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Down in It: for the deep and deeply depressed


Announcing a powerful new book from Loud A. Smith (with my publishing house Jock and Lola)

Check out this following and let me know if you can identify with its subject matter:

Down in it

The more I know, the more grief I have. All my hopes have been deferred. Everything is meaningless. I will not be remembered long after my death. My chemicals are all jacked up. I cannot feel joy. I am not as happy as everyone else. I am lonelier than I have ever been. I don’t want to chase money anymore. There must be more. I am driven by fear. I am unable to be intimate with anyone. No one understands me. I would prefer not to be known anyway. I have so many dark secrets. I am so depressed. I feel paralyzed. I want to tear my skin off. I’m sick of faking it. I don’t want to be rejected anymore. I don’t want to hate myself anymore. Technology is not making me feel any better. My distractions have lost their ability to capture my interest. Where is the joy? I’m desperate. I am a liar. I have a double life. I think I am the only one. I think it would be best to disappear. I am ready to surrender. I plant my white flag in the hard earth and bury my dreams. The drugs don’t work. The fun is not as fun as I thought it would be. The thrill is gone. Love is empty. I feel alone. I am alone..?
I’m down in it.
And so are millions of others who see life as it really is and cannot stand to face it any longer. We dig together but we choose to live in a solitary confinement where we bide time until death proves us right. The psychiatrists are just guessing at solutions and their prescriptions just turn us into fatter zombies. The side effects are deadly. Do you know what I am talking about? Do you deeply know it? Are you suffering like I am? Have you hit the wall going 100 miles per hour and still breathe out the daily pain? If so, this is a book for you. It’s one voice shouting out from the depths in rhymes and streams and crazy, true stories. It’s poetry for the dying, words for the lonely, and dangerous love for the broken. Read it aloud. Scream it to the ceilings. And know you are not alone. We surrender, but we don’t give up. This is our manifesto for life in the wasteland.


On Rejection: Part One

I fear rejection.  No doubt about it.  Even worse, I crave acceptance.  This combination of fear and craving means I regularly go out into the world in search of love and adoration knowing that I am also putting myself in real danger of being left out, ignored, sneered at, and even insulted.  

I sit here and wonder why I would risk my heart being trampled for a little sample size portion of acceptance.  This sort of small and short-term acceptance rarely leads to anything significant.  It comes and goes.  It does not deliver sledgehammer smacks to the pleasure centers inside my brain.  It is at best a reminder to me that I am worthy enough to be positively noticed by others.  Maybe it means I am special enough to stand out to a stranger.  

But then the rejection, if it comes, doubles me over.  I allow the negative reactions of a stranger or a group of strangers to alter my definition of self.  I enter into a shame-fest.  I wonder how I have suddenly become so charmless.  I self-medicate with extra drinks and get on social media pleading for some form of written reminders of my worth.  I die for a while.

I become a really good Smiths song.

And I do it to myself.

I wonder why? 


Marriage Killers – The New Book

New from Jock and Lola Publishing and me – The Marriage Killers – Click on that link and be hypnotized by sarcastic wisdom from one of the biggest marriage killers on the planet – 

Here are 39 bits of good advice for those of you who are engaged, inside of marriage or even thinking about marriage – This is not your typical book with boring tips – This is the book that you need if you like to laugh and learn at the same time.  It stands on the premise that “a marriage can drown in the shallow just as easily as it can drown in the deep.”

Go check it out and let me know what you think – 

Jock and Lola is the indie press for all weirdly brilliant!!!  

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Real Authors?

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Now that everyone has access to social media, blogs, self-publishing, and commentaries online, it seems that everyone has become a writer.

But just because you write does not make you any good.

And just because Random House decides to pick up one of your young adult literary pieces, that does not make you a great author.

I’m not saying I am a great author either.  But damn – some of you out there truly suck at this craft and will never get better.  Many of you are just adding noise and formula to the dead conversation.

Please, if you are going to try your hand at writing, opinionating, and authoring, come up with some original ideas and attempt to make people think.  Attempt to bring transformation.

I know that most of the reading population wants USA Today, James Patterson’s B-Sides, and 8,000 shades of gray, but refuse to become an author who dumbs everything down so that everyone understands it.  Write BIG!!!  Use some philosophy, history, and vocabulary that would make Poe or Hemingway proud!

Or go away!!!

Feel free to hold me to the same standards at my indie publishing house – Jock and Lola.

And feel free to do the same with all of the authors we sign to write for us.

We want books that raise brains to new heights.

Don’t you?


Are you relationally challenged?

Are you relationally challenged?



Get the second book in my relationship and marriage series – It’s already being hailed as better than Mars and Venus…

If your marriage is not as great as it once was, this one is for you.

Or you can send it to friends to let them know that you think their marriage really sucks…

Much love,

Ben Donley



Help please!!!

Somebody please help this guy – He has a disease called “Cannot Sell a Million Books-itis” and it is super deadly…Just look at his fake smile and hipster hat/glasses (those are just the beginning symptoms of “trying too hard to be cool”) Stop the infection – Get him out of his skinny jeans and hipsterism – Bring him back to pleated khakis – Follow this link and donate to his cause – Buy his book – Share his condition with all of your friends – Beg them all to form a human chain of selfless love – If not, doctors only give him six weeks to live before he becomes Sasquatch!!!


Mesus: Part One

Mesus: Part One



The new book from Jock and Lola is out today at

You should enlighten thyself!!!

Best – 

Ben Donley

Head of Jock and Lola Publishing






Marriage Killer #3: Thou Shalt Not Be a Social Media Polygamist!!!



Hey Married Person – Avoid the Marriage Killers!!!  

Thou Shalt Not:

Become a Social Media Polygamist

If you are married to a physical 3-D spouse in the regular world, you are not allowed to build flirty, intimate, secret-sharing, spouse-bashing, body part showing and/or TMI relationships with peoples of the opposite sex who appear on various social media outlets.  Basically, you are not allowed to go on long-distance emotional dating sprees with those who you have not married in the real-world.

Sure, I know it seems “innocent” and “harmless” to re-invent yourself to a population of men/women who are starving for your pixilated pheromones and Insta-grammed (and probably Photoshopped) head shots.  I know having an e-harem of Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook boy/girlfriends can be a fun escape from the mundane world of being married to an actual person who is in your face 24-7 (a person who usually does not limit their words to 150 characters).  Having fifteen online lovers you can choose from for some dopamine fixes when they like, retweet, comment on and make you out to be a sexy, funny genius can make you feel like a King or a Queen instead of a diaper changer and toilet plunger for the actual spouse who has stopped caring about showcasing their good side.

But it ain’t cool.  It’s fantasy.  It’s social media polygamy and unless you have a Mormon hard drive, you should not be engaging in it.


Because relationships demand the real, not some false outreaches to computerized desperation cases.  Marriage does not allow for some promised adorations for an Icelandic creative writer who you think you might actually be your faraway soul mate, because they “get you as you really are.”  Give me a break you freakazoid spouse – You don’t live in the fictionalized world of humans in love with vampires who cannot be had.  You have got to stop dreaming, cut off your online relationships and start investing in the real one you have.

Super major warnings to certain groups of E-polygamists:

*If you are married and have any open accounts on E-harmony, or any such sites, where you are pretending to be unmarried simply to get emotionally propped up by someone outside of your sphere of responsibility, you deserve to be dumped.  If you are that insecure and emotionally unstable, tell your spouse about it and let them walk away from your sad state of affairs.  Then, send me an email about it and I’ll make sure to hack into your dating profile and make you look like as appealing as Jay Leno in a string bikini. 

*If you are married and you play avatar-based online games and you have actually allowed your elf to get married to some handsome/sexy sort of gnome, you need to book an appointment with me or some other counselor who uses appropriate levels of open-handed violence to lead you to online game divorce. 

Show some respect.  Live in the real-world.  Escape through activities instead of fake people love on World of Warcraft.



Relationship Killers #2 – A Must-Read


Thou Shalt Not: 

Become the influential, caring listener for a wounded person of the opposite sex or counsel a person of the opposite sex about their marriage problems.

So many extra-marital affairs begin in a fairly innocent manner with one nice person acting as the compassionate, listening ear for a married person who “needs” to share about their life struggles and/or marriage disappointments. 

Don’t be that nice person.

Don’t be that compassionate, listening ear.

Sure, the wounded and/or disappointed married person in front of you might have some very real hurts, a super sad backstory and even legitimate complaints about their wife/husband.  And if so, they actually do need to talk to someone.  But unless you are a professional therapist who has been trained to set up proper client boundaries, understands how to maintain emotional distance and is being paid by this married person of the opposite sex to counsel them towards better understanding and direction, you are a terrible choice. 

Even if you have been told that you are extremely gifted in advising others, that you are the best listener in town, you are madly in love with your own spouse, are not attracted to the other person and hate the very idea of cheating/adultery, you should extricate thyself from the potential dangers of an unpredictable situation where emotions and private relational details are at the foundation of a very familiar deconstruction. 

I’m issuing the strongest warning I can here:  Do not think you are the exception to the rules of engagement in this situation.

DIS-ENGAGE in 5-4-3-2-1…

Wounded, troubled and “unloved” people have a tendency to cling to someone who shows them real empathy and care.  And while you may not fall for them, feel any attraction to them or even choke a little bit in what you do or say to them, you cannot guarantee that this other person’s interpretation of your caring, listening and advising will be correct.  When someone is in a difficult mental and emotional situation, they are often feeling especially insecure and seeking another person who will make them feel better about themselves. 

Do not be their insecurity-cure and they will neither tell their spouses about how they wish they had someone more like you nor will they become a stalker who fantasizes about you becoming their huggy-bear and security blanket. 

You will also keep yourself from thinking of this other person as a temporary option if and when your own marriage picks up some “killer hitchhikers.” 

I have had my own stalker before because I am nice and caring (and dashingly humble).  And I can assure you, while it seemed cool at the initial stages to have someone show fresh interest in me, offer me compliments and present me the open invitation to their body-party, it goes past happy-groupie time fairly fast and heads toward Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction if you do not off-ramp it immediately.

Keep those persons far away from you and your marriage or face what can become an addictive decay.

Do you hear me?

Will you obey my instructions or play with the fire?

If you are a relational-pyro, just know that this deep burn will be as painful as ten Roman Candles shot into your buttocks while habanero peppers are jammed into your eyeballs.  (That’s meant to be a deterrent by the way – not an encouragement for you kink-yos among my readership.)


Marriage Killer #1: Thou Shalt Not say the Following Things to your Spouse



For the next few months, I am going to be promoting my relationship books (published by Jock and Lola Press) by showcasing some Marriage Killers.  Basically, the serious Thou Shalt Nots every spouse should avoid if they want to keep a solid relationship.

Thou Shalt Not:  Say the following things to your spouse:

–I forbid you to __________

–I knew I should have married  ______________

–I wish you were more like _______________

–I make all of the money and you should be thankful I give you an allowance

–You are very pear-shaped

–I’ve never really loved you

–I’m not in love with you anymore

–You are my biggest mistake/You are my biggest regret

–I wish you would die/I poisoned the Frosted Flakes you just ate

–I hate you

–Don’t touch me ever again

–I hope our kids are nothing like you/look nothing like you

–You bore me

–I trust my mother’s/father’s opinion more than yours

–I think you are stupid/worthless/a waste of space

–Act your age/You are so immature/You are such a baby

–Your parents made a serious mess of you

–I really despise your parents in every way

–Does your PMS ever end? (Has been used “effectively” for both sexes)

–I do not recall you having such huge birthing hips (Again, has been used “effectively” or both sexes)

–I faked it every time (“Effective” but harder to prove for one of the sexes)

–Your head/teeth are way too big for your body

–I might have Chlamydia

–It didn’t mean anything.  It was purely physical

–Whenever you die, I will probably marry again fairly soon

–I’m wearing your panties


I really hope you will give me feedback on this stuff – I am the dumbest and worst husband on the planet, so I think I have a handle on what not to do – but if you have more stupid stuff to add, maybe I will use it in a future book…


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