Words That English Needs | Grammarly

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When you write do you ever think about creating a word that fits your meaning better than the words we have available to us? If so, you are going to love this… click on the highlighted link below to read the entire post.❤

If there is no word, invent one and submit it to John Koenig’s website. For those who long to see a book version rather than read about these feelings online, a book version is scheduled to be released in 2017. Wait a minute; is there a word for yearning for the texture of paper in your fingers in these increasingly paperless times?

Source: Words That English Needs | Grammarly

Colleen’s #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Yellow Hair,” by Andrew Joyce

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  • Title:  Yellow Hair
  • Author: Andrew Joyce
  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 498 Pages
  • Publisher: William Birch & Assoc.
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2016
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN:  B01LXOXHBI
  • ISBN-10: 0998119318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998119311
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Biographical

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*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book*


“Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just at the time that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader–and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage written about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in this fact-based tale of fiction were real people, and the author uses their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century. This is American history.”

Yellow Hair is an action-packed epic saga sharing the life story of a man coming to grips with his destiny. From the first page of this book, the reader is thrust inside the life journey of Jacob Ariesen, a young man whose family was looking for a better way of life in California. Leaving Massachusetts behind, and heading west on the Oregon Trail, the Arisen’s meet up with a wagon train headed to California in the mid-1800’s and set out toward gold country.

Most of the travelers were Eastern businesspeople, and they weren’t prepared to face the hardships on the trail. Careless errors of judgment by the pioneers results in the deaths of many family members. The people were greenhorns and had no clear idea what they had gotten themselves into. Throw in a crippling bout of cholera, and you have a clear picture of the tribulations suffered by the brave folks who traveled West looking for a better way of life. In the blink of an eye, Jacob’s entire family is wiped out, and he becomes the sole survivor.

With the dead and dying all around him, Jacob Ariesen becomes infected with cholera, and his days are numbered. Help is at hand, when a prophetic Native American woman, named Suni, finds her destiny with the fair-haired Jacob. Suni nurses him back to health, and she calls him, “Yellow Hair.” With no family of his own, Yellow Hair embraces the Dakota tribe who adopts him. He learns to speak the native languages of the Great Plains Indians and lives his life as a member of the Dakota tribe.

Jacob Ariesen, a.k.a. Yellow Hair takes his place in history framed by the U.S. government’s policy of placing the Dakota Sioux Indian tribes onto reservations after breaking treaty after treaty with the native peoples. The rest of the story belongs to Yellow Hair, told from his point of view.

I felt both sides (Native American and Whites) were portrayed as accurately as history could allow. The difference is in perspective, when you the reader, have the chance to witnesses the historical events through the eyes of a white man who considers himself to be an Indian.

I thought the author, Andrew Joyce, was entirely fair in his depiction of all the events. I never felt one side was glorified over another. The historical facts are woven in between the author’s interpretation of the events making history come alive.

History has a way of repeating itself, and I was quite moved with the parallels between the novel, and real life events unfolding at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the Dakota Access Pipeline. I must admit I shed a few tears at the brutality of humanity on both sides of the spectrum.

I enjoyed this book from start to finish and could not put it down. And, as the author reminds us, “This is history,” which means many of these happenings are hard to swallow from a humanitarian point of view.

This is one of my favorite books from my expanding library of Andrew Joyce novels. If you love historical fiction set in the American West, you will love Yellow Hair.


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, Andrew Joyce

About Andrew Joyce:

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and forty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, YELLOW HAIR. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, MICK REILLY.

You can find Andrew on Twitter @HuckFinn76 and on Facebook at Andrew Joyce (Yellowhair1850) and you can connect with Andrew on his author blog at andrewjoyce.wordpress.com

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A Mindful Journey

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I’ve created a new blog called A Mindful Journey, and you can find it here: https://amindfuljourneysite.wordpress.com/. My goal is to use this as a personal blog logging my progress toward mindfulness and weight loss. Colleenchesebro.com will remain my main blog. I will include some of my inspirational posts in my newsletter linking to the new blog also as another way to stay in touch.

Last year, I started Mindful Monday and each week I shared my weight loss journey and healthy living goals. Since I discontinued those Monday posts, I seem to have lost my way. I need that motivation, and it keeps me honest. I had no idea how I motivated myself to stay fit and to stick to the foods that I know are good for me.

Yes, I have had a blog identity problem as of late. Thanks for bearing with me…❤

If you are interested in sharing this expedition with me, please join me and feel free to share your trials and tribulations towards healthy living. Together we can achieve our goals.

Thanks for stopping by,

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How Can It Be December?

November has faded and become a dull memory, and it’s already December 2016. How did the days disappear so quickly? Just so you know, I did not complete NaNoWritMo. The last couple of weeks, Ron and I have been ill with some strange virus. Many of those days I could not function, let alone write. Which is a shame because I have a ton of book reviews to write… and awards are due for my favorite picks of 2016.

Today is the first day I feel coherent. I did complete 9,000 words of “The Meadow Fairy,” (about four chapters), so I don’t consider the experience a loss. My head just wasn’t in the game.

But here’s my take away from the challenge. If you can write under pressure, NaNoWritMo is for you. I’ve decided that I am a much more leisurely writer. I need to mull things over – dream about them, even. In other words, the words must come to me on their own. The more pressure I felt, the more uncooperative my brain seemed to become. I tried it, and it didn’t work for me.

That doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you. You never know until you try it.

Here’s the thing. I write at least two hours each day. That doesn’t count book reviews, blog posts, or poetry. NaNoWritMo is all about developing a daily writing schedule, finding time to transfer the words hiding inside your brain on to paper. If you can develop a daily writing habit, you are way ahead of the game.

A writing schedule helps you to decide what works for you. Figure out what time of day is the best for your writing inspiration to flow. Then, schedule your time and write. Seriously. Schedule your time to write.

Think about it. If you could write for two hours a day with no interruptions or Facebook visits, in no time you would have a rough draft of a novel.

Set some writing goals and amaze yourself. I know you will love the results. If you have already defined your goals, share them in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by. I loved seeing all of you!❤

20 Facebook Groups for Writers You Don’t Want to Miss

Are you looking for some feedback on your writing? Here are some Facebook groups that can help you with that. Click the highlighted link at the bottom of this post to read more.❤

We polled writers to find out which Facebook groups they couldn’t live without. Here are the amazing results!

Source: 20 Facebook Groups for Writers You Don’t Want to Miss

Ancient Secrets – A Tanka

I kept the prompt words this week of “stars and fate.” Instead, I concentrated on showing instead of telling by choosing my words carefully.

Twinkling stars above –

murmuring fairy secrets,

the chasm of my fate.

Patois cloaked with dark meaning

empathic words of feeling.

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©Colleen M. Chesebro

To learn the significance of this Tanka you will have to read:

COMING IN JANUARY 2017

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What NOT to Post When Marketing Your Book – 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid

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Useful information in this post and well worth the read.❤ Click the link at the bottom of this post to read more. 

As I was scrolling through my Facebook groups today, I saw several posts that listed multiple links to their books for each country’s Amazon store.  However, instead of listing every single Amazon store URL in your post you can create one link. This post includes instructions on how to create a smart URL that redirects to the appropriate country based on where the person is using the internet.  You can use a free resource called SmartURL to create this link here:  http://manage.smarturl.it/.

Source: What NOT to Post When Marketing Your Book – 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #10 – FATE & STARS

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)

A spot of tea, anyone? Grab a cup of Joe and read what’s below…

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

I have received many questions about how to write a Tanka poem.

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 phase 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 phase, 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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Here are Jean’s instructions quoted from the site above with examples:

“1. Think of one or two simple images from a moment you have experienced and describe them in concrete terms — what you have seen, tasted, touched, smelled, or heard. Write the description in two or three lines. I will use lines from one of my own poems as an example:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

2. Reflect on how you felt or what you were thinking when you experienced this moment or perhaps later when you had time to think about it.

Regarding the moment described above, I thought about how often I have watched and photographed egrets. In fact, they even could be said to be a defining part of my life. My poetic instincts picked up on that word, “defining,” and I knew I had a clue as to what my next lines would be.

3. Describe these feelings or thoughts in the remaining two or three lines:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

4. Combine all five lines:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

5. Consider turning the third line of your poem into a pivot line, that is, a line that refers both to the top two lines as well as to the bottom two lines, so that either way they make sense grammatically. To do that, you may have to switch lines around.

Here’s my verse with the lines reordered to create a pivoting third line:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

    To test the pivot line, divide the poem into two three-liners and see if each makes sense:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

6. Think about the form or structure of your verse. In Japan, tanka is often written in one line with segments consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 sound-symbols or syllables. Some people write English tanka in five lines with 5-7-5-7-7 syllable to approximate the Japanese model. You may wish to try writing tanka in this way. But Japanese syllables are shorter than English language syllables, resulting in shorter poems even though the syllable count is the same. To approximate the Japanese model, some poets use approximately 20-22 syllables and a short-long-short-long-long structure or even just a free form structure using five lines. You may wish to experiment with all these approaches. My egret verse is free form.

7. Decide where capitalization and punctuation may be needed, if at all.Tanka verses normally are not considered full sentences, and the first word in line 1 usually is not capitalized, nor is the last line end-stopped with a period. The idea is to keep the verse open and a bit fragmented or incomplete to encourage the reader to finish the verse in his or her imagination. Internal punctuation, while adding clarification, can stop the pivot line from working both up and down. In my verse, a colon could be added without disenabling the pivot:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

I decided to use indentation instead (The final product):

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

A few final tips before you write your first verse:

Commentary can be separate from the concrete images or woven into them. Even though commentary is fine, it’s a good policy — as in any fine poetry — to “show rather than tell.””

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 9th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – THANKS & BEGINNINGS: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Regrettable Choice | The Poetry Channel

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge 8 Thanks & Beginnings | Annette Rochelle Aben

Thanks & Beginnings | thoughts and entanglements

old days remembered | rivrvlogr

#amwriting Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #8 – THANKS & BEGINNINGS | Two on a Rant

Seeking | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

New day – My words, My life

Thankful for beginnings | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

To the Giver | Running with a Friend

Thanks & Beginning – My Words My Life

A Tanka – Thanks & Beginning – Norma’s Natterings

Looking Forward – A Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

Annette Rochelle Aben is our featured poet of the week.


I loved her take on the prompt words and she had me with “gratitude unites the world.”

Since you did so well last week, are you ready to have another go at it?

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: FATE & STARS

(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! REPLY IN THE COMMENTS WITH WORD SUGGESTIONS OR THEMES FOR FUTURE TANKA CHALLENGES.❤

 

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When the Red Bird Sings

When the red bird sings,

a soul wings to the heavens,

watching all below.

©Colleen M. Chesebro

Photo: courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

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Author Websites, Blogs, and Book Sales Pages – The Book Designer

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Setting up your author blog is important stuff. Here is a fabulous breakdown of what you need to help sell your book.❤ Click on the highlighted link at the bottom to read the information.

Last week Stephanie Chandler invited me to do a presentation for the Nonfiction Writer’s Conference, an online event featuring lots of speakers on topics of interest to self-publishers and nonfiction

Source: Author Websites, Blogs, and Book Sales Pages – The Book Designer

Colleen’s #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Rapture in the City,” By Diane Hall

  • Title:  Rapture in the City (Sequel to Catching Feathers in the Wind)
  • Author: Diane Hall
  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 231 Pages
  • Publisher: http://www.dianehallauthor.com
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0145J0U8S
  • ISBN-10:  0955973392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955973390
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Magical Realism, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Angels & Spirit Guides

    *I voluntarily reviewed an Author’s Copy of this book*


“This sequel to Catching Feathers in the Wind begins when Stephen, Jayna and the other non-physical members of their soul group assemble on a distant star, fully awakened and aware of their connection with each other as a soul group consciousness. A large meeting is called, in which they are charged with returning to Earth in various forms, in order to trigger the inhabitants of the Earth into a spontaneous co-creation of Utopia. It seems straightforward enough, until they begin to encounter strange, invisible electromagnetic fields, stubborn twin flames who refuse to re-unite and carry out their joint mission, and a mysterious figure who holds all of their dreams by a thread… Who is the enigmatic leader of the Utopian Resistance Movement, and what does he really want? Will Heaven on Earth ever be allowed to birth itself, and will Natalie ever allow herself to be united with the one man she should never, ever want…”

Diane Hall has written this fantastic novel as a sequel to “Catching Feathers in the Wind,” which I reviewed some time ago. You can find that review here. I loved the first novel and was excited to see what the author had up her sleeve for the sequel.

When “The One,” gathers the soul group consciousness together, their hearts swell with the brightness of a flame. God has a mission for these entities, and the intent is to institute “The Divine Plan,” by returning the ‘All’ back into a state of harmonious and unified consciousness, or a Heaven on Earth.

A negative vibrational field covers the earth preventing God’s love from penetrating the hearts of mankind. The light-workers have been busy, though, and the loving energy surrounds the earth, seeking a path to touch humanity. As you can imagine, angels coming back to earth causes major chaos, sometimes with hilarious consequences and sometimes not so much as their antics mimic real life.

The thing I like best about Diane Hall’s writing is her intuitive way of portraying humanity. Her characters always come across as real, not contrived. She reprises the roles of Stephen and Jayna, from the first novel to work their magic and love behind the scenes once again back on earth. Two other couples figure prominently in the book. Their journey to finding true love is entertaining and engaging.

I also enjoyed the author’s use of incarnated fairy-folk in her story. This was a concept I have been dabbling with myself, so I was intrigued, to say the least.

The theme of the novel is love and the evolution of love on the wheel of life. There is one holdout, one person who resists the love fest by blocking all thought transference between himself and outside sources. The question is if we have heaven on earth, do we then give up our freedom of choice? Does humanity desire to live in a constant state of harmony between all sentient beings?

All I can say is that I am a fan of Diane Hall’s eternity. If you enjoy love stories with a twist of magic, you are going to love this book.


Character Believability: 4
Flow and Pace: 4
Reader Engagement: 4
Reader Enrichment: 4
Reader Enjoyment: 4
Overall Rate: 4 out of 5 stars

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Author, Diane Hall

About Diane Hall:

Diane Hall is an author and channel who writes novels, non-fiction, magazine features, comedy scripts, and songs about love, spirituality, and the joyful challenges of communication between dimensions.

She is inspired by her guides and the angelic realm to create books that touch the heart with memories of Heaven. She is also a drama postgraduate with a passion for Shakespeare and Rumi, and a desire to bring a sense of fun to the genre of spiritual fiction. She is a singer/songwriter, a meditation and intuitive development teacher, and a recovering chocoholic.

As a freelance writer, she has contributed to a number of new thought publications and websites, including Soul & Spirit and Kindred Spirit magazines.

“My dream is to create a life-changing body of work  –  literary, musical and lyrical  –  that reaches many hearts and minds and brings peace, awakenings, love, learning, joy and ultimately, a Heaven on Earth.”

You can find Diane Hall through Twitter @Channellinglove, on Facebook at Diane Hall, and on her author blog, dianehallauthor.com.

 

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Thanks for stopping by to meet Diane. You’re going to love these books.❤

Whoooo! Complaining Works! Amazon Book Reviews Are Now Exempt!

Here is some new information for book reviewers and the update to Amazon Rules…

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I just wanted to celebrate that as of today, amazon have seen sense in their guidelines and have now made exceptions to their 5 non-verified purchase reviews rule.  In case you didn’t know what I’ve been talking about for the last few days, Amazon.com had recently changed its rules on posting reviews.  The original rules can be found in this blog post: Amazon’s Even Newer Reviewing Rules  These rules led to a great deal of commotion and anger amongst authors and book reviewers as it restricted both how many non-verified book reviews you could write each week, as well as potentially deleting many verified purchase reviews when too many are posted in a short time.  However today the US rules have been updated again but this time they are clear:

  • Customers can submit 5 non-Amazon Verified Purchase reviews each week. Non-Amazon Verified Purchase review counts are calculated each week…

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How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock – ProWritingAid

I love foreshadowing and if used correctly it will propel your story to exciting new heights. Think about some of your favorite movies or books and how those authors foreshadowed future events. Add this to your own stories and you are on your way!❤ Click the highlighted link below to read more about using foreshadowing in your writing. 

Foreshadowing allows you to plant clues, hint at what’s to come, build the tension, or even place a red herring in your reader’s path. You can use foreshadowing in a variety of ways. The resulting action can be immediate or delayed. You can use dialogue or narrative to set the scene, and you can foreshadow a symbolic event or an ethical dilemma. You can use direct or indirect foreshadowing, and it can even be true or false. Foreshadowing can feed the tension of a scene. Who doesn’t know the famous shower scene in the movie Psycho? Right before the character Marion Crane pulls up to the Bates Motel, her windshield wipers are slashing through the rain, foreshadowing what awaits her in the shower scene.

Source: How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock – ProWritingAid

Looking Forward – A Tanka

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Cold winds are racing across the foothills on this fine Colorado day. The sky is a pale blue, and a white haze of clouds has crept over the mountains. Ron is working in the kitchen preparing a fabulous meal to commemorate the day. The holidays are hard for me each year, and as I get older, they seem harder to celebrate. Writing helps…

I chose the following words in reply to the prompt words of ‘beginning and thanks,’ for my Tanka this week: for beginning, I used, “set in motion,” and for thanks, I used “grace.”

Bleak lamentations –

bitter winds howling in grief,

autumn’s last hurrah.

Winter snows set in motion

my grace to begin anew.

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©Colleen M. Chesebro

Photos: Courtsey of Pixabay.com

I hope your day is filled with much love and happiness… and turkey too!

Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Book Bites: Love in Times of War,” by Uvi Poznansky, Tamara Ferguson, Jacquie Biggar, D. G. Torrens, Angelica Kate, Traci Hall, Regina Puckett, Suzanne Jenkins, S. R. Mallery, P J Fiala, Jennifer St. Giles, & Susan Jean Ricci

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  • Title:  Book Bites: Love in Times of War
  • Author: Uvi Poznanasky, Tamara Ferguson, Jacquie Biggar, D. G. Torrens, Angelica Kate, Traci Hall, Regina Puckett, Suzanne Jenkins, S. R. Mallery, PJ Fiala, Jennifer St. Giles & Susan Jean Ricci
  • File Size: 2462 KB
  • Print Length: 133 Pages
  • Publisher:  Uvi Poznansky
  • Publication Date: November 14, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N51W92N
  • Formats: Kindle
  • Goodreads



“Book Bites offers samples for all 12 romance novels and novellas published in the Love in Times of War boxed set. We hope you will find them not only delicious but also arousing an irresistible craving for more.”

“So, you ask, what is this boxed set all about?
At no other point is passion put to the test as in dire times of war. From the American Civil War to WWII, from Vietnam to the War in Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf, the stories in this boxed set summon the strength of true lovers.
Written by bestselling, award-winning, and USA Today authors, the novels and novellas in this collection tell of overcoming loss, injuries, and separation, to celebrate the victory of love.
If you like Military Romance, Wounded Warrior Romance, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, or Romantic Suspense, this anthology invites you to triumph over the worst of conditions and find the courage to bring forth the best in us.”

Do you love romantic fiction? How about HISTORICAL romantic fiction? You do? I do, too! So, you can imagine how excited I was to see such a great group of authors coming together to form a collection where you could sample their work before you buy.

There is much to choose from, and each author shares enough of their story to whet your appetite for more. After reading each excerpt, I’ve decided that I would like to read more from these writers and will order some of the other titles. I’m hoping Santa will be good to me this year so that I can buy more books!

Included in this anthology is an example from the book Dancing With Air. I have read the full novel of Dancing With Air, a poignant tale of true love which begins during World War II between Lenny and Natasha which then culminates in the later years of their lives. Their story is skillfully told by Uvi Poznansky. Please click HERE to read my review.

This compilation is well worth the price and the opportunity to meet and sample the work of authors I haven’t read before. As an avid reader, this is truly a value packed offer.


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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Thanks for stopping by. I had to add this collection of works to my “Me Time” category. I loved these stories and author introductions, and I think you will too!❤

Colleen’s Coming Attractions – Uvi Poznansky – A TIME FOR GIVING

UVI POZNANSKY has been hosting an exciting event on Facebook – click the link to find out more:

A TIME FOR GIVING


Today is the last day. You will want to check this out! Here’s what she says:

“Happening now: our 3-day Thanksgiving event! Here is what to expect:

🌻 Storytelling time! Listen to voice clips, read excerpts from our audiobooks: until an hour before the Grand Finale
🌻 Grand Finale! Who won our prizes? Today at 4:00PM PST (7:00pm EST)

For a chance to win, join us (make sure you’re ‘Going’) and engage with us, liking and commenting on our posts, right here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1090652230971258/

Can’t wait! Can you?”

Have fun, and I hope you win some fabulous new books.❤

Email List – Book Promotions | Pearls Before Swine

Are you looking for some free publicity for your book? If so, you might want to read what Yecheilyah has to offer… What a great deal!❤ Remember to click the highlighted link below to read all about it!

I really wanted our Throwback Jam to be my last post of the day, but I couldn’t (not) tell you this. I mentioned once before that I am starting to promote books in my email newsletters or ema…

Source: Email List – Book Promotions | Pearls Before Swine

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #9 – THANKS & BEGINNINGS

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)

A spot of tea, anyone? Grab a cup of Joe and read what’s below…

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

I have received many questions about how to write a Tanka poem.

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 3 lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper phase is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last 2 lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower phase, the last 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

Here are Jean’s instructions quoted from the site above with examples:

“1. Think of one or two simple images from a moment you have experienced and describe them in concrete terms — what you have seen, tasted, touched, smelled, or heard. Write the description in two or three lines. I will use lines from one of my own poems as an example:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

2. Reflect on how you felt or what you were thinking when you experienced this moment or perhaps later when you had time to think about it.

Regarding the moment described above, I thought about how often I have watched and photographed egrets. In fact, they even could be said to be a defining part of my life. My poetic instincts picked up on that word, “defining,” and I knew I had a clue as to what my next lines would be.

3. Describe these feelings or thoughts in the remaining two or three lines:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

4. Combine all five lines:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

5. Consider turning the third line of your poem into a pivot line, that is, a line that refers both to the top two lines as well as to the bottom two lines, so that either way they make sense grammatically. To do that, you may have to switch lines around.

Here’s my verse with the lines reordered to create a pivoting third line:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

    To test the pivot line, divide the poem into two three-liners and see if each makes sense:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

6. Think about the form or structure of your verse. In Japan, tanka is often written in one line with segments consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 sound-symbols or syllables. Some people write English tanka in five lines with 5-7-5-7-7 syllable to approximate the Japanese model. You may wish to try writing tanka in this way. But Japanese syllables are shorter than English language syllables, resulting in shorter poems even though the syllable count is the same. To approximate the Japanese model, some poets use approximately 20-22 syllables and a short-long-short-long-long structure or even just a free form structure using five lines. You may wish to experiment with all these approaches. My egret verse is free form.

7. Decide where capitalization and punctuation may be needed, if at all. Tanka verses normally are not considered full sentences, and the first word in line 1 usually is not capitalized, nor is the last line end-stopped with a period. The idea is to keep the verse open and a bit fragmented or incomplete to encourage the reader to finish the verse in his or her imagination. Internal punctuation, while adding clarification, can stop the pivot line from working both up and down. In my verse, a colon could be added without disenabling the pivot:

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment:

an egret staring at me

me staring back

I decided to use indentation instead (The final product):

wondering for years

what would be

my life’s defining moment

an egret staring at me

me staring back

A few final tips before you write your first verse:

Commentary can be separate from the concrete images or woven into them. Even though commentary is fine, it’s a good policy — as in any fine poetry — to “show rather than tell.””


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 Fotoflexer, Picmonkey, 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 7th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – TIME & LAUGHTER: (I hope you are visiting the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #8 – TIME & LAUGHTER – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer | Thoughts by Mello-Elo

Time and Laughter #Tanka | Potholes in the Road of Life Archer 44 (she left this Tanka on Greg’s Post):

Tanka Time and Laughter

Was it so long ago,
when my soul was filled with joy
and love abounding;
salt tears wash away the laughter,
cruel time wreaks bitterness.

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge #8 Time & Laughter | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge #8 Time & Laughter — Annette Rochelle Aben – All About Writing

Present Darkness – Leara writes and other creative things…

Time & Laughter | thoughts and entanglements

Time & Laughter (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

A poetic experiment – Art and Life

#Tanka 8 – time and laughter – ladyleemanila

Time to Laughter | imanikingblog

Lover’s Waltz | Lemon Shark Reef

Through my window – Life at 17

oak leaves turning brown | rivrvlogr

Veiled #tanka | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

#AMWRITING COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA #POETRY PROMPT CHALLENGE #8 – TIME & LAUGHTER – Two on a Rant

Tanka-Time & Laughter – Mother Willow

Present Darkness – Leara Writes

Time & Laughter-A Tanka – Darkness of His Dreams

A Mythical Menagerie – She couldn’t get her blog to work but here is the Tanka:

TIME AND LAUGHTER

In time, pain recedes
And never quite vanishes
But joy must survive.
Laughter is the glue that binds
All our moments into song

Through My Window – Life at 17

Everybody did a marvelous job this week!

I used Archer 44 (Norma) and Mythical Menagerie’s Tankas this week as our featured poets of the week.

Don’t forget, each week I will highlight a Tanka that moved me with the feelings that were expressed.

Happy Thanksgiving WEEK! Don’t eat too much turkey and don’t forget to write a Tanka.

Since you did so well last week, are you ready to have another go at it?

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

THANKS & BEGINNINGS

(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!

Starting this week, I will do my Tanka poem in a separate post. So, join in and celebrate poetry!❤

P.S. I updated the challenge number (9). Sorry for the mixup.❤

Stupid Writing Rules: 12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other

I love Anne R. Allen’s blog. I learn something new every time I visit. This is an excellent piece about bad writing advice. Check it out. Just click on the highlighted link below.❤

Stupid Writing Rules: 12 dumb things new writers tell each other. Ignore this bad advice from misinformed people in critique groups.

Source: Stupid Writing Rules: 12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other

How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do

I am working on book 2 myself, although I think I have a clue. No matter… if you don’t have a clue how to write a book, check out this great post from Goins, Writer. Excellent tips. Just click the highlighted link at the bottom of this share.❤

 

I’m about 20% into my new novel at this point, and was just struck with a very important realization: I have no idea what I’m doing. But it’s fun to learn new things, right? Well, sometimes.As this challenge gets progressively harder, I’m learning a few lessons about the art of writing fiction (which seems much harder than nonfiction, but maybe that’s just my inexperience talking).

Source: How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do