Author: Ming Zhen Shakya

The Crossword Puzzle (#3)

Neglect and individual defacement create havoc in a once-lovely building. In Part 3 of “The Crossword Puzzle”, Ming Zhen Shakya shows the daunting task that confronts Nola.

The Crossword Puzzle (#2)

Physical weakness does not guarantee an inability to cause trouble. As Ming Zhen Shakya describes Spencer Ghent’s condition he seems unable to create conflict. She’ll find out how wrong she’s been in Part 2 of “The Crossword Puzzle”

The Squatters (#10)

Do the Storm Troopers Evict the Squatters in Part 10 of The Squatters?
It’s a round-up at Rick’s house. A security team is called in, everyone is taken by surprise leaving the squad wondering whose who and what’s what. Everything gets upended. Find out who shows up and what happens in this final chapter of The Squatters.

The Squatters (#9)

Helena is healing with a new sunny disposition, Rick is content. Rick wants to square things with Mr. Begay and Helena wants to get back to painting…but the Squatters are prowling the street. And they don’t trust anyone. Don wants to kill Rick, Owen wants to help him.
Just when things seem to settle down, the Squatters move back in to Rick’s house…making Rick worried about blood on his new carpet. The battle to take back the house continues.

The Squatters (#8)

Sometimes things seem to spin out of control even when there looks like the possibility of progress.
Helena preps for facial reconstruction, Rick buys his expensive rug and life looks like it’s going according to plan. But is it? Is there a looming personal banking crisis over some big money gone missing? A savvy theft from ATM’s and a credit balance sending signals of “insufficient funds” are just a few of the transgressions unwrapping in Part 8.

The Squatters (#7)

What do ancient meditation techniques and guessing a credit card pin number have in common? In part #7, the scale seems to tip towards Rick success, but as all we know, success might not last enough.

The Squatters (#6)

Rick can afford now to have Helena’s face repaired and to buy an expensive rug, two items that have potentially equal capacity for beauty. He’s unprepared for the Squatter’s next move.

Hagakure (#8)

Homoerotic activity was practiced in many ancient militaristic cultures, especially the Samurai. I helped to balance the exclusive effeminate maternal upbringing a boy knew before he was sent to military school. It substituted strong, life-saving warriors for the bunnies and foxes of childhood folklore. It taught him self-reliance and teamwork, and established the man-to-man communication that was lacked in herertosexual relationships

The Squatters (#4/#5)

Rick’s trouble with the squatters and an “out for himself” lawyer take him deeper in the destructive quid pro quo battle. He quickly learns that a dog bite can be more lucrative than a gun shot. Rick puts his financial “smarts” to work and the action moves to a Mojave County casino. Things are reaching their saturation point.

Hagakure (#7)

We all know the dry mouth that comes with fear. We have only to stand up before a group to give a speech in order to find our mouths go dry and our lips stick to our teeth. But fear means more than a dry mouth to a Samurai. There is a secret in spit to the seasoned warrior.

The Squatters (#3)

The Squatters, like most people, do not regard an act of retribution against them as the second act. To them, the first was justified and stands alone; therefore an retribution is always a new, undeserved act. But Squatters lack moral proportion, and Rick gets more than he deserves.

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