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Psyren's Redemption - Dead Man's Switch

Inches from death, Sapphira and Amy are left at the mercy of Chemosh’s puppet. Will they perish at his hands or will they find help in the most unlikely of places?

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Amalgamated - Psyren's Redemption - Double Length

When they light clears, the tables have turned and Sapphira, Ashtar and Amy pose are stronger than they ever had before, but will they prove Chemosh's downfall or does the once-god have one last surprise up her sleeves?

Late Posting - Psyren's Redemption

I apologize for the late posting this week, I had some personal issues in the real world and it's just been a very strange week for me.

Having faced down her own demons Amy must now face down Sapphira's, but will she have the strength or will Chemosh triumph over them both?

Psyren's Redemption - Personal Demons - Read for free now

Just a quick note, if you read the story please consider leaving a comment. It really helps encourage me to keep writing.

Now that the exemplars have drawn into their own mental prisons, Amy is left to face the ghosts of her past alone. Can she overcome them without psychic abilities or will she succumb to her personal demons?

I'm Back!!!!

I'm Back!!!!!!

I now know why I hate the quietness around my house. I lost power on Friday morning around 0000hrs. and just recently got it back this morning. I didn't have internet access, because 1.) I didn't have power to power my modem and 2.) where I live I get crappy cell reception. So most of the time I have internet through my modem, linked to my phones and tablets. Also, I wore the battery down on my laptop working on a new story. A slight change to an idea I passed along to Santacruzman.

Madeline rides again!

I've now got my head a bit sorted and the time to post more than a couple of sentences.

Where to start? I've given little snippets about my recent trip to Germania but not much real insight. The more nerdy readers may recall that the main focus of the road trip was to ride the Eddy Merckx Classic event in the Salzkammergut east of Salzburg. It was a significant step on my recovery from last year's medical issues and on that score it was certainly revealing.

An update and a poll (seeking input)

I posted a new blog on my website giving a bit of an update on both my writing and the site itself. I'm seeking a little bit of input on the new site theme. If you don't mind terribly, could you pop over read the blog and give me your input.Click here to read it.

Have a delightfully demented day,

Daniel A. Wolfe

My solution for the funding problem.

Every month Erin has to BEG on bended knee, for money to help keep Top Shelf functioning and with the exception of a few who regularly go far past what might be expected, the contributions trickle in with no real solution that could eliminate the problem.

Well, here's my solution. It seems painfully obvious to me, but I understand if it doesn't to everyone else.

There are in excess of TEN THOUSAND members on this site. If each of them would just contribute ONE DOLLAR, each month, it would eliminate any need for Erin to have to BEG for any monetary help.

Whately sign in problems.

Okay. I know that Top Shelf and it's owners etc have nothing to do with it anymore, but I am having a problem with the sign-in process at The Crystal Hall.

I've tried changing my sign in name and password but the site won't allow it and I can't get signed in.

Anyone got a clue about this? Email me at cathy_t_99 At or message me here at Top Shelf.

Thanks in advance.

Catherine Linda Michel

A solution for those with new skype problems!

If you are on a Windows 10 machine, follow these instructions.

Go to:

Click on Downloads

Click the down arrow to the right of Get Skype from Store

Click Get classic Skype from the drop down menu.

Run the installer after it finishes downloading.

Make sure you UNCHECK optional features such as make BING your default search.

Login using your Skype name or Microsoft Account.

A word of warning about the newest version of skype, redux

PLEASE!!!! keep your political views and/or personal feelings about certain public figures to yourselves. The last time I posted this blog entry, it got demoted off the front page thanks to those political views and attacks, so please don't air them here this time?

If you're thinking about downloading the new version of Skype, be careful. more than a few people have lost either voice, video, or contact lists after starting it.

A word of warning about the newest version of Skype!

If you're thinking about downloading the new version of Skype, be careful. more than a few people have lost either voice, video, or contact lists after starting it.

Right now, Beverly Taff, in the U.K. is having a deuce of a time trying to get the voice part of it to work and she just today manage to retrieve her contact list. Persephone, also in the U.K. has had similar problems.

Skype is still urging me to download the newest version but I have been and will continue to resist it.

Catherine Linda Michel

Banging on the donation drum.

By now I'm sure that all of you are sick of me banging on the donation drum... but here I go again.

We have X (I use the X in deference to Erin who hasn't given me permission to use the exact number) numbers of members on the site. If each of them just gave ONE DOLLAR A MONTH, it would more than cover the monthly operating costs and generate funds to pay off loans and keep Erin out of the poorhouse!

ONE DOLLAR! You can't even get a decent cup of coffee, a soft drink, a candy bar, or even a newspaper for a buck any more, but you CAN help save a site!

Microsoft... AARRGGHH!!

Has anyone else received this banner at the top of their Hotmail account (if that is what you use)?

It reads, "We've made a change that requires to remove and re-add your [email protected] account to continue synching mail and calendar" with a "Remove Account" button to the side.

Now I seem to have been unable to trade emails with a dear friend and writer here... some of those emails with bits and tidbits of things we are working on.

Something weird.

When I go to read comments/blogs, the background changes to a dark purple with black printing except for the items one can click on showing as bright blue.

It's very hard to read and look at. Is it me or is it a change in the appearance of the background and stuff? Usually the background is white with black print.

Catherine Linda Michel

Need help from Julie Jordon, Sapphire Stevens, Monica Rose, Beth Moody and Joyce Melton.

Help needed from Julie Jordon, Sapphire Stevens, Monica Rose, Beth Moody and Joyce Melton. I'm currently locked out of my Facebook account and need to "Call or talk to my Facebook friends and ask them to go to and get me a code to prove who I am.

Since I don't ever see any of you and don't have your phone numbers I can't do that. I don't know if I can get it done this way or not but it's the only way I can think of to do it.

Login Bug?

For the last week and a half I’ve been encountering a really weird bug. At first I thought it was because of all the changes that had been going on with the server and whatnot so I didn’t think much of it at first. Now however It’s just starting to get annoying. Basically what is happening is that you login and have the persistent login enabled but when you move to another page say after reading a story for a period of time, it forces you to log into your account again even though you had the persistent login enabled.

Short of $$ at Month's End - Hatbox Funds Needed

The month's end has caught us a little short again with some unexpected bills for software and a forgotten bill or two. I've again used credit cards to keep us current but it would be nice to have some cash in hand for the weekend. - Erin

Below are Piper's comments on the upgrade:


This was originally posted on my website, but I felt I should share it here as well.

Apologies, for my absence over the last three weeks. December was a difficult and frankly odd month for me at least where the real world is concerned. I’m back and thankfully, most of the drama that was keeping me away has now died down. I’ll resume posting next week, but until then please accept my deepest apologies.

Have a delightfully demented day,

Daniel A. Wolfe (you know that D.A.W. guy)

Yes, it's me again, begging for help. Please read!

So here we are, at the middle, well almost the middle, of December and once again I'm appealing to all of you to open your hearts and wallets (purses) to help pay some of the bills that Top Shelf generates.

I've been taken to task for my admittedly flowery language when pleading for monetary assistance to help keep the site somewhat solvent and I won't apologize for the language I use, nor for the endless appeals. The way I write is the way I write.


OK, I'm confused. The front page seems to have undergone a major reformatting? Is this intentional? Or is it some sort of glitch.

It's extremely (IMNSHO) more difficult to find the content you want. And the sidebar listing of blog postings is gone, but not the comments. I much prefer the recent blog post in the sidebar.

Win 10 with a sledghamer...!

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So after removing and re-installing my browser, Window$ decide to finally acknowledge the presence of a non M$ browser and allow me to put it as a default.

Thanks for all your comments and message.

Hugs tmf

Peace, Love, Freedom, Happiness
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Hi everybody,

I just got a laptop with Win10 install..!

Halloween story on my website

Read the story today!

I thought I'd take a break from our regularly scheduled programing and do something a little special for Halloween. Yesterday, I rewrote 'Devil's Due' one of my old Mixed Tape Entries. It's more than double the length of the original and best of all the new version is now considered part of the official canon for my meridian-verse.

Top Shelf needs YOUR help! PLEASE READ!

The site and Erin really need your help. I just sent in 25 bucks and will probably send a few more after my own bills are paid for this month.

While Erin and the site really appreciate all the help many of you have given in the past, but things are not getting better financially. Erin has driven herself into debt so far that there seems to be no way out. The site needs a LOT of money to give us this wonderful resource and repository for our stories and blogs.

11th Sun Book Cover

Taking a break from the comic book to work on the book cover. It's the scene on Logan's Fun where 11 is getting off the elevator and seeing the inside of the station for the fist time. From the worm eye you can see her in her dress, as she looks at the atrium in the station for the first time.

I'm going for a juxtaposition between the mundane (girl in sun dress) and the fantastic (space station). Should look pretty fucking cool.

Outlining Your Novel Workbook Software

I ran across this piece of Software last night, courtesy of Leila, and found it to be an invaluable tool towards making an author THINK about their work as they are designing it. This way, you make fewer mistakes and have more room to correct your initial start on the work before you ever get around to posting it.

It is called Outlining Your Novel Workbook by K.M. Weiland.

Extreme frustration is setting in rapidly!

I ordered some underwear from an online site. Please don't take me to task for that, okay? The package arrived after many days and all was as ordered...except.

Their ad stated that their bras run small and they advise people who order them, to order them two full strap/band sizes larger than they usually wear, a good thing as it turns out.

Disasters and their frequency

I'm having a rush of senior moments or the rest of the world is.

I am scheduled to move to my new address, (about seven miles away) tomorrow and Virgin, my internet broadband supplier phoned on Friday to tell me they can't reconnect me on Wednesday as promised. (They have problems with their cables and junction boxes, as if I care,) and will have to dig up the road so I won't be back on line for 12 to 15 weeks!

So it's goodbye Virgin and I've signed up with a company that heads the 'Which' internet provider list and they have scheduled me for 12 working days.

Need Suggestions for Email Providers

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I Need Suggestions for Email Providers, to replace ones I can no longer access.

I lost several email addresses for various reasons. One reason was, they had possibles security breach, and to get back in they send you a link to an alternate email My problem was that the alternate one has the same problem, and they point to each other, so I can't recover them. Doh!

I will probably be going offline... maybe. NEWS!

NEWS! The volume prob seems to have corrected itself... or I fixed it... well anyway, it no longer is giving me probs... knock on wood. So, I can delay the other problems for a bit longer... at least until my financial situation is a bit better.

Due to computer probs and outdated machine (my Mac) and a volume prob with the newer PC, both will be going in to the shop for work probably Monday or Tuesday.

Good m2f video

I've just watched a superb video on a m2f conversion made for TV at

It not only covers the special effects conversion, which is beyond most of our pockets, but also the ways in which females move and behave differently to males. It's 22 mins long, and well worth a watch.

World Hacking site

I don't know how many of you know about this site, but since I'm in the Cyber-security. I find this site interesting to say the least. It shows real time hacking or cyber attacks and where they originate from and who is doing what. Check it out for yourself.

Don't worry its a safe site to visit.
Also if you want to try your hands at hacking something. This place is a safe place to use as well.

Everything -- including the Kitchen Sink

My life has gone through many recent changes.

I sold another business and am now semi-retired which has dropped my income by two-thirds -- at least until I can get more consulting work.

We bought an old house (1906) and are doing extensive remodeling.

Although I have limited current resources for contributing money to BC, I am buying quite a lot of remodeling supplies on Amazon and using the link you provided. Yesterday's purchases included the kitchen sink! Hopefully, since our purchases are adding up to a large total, BC will receive a nice commission.


When dealing with IDIOTS, you have to speak their language...

OK, so I USED to be a member of a site called It was touted as a FREE streaming site. When I was actually CHARGED for the service, I went online, to a "Live Chat", to try to rectify the situation. Below is the ENTIRETY of the transcript. Please note what occurs at the very end, especially. It's quite humorous!


Ronald Bailey

Why was I charged for a FREE membership? I have e-male proof charged me during my 5-day free trial (which I applied for on June 8). I was charged by on June 9th, JUST ONE DAY later.

It's criminal that Erin has to beg

every damned month for help in keeping Top Shelf open and running smoothly! It pisses me off more than I can say and it frustrates me beyond anything else in my life and it hurts me that, because of a lsck of funds, Erin is reduced to not paying people that NEED to be paid and has bankrupted herself in the process of providing us with this wonderful place!

Been hearing a lot about Patreon(differences?).

I've noticed people on here using Patreon as well as hearing about journalists and artists using it. What makes this service more desirable than donating to say...someone on Twitch if you're a broadcaster, YouTube or Daily Motion? I talked to this one guy who was raving about it, in terms of journalistic coverage.
I mean I've looked at a bit but would be interested to hear why you like it so much.

The Machines Win

It's official. The MACHINES have taken over. ABSOLUTELY NO company on Earth is manned by HUMAN BEINGS. You have a problem, go through the infinite maze of button pushing, and maybe -- just maybe (say as the world as we know is ending) -- you might luck up and reach a human voice -- the LAST PERSON ON EARTH (from Outer Mongolia). However, s/he will not understand your language at all, and you will be placed on hold for a moment -- your last thought as you lose your grip on reality will be "I only wanted to get my (cell phone / car / computer / etc.) to work.


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