Love – Haiku

Where can we find it? Who knows how to keep it fresh? And just what it is?

My Own Book

My own book is next on my reading list. I’m not vain, or at least I hope I’m not. The reason I’m reading my own book is because I need to revise it. It’s been a work in progress for a couple years, and I plan to get it published some time in 2022 orContinue reading “My Own Book”


The bloganuary prompt for today is a superpower I’d like to have. I think it’d be pretty cool to be able to teleport myself anywhere in the galaxy. All I’d need is clothes or equipment for the destination and I could hop over to Mars, check out Antarctica here on Earth, or go visit aContinue reading “Teleportation”

Passionate about Braille

The question for bloganuary today was about what cause I’m passionate about. I asked Michael this, and he said, “Braille literacy.” “Can you expand on that?” I asked. “Sure. Many blind people grow up not learning braille. They listen to everything. Please don’t misunderstand me. There’s nothing wrong with audio. The problem I have isContinue reading “Passionate about Braille”

Not One

I don’t think there is any one lesson that everybody should learn. I think life is different for each of us, and what we need to learn from it depends on who we are and how we want to live our lives. This might be unsatisfying, but if you look at it another way, you’llContinue reading “Not One”

A Great Day

6:00 a.m. – Wake up. 6:15 a.m. – Start breakfast. 6:30 a.m. – Eat breakfast. 6:45 a.m. – Shower. 7:00 a.m. – Start writing. 9:30 a.m. – Say good morning to Michael while he drinks coffee and I drink tea. 10:00 a.m. – Write. 11:45 a.m. – Have lunch with Michael. 12:30 p.m. – WorkContinue reading “A Great Day”


🥳 I asked Michael about his favorite emoji description on the iPhone, and he picked that one. Emojis haven’t always been graphical. Both of us remember the good old days of the : ) (written separately to make sure it won’t get turned into an emoji). It may be on its side, but you don’tContinue reading “Emojis”

Living in Bold

Living boldly. What does that mean to me? What a writing prompt! To underline (haha) how difficult this question is, all I need to do is point to the fear of being just another grain of sand on the beach. I mean, how many people would say that living boldly means doing the things youContinue reading “Living in Bold”


I asked Michael, and he suggested we each pick two things we were grateful for and then that would leave us one thing to share. “Good idea,” I said. “So, what about you? What are you thankful for today?” “Well,” he said, “you remember a couple days ago I said I wish everything wasn’t soContinue reading “Grateful”

My Writing

The question today is what I like most about my writing. I like that I don’t use a lot of overly long, complicated, “boring” sentences. I try to write how my characters would think or talk, not in a particularly literary-conscious style. I’m not concerned with how I sound, but with how my characters comeContinue reading “My Writing”

January 7 – Haiku

The writing prompt was: What makes you laugh? Things that make me laugh, Change like seasons, shift like moods, So I’ll never know.

Magic – Haiku

How to do magic, And be able to end the, Global pandemic.

Leaving my Comfort Zone

That’s an easy one. In January 2020, I published my first book, a thriller and hard-boiled detective novel, Wounded Bride. In doing so, I put myself out there. This website also does that, but publishing my first book wasn’t accomplished alone. I wrote it in 2017 and sat on it for almost a year beforeContinue reading “Leaving my Comfort Zone”

All the Trees

What road trip would I love to take? That was the writing prompt I received for today’s post, and at first, the question terrified me slightly. You might be wondering why, or maybe you’re guessing that I’m afraid of riding in a car, scared of the unknown, or have been every place and don’t needContinue reading “All the Trees”

Merry Christmas 2021

Dear Reader, Merry Christmas. It’s been a complicated couple of years, and I hope things are starting to look up. I also know that Christmas can be a difficult time for many. Of course, not everybody celebrates Christmas. To everyone, in all our varying human circumstances, I hope today is a good day. Peace, Hyacinth

Update about In Life

Some of you may have wondered what was happening with my free fiction piece, “In Life.” I’m happy to tell you that I’m still working on it, but there’s something I’d like to share with you. It will still be free, but once it’s finished, it will be published on Smashwords instead of on thisContinue reading “Update about In Life”

Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School – COVER REVEAL on World Braille Day (January 4, 2022)

Michael and I can’t wait to show you the cover for our upcoming children’s book, Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School! The cover will be revealed on World Braille Day 2022, which is January 4. This will take place on both (this website) and on Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers ( PleaseContinue reading “Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School – COVER REVEAL on World Braille Day (January 4, 2022)”

New: Free Blogging Course – reblog

We have released a free course to help aspiring bloggers and content creators develop smart strategies and launch their sites. New: Free Blogging Course

Happy Halloween: I want to suck your blood (don’t be afraid, it’s just a title to shock people into reading this, I think)

When I was a kid, I loved dressing up as a vampire. I enjoyed saying, “I vant to suck your blood!” Now that I’m older, and today’s Halloween, I’m wondering this: do vampires actually say that? I’ve read Dracula, and I’m pretty sure nobody say that. I know if I were a vampire, I probablyContinue reading “Happy Halloween: I want to suck your blood (don’t be afraid, it’s just a title to shock people into reading this, I think)”

Haiku – October 24

Winter’s coming soon, Cold outside and warm in hearts, At this time love blooms.

The Illustrations Are Ready!

This post was written and published by Michael on October 3, 2021 on Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers ( Hyacinth and me are happy to announce that the illustrations for our first children’s book, “Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School,” are finalized! Both the coloring pages and the full color pictures for theContinue reading “The Illustrations Are Ready!”

Isolation – Part 8

Sorry, I can’t seem to get this post to convert to audio, so there’s no podcast episode. This is a work of fiction. As I paint, I keep thinking about Mercy. What did she mean about being able to sit and do whatever she wanted? Whose funeral did she attend nine years ago? Where hadContinue reading “Isolation – Part 8”

Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

I remember my idea for NaNoWriMo 2021, but I don’t know if it will produce a novel in thirty days, so I’ve decided not to do NaNoWriMo this year. Next week, I plan to post a story part.

September 11, 2001 – Haiku

Twenty years ago On this day in September, Your life was taken. I remember you, From the news that awful day, But we’d never met. Those who knew you well, Know you still and love you well, May you rest in peace.

Zen – Haiku

Thought it was Sankrit, But from Japanese it came, To English one day. Into Japanese, It came from Middle Chinese, Borrowed from Sanskrit.

X – Haiku

In my heart an X, Is drawn each time I am hurt, Can they be crossed out?

Wounded Bride – get your copy today

For a hard-boiled, fast-paced detective novel, purchase a copy of Wounded Bride. With it in hand, you’ll be entertained for a while, so if it’s raining this weekend, you won’t be bored. Once you’ve finished “Wounded Bride,” please leave an honest review through any app or reading website.

Veiling – Haiku

In dusk the day lies, And slowly darkens to night, Secret kept till dawn.

Unveiling – Haiku

When the gray fog lifts, And you see the underneath, The truth’s beautiful.

Trouble with Stories

This post contains what some might consider a very small spoiler for my story in progress, Time Gone By. I’ve been publishing free fiction on this site since last April, and I currently have five pieces in progress. The problem is, I can’t seem to make anything happen in any of them, which is whyContinue reading “Trouble with Stories”

Quiet – Haiku

In silence may we, Find the courage to go on, And meet what’s ahead.

Peace – Haiku

The absence of war, Or better yet a deeper, State of harmony.

Music – Haiku

From our mothers’ hearts, All the joy we find through life, Memories of us.

Laughter – Haiku

Down the block I hear, Children laughing high and clear, Carried with it hope.

I Love WordPress

If you’ve been thinking about building a website or a blog, I recommend It’s easy to set up and use. All you need is an e-mail address, and they’ll give you a free website just a couple of minutes after you click the signup button. They have so many themes, it’s hard to selectContinue reading “I Love WordPress”

Grammar – Haiku

Good grammar’s nice but, What’s more important is the, Story you unfold.

5 Ways to Get Started On Your Side Hustle – reblog with a comment

My comment. The term “side hustle” sounds vaguely unpleasant, but the information given in this post is valuable, and it even starts with the letter F, which is the letter I need to start a post with today! Nice coincidence. We’re committed to helping you create a professional online presence with, and we’re launchingContinue reading “5 Ways to Get Started On Your Side Hustle – reblog with a comment”


Lots of people have cucumbers in their gardens right now. I ate a few, and then I got curious. Why does it take three syllables to talk about an edible plant part that so many of us love? Beans, peas, and grapes are monosyllabic, and as far as I know, we’ve been eating them andContinue reading “Cucumber”

Bird – Haiku

Buffeted by wind, Bringing its song to the world, Better days below.

A Letter to Oops

Dear Oops, I went to my free fiction page the other day and noticed that many links to stories were missing. I’m working to rectify this error on my part, and I hope to have that page fully updated by August 1. I don’t plan to let this happen again, so Oops, you shouldn’t expectContinue reading “A Letter to Oops”

Make Your Best Photos Shine – reblog

Photos on your website can be a representation of who you are, what you do, or what you love. We want your photos to show to your visitors as best … Make Your Best Photos Shine

Haiku – July 22

Now it’s time to rest, When important work is done, With a clear conscience.

The Dark Tide

Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes. – Karl Marx Everyone had been called to Worship. I stood outside the temple, and waited for the doors to be opened. It was early morning, and very bright, with sunbeams reflecting off the snow that had fallen the night before. I felt exposed, standing as IContinue reading “The Dark Tide”

Haiku – July 18

As soon as life starts, Time begins its relentless, Read to the ending.

Haiku – July 17

Sometimes in the night, I hear your voice and I think, That’s what love sounds like.

Haiku – July 14

When I die I’ll leave, The world as all enter it, Loving humankind. I will not give in, And allow hatred to steal, My humanity. I will write stories, And leave them ever after, To those who’ll read them.

Haiku – July 11

Sometimes when we lose, Unexpectedly we find, That in truth we’ve won.

Check out a piece of free horror fiction

A year ago, I started to write Lockdown. It’s finished now, and is available as both a blog post and as a podcast episode. Click the buttons below to open the blog post or the podcast episode.

Haiku – July 9

When life won’t be still, Take it as a sign that you, Must go where it goes.

Yellow – Haiku

With yellow I can, Draw the sun and happiness, Far from cowardly.

Haiku – July 6

When I hear the sea, I feel that all things ancient, Are nearer to me.

Haiku – July 5

When we meet the one, Who will love us from now on, Will we know it then?

Happy Fourth of July

Good morning. Michael and I would like to wish all of our American Readers a happy Fourth of July “by the dawn’s early light.”

Haiku – July 3

Write the story now, While it’s fresh in mind and heart, Or leave to simmer.

Haiku – July 2

The first draft is done, Now hard work truly begins, I must revise it.

Haiku – July 1

Honey at sunrise, Sweetness and light all in one, Make the breath of dawn.

Grief – Haiku

Grief is like a sound, In the heart that never dies, ‘Till death stops the beat.

In 57 days…

In fifty-seven days, I’ll have posted something every day for the last 500 days. This has been a difficult decision for me, and I don’t like to admit that I’ve been struggling with time management, but I have, and I’ve decided not to blog every day anymore. I’m not going away, and I plan toContinue reading “In 57 days…”

Haiku – June 26

I don’t usually need to do this for haikus, but this one requires it to be said that it is fiction. Upon her she feels, The chills of fever rising, And knows this is war.

Haiku – June 22

Now I’m looking up, See a rainbow in the sky, All our hope and love.

Lots of Haiku

I’ve been writing haiku poetry for over a year now, and my haiku category page is getting pretty big. Why not check it out and share any or all of them on Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite social media platform.

A Letter to Haiku

Dear Haiku, You are pretty cool, And people like you a lot, ‘Cause you’re quick to read. Not too long to write, Lots of meaning in each word, Syllables must count. When I think of you, It’s with greatest affection, Because you help me. Not only to gain, More traffic to my website, But toContinue reading “A Letter to Haiku”

Fantasy – Haiku

If their world were real, Then the characters might say, Come and join us here.

Haiku – June 14

In moonlight we walked, You took my hand and told me, How much you loved me.

Haiku – June 13

The greatest gift is, Sitting and sharing stories, With someone you love.

Isolation – Part 7

This is a work of fiction. My throat is sore and I’m thirsty. So this is it, I think as I tiptoe into the bathroom and fill a glass. This is the virus. I never thought to ask Mercy how hers started. Were her symptoms this mild and innocent, like a little bit of aContinue reading “Isolation – Part 7”

Haiku – June 8

Write just the first line, Then continue the process, To the bitter end.

Haiku – June 7

Water flowing swift, Takes me where it wants to lead, To a better me.

June Haikus

I was going to do a “post on this day last year,” but last June 6 was just a promotional post about “The Dark Tide,” and that story needs a lot of revision before I can repost it. So, instead of revisiting the same day last year, I went back to June 1, 2020, andContinue reading “June Haikus”

Stars – Haiku

Stars pin-point the sky, Like characters in a book, We haven’t read yet.

What could there be to writing more than writing itself? Inspiratioin, perspiration, and beyond.

The answer is that there’s plenty. Writing is like a puzzle. All the pieces are mixed up in the box, and a finished puzzle (published book) seems a thousand miles away. Actually writing, either by pen or by keyboard, will get you only about a quarter of the way assembled and ready to go. AnotherContinue reading “What could there be to writing more than writing itself? Inspiratioin, perspiration, and beyond.”

Haiku – June 3

When the moon shines bright, And night is still all around, Hope and goodness rise.

Haiku – June 2

Singing in the trees, Laughter from the ground below, Carefree things we miss.

Haiku – June 1

Time’s not on my side, When I try to do what I, Want to accomplish.

From the Archives: more posts to check out

This is the same as yesterday, but in a different direciton. The other one started at the A end of the alphabet, and this one starts at the Z end. They both have excerpts on, so you can decide what interests you before you open it up.

From the Archives: give these a read

I don’t have any new content for today, so I thought I’d share some of my previous posts. There’s a small excerpt, so you can decide which one(s) interest you before opening it/them.

Haiku – I Love to Write, but…

When I’m deep in words, Hours can go by without, My being aware. Is it kind of sad? That life can go by so fast, While we write of it.

From the Archives: a year ago today

A year ago today, I posted this haiku. Prompt (first word that popped into my head): find A computer screen, The mind wishing to know things, Hands on the keyboard.

Goodnight – Haiku

Here’s your pillow soft, And your bed in darkness lies, See you at first light.

Updating My Website

I wanted to change up my site and am working on a redesign. If you notice anything weird, please ignore it and come back soon.

Update on my Writing

I haven’t posted about my plans for books lately. I’m still working on the illustrations for “Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School.” I hate the idea of not blogging every day, but I’m starting to think I might need to change my schedule in order to have enough energy to revise my next bookContinue reading “Update on my Writing”

Haiku – May 22

Sudden change might be, Scary but it also brings, Opportunity.

The Basket – Part 4

This is a work of fiction. Laine must have read the article on Friday. Poor Laine. Even though she’d said she didn’t like him, it was possible she actualy did like Arnie, the man who’d gotten the night off while she’d had to work. I needed to talk to her, but first, I was goingContinue reading “The Basket – Part 4”

Haiku – May 19

When it’s time to go, And the sunset’s beautiful, Gladly head for home.

Isolation – Part 6

This is a work of fiction. “Do you think you’re going to be okay?” Mercy asks. We’re sitting at the kitchen table, eating lunch. She’s still smiling from our fun, but she also looks worried. “I feel fine, so maybe I won’t get it.” “I really hope you don’t.” She takes a bite of herContinue reading “Isolation – Part 6”

Haiku – May 16

With that sense of right, Save and then flick out the light, Story has been told.

Haiku – May 11

An idea is born, If it doesn’t write itself, Put somewhere to keep.

Haiku – May 8

Stories write themselves, In a way that leaves no doubt, Magic does exist.

Check out Time Gone By

Last July, I started writing some science fiction. Twenty-nine story parts later, I’m still writing “Time Gone By.” I’ve put all the links to the blog posts and the podcast episodes in one place.

A Story Idea

Well, the Force was certainly with me yesterday. It seems to have given me an idea for a story. The title will be Fill ‘er with Premium, and the story will feature Maria Mateo, the lead detective in my novel, Wounded Bride. How much will it cost? Unlike the novel, the story will be free.Continue reading “A Story Idea”

Haiku – May 3

It is time to think, Of flowers blooming brightly, To give us some hope.

No Newsletter

Back in late January or so, I announced an e-mail newsletter. For a while, I had a subscribe form on each post and page. I’ve decided not to start a newsletter after all. If you’re interested in the reasons, there are two of them. 1. People weren’t subscribing. 2. I wasn’t sure if I’d haveContinue reading “No Newsletter”

Introducing Milestone Notifications – reblog

Your website is a product of your hard work and passion. Therefore, when your site hits a milestone — it shouldn’t go unrecognized. To make it easier… Introducing Milestone Notifications

Ruth – Part 3

This is a work of fiction. Chapter 3 My day wasn’t over. I played and swam until nearly six. I was starving, and didn’t feel like having to drive home first. I went to my car to get some of the leftover salad, but there wasn’t any. Oops. I must have given it all toContinue reading “Ruth – Part 3”

The Basket – Part 3

This is a work of fiction. My sister really was too thin. As soon as I saw her, I couldn’t believe I’d ever thought her weight was normal. “What?” she said sharply. “What are you looking at?” “I’m sorry,” I said. “I just . . . well, I never thought I’d see you like this.”Continue reading “The Basket – Part 3”

Ruth – Part 2

This is a work of fiction. Chapter 2 Well, I had been thinking about the beach, so that was where I was going. I supposed it wasn’t the nicest thing to do, considering Jason was probably having to comfort Ruth and listen to Tracey crying (could little babies grieve?), but it was too hot andContinue reading “Ruth – Part 2”

Isolation – Part 5

This is a work of fiction. Over the next few days, Mercy gets worse, and then she starts to get better. I spend the time bringing her water and then soup, cleaning, and working on paintings. I don’t ask her about Eva. I also don’t ask her if she wants to call anybody. I’ve seenContinue reading “Isolation – Part 5”

Haiku – April 24

This is the last haiku of April. For the next six days, I’ll be posting story parts. Each story’s a gift, And together they add up, To give us all worlds.

Haiku – April 23

With the color pink, Paint so many pretty things, And not just for girls.

Haiku – April 21

We resemble flies, Buzzing on our planet’s corpse, Except we can love.

Haiku – April 20

A first draft might be, Great to begin with but all, Will need revising.

Haiku – April 19

For today and the next five days, I plan to post a haiku. I’m having some problems with my computer (no data loss), so it might delay things, but I hope I’ll be able to post a story part on the last six days of April. If you get the call, In an instant ofContinue reading “Haiku – April 19”

Isolation – Part 4

This is a work of fiction. “Eva!” My eyes fly open. I look at the clock. It’s 1:01 a.m. “EEEE-VA!” Mercy is screaming, but her voice is so dry and cracked, I’m afraid she’s going to damage her throat if I can’t calm her down. “Eva! Where are you?” I wish I knew who EvaContinue reading “Isolation – Part 4”

Haiku – April 16

Today was supposed to be a story part, but I was delayed, so I’ve decided to post a haiku today and a story part tomorrow. Up on a shelf there, Is a book waiting to be, Read and loved again.

Haiku – April 13

When it’s time to write, Pen or keyboard either way, Do not hesitate.

Ruth – Part 1

This is a work of fiction. I started writing this story as part of this post about writing dialog. I’ve revised it and added more. Prolog “I told you,” Jason said. “I’m not coming home, so don’t pester me.” Pester him? As if I were a whiny little kid. The whole thing made me bothContinue reading “Ruth – Part 1”

Haiku – April 11

Tiny crowds within, Our bodies that we won’t know, Without microscopes.

Isolation – Part 3

This is a work of fiction. “Would you like me to call an ambulance?” Mercy shakes her head. “Would you like to sleep in my guest room?” “Please,” she whispers. Thank goodness there’s one on the main floor. I’ve been setting it up for when Mom, Dad, and Mona come to visit. So far, there’sContinue reading “Isolation – Part 3”

Haiku – April 7

If I write nothing, My characters will be hurt, And so I must write.

Haiku – April 5

Stories always change, From idea to finished work, Don’t get too attached.

The Basket – Good Friday

This is a work of fiction. The Basket Good Friday Laine found the body. We always visited Grandma at Easter. At Christmas she came to our parents’ house, and at other times of the year we visited her, but Easter was special. We normally went on Thursday and stayed three nights. I’m sure it startedContinue reading “The Basket – Good Friday”

Happy April!

April is both National Poetry Month and Indie Author Month. Each day throughout the month, I’ll post a haiku, a story part, or both. Full of creation, Restful beauty or darkness, Deep human nature.

A Preview of April

April is both National Poetry Month and Indie Author Month. On April 1 I promise not to try to fool you. I plan to post a haiku on the odd numbered days, and a story part on the others. What I haven’t decided yet is which story or stories I will work on, so thatContinue reading “A Preview of April”

Gray – Haiku

Gray is in the clouds, And old buildings standing near, My hair feels their age.

Red – Haiku

In the color red, Danger courage warnings blood, And delicious fruit.

Blue – Haiku

With the color blue, Draw the sky and water too, Why should blue mean sad?

Looking Back at Letters

I haven’t written a letter in a while, and I don’t have anything new for today, so now is the perfect time to link to all my previous letters.

The Choice

This is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspiration writing course from The one-word prompt was “choice.” It was published in six blog posts in April 2020. Each post was fairly short, so I’ve combined them into one for a podcast episode. The Choice What to do? She looked at the clock.Continue reading “The Choice”


Yesterday, I shared a post from the blog about podcasting with Anchor. Now I’ve got my very own podcast. It’s all about my free fiction. So far, I’ve created one episode, which is the first part of my science fiction story “Time Gone By.” Once I have podcasting figured out, I’ll probably create aContinue reading “Podcast!”

Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School – coming soon

My husband Michael and I are working on a series of books about Monica and Brad, a set of blind twins who are just starting kindergarten. I tell the story, and Michael explains how braille works. To learn more, please visit: Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers.

The Empty Screen

I don’t usually have trouble starting a blog post or a story, but lately, I’ve been confronted by an empty document, an empty blog post, and a mind that feels bereft of ideas. I would love to hear from you. What kind of content would you like to read? Please leave your suggestions in theContinue reading “The Empty Screen”

All my Haiku poetry

I don’t have anything new to post today. Please check out my fairly large collection of haiku poetry.

Showcase Your Figma Designs on WordPress P2 – rebloog

I love sharing WordPress blog posts about new features. Here you go! Figma — one of the most popular and fastest growing digital design tools today — was recently voted “the most exciting design tool of 2021.”  In many… Showcase Your Figma Designs on WordPress P2

Sound – Haiku

Voices of loved ones, And a body of water, Good useful advice.

100 Posts

I don’t have any new content for you today, but I’ve got the Latest Posts block! Browse and have fun.

Haiku – January 28

Time has its strange ways, Through unhappy times it slows, Good times go too fast.

Haiku – January 27

An eight-minute walk, If you could travel by light, Sun’s both far and near.

Haiku – January 17

Trust is the key that, Unlocks the door to friendship, Do you change the lock?

Haiku – January 15

Great white banks of snow, Frosting heaped on a cake that, Only nature bakes.

Haiku – January 13

Thank you to all those, Who share good things with us all, You brighten my day.

My Site Will Be Down for Maintenance

Dear Readers, Starting January 13, I’m going to be doing some maintenance on my site, and although I don’t know how long it will take, I’m hoping not much more than a week. When it’s back up, everything will mostly be the same, and I intend to post something every day. Yours truly, Hyacinth Grey

Haiku – January 9

Finishing things up, Means less time for the moment, But more time later.

Haiku – January 7

When we do damage, Most things can be fixed but not, Always in our hearts.

Haiku – January 6

Wind and snow blowing, Gray sky will bring a lot more, Till this is over.

2020 – Haiku

A sad year has gone, Too many people have died, May they rest in peace.

A Letter to Christmas

Dear Christmas, I think a lot of people are conflicted about you and religion in the 21st century. The love of God has both inspired people to do good, and turned some hands to do wrong. A free country is one in which people should not be afraid to believe, and they should be comfortableContinue reading “A Letter to Christmas”

Winter – Haiku

When the winds blow strong, And deep snow is on the ground, Our hearts grow warmer.

Haiku – December 15

Summertime so far, In the future it seems like, It will never come. Time is weird this year, Pandemic’s on our shoulders, One day it will lift.

Haiku – December 14

Thinking of you all, Today the memory of, Your deaths brings sadness. You should be fourteen, Doing school online with Zoom, Along with your peers. I keep thinking of, The gifts under those trees that, You never opened.

Love – Haiku

True love is mindless, Like a jacket that just fits, What is true hatred?

A Letter to Letters

Dear Letters, It’s writing Wednesday, and I used to write you on Wednesdays every week. I tried to be philosophical, funny, factual, or just plain foolish. Do you think I should bring you back as a regular feature? You know, maybe between writing advice posts? Oh, my phone’s ringing. “Hello, this is Hyacinth, who’s calling?”Continue reading “A Letter to Letters”

All Writing Advice

I don’t have any new content today, but I do have a lot of posts about writing.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving I’m thankful for you, my site Visitors. I’m thankful for the Internet. Without it, we would all be so much lonelier during COVID-19. I am thankful for good health, both mental and physical. I am thankful for the Teachers who taught me how to write. I’m thankful for the Editors who walk withContinue reading “Happy Thanksgiving”

Writing Advice: What to do when an Editor sends you your edited manuscript

It’s time. You’ve sent your manuscript to an Editor, you’ve waited while they’ve been working, and now they’ve just sent you your manuscript. Like me, you’re probably kind of nervous about opening that document. Don’t be. (No, I don’t take this advice. I’m always going to be nervous, no matter how many times I doContinue reading “Writing Advice: What to do when an Editor sends you your edited manuscript”

A Letter to NaNoWriMo

Dear NaNoWriMo, I’ve accepted your challenge in both 2019 and 2020. Writing a novel in thirty days has got to be fun, otherwise, why would so many people do it? In 2019, I wrote in private, so I didn’t worry about typos, plotholes, or any of the other annoying aspects of writing. I wrote theContinue reading “A Letter to NaNoWriMo”

Cover Reveal: Time Gone By

Time Gone By A free science fiction story. Right here. Lydia’s in charge of her four grandchildren for three weeks. They’re going camping and mostly having a good time, but… Somebody has invented a time machine. And has seen a terrifying glimpse of the future. A ruthless man will stop at nothing to take overContinue reading “Cover Reveal: Time Gone By”

Freedom – Haiku

There are those who say, We have the right not to wear, Masks if we so choose. Dictators once ruled, Neighbors denouncing neighbors, Hitler Stalin Mao. But Americans, Are free to love and to care, Use that freedom well.

Day 17

Chapter 22: Martin Well, today’s the day. I need to make sure Melanie doesn’t see the paper. One of us normally gets it and puts it in the living room. I have to work, and it’s my turn to make breakfast. I won’t have time to sit and read the paper, so I can’t takeContinue reading “Day 17”

Day 16

Chapter 19: Susan There’s a problem with my idea to tell Matthew what he’s done. I don’t want to go to his place ever again. And in spite of her promise, I’m afraid that my doctor might call Martin about me. She doesn’t know my new address, but I gave her my new number whenContinue reading “Day 16”

Day 15

Chapter 18: Melanie Something’s going on with Martin. There are inconsistencies in things he says and does. One thing is about cooking meals. He wanted to ask his mom to come live with us. That wouldn’t worry me, except for the house. One day when we visited her, she mentioned loving her job because sheContinue reading “Day 15”

Day 14

Chapter 17: Susan I haven’t slept well the last few days. I leave work and don’t need to work tomorrow, or is that tonight, but I’m too tired to do anything. I crawl into bed. A piercing sound wakes me. What is it? It sounds like a fire alarm. My heart pounds. I leap outContinue reading “Day 14”

Day 13

Chapter 15: Matthew I don’t think too many people believe in love at first sight. I know I didn’t used to. Now I do. I don’t even know her name yet, but I know that I love her. Dad would say I’m bonkers. Mom would say I’m nuts. Both would ask: how can you loveContinue reading “Day 13”

Day 12

Chapter 14: Martin Melanie and I end up in her car. It smells much better than mine, but is a lot smaller. That’s not a problem. She is so much fun to be with, and the thought of going home to Susan fills me with dread, but I know I can’t stay out much pastContinue reading “Day 12”

Day 11

Chapter 13: Susan Martin hardly speaks to me anymore. Living with him is like living with a ghost who can eat. Thank goodness I have my books to write and my show to do. On the second Saturday in March, Jeff calls at seven. “Hi,” he says. “I’m not feeling so great.” He doesn’t soundContinue reading “Day 11”

Day 10

Chapter 12: Martin My first date with Melanie is everything I’d hoped for, except I can’t take her home with me. We step out into the freezing night and go to our separate cars. I sit in mine with the engine running and watch her drive away. I imagine myself carrying her into the bedroom,Continue reading “Day 10”

Day 9

Chapter 11: Susan I’m so relieved that Martin’s not in the house breathing down my neck all the time. The Christmas-loving kid is gone, and although he was annoying, I prefer him to the quiet, sullen man I send off each morning and greet each evening. We mostly keep away from each other, and he’sContinue reading “Day 9”

Day 8

Chapter 9: Susan I keep telling people on my show that they can write, and in early December, I’m ready to revise my tenth book. I’m careful this time. After I’ve seen Martin off to work, I wash up the breakfast dishes and do any urgent housework, and then I go into my office. IContinue reading “Day 8”

Day 7

Chapter 8: Martin “Martin?” I recognize Connie’s voice, and she sounds worried. I look up from my desk. Luke is home with the flu, but it’s Tuesday, so I won’t be seeing Melanie today. “What’s wrong?” “My son’s sick. It seems like there’s a bad bug going around his school. I’ve called Rick, but heContinue reading “Day 7”

Day 6

Chapter 7: Susan I’m so nervous, I can hardly do up the buttons on my blouse. It’s just after seven on Tuesday, and my interview at the radio station is for eight. What will they ask me? What if I fall apart and run screaming? I’ve never even called into a radio show, let aloneContinue reading “Day 6”

Day 5

Chapter 6: Martin I arrive at one minute to six. There are two people in the waiting room. One of them is Rick, and the other one is a young guy I’ve never met. “Good morning!” Rick says. “This is Luke. Luke, this is Martin.” How has Rick managed to get this shift again? IContinue reading “Day 5”

Day 4

Chapter 4: Martin The house smells great. Susan’s in the kitchen, putting the finishing touches on our dinner. “Hi honey,” she says. “Did you have a nice day today?” Did I? Well, the hour with Melanie was wonderful, but I wouldn’t call the rest of the day good. “I finished the book.” “Yes, I hadContinue reading “Day 4”

Day 3

Chapter 3: Rick I’ve been asked to work a double shift, so I’m at work at 6:00 a.m. Amazing how many peeps are here already. I reach for my coffee and knock it over. Oh man. I look around, but don’t see any paper towels or napkins. It’s all over the desk and under theContinue reading “Day 3”

Day 2

Chapter 2: Susan He’s demanding his dinner — like a spoiled kid — again. Not gonna happen. Why can’t he cook something himself if he’s really so desperate? He used to be nice. It’s getting to the point now where I’m ashamed to say I’m his wife. He used to be such a nice guy,Continue reading “Day 2”

Day 1

Chapter 1: Martin Maybe I can use her books as a weapon. The idea pops into my head while I’m at work. I don’t have time to ponder, and I don’t want to risk writing something like that down, so I’ll just have to wait and hope I don’t forget. “Hey Martin!” It’s Rick. HeContinue reading “Day 1”

Starting Tomorrow, I will post what I’ve written each day for my NaNoWriMo Project

I’m writing a romance novel for NaNoWriMo 2020, and I’ll be posting what I’ve written that day by 9:00 p.m. Pacific time. My usual blogging schedule will be suspended until December 1, unless I finish early. Warning: there will be typos and probably plotholes. There could be swear words and descriptions of sex. Oh, andContinue reading “Starting Tomorrow, I will post what I’ve written each day for my NaNoWriMo Project”

Haiku about Fire

Flames crackle and burn, Keeping us warm in winter, Yet they can kill us.

Haiku – October 26

The soft earth opens, Dark and fertile giving life, To the seeds of hope. This is the last poem I’ll post until after NaNoWriMo.


Every Thursday, I like to use a writing prompt. Today, I’m using the word “brain,” which popped into my head, so I started thinking about it! I don’t remember who said this or where I read it, but I found it surprising that people used to wonder where our thoughts were. Didn’t we have themContinue reading “Brain”

Haiku – October 19

Time and love and breath, Are what we need most of all. If we could share those…

Food – Haiku

We all need to eat, Experts tell us what is best, Who knows your body?

Shopping List – Revisited

Back in June, I wrote a haiku consisting entirely of emojis. It was fun to do this shopping list, and today, I have another one for you, although of a different type. 🔋 💡 🔦 🕯 🔌 📷 🖨 ☎️ 📺 📻 ⏰ ⌚️ 🔭 🔨 🧯 🔧 🔬

Words and Haiku

I don’t have any new content for today, but there’s quite a lot buried somewhere in the archives. Many of them were not written using a writing prompt, but why not check out all my haiku poetry. I love to write about words, and also writing posts about them. Found a gem in my archives?Continue reading “Words and Haiku”

Are there rules in Writing?

If you’ve never shared your writing with others before, especially those whom you don’t know, you may be wondering if there are rules about how to write. The short answer is: no. Millions of Readers haven’t sat together and agreed on exactly what makes writing good. No two people in the world are the same,Continue reading “Are there rules in Writing?”

A bit about December

Today is Change-it-up-Tuesday, and I’m planning a little change for the month of December. For the rest of October, I’ll post a part of Time Gone By on Fridays. In November, all regular content will be suspended while I blog my NaNoWriMo 2020 novel each day. In December, all regular content will resume, but TimeContinue reading “A bit about December”

Starting Sunflower Saturday

shallow focus photography of yellow sunflower field under sunny sky Photo by Susanne Jutzeler on What’s Sunflower Saturday? It’s like any other Saturday, but with a cool, silly name. What will you post? Sometimes a previous post like I’ve been doing, but I’m pretty much making another Change-it-up-Tuesday. Will it ever have anything toContinue reading “Starting Sunflower Saturday”


“Writing” is the writing prompt today. I normally talk about writing fiction, but nonfiction must also be written word by word, thought by thought, letter by letter. Both must then be revised. Nonfiction especially requires profesisonal editing. A typo in a story is annoying to both Writer and Reader, but not the end of theContinue reading “Writing”

Reawakening: the hardest part of writing

In October 2019, I wrote The Hardest Part of Writing. There will be two more posts about writing this week. Tomorrow, is Writing Wednesday, and on Thursday, the writing prompt will be writing itself.

Writing Prompts Revisited

I’ve used writing prompts on a lot of Thursdays. Time flies, and I didn’t manage to write anything for today, so I thought I’d share the Writing Prompt Thursday category page. While you’re browsing and reading those posts, please like, comment, and share them.

Surviving Site Changes

A few days ago, I changed my WordPress site plan because I wasn’t using the advanced features I had. The downgrade had to both keep my existing content, but also revert to an older version of my website. I decided it was time for a change of theme, and I soon rebuilt my menu andContinue reading “Surviving Site Changes”

Fun with Free Fiction

Back in April, I launched free short fiction on this site with The Choice. That piece was short, but over the months since, I’ve started writing longer pieces. Both finished stories and pieces in progress can be found on my Fiction page. As of this writing, the story called Lockdown has almost come to anContinue reading “Fun with Free Fiction”

Detective – Haiku

The one-word prompt was “detective.” Who is the killer? Who’s taken the life of one, Before time itself. Into the unknown, Asking questions of those left, To find the killer. The truth is out there, The detective must find it, Before it decays.

Only a Month and a Half to Go

I can’t believe there’s just under seven weeks until NaNoWriMo starts on November 1. Every day, I’m going to post what I’ve just written. I won’t have time to fix typos and might even miss plotholes. I’ve created this page so I can keep updating you without needing to find and link to old posts.

Tomb – Revisited

On July 23, I wrote this post about the word “tomb.” At the end of it, I used the phrase “rest in peace,” which reminded me of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe story — The Cask of Amontillado.

Name – Haiku

We all must have one, Or we would not know ourselves, Nameless forgotten.

Revisiting why I Write

On April 12, I wrote this post about why I write. It’s been a long time since then, and while I was rereading it, I noticed a mistake and an opportunity. The mistake was easily rectified: I wrote “words” instead of “worlds.” No biggie. The opportunity is also easy to take, so here it is:Continue reading “Revisiting why I Write”

I hate to admit it but

I seem to be out of prompt ideas for now, so I’d like to share this category page with you. Next Thursday, I’m hoping to be back with something fun.

Haiku – August 31

Kids play in sunshine, Laughter friendship happiness, Outlives all of us.

Looking back at Letters

I’ve stopped writing letters as a regular feature, but I had a lot of fun with them. Here is the letters category page. I’ve been sitting here trying to think which letter is my favorite. For seriousness and sort of philosophy, it’s definitely the one to the Pacific Ocean. I’ve had to pick three “other”Continue reading “Looking back at Letters”


I’ve been rereading Harry Potter recently, and the word “dungeon” occurs rather frequently. They’re dark and fearsome, but what is a dungeon, exactly? I mean, I’ve never actually been in one. I’m working on a book called “Written in Stone,” a fantasy romance, which involves a dungeon or two, so the word’s going to comeContinue reading “Dungeon”


“Predictables?” Oh, no, it was “predicables,” but I’m none the wiser. Affirmable attributes leave me baffled, so I’m just going to accept the meaning of “category” that I know: a group of things that share something. (That’s not quite what the dictionary said, but close enough.) To clear my head a little, I think I’llContinue reading “Category”

Second – Haiku

The one-word prompt was “second.” I am not the first, I do not live long at all, I get the last word.

Haiku – August 10

Warm sun and cool breeze, Children laugh somewhere nearby, A beautiful day.

Air – Haiku

Prompt: Air. Take in a deep breath, The people who’ve lived before, Have shared it with you.

Haiku – August 3

Chill wind blows over, The high craggy mountain top, Wish I could feel it.

Short Fiction Sunday – Lockdown – Horror Fiction

Billy’s nineteen and still afraid of the dark. His adopted mother has just given birth, and Dad can think only of his new daughter. Lockdown, part 1 was posted on July 10, and a new part will be posted every second Friday.

Get your copy of Wounded Bride

Detective Maria Mateo is new to the Chicago Police Department. Wounded Bride is available now. Get your copy today. From somewhere inside the book: There hadn’t been any point in eating. She was out of the job she loved, so why bother?

Words – Haiku

Words live in our minds, We add new ones throughout life, Faithful friends always.

Haiku – July 27

Pieces of our lives, Are glued together in ways, That make new stories.

Short Fiction Sunday – Time Gone By – Science Fiction

A grandma. Four kids. They’re all going camping this summer, sometimes they don’t get along, and they might be called upon to help stop something terrible — if there’s time. Part 1 of Time Gone By was posted on July 3, and a new part will go up every second Friday.

Some Changes to my Weekly Blogging Schedule

As of Saturday, August 1, I’m changing up what I post each day. Please refer to my Accountability page for more information. I’m also thinking about redesigning my Home page. For now, it’s my Books page, and this Blog can be found in the navigation menu.


I was working on a book and wrote the word “tombstone.” Then I started to wonder why “tomb” rhymes with “gloom” and doesn’t sound like “Tom.” According to Wiktionary, “tomb” was borrowed from Old French into Middle English, and since I understand neither Middle English spelling nor pronunciation, I don’t know why the o, butContinue reading “Tomb”

A Letter to Books

Dear Books, During the last ten or so years, I’ve been hearing people say that printed books are on the decline, due to the rise of eBooks. I don’t think the trend has continued as fast as initially predicted, and I think that some printed books will always be produced. I don’t believe it whenContinue reading “A Letter to Books”

Haiku – July 20

Snowflakes flutter down, Flung indiscriminately, By God’s loving hands.

Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers

I’m working on children’s books, and I’ve created a second website for them. Please visit Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers ( for details.


Somebody used the word “tiny” in a tweet, and it sparked this post. Interestingly, the word “tiny” may relate to the tines of a fork. They are quite small, although I personally wouldn’t call them tiny. I read the definition of “tine,” and discovered, to my surprise, that it can be used as an adjective,Continue reading “Tiny”

A Letter to COVID-19

To the virus: I don’t like you. After thinking about you for a few minutes, I’ve realized that when it comes down to facts, you’re neither good nor evil. I want to hate you, to despise you, and to destroy you with the depth of my dislike for you. You’ve made a great many peopleContinue reading “A Letter to COVID-19”

Haiku – July 13

Over the mountains, An ocean lies waiting for, You to explore it.

Short Fiction Sunday – The Choice

Rita is offered a choice: either stay in the job she hates, or take a chance. The Choice was the first piece of short fiction that I published on this blog. Check it out, and find out what Rita chooses… and the consequences of that choice.

Looking Forward to November

I’m very excited about NaNoWriMo this year. Please check out this post to learn why. If you’ve read it before, you’ll notice it’s been updated.

Two Previous Writing Advice Posts

Due to illness (not COVID-19), much of what I post this week will be previous content. I had a lot of fun with How to Overcome the Fear of Plotholes in Your Fiction, and A Couple of Great Reasons to Write Fiction. I hope to be back next week with new stuff.

Haiku – July 6

Let’s help each other, Encouragement means a lot, As we live our lives.

A Letter to FriesenPress

🇨🇦 Dear FriesenPress, Happy Canada Day! You are my favorite self-publishing company ever, and thanks to being able to work with your great team, I have a 294-page reason to celebrate year round! I look forward to publishing more books with you. Yours truly, Hyacinth Grey

All Haiku

I have so much fun, Writing haikus for this blog, Category page.

The Dark Tide – Part 10

This is a work of fiction. “Before we go,” my wife said, “why did that man want to kill me?” I told her about the bicycle cart accident just as the mother bird had been landing. “My daughter,” my wife said when I’d finished speaking, “would you please help me pull him out of thisContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 10”

Ramshackle – Haiku

Somebody used the word “ramshackle” on Twitter. It’s a fun word, in spite of its not so fun meaning, so here’s a ramshackle haiku. The roof leaks badly, It’s freezing cold in winter, But I was born there.

A Letter to Summer – Haiku

Dear Summer, Spring is just too wet, Fall is nice but it’s not you, Winter is too cold. Yours truly, Hyacinth Grey

Haiku – June 22

The kitchen fills with, Wonderful scents of spices, Holiday season.

Clock – Haiku

Tick tick tick tick tick, Students in classrooms waiting, For the bell to ring.

Why I Love to Write Letters

Every Wednesday for a while now, I’ve been writing letters. Here’s why: it’s fun. I took the everyday inspiration course from Blogging University, and one of the suggested tasks was to write a letter as a blog post. I did so and then got hooked. Most are humorous, some are serious, and some are both,Continue reading “Why I Love to Write Letters”

House – Haiku

The writing prompt for this haiku was the first word that popped into my head: “house.” The outside’s not much, Walls and windows roof and doors, The inside is home.

Haiku – June 8

I’ve been reading A Brief History of Japan by Jonathan Clements, which contains vivid descriptions of the armadas sent by Kublai Khan to attack Japan. This haiku is written from the perspective of an “observer” floating in the sea. A hail of arrows, Sounds of wind and war cries fierce, Hot blood meets cold sea.


It’s interesting how the meaning of words changes over time, but even more so that we don’t often think about the words we use, and where they come from. A remarkably good (or bad) example of this is the word “lousy.” The dictionary definition, or at least the first one, is “remarkably bad,” “poor quality,”Continue reading “Lousy”

A Letter to Time – Haiku

Dear Time, If you were my dad, I would never once be late, Also not human. Yours truly, Hyacinth Grey

Haiku – June 1

Dancer in silk robes, Infused with the rising sun, Inspiration tea.

Where I Learned to Write Interesting Post Titles

From Day One, I’ve struggled to come up with interesting post titles. No more. Cristian Mihai from The Art of Blogging has written The Art of Crafting a Brilliant Headline. It’s a post worthy of being saved, printed out, and kept near at hand when you’re blogging.

The Dark Tide – Part 6

This is a work of fiction. The canoe drifted toward the house, and I thought it was going to collide with it, but it skimmed past the corner of it and carried me downstream. I had nothing left in the world except the canoe, the clothes I wore, and my daughter’s sketches. If I couldContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 6”


I post a haiku on Mondays, but I can never have too many and I like starting them with writing prompts. Prompt (first word that popped into my head): find A computer screen, The mind wishing to know things, Hands on the keyboard.

Haiku – May 25

Blue all around me, Oxygen tank on my back, The ocean is warm.

Another Me

When I was picking a pseudonym to write under, I did a quick check to see if there was already a well-known author with the name I was planning to use. There were people with the same name, but none of them appeared to be authors. I did find something cool: a character named HyacinthContinue reading “Another Me”


It’s almost Friday, so I’m thinking about the opposite of sober. I had no idea where the word “sober” came from, so I looked it up; it’s pretty much Latin for not drunk (“without intoxication.”) Well great! I like to learn something I didn’t already know when I research words for these posts. Maybe IContinue reading “Sober”

A Letter to Nonfiction

Dear Nonfiction, Boy, you must be mad after reading last week’s letter to short fiction. First I said it was fun writing something other than essay-style posts, and then I went on and on about my romantic, moon-lit relationship with fiction. Well, all of that is true, but you know what? You shouldn’t have openedContinue reading “A Letter to Nonfiction”

Haiku – May 18

Abandoned buildings, Dusty gray and sky the same, Black mud underfoot.

WordPress is my Favorite

My first web-hosting company didn’t work for me. It was Weebly, and I’m sharing that because it may work great for you and they are still hosting one of my domains. Last year, when I realized that I needed to find a different company to host this site, I tried to think of where IContinue reading “WordPress is my Favorite”

Books for Young Readers

I’ve always loved stories, and I want to share that passion with readers of all ages. Therefore, I’m working on some books for young readers (they’re also meant to be enjoyed by adults!) Please visit Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers ( to learn more about what’s coming later this year or early in 2021.

New Words

Lately, I’ve been seeing the word “clickbait.” Is it something I was supposed to bite down on? Since I do a writing prompt on Thursday, “clickbait” will be the word I use. I usually like new words, but sometimes it takes me a while to get used to them. Other times, I never do. ForContinue reading “New Words”

Some Testing Going On

I’ve been having a few issues with the publish dates of my blog posts, so WordPress Support is going to help me figure it all out. Therefore, you may see some test posts in the next few days. Please ignore them, because I’m going to delete all posts about testing except this one.

A Letter to Short Fiction

Dear Short Fiction, Every Friday, I post some of you on my blog to give my readers free content. It’s also nice to take a break from writing essay-style nonfiction posts. I fell in love with you at first write, but I don’t quite remember the first time we met. All I recall is somebodyContinue reading “A Letter to Short Fiction”

Haiku – May 11

The world upside down, Testimony of outlaws, Painted on tombstones.

Sharing Sunday – Writing Space

I’m similar to number eleven on this list, but I love number sixteen. Writers Writing Place. Indoors Or Out? 17 Confess. by Dr. Shelly C from Success Strategies.


When looking for a prompt for today’s post, I just picked the first word that popped into my head, which was, “volume.” How much coffee or tea does your cup hold? How loud do you like your music? I like words with multiple meanings. One of the novels I’m working on is about a guyContinue reading “Volume”

A Letter to Revision

Dear Revision, I’m kind of confused. I’ve always thought that the other half of writing was reading, but you sort of complicate matters. Reading came first, so maybe it’s the older sibling, and writing and revision are a set of younger twins. While we’re at it, where does publishing fit into the family? Is itContinue reading “A Letter to Revision”

Science Fiction

Because it’s May 4, I want to talk about science fiction, even though this post has nothing to do with Star Wars. In November 2019, my NaNoWriMo novel was a sci-fi story called On Ice. It’s still in the freezer, waiting for me to take it out and revise it, but while it’s coming upContinue reading “Science Fiction”

Previous Post Saturday

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a new weekly feature – Previous Post Saturday. I’m going to use this space to resurrect posts from my archives and point you to pages and other content on my websites that I’d like to show you. Because this is the first one, I got to thinking aboutContinue reading “Previous Post Saturday”


I like using a prompt on Thursdays, so I headed over to Discovery and found Focus. One suggestion was to talk about a sound, smell, or other stimulus that makes it easier to focus. For me, the stimulus has to be internal. I have to feel that interest, that drive, that get-up-and-go to be ableContinue reading “Focus”

Stuck in my Head

What do you do when you get the name of the anti-spam feature Akismet stuck in your head? I mean, it’s a catchy name, but really, I could have a much more relaxing day without those three syllables rolling around inside my cranium. Strategies I use to get things to leave me alone includeContinue reading “Stuck in my Head”

I Love to Share

This is a list of all the blog posts I’ve ever liked. I haven’t been using the Reader for very long yet, so there are seventeen of them so far. The list goes from first liked to most recently liked, so the numbers don’t reflect how much I liked the post. The 5 Tricks ThatContinue reading “I Love to Share”

Two Weeks

I’ve posted something each day for the last fourteen days. I find myself wanting to harmonize the spelling of “week” and “streak,” so instead of calling it a “too weak streak,” I’ll go with a “strong two-week streek.” Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Indie April Why I Write What I’ve Learned The ChoiceContinue reading “Two Weeks”

The Dark Tide – Part 1

This is a work of fiction. Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes. Karl Marx Everyone had been called to Worship. I stood outside the temple, and waited for the doors to be opened. It was early morning, and very bright, with sunbeams reflecting off the snow that had fallen the night before. IContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 1”


Today’s post was inspired by this writing prompt: Tempo . I’ve been thinking about this poem lately, so when I read the section in the above post aimed at poets, I thought of it right away. E. J. Pratt’s “The Lee-Shore” is about the Atlantic Ocean, but while drafting A Letter to the Pacific OceanContinue reading “Tempo”

A Letter to the Pacific Ocean

Photo by Pixabay on Ocean and humans, Pacific, no more conflict, World without stories. Photo by Gantas Vaiu010diulu0117nas on Dear Pacific Ocean, I’ve been reading a book about you. It’s called Pacific, and it’s written by Simon Winchester. It’s also Earth Day, so I guess I’ve been thinking about you lately. My publisher,Continue reading “A Letter to the Pacific Ocean”

How Often?

Dear Reader, How often would you like me to post short stories (or parts of them) on this blog? You can answer via this Poll on Twitter or by leaving a comment below. The choices are the following: once a week every 2 or 3 days as often as possible other (please explain)

The Choice – Part 6

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was “choice.” Matthew’s phone rang. Good, his new client would be ready for him. He lifted the receiver, but didn’t speak. “Good morning, Mr. Reid,” his secretary said. “Your nine o’clock has arrived and is inContinue reading “The Choice – Part 6”

The Choice – Part 5

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was “choice.” Rita watched Matt walk out of the Starbucks and get into a dark gray car. The engine came on and he roared away. She took a sip of coffee but it tasted awful. MightContinue reading “The Choice – Part 5”

The Choice – Part 4

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was “choice.” Rita looked into Matt’s clear blue eyes and wanted to ask a million questions, but didn’t know where to start. “How are you feeling, Rita?” His words were soft, mellow, and yet very clear.Continue reading “The Choice – Part 4”

The Choice – Part 3

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was “choice.” Rita asked Matt to meet her at a Starbucks the next morning. He replied almost immediately, confirming that he’d meet her there at 7:00 a.m. She tossed and turned all night long. At five,Continue reading “The Choice – Part 3”

The Choice – Part 2

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was “choice.” Rita tried to think who Matt might be. The older guy with sallow skin who would probably drop dead if he didn’t eat some vegetables soon? Or maybe Matt was the thirtysomething black guyContinue reading “The Choice – Part 2”

The Choice – Part 1

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was “choice.” What to do? She looked at the clock. It was 9:24 p.m. on a rainy Saturday evening in April. Take a chance, accept his invitation, or pretend his e-mail didn’t exist and go backContinue reading “The Choice – Part 1”

What I’ve Learned

Blogging is a great sport. Reading about writing makes me want to write more. I can rarely resist an upgrade. I should pay attention to things I don’t know about, such as using tags in blog posts, because doing so could bring more people to my website. Trying a suggestion, such as writing a listContinue reading “What I’ve Learned”

Why I Write

I write because I enjoy writing. I also deeply feel the need to express myself through the written word. Writing helps me to deal with my emotions in a safe and liberating way. Let’s take the current coronavirus pandemic as an example. I don’t want to blog or tweet about how I feel about it.Continue reading “Why I Write”

Why I Write

I write because I enjoy writing. I also deeply feel the need to express myself through the written word. Writing helps me to deal with my emotions in a safe and liberating way. Let’s take the current coronavirus pandemic as an example. I don’t want to blog or tweet about how I feel about it.Continue reading “Why I Write”

Indie April

This is the first Indie April for me as a new author. I have heard mixed opinions about self-publishing, and this blog post is an examination of some of them. Is it hard work, or is it just vanity? You may have heard the term “vanity publishing,” meaning that anybody with money can have aContinue reading “Indie April”

Write about what you know

Lots of people say to write about what you know. This is good advice, or is it? What is “know” anyway? How much would you need to know about something to be considered knowledgeable on that topic, and who decides this? I probably don’t know a great deal about engineering, but I could learn enoughContinue reading “Write about what you know”

Leap Day GiveAway Winners

Thank you to everybody who retweeted something about the giveaway. Entries are closed as of 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Ten (10) winners will each receive one (1) Apple Books / iBooks gift code for Wounded Bride via direct message (DM.) The winners will be announced on Twitter, so if you’d likeContinue reading “Leap Day GiveAway Winners”

Genres: Part 2 – Fantasy

I think that the strength of fantasy is its limitless possibility. You can create places, creatures, and powers that don’t need to be real to be believed. I can do pretty much whatever I want, and I don’t even have to think, is this possible? Anything is possible, and that includes whatever story I wantContinue reading “Genres: Part 2 – Fantasy”

Now on Goodreads

I’ve signed up as a Goodreads Author, and I’d love to connect with you on there. I’m currently very interested in books about writing and editing, so if you read a good one or wrote one yourself, please send me a message.

The End

Here’s what I have at the end of NaNoWrimo. A first draft of “On Ice.” A lot of a first draft of “Be a Movie Star.” It took me fourteen days to write “On Ice,” at an average pace of 3,574 words per day for a total of 50,032 words. In sixteen days, I wroteContinue reading “The End”

Week Four

After week four, “Be a Movie Star” is 86,989 words. That’s fairly long, and I know it’s going to be a lot of work to revise this thing, but the first draft is not finished yet. There are twenty chapters so far, but I still have a long way to go. It feels like IContinue reading “Week Four”

Week Three

At the end of week two, I had already written 50,000 words and had completed the first draft of “On Ice.” This week, I started a second novel, called “Be a Movie Star.” During the last seven days, I have written 47,426 of it. It’s going a lot faster than “On Ice,” which was scienceContinue reading “Week Three”

Be a Movie Star

91,464 of 50,000 words written title: Be a Movie Star genre: some kind of family and relationships romance thing personal goal for the project: no violence, and only minor accidents I finished “On Ice” in fourteen days and am starting a second NaNoWriMo project. synopsis: Natasha loves her job, and when she meets Peter, whoContinue reading “Be a Movie Star”

Week Two

Week one ended with the realization that my word count could only increase if I did some revising. I certianly wasn’t looking forward to it. I like to take the often-given writing advice to put your draft in a drawer for a few weeks or months, and then have a fresh manuscript to work with.Continue reading “Week Two”

So Fast

My site maintenanace went so fast, all the domain stuff seems to be working. The content updates aren’t yet complete, but there shouldn’t be any disruptions.

Site Maintenance

I’m figuring out some things with domains and my website content. My site will probably act weird for a few days, but the blog shouldn’t be affected. Please continue to visit my site during this time but it may not work as expected.

Week One

In the first seven days of NaNoWriMo, I have written an average of 4,000 words per day. My novel isn’t finished, but I have reached the end of the story. A lot of details need to be added, so I will spend the next twenty-three days doing that. I know what happens, now I justContinue reading “Week One”

Starting NaNoWriMo

I was quite nervous, but I got started on Friday. My book took an unexpected detour, and I’ve managed to make up a new word, and am now trying to prevent myself from overusing it. I have an idea of how the story will end. When I revise, I will need to add a lotContinue reading “Starting NaNoWriMo”

After You Revise

You’ve worked very hard and finished revising your novel. Isn’t it amazing how long it takes? I’ve been working on a fairly substantial book, and have logged about forty-eight hours of revisions. That’s more than a work week. It’s not finished yet. Writing it was fun, and revising it sometimes is, but I find itContinue reading “After You Revise”

Word Count

50,032 words written in fourteen days first draft complete book title: On Ice genre: started as science fiction romance, but turned out more like a science fiction psychological thriller with a pinch of romance

I Intend to Win

I’m feeling revved about NaNoWriMo. I plan to update a blog post each day with my Word Count. Feeling as ready to win as I am? Why not join NaNoWriMo. You have seventeen days to get ready for November 1!

One day in the Garden

This post isn’t about gardening, or even being outdoors. I didn’t know this two years ago, but people who write without having much in the way of starting ideas are sometimes called Gardeners or Pantsers. (Those who use outlines are often called Architects, Plotters, or Planners.) All I knew was that I wanted to writeContinue reading “One day in the Garden”

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton