Beneath the Cobalt Sky

I am thoroughly disgusted with myself. Here’s why: Jane Dougherty put together a wonderful poetry challenge with an inspiring illustration (which I did not use) and five brilliant prompt words (which I did utilize): Star, gift, wander, soaring, cobalt. I’m starting to think I should give up on poetry altogether. I can’t seem to write anything that… More Beneath the Cobalt Sky


Jane Dougherty’s weekly poetry challenge wasn’t easy for me. This is often the case. It’s difficult, but well worth it to try out different forms of poetry. For this challenge, I am attempting the Minute Poem. You can find out more about this form of poetry here. Daybreak Misty fog rises from the ground There’s… More Daybreak

So Many Freebies

For a limited time, several of my books are free. Yes, that’s right. Free! Here are the details: On Smashwords, for the entire month of July, I’m having a very special sale on the Spellbringers series: Spellbound: No coupon code required for a FREE download! Firebound: Use the code SFREE at checkout for your FREE download! The… More So Many Freebies

Thoughts on Aging

Photo courtesy of tiverylucky I recently turned forty-five. For some reason, this age bothers me a lot. It’s not the age, really. It’s the process of aging. I know forty-five isn’t old, but I’m beginning to feel my age. And, to add insult to injury, I’ve had a couple people accuse me of being… More Thoughts on Aging

The Light is Gone

Tonight’s poem comes from Jane Dougherty’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week’s challenge was to write a trilonnet inspired by the photograph above. She’s asked participants to begin our poems with “The light is gone.” Well, I can’t say my poem has much to do with the lovely photo, but here’s what I’ve come up with: The… More The Light is Gone

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge: Fresh & Wind

Last week, I missed out on Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge. This week, I was determined not to miss out. So, here I am, just in the nick of time. This week’s prompt words are Fresh & Wind. Please stop by Ronovan’s blog to read the other entries in the challenge:   In the warm, fresh… More Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge: Fresh & Wind

Just. One. Book.

Originally posted on Throwing Chanclas:
Just. One. Book. I live in a town of 1200 people in the Northern Sierra Nevada –where it meets the Cascade Range near Mt. Lassen National Park and about two hours drive northwest of Reno, NV.  Two hundred of that population is students. Over the years as the population dwindled after…

Think You Couldn’t Possibly Lose Your Amazon Publishing Account? Think Again.

Originally posted on The Active Voice:
There’s this indie author I know a little bit from the forum. Her name is Pauline Creeden, and she’s an ordinary midlister, like so many of us. I remember PMing her some time ago and gushing about how particularly beautiful one of her book covers is — the one…

Rainbow Tears

  My heart goes out to the people of Orlando, to those who lost their lives, and to those who are left behind trying to make sense of such a senseless tragedy. This haiku doesn’t begin to express my grief.  Our hearts are broken A billion eyes are crying Rainbow tears tonight