Welcome to Finley Experience

This website is dedicated to LGBT folks who are surviving in this crazy world.

What's good for one isn't necessarily good for another.

Attempting to control the hearts and souls of the masses through force and injustice only forces the seeds of dissension to grow. History has taught this lesson repeatedly. Perhaps, we'll learn the lesson this time.

31 July 2010

A Room of Her Own Foundation latest deadlines approach!

A recent email received from A Room of Her Own Foundation.

This group was offering a $50,000 grant to women writers. They announced earlier this year they no longer were able to support the $50,000 grant. They also announced they would continue with the smaller competitive awards. There is always an application fee, so be forewarned. I don't trust contests with high fees, their fees are what I consider standard. I know there are major publishing companies that run fee-based contests, even those feel like scams. I have no idea if they have reinstated the $50,000 grant for 2011. It's too bad, too, women writer's have very few grants available. Feel like singing?

"Another one's gone. Another one's gone. Another one bites the dust." (I can't remember who wrote that song. Any ideas?

Check out the newsletter from AROHO:

July 2010 Newsletter/A Room of Her Own

It's July 31, 2010 ... the Fall 2010 Orlando Deadline is here! Don't miss the fleeting opportunity to submit your work of Creative Nonfiction, Short Fiction, Sudden Fiction, or Poetry for review and possible award of $1,000 plus publication in LA's literary gem, The Los Angeles Review. We love reading your work, and look forward to discovering fresh perspectives and talents.

Keep your poetry manuscripts coming for AROHO's second annual To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize. Deadline: August 31, 2010. The $1,000 award will be given to one outstanding body of work by a woman, and will include publication by Red Hen Press.

2011 AROHO Discovery Retreat. A Dream of Our Own: Women Writing New, Women Writing True.
Excited yet? You should be. Marilynne Robinson and much, much more. Information and application coming soon!

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30 July 2010

Centenary College Update

Ah, summer has peeked and now we slope towards autumn's cooler climes and busier times. I'm excited by my class schedule. Discussed the reading list for my independent study, very groovy, and very much the student's responsibility--that's me! Roman History, Roman language, Roman politics, Roman, Roman, dig it? I'm really digging the concept of Independent Studies. Now, there is something to be said for classes and group projects where you get to pick your partners.

27 July 2010

New Helium Article

Alright folks, you've waited for it, and here it is, a non-poetry, non-fictional piece about the pros and cons of homesteading. Technically this title is a contest entry, however, I only entered one title, thus, I wont be able to recieve enough points for a contest win. Needless to say, I felt I should put my two cents into the topic.

The Pros and Cons of Homesteading

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21 July 2010

Finley's Latest AssociatedContent.com Publications

Analysis of 18th Century Gender Transformations Utilizing Judith Walkowitz' "City of Dreadful Delight" and Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

Research paper discussing gender in the 18th century. Judith Walkowitz' Bill Southgate represents the actuality of changing behavior. Compares Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to the reality of life during the 18th century.

Grant Resources for Louisiana Women-Owned Businesses and Start Ups

Article highlights federal government and Louisiana State sponsored grant search engines and opportunities for women entrepreneurs as well as private non-profit funding.

Examination of Appearances & Professionals in Melville's The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade

Discussion of Melville's use of passing characters in "The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade."

The Promised Sequel: Helium.com Poetry Contest

Alright, I wrote as many of the Helium.com contest titles as I possibly could before the time limit passed. Unfortunately, my promise of nonpoetry entries in this particular contest has failed to come to fruition. Of the 20 "Opposites" creative writing titles, I submitted 14 (all poems). Fortunately, Helium is daily running contests and I shall have my name and musings smeared across their contest categories! It'll be fun! You should join me.

Links to the long awaited last seven titles I entered:

Poetry: Happy and Sad

Poetry: Hot and Cold

Poetry: Loud and Quiet

Poetry: On and Off

Poetry: Shout and Whisper

Poetry: Up and Down

Poetry: Wall and Run

10 July 2010

Finley's Latest Poetry on Helium.com

Helium.com is once again doing their monthly contests. The creative writing contest is a twenty title overall leader wins (based on a plus/minus scoring for percentile rankings).

Every poem entered under my name was written specifically for the Helium contest titles. There will be another post following in the next few days. My intention is to enter at least one item in every title. At present I have entered seven poems under seven different titles.

If you don't dig poetry fear not! Six of the contest titles are not poetry. You'll have to come back in a day or two for the rest.

Helium.com poetry contest (end date: July 13th)

(Note: Link titles come from Helium.com contest titles. These poems are otherwise untitiled.)

Poetry: Long and Short

Poetry: Heavy and Light

Poetry: Add and Subtract

Poetry: Clean and Dirty

Poetry: Old and New

Poetry: Empty and Full

Poetry: Good and Evil

08 July 2010

"Fight Washington Corruption" MoveOn.org Petition

Pasted below is the email and link to a petition sponsered by MoveOn.org. The purpose of this petition is to influence politicians to overturn the Supreme Court's decision to allow unlimited corporate funds for election campaigns. Check out the link. Read the petition. If you agree, sign it. I don't frequently suggest throwing one's voice in with the crowd. But, I'm sure you will agree that thousands of voices screaming one thing is much more effective than thousands of voices screaming thousands of things.

The E-Mail: Copy and paste the addresses below in your address bar
Subject: Counter corporate control of our democracy

I just signed the "Fight Washington Corruption" pledge to get Congress to stand up to corporate influence over our democracy. At the end of the month, a group of people in our district is going to take these signatures to Rep. John Fleming, asking him to sign the pledge too. We need another 416 people to sign to reach our goal by then. You can sign at the link below:


If Rep. John Fleming is not your Representative you can sign a petition to your Representative here:



Some Nights by FUN

(*Please Note: We the People of the United States of America are citizens of a Constitutional Republic, a.k.a. The Republic. We are not a direct democracy like some believe. By the Constitution, we are a Representative Democracy. We elect representation to defend the Constitution and the People. We placed our faith with government in the people, not in monarchs, not in career politicians, but in the People.

You want changes? Then, it is time for you to take an active interest in the good of the Republic. Do not leave governance to career politicians. Run for office. Vote for third, fourth, and fifth parties.)

This November vote them all out!
Clean Out Congress or Bust!

Take Me to Church by Hozier

* 26 JUNE 2015 * LGBT Rights Victory *
read the Supreme Court's opinion:


What Would the Dude Do?