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LIBIDO TSUNAMI ROLLS ACROSS THE WORLD

August 16, 2016
LIBIDO TSUNAMI: Awash with the Droll in Life is a collection of forty short stories exploring human tragedy, drama, vulnerability and adventure. In them, I salute the absurd and quirky in life through humor, using the pen name, Cate Burns, to honor (or defame) the lineage in my maternal family that dates back to the Scottish poet Robert Burns. The stories are grouped into four themes: A Flood of Family, Male Amazements, The Unknown Hawaii, and The Life Divine. From surviving complicated relationships to embracing Aloha and saving wild chickens, this work has something for everyone.


LIBIDO TSUNAMI has it roots in "My Daily Diary," a padded pink vinyl diary with a well-used lock and key. I have continued journaling life's joys and absurdities to the present.

This rich material, combined with my family tradition of humor, both dark and light, inspired me to birth forty, well-polished, non-fiction essays, along with several short stories. Under my given name, Kaethe Kauffman, I was fortunate enough to win first place for my non-fiction short story, The Girdle, in the 2015 national competition, the Lorin Tarr Gill Writing Contest.

Collectively, these poignant bits, pieces, articles and short stories became the award-winning manuscript and now published book, LIBIDO TSUNAMI, a winner in the 2016 Pacific Rim Book Festival. It is my sincere hope that my readers will find joyful insights within these pages.
 

NO MORE WAITING FOR "ALL THINGS AWAIT"

June 29, 2016
ALL THINGS AWAIT is a story about the brief and chaotic summer misadventure of Lightly—an impossibly good-looking and hopelessly self-absorbed star quarterback from an elite Virginia college. A gifted and unstable synesthete, Lightly sets off with a photo of a remote beach and the help of an unpopular, overweight, and depressed classmate named Santana Montana in pursuit of a secret location where he believes all the parallel universes predicted by quantum theory—and all possible variation...
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A REAL TREASURE

May 16, 2016

There is no pleasure greater than playing with one's grandchildren. When they play and laugh heartily, one's heart skips with joy. The whole house comes alive and the spirits of everyone present soar sky high.

Unfortunately, children also fight amongst themselves. And fight they do with the same passion they show while playing. It takes a few minutes for elders to sort out the dispute and settle the matter. The children repeatedly say sorry, forget about it and resume playing. Unlike elders, ...


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THAT'S ONE BIG HEAVEN!

May 6, 2016

Shoot. He's there. I can see through the window. Not that I should be surprised, for he's always there (at least since my mom died, he is). It means that I'll have to sneak in, try and rush straight to my room in order to meditate.

Let me back up a bit. My name is Maureen (Mo for short); I'm sixteen, but I'm going to be a senior this fall 'cause my birthday's in September, so I'm really almost seventeen; and I've decided, only tonight, that I'm going to be a nun of the Swami Order, which ha...


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KOSKI & FALK #5: QUANTUM DEATH

March 12, 2016

In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), the fifth in the Koski and Falk series, the two come up against what very well may prove to be their most complex and dangerous case yet: the Quantum Death Machine.


The product of the fertile late-night imaginations of myself and co-author Raymond Gaynor, the technological "heart" of the story is based on several recent scientific theories. Their application, or, as Koski and Falk discover, "weaponization" is quite beyond anything they've ever experienced. With...
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QUANTUM DEATH FOR ALL

March 12, 2016

It was an honor and privilege to be asked to join with A. G. Hayes in the continued creation of protagonist Koski and Falk's world of international intrigue. In this fifth in the Koski and Falk series, the two face both a political and technological conundrum of global proportion, which threatens the very foundations of democracy, free trade and capitalism. In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), Koski and Falk must pursue separate assignments to find the kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death M...


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VALEDICTORY

December 5, 2015
     "Here's to changes," Calvin said. He nearly knocked the bottle from Earl's hand when they clinked.  He downed half the beer in the first swig.
     "Let's burn one," he said. He shook out two cigarettes from the pack in his shirt pocket, handing one to Earl. He lit his own with a match and then blew it out. He leaned in close toward Earl and the tips of their cigarettes touched, one transferring its fire to the one that was not lit.
      Earl wasn't much of a smoker either.  He drew more ...

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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED

December 2, 2015
What if Cleopatra and Antony had triumphed at Actium over Octavian, the first Emperor of Rome? Would our world have been changed? What would the Middle East, Europe, and, by extension, the rest of the world, look like if the course of Western history was determined not by Rome but by Egypt?


CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015), the first of three novels in a series, imagines this scenario. Cleopatra, historically the last queen of Egypt, becomes instead the mother of an Egypto-Roman empire, th...
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CRAZY LIKE ME?

August 6, 2015

Aren't we all a little crazy?


Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall of a therapy room? Been curious about other people's lives? Wondered if theirs are as messy as your own? Is everyone crazy, like me?


There's a saying among therapists that we are all a little crazy, and, given the world we live in, this may not be a bad thing. Who doesn't have a wild Uncle Earl who wears mismatched socks and drinks too much at family barbecues? Oh, he's quite lovable, the way he brings stolen lollipo...


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MORE MORE TIME

July 21, 2015
“Max yawned and began to stretch, stopping short when the pain in his neck shot down his arm. He walked back into his room, sat on the bed, and then lay back, pulling the sheet up to his chin. He rolled over onto his left side. His head sank deep into the pillow, and he closed his eyes. The events of the day receded into the darkness. His breathing deepened and slowed as exhaustion took over. The room was quiet. A mourning dove cooed outside his bedroom window. Just as sleep was about to ov...
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