Guest Post – The Liza Trilogy By SB Mazing

Hi you all

Thank you so much, Jason, for offering this great opportunity to us writers. I appreciate your support very much!

I am very new to this world and after researching for weeks and weeks decided to take a risk and self-publish my Novels. I am currently working on the last book of a romance trilogy, The Liza Trilogy. The trilogy is is my first attempt as a writer and I am very excited to have committed to this adventure.

Although none of my books are published yet, I am happy to take this opportunity to promote them here. On my blog you can find short snippets of the first two books, Losing Myself and Imprinted. There are also short introductions of the main characters.

I am aiming at publishing Losing Myself and Imprinted by end of next month. Book 3 Free To Breathe Again is currently a work in progress, of which I keep you up to date on my blog as well.

Thanks for checking it out. Feedback is always greatly appreciated.

Guest Post – Productivity

I have been wondering about my low productivity in my life and work. Though I have set daily goals, some days my tasks are completed or not accomplished. The daily goals are created to achieve my big goals. Therefore, I feel extremely frustrated with my low productivity levels and unexpectedly lead to make mistakes. Now I understand my programmer friend’s words. Lack of sleep with long working hours lead to low working productivity. I often overwork myself due to needing to completing my work and improving my workforce skills to keep myself updated for future full time and freelance jobs. Exercise, rest and play are neglected from my life.

Low Productivity Level
Low Productivity Level

That is why she prefers to do iOS project on her own rather than freelancing. This is a disaster to those who has migraine issue. This is a wake up call to me due to my increasing migraine frequency. A conducive environment is crucial for me rather than working from home due to noisy and lack of concentration. So I realize that I need enough sleep, rest, exercise and play to increase my productivity level, to accomplish more tasks and decrease my mistakes to none. Therefore, my summation is

High Productivity Level
High Productivity Level

I welcome your feedback on this and hope to hear from you all soon.

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Guest Post – Memoir of An American Refugee


About My Memoir

by Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes how FBI harassment led a 54 year old psychiatrist, single mother activist, to close my 25 year Seattle practice to begin a new life in New Zealand. It begins by describing the fifteen years of covert harassment I experienced when I used my financial and social position, as a doctor, to assist two former Black Panthers who had occupied an abandoned school to transform it into an African American Museum. What began as unrelenting phone harassment and illegal break-ins, progressed to six attempts on my life and an affair with an undercover agent who railroaded me into a psychiatric hospital.

My main motivation for writing the book was the murder of a black postal worker and union activist named Oscar Manassa. The US government comes down hard on dissidents, whistleblowers and activists. As I recount in my memoir, Oscar also experienced extensive covert harassment prior to his brutal murder. Moreover immediately following his death, the US Postal Inspectors (an intelligence arm of the federal government blocked a homicide investigation by seizing the evidence file from the Seattle police.

The whole experience was a personal epiphany, leading to the frightening discovery that the democratic institutions of power have been taken over by an invisible shadow government.

At the beginning of 1987, I was a naive hard working private psychiatrist concerned with growing joblessness and homelessness in Seattle’s African American community. By the end of the year, I had been intimately acquainted with America’s shadow government and the criminal activities US intelligence is notorious for – illegal narcotics trafficking, arms dealing, money laundering and covert assassinations of foreign and domestic leaders and activists.

My personal experiences would eerily foreshadow the mushrooming of the US intelligence state after 9-11. Any activist over fifty will tell you that the US government has targeted dissidents, whistleblowers and activists as far back as World War I with illegal wire taps, surveillance, break-ins, indefinite detention and extrajudicial assassination. Ironically all these previously illegal activities are totally legal under The Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act.

The Most Revolutionary Act won a 2011 Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice award.

From the reviews:

Emily Jane Hills Orford for Allbooks Review:

The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee is an almost shocking memoir about what lies beneath the world as we want to see it.

By Nicky Hagar, Author of The Hollow Men:

The FBI’s aggressive infiltration and disruption of political groups in the US since the 1960s has been an appalling episode of US political history. All manner of political groups have been wrecked after being manipulated and betrayed by government informers, while their members lived with strain and damaged relationships from never being sure who they could trust or what was really going on. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall’s The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee is an autobiography revolving around her 15 years as a political campaigner facing these problems of trust and infiltration in dysfunctional social movements in the 1980s and 1990s Seattle. It is a well written, thoughtful and very honest book about twenty years of her life, including these intensely destructive politics, relationships, life as a practising psychiatrist and being a parent.

by Eric Gilliland for E Patrick’s Blog

The Most Revolutionary Act by by Dr. Stuart Bramhall is a gripping and often disturbing memoir about 15 years of alleged government harassment she faced following her activism on behalf of African-American community organizers in Seattle during the mid 1980s. Dr. Bramhall was a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle until 2002 when she emigrated to New Zealand to evade shadowy figures that refused to leave her alone. The book is well written and has the feel of an exceptional suspense novel. It is a strange story to be sure, at times venturing into Kafkaesque territory where nothing is as it seems. The strongest part of the book is Dr. Bramhall’s own self awakening about the National Security State and the threats to the rights of every citizen. Conspiracy theorists will likely use her story to confirm some of their most amazing claims, while general readers will take a more skeptical approach. Either way, this book will make any serious reader the dangers that face all free thinking people in the 21st century.

By Michael David Morrissey, author of The Transparent Conspiracy, for OpEdNews

This is a frightening book. Much of it reads like a thriller, but unfortunately it is a true story. Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, a woman (despite the unusual first name) and a psychiatrist, describes her 15-year long mental, emotional and physical ordeal resulting from her involvement in leftist activist politics in Seattle, Washington.

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Guest Blog – “Fingers – The shock of the pen”

Shout out to my host Jason of Harsh Reality, a kindred spirit in a world of howling souls.

Write now, don’t wait, its later than you think! Respect and admiration from Smiley Yearwood

The shock of the pen i hold in my fingers
it burns hot then it freezes and it frees what I’m thinking

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Guest Post – British and American accents: Talking trash to an I-Pad

M. and Wild Thing and I were trying to figure out what time it was in Singapore. You know how sometimes you just need to know that kind of thing? So Wild Thing grabbed the I-Pad she bought last week and said, “Hey, Siri.”

“What?” M. asked.

“She has an imaginary friend,” I said.

“I’m talking to Siri,” Wild Thing said.

My point exactly.

In extended and increasingly colorful ways, M. and I said, “Sure you are.”

“Siri?” Wild Thing repeated to her I-Pad.

She might as well have been talking to the teapot. So while M. and I discussed the nature and uses of imaginary friends (in increasingly colorful and bizarre ways), Wild Thing—in the bits of air time she managed to snatch from us—explained that she’d set Siri up to have a woman’s voice and an American accent but that she’d reverted to being a British male—and a posh one at that.

Trust Wild Thing to have an imaginary friend with a sex change and an ambiguous national identity.

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Notes from the U.K.

Guest post – The View From My Recliner

I love the show “The Walking Dead”.  I decided to start a project that involved the show and allowed other to participate and have some fun.  I have followed Jason ever since I came to WordPress and have enjoyed following him and watching all that happens here at harsh reality.  I have three blogs in all and none have the following that Jason has, and that is fine with me.  I don’t do it to have a certain number – I do it because I truly enjoy doing it.  But when I did came up with this project – I wanted as many people as possible to enjoy this and have as much fun as I have in just creating this project.  So I tapped the best resource I know to help spread the news.

When I first came up with this idea, I wasn’t sure it was going to happen.  Then I started to do all the work to get this ready and it turned in to excitement and anticipation.  Today as I am three days away from the start of this – I am truly pumped, excited and I am hoping everyone has as much fun as I will as this happens.

Incase you haven’t been following this blog and have watched as this has taken form, let me explain what this is.  Every march in the U.S.A. college basketball teams from all over the country come together for a tournament.  It contain 68 teams (originally 64 at least as long as I can remember). There are four brackets which contain 16 teams and the winners of the brackets face each other to determine a winner. As a sports fan there is not greater tournament.  Winners advance/ Losers go home.  So since I love this tournament so much – I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to do a Walking Dead version of this tournament.  So I presented a ballot and asked people to rank characters 1-75.  I used those results to come up with the top 64 characters.  There was a tie for 64 so we have one play in-game to decide the final spot.  I have over the last couple of weeks revealed the four brackets.  I have named the four brackets: Prison, Terminus, Woodbury and Grady Memorial.  The Final Four will be played at The Farm.  Read more here!

Thank you Jason for this opportunity, you truly are a great friend!


Guest Post – What Women Want in a Man

The below post is from guest blogger, Rachel. Check out her blog at for more funny and soul-crushingly sarcastic posts.


I have to admit, you guys have it rough. Figuring out what a girl wants is like staring into one of those Magic Eye pictures (which I know are fake, and you all are just making fun of me squinting).

One day, a girl could want a certain type of guy, then the next day it could change, also depending on which character from the show Friends she’s trying to emulate in a man at any given moment.

To illustrate my self-depreciating point of how women are walking contradictions, I put together a list of the types of qualities that a woman looks for in a man. In advance, you’re welcome, guys. Usually, I’m hard on you, but in this post, you get a holiday.

If you get lost in the shades of grey below, I left a trail of crumbs to find your way out.


Women want a guy who is:

  • Cultured but not snobby
  • Attentive but not smothering
  • Wealthy but not overindulgent
  • Loves his mother but isn’t a momma’s boy
  • Consistent yet spontaneous
  • Dependable yet adventurous
  • Spontaneous yet predictable
  • Fun yet responsible
  • Humble yet confident
  • A feminist, except when a jar needs opened, the trash needs taken out, a creepy guy hits on her at the bar, or literally any other time it conveniently benefits a woman
  • Structured yet easy-going
  • Confident yet modest
  • Intelligent yet humble
  • Classy yet down-to-earth
  • Charismatic yet unpretentious
  • A good talker yet a good listener
  • Dominant yet sensitive
  • Passionate yet realistic
  • Romantic but not soft
  • Kind yet competitive
  • Decisive yet flexible
  • Rugged yet refined
  • Funny yet serious
  • Gentle yet rough
  • Bold yet humble
  • Wild yet tamed


Yeah, guys, good luck with that.


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