmers were kidnapped and wiped of all memories except those which gave them the knowledge to farm. They were placed in a large enclosed area on the fertile lands of Iowa with hogs, dairy cows, beef cow, poultry, sheep, and horses. Officials were also placed in the prison called "The Farm" to oversee the work of the farmers. At first, the process was slow as the farmers were extremely confused and still tried to grasp their memories. However, as new generations of farmers began to be born into the Farm, the farmers began to only know life inside the large, door less walls. This is the story of one farmer who changed the way of the Farm. Who questioned everything she knew so that she could be different. Who wanted more than just to live the same, oppressed life every other member of the Farm lived. Who, by her faith, changed the history of America. My name is Abigail and this is my story.
Jackie: A young woman hurting from a broken engagement moves back to her hometown to be amongst her family where she can heal. A new job leads her to a handsome charismatic young man, who offers passion as heated as his temper, and a charm offensive that breaks down barriers, and ultimately Jackie herself. Aslan. Recently moved to England from his native Turkey, He speaks a little of the language but has much to learn of the culture. He dives in wholeheartedly, trying out the delights that were forbidden to him back home. Then he meets Jackie, who teaches him about unconditional love. His frustration at being unable to meet strict family requirements, plus his battle with honour, obligation and duty, culminates in a story of pain, degradation, destruction and violence that has no happy ending.