Caysee has lived as an orphan for three years in the rubble of Chicago, in a world where corporations and Execs make the decisions. Faced with a meager life that lacks choices, she decides to take the risk of Riding the Wagon Train from the Northern Province to the Pacific Republic where she can get an education. It’s a Ride that challenges her fourteen year old soul, but she learns the importance of friendship along the way thanks to Mac whom she meets just before leaving. Mac has lived his own orphan life, even though his parents are alive. When given the choice by his mother to live as a girl as he was biologically born, or as a boy as he’d always identified, he left his home and joined the Indigo Posse, a gang dedicated to undermining any Exec and corporate progress, but their violent ways were more than Mac could handle; he only wanted a life where he could live in peace and feel like he belonged. Caysee and Mac form a deep bond during their days as stowaways, guests in strange homes, locked in a train car, and then left on an island for rescue. They each realize that life really is different when lived as a free person; and having a loyal friend to share its burdens is something to be cherished.
Enjoy a laugh and a cry as you experience my short time of homelessness in the wilds of northern California. Combining narrative and the social implications of Maslow’s Triangle, this short work is both inspiring story and contemporary commentary.
Holiday Season 2016: “A Season of Heroes” (Fiction, Middle School, Humanist) Frankie releases this book in the hope that it serves as a conversation starter over various interpretations of the holiday season for atheist/humanist parents and children. Working from a historical perspective, Frankie provides three mini-stories spanning millenniums and including a lesson about each of us being our own hero. A breakdown of verbiage such as “holiday” to “holy-day” help to solidify the concept and (hopefully) provide some tools for understanding the various customs so ubiquitous during the solstice season.
Spring 2017: Estimated release date for Frankie’s “Flash Drive Diary“. Brandon is a seventeen year old junior in high school who lives a secret life that would destroy the relationship with his parents if it were ever discovered. The only outlet he has to process his plight is a diary kept on a flash drive, and a singular friend that listens with patience while providing an example of the life Brandon wants to live. Can he manage to live with his secret until college when he’s out of the house and out from under his parent’s control? What happens when his dad finds the flash drive, and thinking it’s his, plugs it into his computer one day and reads Brandon’s agonizing confessions? Stay tuned for this important work as writer Frankie Wallace wades into a contentious current social issue.
Beginning Notes: For My Niece on Her Graduation – a short work I comprised that hopefully inspires young women and gives them some tools for navigating this crazy life we live.
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