Wednesday, May 30, 2012


A Novel Worth Noting

Wonderful words spun together
by masterful hands hovering over
keys, clicking characters in
place.  Plot races at breathless, breakneck
speed, shifting sleep to far
cavernous corners of the mind
to deeply devour the novel.

This was my first attempt at a complex alliterisen.  I thought it was easier than the rhyming version, so I went with this.  I may go back and try the other one for more of a challenge.  Practice, practice.  It's also a nod to one of my favorite thriller authors.

I'd blown off Sunday's prompt because I was thinking about goals, specifically, writing goals, but I wanted to try this form since it was new to me.

June 1 begins a new journey!

Monday, May 28, 2012


I've spent the long weekend doing not much of anything which is just fine with me.  Friday, I was going to run an errand but the battery in my car was dead.  I spent most of that day with the new book I just started reading.

Saturday, I watched a few movies on LMN.  I normally don't do that, but these movies drew me in with their creepy characters and suspenseful stories.  My battery got fixed on Saturday.

Sunday, the husband and I went out to eat for lunch and saw MIB3 which was pretty good.  I've always liked Tommy Lee Jones. 

I spent a day and a half away from the computer.  Mostly because the couch was comfy and I was too lazy to walk to the study.  Unusual, for sure, but it was nice to unplug for a while, if only from the internet.

Time to prepare for the last week of school, and Camp NaNoWriMo (June 1). 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Spiderless Spider Web

I dislike spiders, and all things creepy crawly, but I spotted this huge spider web late last week on the bushes near the house, and thought it looked really cool.
It's part of the Photo of the Week gallery at Jessica Rogers Photo.  Check out all the great photos there!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hairy Poems

PromptWrite hairy poems.

A Hairy Situation

As predicaments go, he stewed
over the obnoxious and lewd
comments carelessly thrown his way,
biding his time as the feud
collides with big egos and 'tude.
He wonders, leave or stay?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Shade Tree

Wow, I haven't been a very good photo-a-day blogger lately.  Maybe I should call it, 'a-photo-whenever-I-get-around-to-it', or 'photo-a-day-as-long-as-I-don't-get-too-busy-with-other-things-and-just-plain-forget'.

And the weekend was busy.  They go by too fast.  I still have today's prompt from PB to write.  We shall see if I manage that tonight.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Promptly Late As Usual

Wednesday's prompt at Poetic Bloomings:  The Naani form. 

Do we really listen
to what others have to say
or are we simply waiting
for our chance to speak?

Wednesday's prompt at Poetic AsidesWrite a dessert poem.

I seldom leave room for dessert
except for the time when
I tried a new plate
from an unfamiliar menu
and was disappointed
to the point of thinking,
with each of the few
regrettable bites,
that we'd stop for dessert
on the way home.
And we did.
Dessert was ice cream -
mint chocolate chip.
I savored the cool, crispness
and let the chocolate pieces
melt on my tongue.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baby duck

I was working on a poem last night and completely forgot about the blog.  Maybe this cute baby duck will make up for that?  He was one of several at the lake today when I went to take some new pictures.  

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Peanuts in a Tin Bucket

My photo, Peanuts in a Tin Bucket, is featured in the Photo of the Week gallery at Jessica Rogers Photography.  Check it out.  Click on blog and scroll through the gallery.  It's among some really beautiful photographs.

I'd found out about the Photo of the Week challenge some time ago, and am glad I decided to participate.  It gives me a little something extra to "shoot" for.

The peanuts were an appetizer of sorts at a restaurant the husband I went to for lunch.  I'm always looking for new and different ideas for pictures, and couldn't resist this one.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

20 Days of Earl Grey

Wednesday's prompt: Change the title of a book, make that the title of your poem, and write your poem.

This was my first attempt at the dodoitsu form.  I realize it's supposed to be unrhymed.  I unintentionally have a rhyme, but left it as it is.

20 Days of Earl Grey

The steam rises to your lips
you take a tentative sip,
taste the forbidden flavor
through the smoky haze.

As for the prompt, I liked the idea, but sadly couldn't come up with anything other than this one poem.  Probably the reason being is that I spent an hour talking with an old friend last night who told me why I should read the book that I borrowed the (changed) title from, and I told her all the reasons why I don't want to.  Funny how a book I've adamantly dismissed was on my mind most of the day.  At least it gave me an excuse to experiment with tea (I'd never tried Earl Grey before), play with my pretty teacups, and take a new picture.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cat Tales

This is Casey.  One of Youngest's friend's new kitten.  Isn't he cute?  He's come out to visit me in my car before, but today I finally got a picture of him.  He's very soft and sweet.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Maybe this year's Poem-A-Day challenge paid off.  I thought I'd be more relieved that it was over so I could get back to my usual sluggishness, and I did like the day and a half I took to myself, but I kept coming back to Wednesday's prompt and wanted to write something for it.  Could be I'm finally forming good habits.  Would it be too much to ask that these good habits come during the day though, instead of 1:30 in the morning when I really should be sleeping?

Wednesday's prompt:  Write a vacuum poem.

I shake off the heavy chains
enjoy the release of breath, however brief,
so as not to get too comfortable
the pen doesn't become an anvil
one day doesn't flow into another
and another, sucking me into the abyss.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I was so excited when I found out last week that one of my favorite authors was going to be signing in Dallas tonight!  I first met Brian Freeman four years ago when he was touring for his third book.  By the way, four years is way too long between visits.  :)

"Spilled Blood" is Brian's seventh book, and it's the second stand-alone outside of his Jonathan Stride novels.  I can't wait to start reading it.  I have no doubt it'll be awesome.  I haven't met a Brian Freeman book I didn't absolutely love.  If you enjoy a good psychological suspense with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, to keep you turning the pages, to keep you up at night because you can't put it down, you have to check him out.

Here's the Events display, and copies of his book.  I'd share the picture we took together but I looked like I was sleeping since my eyes were closed!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Post Poem-A-Day Challenge

Dee on my poetry prompt spiral.

After the month long challenge, I feel just the way she looks.  Tired!