The Winds of Change – A #Tanka

Hello! I’m late, I’m late… The arrival of Monday has got the better of me!

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I tweaked the prompt word of “storm” to “rage and/or bluster,” and I changed “color” to “tints.” Both words have many connotations and can change the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions. The best poetry has layers of meaning.

Please link your #Tanka Poem contribution to my post found here.

“Use these hashtags to Tweet each other’s poems: #Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Tanka, #poem

Go on Twitter and search for these hashtags. There are tons of great poems to read and retweet.”

Don’t forget to join in and share your #Tanka #Poem using the words: Storm & Color, or if you need some visual inspiration write your Tanka poem and tell us of the feelings and descriptions this photo invokes:

Clouds swirl with rage –
as the winds of change bluster,
voices speak in tongues.
Noise tints the waiting silence.
The calm before the dark storm.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Hugs everyone!

Acceptance: Skin-Deep and Empty Words

Excellent thoughts about love and acceptance in our world by Ali Issac on the day I had hoped would never come. Well said, Ali. ❤

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Today is a significant one in world history. No matter which side of the fence we stand on, we have no choice but to accept. Around the world, governments are also preparing to show acceptance. And yet, there seems to be a global sense of uncertainty, and fear.

I fear for the minorities. I fear for acceptance. For tolerance. And I am reminded of something I wrote a few years ago for 1000 voices speak for compassion, which I think is as relevant today as it was then, if not more so.


I don’t like moths. I don’t like how they enter my house uninvited, fluttering blindly about, and cluster in a seething panic around any available light source. The frenzied flapping of their dull, tattered wings gives me the creeps.

But I love butterflies. When they gate-crash, I feel privileged, blessed, and patiently herd them out to freedom for…

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Author Interview: Hugh W. Roberts

A great interview with Hugh Roberts about his new book. Check it out! ❤

Write Through the Night

Hugh W. Roberts is a new author, and has just recently published his first book, Glimpses, a collection of short stories.  Besides this, he is a blogger, and has a really inspirational story.  It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to ask Hugh a few questions and learn more about both his book and his life!

You have dyslexia, and make no secret of it. What was it like growing up with this, and do you think it caused people to see you differently?

While growing up, dyslexia was not an acknowledged condition. Teachers told my parents I was either slow and/or not very intelligent for my age. You can imagine how that made me feel, while sat alongside my parents, knowing that sometimes the words I wrote or read just seemed to get jumbled up. I was often taunted by other children about all the mistakes I’d make…

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Guest author: Colleen Chesebro: Magical realism and the Heart Stone Chronicles

I had a great visit at Sue’s blog today and shared my thoughts about fantasy and magical realism and how I used the genre to define my novel. ❤

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Cover Art by Bookxeedo Book Covers

Hi, everyone. I’d like to thank Sue for her kind invitation to visit and write a guest post. It is much appreciated and a great honor. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Colleen Chesebro. I am a writer, a poet, and a fairy whisperer…

I’ve just published my first book, and I wanted to share into what genre I categorized The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. First,  I added it to the children’s fantasy genre for ages ten years and up. After further research, I also added it to the magical realism genre because of the magical aspects of the novel.

I thought I would share a couple of distinct differences between fantasy and magical realism that will help you clarify your own writing.

“Fantasy is defined as a work of fiction where magic is the…

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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #17 – “Storm & Color”

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

** IF YOU CAN’T FIND INSPIRATION FROM THE PROMPT WORDS… WRITE YOUR TANKA BASED OFF THE FEELINGS YOU GET WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS PHOTO **

(Please note: I changed my blog name and address from silverthreading.com to colleenchesebro.com).

Happy Tanka Tuesday! Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…

SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE TANKA POETRY FORM.

It is worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

~*~

Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLES and to learn how to write a Tanka poem

Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: howmanysyllables.com

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR TANKA POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon). This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People participating in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual Tanka’s” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA

If you add these hastags to your post your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 15th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – BLOOM & LATE: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Winter roses – Jane Dougherty Writes

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #16 – BLOOM & LATE – Ladyleemanila

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #16 Bloom & Late | Annette Rochelle Aben

On time | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Bloom & Late | thoughts and entanglements

Snowflake | method two madness

When the Time is Right (a Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Colleens Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #16 | bloom – late – Micks Blog

 Winter – REINVENTIONS BY REENA

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #16 – Bloom & Late/Two on a Rant

“Purple Genesis” & “Studious Young Girls” – TWO #Tankas – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

This week’s Poet of the Week is Marjorie Mallon of Kyrosmagica. Marje said this is her “first” Tanka. I loved her positive message, and hope you will too. The last line really spoke volumes to me! ❤

© 2017 Marjorie Mallon – Kyrosmagica Blog

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: STORM & COLOR

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget that you can use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment. If the words don’t inspire you… write a Tanka based on the photo above. 

TANKA TUESDAY!

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Motivation Monday – New Blog Feature!

Lisa has a new blog feature, Monday Motivation! Check it out! ❤

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Hello Lovies,

Today I am starting a brand new feature on @rebirthoflisa dedicated to helping you feel better on Mondays. The feature is aptly named “Motivational Monday”. I will post affirmations to help motivate you to keep going and have a positive outlook. I hope you will enjoy this feature. Please leave me a comment  with your thoughts and/or feedback.

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My First Ever Book Review

I am honored to have Andrew Joyce review my book. The fairies are all abuzz this morning! ❤

Andrew Joyce

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This book was recommended to me by a friend and I must admit that it’s not my usual kind of read. But I thought I’d give it a chance. Right off the bat, I had two favorite characters, Abby and Sam. The author drew me in with good writing, excellent pacing, and an antagonist that had me turning pages at an alarming rate. I had to find out what the dastardly villain would do next!

Our hero, Abby, has a lot to contend with. Her mother has died some time ago and her father has now disappeared. She is shipped off to a new town where she’ll have to start a whole new life. All this in the first few pages. But then her problems really begin.

My only regret is that I don’t have a young daughter to share this with. This is the perfect book for young girls…

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Irish Mythology | Friday 13th… Unlucky for Some?

Excellent information about Friday the 13th! Are you scared yet?

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moon The moon is associated with the divine femine as the feminine cycles were linked to the phases of the moon. In Ireland, Aine was Goddess of love, growth, cattle and light. Her name means “bright” as she lights up the dark


There is a deep-rooted fear in many cultures that Friday 13th is a very unlucky day, yet no one knows where this superstition has come from, or why it is so widespread.

It is certainly true that some pretty rotten things have happened in the past on this day, which have earned it such a terrible reputation. For example, on Friday 13th October 1307, hundreds of Knights Templar were rounded up and put to death in France.

In the Bible, Judas was the thirteenth person present at the Last Supper. Jesus was crucified the very next day, which was a Friday.

In numerology, the number 12 is considered to…

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#PoweredByIndie: Amazon’s Latest Indie Initiative

Nicholas Rossis shares a new hashtag that is worth checking out! 😀

Chris McMullen alerted me to a brand new Amazon initiative that aims at supporting Indie authors: the #PoweredByIndie hashtag. Amazon is encouraging indie authors to use the #PoweredByIndie hashtag…

Source: #PoweredByIndie: Amazon’s Latest Indie Initiative

“Purple Genesis” & “Studious Young Girls” – TWO #Tankas

Hi! Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I tweaked the prompt word of “bloom” to “bloomer,” and I let “late” stay the same. Both words have many connotations and can change the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions.

Please link your #Tanka Poem contribution to my post found here.

Don’t forget to join in and share your #Tanka #Poem using the words: bloom & late, or if you need some visual inspiration write your Tanka poem and tell us of the feelings and descriptions this photo invokes:

Purple genesis –

swathed in a crystal mantel,

darkness exploding.

Dawn bursting forth in glory,

acknowledging a new day.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Studious young girls –

are considered late bloomers,

hiding in their books.

Their beauty is buried deep

revealed when their wisdom speaks.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #16 – BLOOM & LATE

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

** IF YOU CAN’T FIND INSPIRATION FROM THE PROMPT WORDS… WRITE YOUR TANKA BASED OFF THE FEELINGS YOU GET WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS PHOTO BELOW **

Image Credit: Pixabay.com

(Please note: I changed my blog name and address from silverthreading.com to colleenchesebro.com).

Happy Tanka Tuesday! Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…

SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE TANKA POETRY FORM.

It is worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

~*~

Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLE

Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: howmanysyllables.com

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR TANKA POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon). This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

People from the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual Tanka’s” if you wish, although it is not necessary. You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you want to make your images. Click the links to go to the programs.

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 15th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – CHANGE & BEAUTY: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Love’s Omnipotence | The Poetry Channel

Transience of Beauty – REINVENTIONS BY REENA

Aurora’s Colors – Tanka Poem – The Rolling Hills

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge #15 Change & Beauty | Annette Rochelle Aben

Changing | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Snowdrops – Norma’s Natterings

Change & Beauty | thoughts and entanglements

The Beauty of Change (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Beauty – Life at 17

Changes/Lemon Shark Reef

Shift/Method Two Madness

The Quest – A Tanka/colleenchesebro.com

This week, our POET of the WEEK is John W. Leys Tanka, from his blog, Darkness of His Dreams. The Tanka is found below. I though he was able to relay the message that beauty and change are all about impermanence and constantly changing.

The Beauty of Change (a tanka)

Ev’rything changes
Neither for better or worse
Good, bad; indiff’rent
The beauty of it all is
Nothing will last for too long

© John W. Leys

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: BLOOM & LATE

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget that you can use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment. If the words don’t inspire you… write a Tanka based on the winter photo above. ❤

TANKA TUESDAY!

READ MORE ON COLLEEN’S FAIRY WHISPERS

Sign up for my monthly newsletter where you will find new reads from across the web plus a few creations of my own. Written, just for you, with fairy love and mindfulness, each month. Just fly over to my SIGN UP PAGE and enter your email. ❤

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» 62 Poetry Manuscript Publishers Who Do Not Charge Reading Fees

Author’s Publish shares a listing of Poetry Manuscript Publishers you might want to check out… ❤

Most poetry manuscript publishers charge their readers a fee to submit. You can read about why that is the case here. This article focuses on a number of poetry manuscript publishers who do not charge submission fees to writers, which is good news for poets.This is the most complete list of poetry manuscript publishers who do not charge fees, on the internet, or off for that matter.

Source: » 62 Poetry Manuscript Publishers Who Do Not Charge Reading Fees

NEW RELEASE: ‘The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars: Part One: Eagle Ascendant’ 99c/99p until 14th January…

Lovers of science fiction and fantasy… Author, Lorinda Taylor has a new book out! I can’t wait to read this one. I’ve bought my copy, have you gotten yours?

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THE MAN WHO
FOUND BIRDS
AMONG THE STARS

PART ONE

EAGLE ASCENDANT

Special price:
only 99 cents
until the Launch
Party

Launch Party to be held on Saturday,
January 14, 2017, on Facebook
You may win a FREE Copy!

You’ll love this book
if you like biography and you like space heroes who have flaws, and
if you’re interested in my version of the future history of Earth.

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Available from:
Amazon: US  –  UK  –  CA  –  AUS
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Robbin Haysus Nikalishin was born on 31 October of the year 2729 and ultimately became the first starship Captain to make contact with extraterrestrials.

This fictionalized biography, composed 50 years after Nikalishin’s death, recounts the first 31 years of the life of a man who is hailed as one of Earth’s greatest heroes.

During this portion of his life he enjoyed many triumphs, joys, and loves, but he…

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Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: The Heart Stone Chronicles by Colleen Chesebro

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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, an awarding winning children’s author, kindly featured me on her blog where I could discuss my motivation in writing about the swamp fairies. Many thanks to Deanie for a great time! ❤ Enjoy!

Source: Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: The Heart Stone Chronicles by Colleen Chesebro

Colleen’s Book Reviews – “The Solar Wind IV: Raider,” by Lyz Russo

  • Title:  The Solar Wind IV: Raider
  • Author: Lyz Russo
  • File Size: 1129 KB
  • Print Length: 396 Pages
  • Publisher: P’kaboo Publishers
  • Publication Date: August 16, 2013
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EMJY78Q
  • ISBN-10: 0987010395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987010391
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Science Fiction, Literature &Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

*I was given a publication copy of this book by the publisher for review purposes*


Alien Touchdown! If the crew of the Solar Wind thought the Unicate and the Rebellion were tough cookies, they haven’t yet met the Danaan – from Planet New Dome. Coming to take over Earth – or destroy the planet. Or alternatively, for a mango daiquiri in the subtropical paradise of Southern Free. And then destroy the planet. And why is Captain Lascek acting so strangely? Raider is the fourth in the series of Solar Wind novels.

Previous sequels are, The Mystery of the Solar Wind, The Assassin, and Freedom Fighter.

Welcome to my first book review of 2017! Pull up a chair and have a seat while I tell you about the adventures of the Solar Wind crew.

Volume Four brings the pirate assassin, Federi, and his wife, the lovely genetic engineer/musician, Paean, back together at long last. When these two are apart, the Solar Wind never rides smooth on the waves beneath its bow. Something is off, though, and Federi’s gypsy intuition is pushed into overdrive to figure out what is wrong.

Suddenly, a new threat surfaces when Dana, an alien from the planet New Dome, arrives aboard the ship with an agenda all her own. The hauntingly beautiful Dana disrupts the newfound relationship between the Captain and Perdita when it is revealed that she is Rushka’s mother. Perdita is stunned and watches, filled with fury, as the Captain succumbs once again to Dana’s evil charms. Meanwhile, Rushka, pregnant with her first child remembers the cruelty she suffered at the hands of her alien mother when she was a young child.

And, if that wasn’t enough drama, mutant creatures are menacing the crew, threatening their very lives. The beings can’t be destroyed, and they regenerate themselves from a single living cell. They multiply into the thousands with only one thing on their mind – to kill. When one of the creatures attacks Federi, the team battles for his and their lives looking for solutions to save the world from certain destruction.

Perdita is the key to protecting humankind from Dana’s malevolence. If they can save Federi, there is still hope…

I have been reading the Solar Wind Series for some time now, and I must say, I enjoyed Book IV, Raider, the best! The characters have long ago found a place in my heart. Once again, it is the relationship between Paean and Federi that steer the crew into new adventures. The addition of space travel and the ability to beam to any location in an instant added another layer of mystique to the plot.

Lyz Russo has created a science fiction series that continues to entertain and invite the reader into the world of the Solar Wind, and its crew. This futuristic pirate fantasy is one of my favorites!

To read my review of the first book, The Mystery of the Solar Wind, click here. To read my review of the second book, The Assassin, click here. To read my review of the third book, Freedom Fighter, click here. All I can say is that thank goodness there is a fifth book: The Morrigan – Solar Wind, Volume 5!


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Author, Lyz Russo

About Lyz Russo:

I’m a South African writer and musician. Between running a violin studio and raising 3 beautiful children, and writing through nights, I also run a maverick indie publishing house in South Africa called P’kaboo Publishers.


Have a look: www.pkaboo.net.

You can catch me on my blogs: The Red Ant at skrikvirniks.wordpress.com and Violin Tricks at violintrix.wordpress.com. On WordPress, I’m “gipsika.”

You can find me on Twitter @lyzrusso and also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Lyz-Russo
and www.facebook.com/pkaboo.net.

I’ve added this book & series to my “5 Star – ME Time Recommendations.”

Thanks for stopping by. ❤

39 Weeks: 39 Blogs Everyone Should Follow In 2017 – Week 1: Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s Blog @Storyreadingape

Hugh has a new feature on his blog! Our own Story Reading Ape is the first one listed as a BLOG TO FOLLOW! Check it out! ❤

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Welcome to the second new feature, for 2017, on Hugh’s Views And News. You can check out my first new feature by clicking here.

During the next 39 weeks, I’ll be showcasing and recommending blogs everyone should follow.

39 Weeks: 39 Blogs Everyone Should Follow In 2017

To get us started, I’d like to introduce Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s Blog.

Many of you may already know and follow Chris’s blog, but for those that don’t already do so, Chris promotes authors and their books as well as offering a platform on his blog for authors and writers to promote themselves by writing guest posts. Check out Chris’s ‘about me’ page by clicking here.

Chris also offers authors his book cover and book promo trailer design services, 3D book promo display options, as well as other promo designs and graphics services. Check out the full details by clicking here. He also offers a selection of free editing…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy by Colleen M. Chesebro

I am honored to be a part of Sally’s Bookcase on her blog. If you are looking for a book to read, this is the place to come. ❤

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

New on the shelvesWelcome to the first of the 2017 Book Promotions here on Smorgasbord.. New on the Shelves is for authors who are not already in the Cafe and Bookstore offering an opportunity to get to know the author and their work in more detail.

Delighted to showcase the debut YA Fantasy novel – The Heart Stone Chronicles –  The Swamp Fairy by Colleen M. Chesebro.  As you will see Colleen has come up with a wonderful way to add sparkle to the launch of her book with a specially commissioned piece of jewellery by Irene Design.

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About the book

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Holding…

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The Quest – A #Tanka

Hi! Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday challenge. This week, I tweaked the prompt word of “change” to “alter,” and I let “beauty” stay the same. Both words have many connotations and can modify the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes the most subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry.

Please link your Tanka to my post found here.

At the beginning of the year, my mind is filled with the reflections of my life from the past year. The prompt words spoke to me this week. How about you?

Don’t forget to join in and share your #Tanka #Poem using the words: beauty and change!

Alter your thinking –
to seek inherent beauty,
is change essential?
An attitude adjustment
overcomes my fate.

© Colleen M. Chesebro


Fairy Calcite Necklaces – 2 Photos

Irene introduces our readers to the calcite pendants she made for my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. It is a replica of Abby’s pendant that she wears in the book… ❤

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Black Silk Necklace with Silver Wrapped Large Green Calcite by IreneDesign2011

Black Silk Necklace with Silver Wrapped Small Green Calcite by IreneDesign2011

Beautiful Handmade Black Silk Necklaces with Silver Wrapped Green Calcite, available in 2 sizes of Green Calcite

Colleen just wrote a new Fairy Book, where to she has been so kind to ask me to create these necklaces, as she write much more about in her new book. You can find much more about this here

What do you think about these necklaces? Please tell me, thank you 🙂

You can find these necklaces here, for the big calcite and here for the little calcite in my Etsy Shop

Wish you an amazing day

Irene

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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #15 – CHANGE & BEAUTY

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ and your weekly prompt post. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

(Please note: I changed my blog name and address to colleenchesebro.com. silverthreading.com will be dropped in the next few months).

Happy Tanka Tuesday! Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…

SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE TANKA POETRY FORM.

It is worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

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Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLE

Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: howmanysyllables.com

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR TANKA POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon). This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

People from the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual Tanka’s” if you wish, although it is not necessary. You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you want to make your images. Click the links to go to the programs.

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 14th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – LAST & NEW: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

I’m sorry if my post confused everyone… I know I said I used the words “last and few” – when I meant, “last and new!” Let’s blame it on the chaos I had last week getting my book ready for publication. That was a whopper of a typo! ❤

A tanka – Art and Life

Ghosts #tanka | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

The Last Time – REINVENTIONS BY REENA

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge #14 Last & New | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge #14 Last & New/Two on a Rant

The Circle Must Close (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Tanka Poem – The Rolling Hills

Last & New | thoughts and entanglements EDIT

Tuesday Tanka Challenge – Norma’s Natterings

toasting tomorrow | rivrvlogr EDIT

Counting | method two madness

Ringing in the New Year – A Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

The Last Time, by Reinventions by Reena

©2016 by Reena Saxena

These are some great inspirational words and thoughts!

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: CHANGE & BEAUTY

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget that you can use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment.

TANKA TUESDAY!

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