Drink the dawn

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo


Society demands we do our best

Striving, trying for the common goal:

The home, the car, the holiday.

Squeezing ourselves into a mould

Shaped by the grey people,

The tax collectors,

The nine to fivers

Caught by fear of failure

In a web of convention.

That is their safety net

Seeking justification

For their insecurities

In the reflection

Of our compliance.

I want to do my worst

To give life all I’ve got

To break the rules,

Twisting them and making sausage dogs

Of their inflated importance…

A Fool with a balloon.

To dive into sunsets

And drink the dawn

From an empty cup,

Laughing in the morning.

Will you join me in a sunrise?

From Life Lines – available in paperback and for Kindle from Amazon

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A Shifting of Stars by Kathy Kimbray

Behind the Willows

The words you guys. The words. Yes, I know, you are thinking. “Uh, excuse me Jessie, books are literally made of words.” But these words describe places in such lyrical ways they roll around in my head painting vivid pictures. I was only on page two…  “Beside me, buildings cringe with moss. Walkways glisten with dirty puddles. Teetering balconies slouch from walls with garments strung between casements like cobwebs.” …and there I was, in love.

I’d like to think it’s more than personal preference that makes this setting of such a vivid scene so important. Thrown into a whirlwind of a fantasy world where the heroine is being marched away in chains by the end of the first chapter you’ve got to be able to get your bearings quickly.  And the beautiful descriptions make sure you do.

I hit the unveiling of the big plot point and found myself in…

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Using a Professional Editor

Story Empire

Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today to talk about the importance of using an editor.

Self-editing, beta readers, and critique partners or groups are all an important aspect of the writing process. Each step has its benefits. Some writers may not use beta readers, and others don’t have a critique partner or group. I believe both provide useful feedback. It goes without saying that self-editing is necessary.

However, if you want your manuscript to be the best it can be, you need the services of a professional. It’s important to know there are different types of edits—content edits, line edits, and copy edits.

Some people use the terms line editor and content editor to mean the same thing essentially. Others differentiate slightly on the two. You may also hear the term developmental edits rather than content edits.

Today, I’m going to talk about content editors. This person can take an…

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Random Musings: How not to write a book review


I read a lot of book reviews. As well as checking out books I may want to read, or finding out what other readers think of books I have already read, I am eager to observe styles of writing and learn from them in order to improve my own review writing.

Sometimes, however, I read a book review and cringe. One that I read last week prompted me to add this to my Twitter feed.

Avoiding spoilers is a basic rule of good review writing, but what else should be avoided? At the request of a fellow writer I have pulled together my thoughts.

How not to write a book review


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Trusty John: Princess…

France & Vincent


… The room at the end of the long corridor was empty save for one picture.

The picture hung on the wall directly opposite the door.

When the door was opened it was immediately seen.

The picture showed the likeness of a young and beautiful maiden.

It was so exquisitely painted that it looked like the maiden lived, and breathed, and moved.

“Who is she?” said the young king upon entering the room at the end of the long corridor.

“She is, ‘The Princess of the Golden Roof’,” said Trusty John, reading the ornate, gold-leaf, script at the base of the picture frame.

“If all the leaves on all the trees in the world had tongues,” said the young king, “they would be incapable of expressing my love for her,” he continued, “My life now depends on winning her!”

“A curse has fallen upon us,” groaned Trusty John, “It…

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Comfort Zone ~ #Tanka – #poetry – #poetrychallenge

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

Colleen is back with her poetry challenge.  This week, the words are Influence & Perception.  Remember, synonyms are a must!  Check out Colleen’s blog to find which forms of poetry are acceptable for this challenge.  Have fun!

Written as a Tanka, my synonyms are Impress and Enlightenment.

My dreams to impress

Became lackluster with age.

Now long forgotten,

Are the mad days of dazzling.

Enlightenment won over.

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 132 #SynonymsOnly

©2019 Dorinda Duclos All Rights Reserved
Photo via Pixabay CC0

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What I Need

Dr. Crystal Grimes

After all this time, though it’s only been 2 years, I’m not sure I can say I chose him. Instead, I believe he was chosen for me. The old saying is true: “You don’t always get what you want. But you always get what you need.”

On my crazy days, he says I’ve lost my mind. On bad days, he says everything will be OK. On days when I can’t take on the world, he reminds me I don’t have to take it on alone.

No, I didn’t choose him. But I am choosing to stay with him. When far away an interrupted cry says LEAVE! ABANDON SHIP! I smile and remember that’s the crazy, the bad, the frustrated talking.

Then, I remember my promise of friendship, love, and loyalty. I choose to keep this promise to my husband, whom I love and need.

My response to Sue Vincent’s

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Thru Violet's Lentz

Photo prompt Courtesy of What Do You See?

What will my words
become to you
when I am gone?
Will they rush over you
like cleansing waters
bringing life where
there is none?
Releasing you
from the burden
I have become
when nothing more
can be done?

Or will they burn, hot
like iron pokers?
Branding you,
covering you in
a thick layer
of black soot.
My sack cloth
my ashes-
all that is left
of the faceless child
you never allowed yourself
to get to know.

Inspired by the photo prompt provided by Helene’s What Do You See? And the word: Release, provided by Denise on Six Sentence Stories.

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Peonies & More

Eliza Waters

Flower arrangementJune is a wonderful time in the garden and with abundant rain, things are advancing rapidly. With so much in bloom it is hard to pick just a few things to feature in a vase.

I chose my heavy cut-glass vase in which to put weighty branches of red Weigela, pinwheels of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), pink Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) and Paeonia. Siberian Iris (I. sibirica) and Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) add purple, while fluffy white Clematis and chartreuse Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) finish the arrangement.

Main Garden 6/18/19 Main Garden 6/18/19

These flowers were picked from beds around the house, but I wanted to share a few photos of the large main garden that starts slowly, but gains momentum in late June to finish out the garden season with a bang. I have planted annual cut flowers throughout the left side of the bed this year and am looking forward to…

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