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What do you see # 81 – May 10, 2021

Image credit; Victoria Strukovskaya @ Unsplash

( For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a closed wooden gate with the number 28.5 written on it with chalk. The gate is surrounded be thick green creepers)

The tiny lock on the gate holds no one out
You have to take 28-5 through the gate
Keep it in mind, a code!
There are treasures inside the broken down mansion
So the story goes
Empty for forty years, I wonder why it was never sold
Ghost stories have grown, blossomed
Through the cracks in the gate, late at night
Light can be seen inside the broken windows
My cousin Vinny found a gold coin
After falling through the rotten floor, snapping his ankle
he was banned from going near the place again
One of the towns youngsters went missing
The mansion was blamed for his disappearance
In the background, I can hear dad’s old till
ringing up the days takings
So, with torch in hand, I’m off to climb over the gate
To find the treasure so dad can buy a new till.
Wish me luck!

© Anita Dawes 2021

Four Years

This, That, and The Other

WordPress sent me a notification this morning that I registered this blog on WordPress.com four years ago today. It took me four days to publish my first post.

Since I was just returning from a two-year blogging hiatus after I abruptly ended my previous blog, I wasn’t sure how frequently I would post to my new blog or even how long I would keep it going. Well, I know now that I’ve kept it going four four years!

And over that four years (if you can trust the stats that WordPress compiles), my blog has had:

  • 6,257 posts published
  • 1,446.8 words in those posts
  • 153k visitors

Not too shabby, huh?

So thanks to all of your who have visited my blog, who have chosen to follow my blog, who have liked my posts and commented on them, and for reading my…

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Tethered To The Queen

Na'ama Yehuda

andres-gomez-KBXkv3ZNAGE-unsplash(Photo: Andrés Gómez on Unsplash)


If only they had thought to mark their way, perhaps they wouldn’t have lost it.

Then again, the whole idea of running away was to forgo discovery. Leaving shiny pebbles would have made the whole endeavor be over well before it had began.

They trudged along. Bellies emptier than in hungry nights before.

There was a misery in a scrabbled-for freedom. And yet at least their torsos did not suffer the indignity of another whip.

Eliah’s stomach growled. He sighed. “Only mouths are we.”

“Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things?” Lilah responded, distracting him.

The boy grinned through tired tears. He knew the correct reply. The moon of course.

He pointed at the sky.

His grandmother’s nod was filled with pride.

For one was never lost while their heart stayed tethered to the night’s reigning queen.

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New rules


Artist Richard Diebenkorn had some rules about the way he should approach his work. I can’t remember where I got these, but I was inspired enough to copy and paste them at the time. I was also inspired enough to come up with a few of my own. When the going gets tough, it’s always good to have some reliable aphorisms you can fall back on.


1. Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.

2. The pretty, initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued—except as a stimulus for further moves.

3. DO search.

4. Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.

5. Don’t “discover” a subject—of any kind.

6. Somehow don’t be bored but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential.

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New Release: Lunar Boggie by C S Boyack

Joan Hall

Hey, everyone. I’m happy to welcome back friend, fellow author, and Story Empire contributor C. S. Boyack to my blog. Craig has a brand-new release in his Lizzie and The Hat series. If you haven’t read any of those books, I highly recommend them. You all know my affection for full moons, so it goes without saying the title of this book intrigues me.

Let’s hear more about it from Craig.

Thanks for the invite, Joan. I’m out promoting my newest book, “Lunar Boogie.” This one is a paranormal adventure, and it’s the fourth book in an ongoing series. I worked to make sure people could read them out of order without feeling lost. If this is your jumping on point, I think you’ll fare just fine.

I’ll let the cover and blurb tell you about the story. I want to talk about my main characters. “The Hat Series” is…

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Love note…

Cyranny's Cove



Her pen was waltzing on the paper, but her thoughts were elsewhere.

She tried to focus, but the butterfly flutters just wouldn’t let her. She just wished he could be there, sitting next to her, sipping on his coffee. Of course it was new, but she really felt he was her soulmate. Silly? Maybe… Or not.

Scribbling a short message, she tore the page out of her notebook, folded it clumsily and ran in the corridor to slip it under the bathroom door.

A virile giggle resonated on the other side.

 Her words simply said ”Poop faster… I miss you!”


I might just be stubborn, given my past fails, but I am giving a shot at the NYC Midnight Challenge, again. This is a practice for the 100-Word Microfiction challenge starting in two weeks. The prompts for this story were Romantic comedy / Sliding something under…

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