My entry to Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge this week is inspired by a piece I am editing for Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaving Competition.
It is taken from a part completed memoir I’ve written of my dad’s early childhood before the Second World War, including his travelling adventures to the Far East, Middle East, Pacific region, Caribbean and Africa. This is a short nostalgic paragraph about him lamenting the loss of the forests that he used to play in plus a poem about the same subject using the words peace and tear.
Before the Second World war children used to play in extensive woodland. This treasured land is now an estate of houses, which encroach upon the sloping fields leading further and further into the now diminishing wood. Yes, land is at a premium, and builders build property upon every spare inch of space – forget about the Thousand Acre Wood, it’s more like postage stamp wood.
I think Eeyore would have this to say: ‘Here today and gone tomorrow.’
The once wooded area has now become a permanent car park for the nearby primary school, built well after the war.
Today, there is just one sorry playground, a tiny place for local children to play in among the houses. It sits like a sad apology to the past.
In my childhood, I remember a veritable playground of fields, marshy land, and hedgerows, where children dawdled for hours playing cowboys and Indians and Doctors and Nurses. One of my favourite childhood pastimes was to construct a pretend shelter with my pals. A local woman would inspect the shelter and play along with our game with a serious air.
Nowadays, children play with manufactured games, watch TV, engage in computer activities, and twiddle with their mobile phones, oh how the world has changed!
This freedom meant that during the war years we would play in strange places, some of which weren’t at all safe. The concept of health and safety didn’t exist! Nowadays children can’t even get a work experience placement without going through a minefield of paperwork, which is a sorry state of affairs if you ask me.
Children enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, such as collecting cigarette and royal navy cards. Though, some weren’t so innocent, one lad with the same name as me took great pleasure in bullying his parents and the poor unfortunate cat. He would set the cat’s tail alight. His parents appeared terrified of him. He behaved like a vandal before vandalism become popular. This bully never bothered me, on the contrary, he encouraged me to stay around. I concluded that he enjoyed an audience for his daily wickedness! I would play with many boys, but none so infamous as Gavin Vernon who stole the stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey on Christmas day 1950!
© Marjorie Mallon 2017 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.
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The prompt words really attracted me to Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge this week…. (It’s a long time since I’ve joined in as I have been so busy!) as they relate beautifully to my manuscript – The Curse of Time, which I am close to finishing! I’m doing what I hope are the final edits – you never know if it is truly completed until you send it to your betas/editors!
I’ve written two haiku and used Canva to make them visually pleasing. The second one is using my own photograph of a nasty looking shadow!
To join in with Ronovan’s Prompt – I think the deadline is today, hope I haven’t left it too late: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-145-beautifulcurse/
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Have a lovely Sunday.
Shocking real life damage done by a particular strand of amtibiotic. Reblogging so others are aware and avoid Flouroquinolones.
Hi there, we need to talk. My name is Amy Moser. I have almost written this post at least 20 times and got too overwhelmed and abandoned it. Well here goes…
The antibiotics you took or are taking for your sinus infection, UTI, skin infection, laser eye surgery…ect…may have already damaged you.
Cipro, Levaquin, Avalox, nearly every generic ending in “quin”, “oxacin,””ox,”…are all part of a large family of antibiotics called “Fluoroquinolones.” The FDA finally updated their warning on these antibiotics as of July 2016. They site “multiple system damage that may be irreversible. Permanent you guys. Here is the link for the warning if you are a doubting Thomas: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm. Take a gander real quick if you are reading this with an eyebrow raised. Trust me, I wish I had been given the opportunity to soak up this information before it was too late.
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Yes, its official my baby Kyrosmagica turned three this week! Where did those years go? Now that I’m past the infancy stage I’m puzzled. I have no idea where that time went. I can’t really say… but what I can say is this, I have enjoyed these years mightily and have grown so much as a person. Forget Popeye’s spinach, blogging has been amazing for my confidence. I’d recommend it to everyone!
In fact, one of my recent posts has been featured in SCBWI’s online magazine – self publishing discussion with authors Debra Edwards and Camilla Chester: Words and Pictures.
Recently, I set up a new initiative on Facebook – my Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club. I have a new baby! It’s doing well and I can see it growing which is lovely.
What is is about?
Don’t worry it is not a cult! LOL… It is a friendly community of authors/bloggers/book reviewers working together to support each other in a multitude of ways – e.g. by writing or sharing reviews, highlighting author spotlights/book launches/interviews, and posting writing/poetry/blogging tips, or tips about writing reviews, or discussing general topics of interest.
DON’T FEEL THAT YOU HAVE TO DO ALL OF THESE!!!! LOL!!
Also, I hope that it will be a place that you can ask for help and advice if you need it. Writing can be isolating so feel free to find some writing chums here. Just join in as and when you can. Any content about books is really welcome whether it is pretty pictures of books you’ve read, or libraries you’ve visited, etc. Also occasionally do feel free to post news to tell your blogging friends what you are up to. Especially, if you’ve just published a book, won a prize, been nominated for an award, or you’ve been somewhere creative, interesting, or exciting! For instance, I posted my British Museum photos which I had uploaded using Ripl, which I thought might be of interest to fellow Instagram enthusiasts.
I’d like to share the following links that have recently appeared on the club page:
A writer’s dilemma – when to use which or that? A post by Adirondack Editing via
A get fit and healthy campaign that bloggers can join – Sally Cronin: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-internal-fitness-programme-coming-next-week/
Colleen Chesebro’s review of author Seumas Gallacher’s Savage Pay Back, which gets five stars but apparently isn’t for the faint-hearted! More about that here: https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/04/21/colleens-book-reviews-savage-payback-book-3-in-the-jack-calder-crime-series-by-author-seumas-gallacher/
Debby Gies interview with Sally Cronin: https://dgkayewriter.com/who-has-a-new-book-guest-author-sally-cronin-whats-in-a-name/
Norah Colvin shared Ten Things About Poetry and Me – J R Poulter and J R McRae: https://gumbootspearlz.org/2017/04/21/ten-things-about-poetry-and-me-j-r-poulterj-r-mcrae/
Debby Gies shared J. E. Spina’s Summer Reading For Kids of All ages https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/summer-reading-for-kids-of-all-ages/
Norah Colvin shared readilearn’s author/illustrator interview with Chrissy Byers. http://www.readilearn.com.au/meet-author-illustrator-chrissy-byers/
Marsha contributed a post about how to share Guest Reviews to her blog http://marshajustwrites.com/a-book-reviews/
Debby shared Sally Cronin’s interview with debut author Paige Adams: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-tales-of-ejoma-dual-realms-book-one-by-paige-addams/
And Sally’s airing of reviews of authors John W Howell and Marcia Meara: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-john-w-howell-and-marcia-meara/
If you are interested in joining the club do pop over to the Facebook pages.
You are welcome to leave a comment on the Facebook general enquiries page above, or here, or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
So that’s it for now, I have to read through my manuscript. I’m on the final push, this baby is past the toddler stage – she has to stop her tantrums!
Before I go I’d like to invite you to celebrate with me. I’ve got a little question which you might like to answer below… How long have you been blogging, and what has it done for you? Please feel free to leave your answer and one link that you’d like to highlight in the comments below. Many thanks.
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Reblog about how to publish a children’s picture book – via JJ Brown’s author page. The lovely book is Birds of Paradise by Pamela S. Wigh who blogs at Roughwighting.
I welcome author and writing teacher Pamela S. Wight to the blog today to share her path of publishing a illustrated children’s book, a process that took her favorite story from dream to reality.
Pam is an inspiring teacher and I learned how to boost imagination in storytelling in her creative writing class. Here’s her tale about her book that’s just out April 15, 2017, Birds of Paradise with illustrations by Shelley Steinle. Please help me congratulate them!
By Pamela S. Wight
How does a children’s book author find the perfect illustrator and publish her book? By not following the “rules.”
At least, that’s how I found the artist who captured my birds, Bert and Bessie, for the children’s book, Birds of Paradise. I’m so pleased with the result that I will never return to a “normal” way of publishing.
Of course, in the publishing world, what’s “normal” these…
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Colleen Chesebro and I share quite a few interests in common, as a matter of fact we do find that when we do those quizzes on Facebook we sometimes get the same results! This morning we both ended up being like the moon… with a dark and a light side!
It’s my good friend Colleen’s birthday today so what better way to celebrate than to write her a Happy Birthday Tanka.
There will be no moons, dark, or light aspects to the birthday wishes as Colleen’s prompt words: wish and magic are much more suitable for a birthday poem. Colleen is a big fan of fairies, and I’m sure she’s partial to cake, and no doubt appreciates the wonder of rainbows so I thought this might be just right.
A very happy birthday to Colleen, and all the best for a fairy special day!
I wish I could spend your special day with you and your winged fairy guests. Enjoy!
Nominations for this year’s Bloggers Bash are open!
The Bloggers Bash is now less than 2 months away, which means the ABBAs (Annual Bloggers Bash Awards) are back!
Every year, we run a set of awards nominated and voted for by you.
And if you don’t know what the Bloggers Bash is, DAMN you should.
It’s an annual get-together for all bloggers from all platforms from all over the world, although it’s hosted in London.
Wanna come meet your blogging buddies?
Each year we stage a two-step awards ceremony.
STAGE 1 – You ‘NOMINATE’ who you would like to see listed in each category.
STAGE 2 – You vote for your fave bloggers.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.
I’m still on a bit of a blogging break until my eldest daughter returns to University so will be somewhat scarce in blogging land.
I had a wonderful holiday up in Edinburgh but it was all too short…
Here are some of my photos:
That’s one of me and my daughter Georgina before I had my lunch…. I tend to shrink when I’m hungry! We were at a very nice restaurant called The Railbridge Bistro in South Queensferry which overlooks the bridges and has haggis on the menu!
And here’s my lovely mum and dad… Missing them…
My dad hates the cold, and though the view at South Queensferry is amazing it was bitterly chilly… My mum looks okay, in fact she dares to look a bit amused but poor dad…
Since I’ve been back in Cambridge, I’ve had a lovely time with my eldest daughter who is visiting from University.
Recently we went out to a cafe in Cambridge…
And she approved of my photo… The drink looks like some sort of Dr Who concoction but I believe it is a green tea matcha. Oh, by the way did you see the Dr Who episode last night? If you did I bet you didn’t dare have a shower or bath before bedtime. I love it when Dr Who gets all scary!
Then, there’s me all dressed up as I had work afterwards. Recently, I started working part-time at Ann Summers – which is a strangest job I have ever had! It’s a bit like marmite some days I love it, some days I hate it! Ha ha…. It’s a tricky one for an introvert with extrovert tendencies. Anyway, that plate in front of me is the remains of a very tasty Orange and Polenta cake that we shared at Espresso Library cafe in Cambridge.
Before I go let me say a big thank you to all the contributors to my Facebook Rainbow Support Club in my absence.
Here are just some of the wonderful links that have appeared:
All the contributors have done a fabulous job of making the page a fantastic resource of information, help, and collaboration for fellow writers/bloggers.
Do pop over to the club page and take a look, and come give the club some love: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club.
If you’d like to join the club please do message myself either in the comment below or contact me on my email email@example.com, or chat about it with Colleen Chesebro or Debby Gies, my two fabulous blogging buddies who administer the running of the club with me.
All the best for a lovely Easter.
Do pop over to my Instagram page to see the rest of my photos: My Instagram
The following piece of poetry was inspired by my working as a lingerie stylist at Rigby and Peller.
It’s a Cinquain which I discovered about on Poetry Zone.
A Cinquain has twenty-two syllables in five lines (two, four, six, eight and two).
Here’s the full poetic story:
That Twinkle In Her Eyes is Magic
Two dear husbands,
Five years ago they say,
Holding back unspent daily tears,
Pressing to her breast bone,
Tender solar plexus aching,
Her shoulder straps,
So they don’t dig so much,
It’s my job, but it’s more than that.
Her tea, coffee,
Water, no saccharin,
She only wants love, and lovers,
I gulp down her sweet life.
Thirst-quenching her lonely sorrow.
Met on a bus,
A random meeting place,
A common thread both are widows,
Instantly became friends,
A little lighter, the laughter,
Her friend gasps, ‘Beautiful.’
She says it and really means it.
Words wrap heartache,
In kind tender tissue,
To keep a safe, invincible.
Glows with vivaciousness,
Twinkle eyed desire, magic,
Third time lucky,
He’s on his way to her,
Doesn’t know it yet but he is,
If he’s younger,
He’ll not dare outlive her,
I see her living ninety plus.
Not a figment,
Of some kind of fiction,
Clearly have it all figured out,
Spellbound and lost …..
In her new reflection,
The mirror shines with glowing praise.
© Marjorie Mallon 2017 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.
Hope you like my Cinquain.
Bye for now, have a lovely Sunday.
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