Poems from Whole Night Through

I just stumbled across the 2016 Pangea Prize winner on thepoetsbillow.org and highly recommend giving it a read. The winning poem collection was written by L.I. Henley, and she went on to win the 2017 Perguia Press award. An unexpected, awesome find!

Source: Poems from Whole Night Through


Descriptive Writing and the Five Senses

Description sets the stage for imagination.

Don’t you go gaga for imagination? I can’t help myself. When my thoughts escape me, I find myself daydreaming about having butterbeer with Harry, Ron, and Hermione or what it would be like to foster mom Tom Sawyer. It is always hats off to an author when their characters or settings become manifest in my reality. Like saying, wow. Your description and characters are so good that I’m actually losing my grip on reality. Nice job!

And of course, I want to do that to my own readers someday. *Cackle*

This post will be my second post about descriptive writing. Continue reading Descriptive Writing and the Five Senses

Blind Date with a Book

A few days ago, I was strolling through Barnes and Noble trying to justify potential purchases like The Chemist and Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. By sheer force of will I bought nothing.

Side note on The Chemist: has anyone read it? I’m not crazy about Stephanie Meyer’s novels, but I am curious to see what she was able to do with adult fiction.

Then, I found something irresistible. I have read several of your blog posts about book box services like OwlCrate. (Since I recently subscribed to Audible, I have held off on a book box subscription.) Well, what I found had the same elements of mystery and intrigue. Continue reading Blind Date with a Book

Wedding Planning

Hey readers!

Sorry I haven’t made my oh-so-exciting T5W post yet. For our week off school–yes, teaching has its perks– Sam and I have been flying around getting wedding plans in order.

I’m beat so tonight, instead of leaving you all with bookish lists, I’ll leave you with an engagement photo. One of the many successes of our trip!

Good night everyone. I promise to come back and read your blogs / write in mine soon!


Photo credits its to Emily Diemer at emaleedee.com. (She’s fabulous.)

“Sleeper” by Dominic Howarth

This post is in congratulations of friend and swing dancing extraordinaire Dominic Howarth, who won the CL Writing Contest 2017 for Judge’s Pick in Fiction. His piece is titled “Sleeper” and you can find the original link to his work by clicking here.

Bravo Dominic!!


By Dominic Howarth

“Yo, Anteater, you gonna go? You’re up,” Cooper shouts over the din of the bowling alley. The roaring ruckus of splashing pins explodes across the way, acting as an exclamation point to Cooper’s sentence. There’s the sound of cheap vending machines spilling out soda cans to greedy kids already plastered with sugar. Flashing lights dance and sing in the far-off arcade while the smoke from the bar wafts into the lanes, creating a distinct haze. Continue reading “Sleeper” by Dominic Howarth

Writing Challenge: Nonet

Writing challenge #80, issued by The Secret Keeper, was to write poetry and/or flash fiction.

For fun, I lunged for the nonet, a poem I’ve never tried before. I tried to put myself in my students’ shoes. Since I teach fifth graders, I know that feeling NOT-THRILLED (said with an eye roll) is an understatement when they get a new assignment.

In my defense, they also got to eat smarties as an experiment with weathering and erosion. Life isn’t all bad in fifth grade!

Here’s my nonet.

Continue reading Writing Challenge: Nonet