All You Need to Know to Rodeo

The Rodeo is coming! GET ready to write flash fiction for the month of October. No entry fee… CASH prizes!

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Weekly Flash Fiction Challenges are on hiatus until November 1. Just like hands on a ranch, we’re going to take a break from our regular chores to challenge and show off our skills. We’re going to have us a rodeo! A flash fiction rodeo.


Judging for TUFF began after the final September Free-Write. These writers were in it to win it. A free-write is a scary contest to enter because it makes a writer feel vulnerable, but vulnerability is exactly what a writer has to push past to write deep, to meet the muse, to follow gut instinct. Drafting is all about trusting the spark of creativity.

We will post a video on October 1 (right here in the blog feed) to announce the five writers who will advance to compete every Monday. They will write a new story to a fresh prompt, then each week revise…

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Authors, don’t miss this awesome #sale of #writing craft books #99c

Now here’s something every fantasy reader needs! Thank Deborah Jay. ❤



Until the end of September, Rayne Hall’s WRITER’S CRAFT Kindle books are ALL on sale at 99c

Writers, if you haven’t come across these wonderfully helpful books, take a look now.

If you have, and you want to pick up any more of them, now is the time!

29 books strong, this is a great opportunity to complete your collection of all titles relevant to you – they go into detail on specific topics, so you may not need all of them, but many are suitable for all.

Check out my reviews of a couple of them:

Writing Deep Point of View

The Word Loss Diet

To see the whole list, take a look at this page – just click on a cover to get to your local Amazon store.

And PLEASE SHARE with your writer friends.

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“Slip into Mabon,” An Etheree Poem


Here is my Etheree poem for this week’s poetry challenge using the word “slip” for fall, and “endeavor” for the word, try. This poetry form is now part of the challenge.


Slip Into Mabon

Mabon and
celebrate the
rituals of the
season by sharing food,
counting one’s hidden blessings,
honoring the mother goddess,
filled with an endeavor to succeed
by remembering our ancestor’s truth.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

What is an Etheree Poem?

I’m adding another poetry form to Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge starting September 25th, 2018. It’s called an Etheree Poem.

The lovely Hélène Vaillant from Willow Poetry has been creating a poetry form that I had never seen before. Take a look at her poem HERE.

I researched the form and here is what I learned:

The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format.

Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

CHECK OUT this form on my page HERE for more information. ❤

fall Thanks for stopping by to learn about the Etheree Poem Format. ❤

Colleen’s Coming Attractions: “The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody,” by Marcia Meara

IMG_7075F4E08CA8-1Hi everybody! It’s my favorite time of the year – Autumn! The days shorten and the nights get longer… Perfect for bedtime reading. ❤

Today, I’m sharing a new release that will soon be on your horizons from Marcia Meara. I can’t wait to get to some of Marcia’s books, and this story looks fabulous!

They’re back!
Jake and Dodger are at it again,
accompanied by their
boss, the archangel Azrael.

I am so excited, I can hardly stand it. Once again, Nicki Forde Graphics Design has come up with a cover that does exactly what I wanted it to do. It provides a great-looking image that clearly links the second novella in my Emissary series with the first one. And it does this by putting Jake’s big, red-and-white semi front and center, angel wings and all, but with a completely different background.

In The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody, Jake and Dodger travel both coasts of Florida, day and night, working their emissarial magic wherever they find souls in trouble. For me, the palm fronds over the truck, the ocean in the background, and the moon shining down are perfect.

I can’t give you an exact release date for The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody yet, as I still have a few more tiny odds and ends to finish up, including the blurb. But I’m 99.9% sure it will be available within a week or two, and I’ll have more to share with you then. In the meantime, what do you think?

My heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who have helped me share my new cover with the Immediate World! It’s lovely to be part of such a supportive online community, and every single one of you is special to me. Thank you!

NOTE: This is not a stand-alone novella, so now’s a good time to grab the first one. You can read it in an evening and be all set for The Emissary 2. You’ll find The Emissary 1 on Amazon HERE.

Author Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and two small dachshunds. When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author and is ecstatic that at age 69, she finally began pursuing that dream. Her belief in the redemptive power of love is a unifying factor in both of her popular series and her poetry. Today, she’s still going strong, and plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, which she figures would be a pretty good way to go!

Marcia has published six novels, one novella, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon:
Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page


You can reach Marcia via email at or on the following social media sites:

The Write Stuff:
Twitter: @marciameara

IMG_FD167C64BD8D-1 Thanks for stopping by to meet Marcia Meara and to hear about her new book! Happy Autumn! ❤

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author & Poet, Annette Rochelle Aben

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Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you author and poet, Annette Rochelle Aben. I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions.

Annette and I go way back… at least four years to the beginning of my blogging journey. We both share a love of poetry, and she has been a participant in my weekly poetry challenge since its inception. As we got to know each other and to grow as friends, we discovered a shared passion for all the magical things in the world. Annette was the first person to recognize the magic inside of me.

She is a great friend and always leads everyone toward the goodness and light in the world. I’m honored to call her a Sister of the Fey, and one of the authors who contribute to our group blog: Sisters of the

Fairy Annette

I loved her book, Haiku Perspective 2018. Read my review HERE.

Please meet my guest, Annette Rochelle Aben:


Poet, Annette Rochelle Aben

I was born writing! At least this is how it seems. I had the good fortune to be published while a sophomore in high school so continuing the journey by publishing books has been a natural course of events.

It is my pleasure to announce that the book I have just released is # 1 Best Seller! And that is: A Haiku Perspective 2018 which is available in both Kindle and paperback formats! Enjoy celebrating a year of my life as told using the framework of Haiku style poetry.

Angel Messages Two – songs of the heart, is a book filled with beautiful photos and remarkable tanka poetry. People LOVE this book because of the comfort it provides. Many have gifted it to others and been thanked over and over again.

A Tanka Picture Book is exactly as the name suggests. I took photos of a variety of everyday objects, works of art and nature, then wrote a tanka poem for each. I suggest this book for all the right reasons. It will entertain, provoke thought, stimulate conversation and be a great addition to your library!

I have chosen to release my annual haiku collection in time to celebrate National Poetry Month, in April. A Haiku Perspective 2017 is filled with smiles, laughter, wisdom and creativity, all cleverly disguised as haiku poetry. Enjoy!

My book, GO YOU some encouragement when you need it, is a pep-talk in a book! Each page gives you a quick way to start your day, help you through a moment or even provide someone else words that can inspire them to a better life. We can all use a cheerleader, when one isn’t available, this book fits the bill!!

Most of the books I have published here are centered in poetry, Haiku poetry to be exact. Much of the feedback I receive about the haiku poetry is that people can really understand the messages and they appreciate that the poems are short and sweet!

Angel Messages – a wing and a prayer is my first book about Angels. Filled with photos, prayers, poems and prose of and about Angels, this book will delight any Angel lover in your life. Check out the reviews, people are drawn to the inherent inspirational nature of this book and as result is fast becoming their favorite. You can have it right away using the Kindle option or order a paperback copy (or two) and carry it with you wherever you go.

I mentioned that many of my books are filled with my poetry and several of them combine that with my love of taking pictures. Books that feature poetry and photos include Perspective, it’s all about replacing one thought with another, PhoKu, visual perspective haiku and BooKu, Halloween haiku. Perspective has a wide variety of pages that can feature prose, poetry and nature photographs, while PhoKu is filled with the photographs I have taken in nature with Haiku poetry added to them, hence the title: PhoKu. BooKu is a “behind the scenes look at how Halloween decorations feel about their jobs. All three of these books are available in print and Kindle formats.

A Haiku Perspective 2015, and A Haiku Perspective 2016 are haiku poetry books. When I first experimented with the haiku writing format, I have no idea I would enjoy it as much as I do. These days, I am writing haiku daily and finding myself thinking in 17 syllables. You can find these books in both print and Kindle formats
There are several other books planned for release this year alone, So please, check back frequently to see what I have published and share what YOU are doing! Cheers!!

Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for this interview. It’s always great to meet up with old friends.

Hi Annette. I’m glad to see you again. Will you tell everyone about your blogging journey? How does blogging help you sell books?

Yes, I DO blog and I love having a blog-presence. I believe that my blog is rather subtle where promoting my books is concerned. There is a separate page on my menu for my books where I announce everything from COVER REVEALS to RELEASE INFORMATION.

I do use visuals in my posts that are not connected to my books to help promote the books I have available. And, when there is something nice posted about my books on someone else’s blog, I repost it on mine.

All this being said, the only way I really know if my blog helps to sell books, is from the COMMENTS that my readers leave. For instance, if I am running a SPECIAL PRICE PROMOTION, people will COMMENT and share that they grabbed their copy!

Oh, and there was the time that I was reading the blog of another blogger I follow, and SHE posted a selfie of her and one of my books!  I was so amazed because I know she FOLLOWS my blog. Guess I can surmise that this is how she found out about the book.


I love when that happens. So, tell me… Is it true, that anyone can be a writer?

 Gee, as I ponder this, I would like to say that MOST PEOPLE can be writers. I feel writing is a teachable skill. Learning sentence and paragraph structure is something composition classes teach us in school. However, I believe there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between being a writer and being a storyteller. Storytelling can be taught as well. Just ask any stage actor – every time they don their costume they tell a story through the presentation of the script. If a writer can tell a story through their writing, well that’s the pinnacle of the craft.

I agree. I also think that the more you write, the better you become. But Annette, have you ever designed your own book covers?

ALL of them! Of the 12 books I have available right now, I designed all the covers. From staging the photographs (if need be) to choosing the colors and title placement, I made them happen. The first few, I used templates provided by the now defunct, CREATE SPACE but one day I decided they were too restrictive, so I learned how to create them using PIC MONKEY and PUBLISHER. *the only book that does not boast one of own photos, is CHOOSE, the 2-step plan. I asked a friend of mine to take the photo because she had the visuals. I told her what I wanted, and she delivered.


Amazon Author Page US

You are such a creative! When you look back on your past, do you feel accomplished?

 Absolutely! I have been blessed to work in several careers that have brought me so much joy; TELEVISION BROADCASTING, JOURNALISM, and PERFORMING. Through my volunteer efforts, I was able to be a part of formulating recycling legislation for the State of Michigan. Artwork of mine has been included in the SWAG BAGS for the red-carpet guests of events such as The Sundance Film Festival, The Canadian Country Music Awards and The ESPY’s. AND, I have been inspired to create and publish a dozen books of my own, one of which is a #1 BEST SELLER. I have been loved and loved in return.

I’m so proud of you. However, do you think you still have a story left to tell?

 Heavens to Betsy, I hope so. Can you imagine being a writer and feeling there is nothing else to write?  I mean, hello, just poison the wine right now. There have been experiences in my life that I feel would make great books.

This, of course, means I have to become a more proficient storyteller. The ideas are there, and I have even gotten some notes together which gives me hope. Guess I’ll have to allow my fears to motivate me as opposed to holding me back and kick it into gear! When this all comes together, I promise to let you know.

Thanks, Annette. I know you will! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your journey. 


Here’s how to get in touch with Annette Rochelle Aben:

Facebook: Annette Rochelle Aben Communicates

Twitter: @YouAretheExpert




k luv u bye Thanks for stopping by to meet Annette. See you next week! ❤

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “The Lady’s Slipper,” by Author, Deborah Swift

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Title: The Lady’s Slipper (Westmorland, Book One)

Amazon Author Page: Deborah Swift

Publication Date: August 20, 2016

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Literature & Fiction, British & Irish, Sagas, Historical Romance



A sweeping historical novel of orchids, obsession, and murder 

England 1660
When artist Alice Ibbetson discovers a rare orchid, the lady’s-slipper, growing in a nearby wood, she is captivated by its beauty. It is the last surviving specimen and she wants to preserve it for future generations. There is only one problem – it is growing on the land of Richard Wheeler, a newly-converted Quaker, who will not allow her to touch it.
Fearing for the flower’s fragility, she steals the orchid, little dreaming that this seemingly simple act will set off an unstoppable chain of events – a web of intrigue that will lead to murder and exile, and change her comfortable life forever.
‘Compelling and intriguing, this is a well-told story full of wonderful prose and surprising events. It’s a vivid addition to the genre’. –RT BookReviews
“It is a genuinely engrossing story, with characters you can get interested in.” –The Mum website


As a gardening enthusiast, I was drawn to this book because of the rare orchid. The book blurb literally drew me in.

The time period centers on the Quaker Revolution in Great Britain, a time period I was not familiar with. The orchid becomes the catalyst that moves the story forward in strange and unusual ways.

Alice Ibbetson, an artist who paints flowers and plants, is still grieving from the death of her little sister. Her neighbor, Richard Wheeler, a newly converted Quaker, shares the existence of the rare lady’s slipper orchid with Alice. The plant was long thought to have been extinct in England.

Alice pleads with Richard to let her dig up the orchid in order to protect it. Richard refuses, and Alice takes matters into her own hands and steals the flower hoping to save it, with the idea that she could grow more.

Richard is outraged and bound and determined to prove that she took the flower. Fearing for her life, Alice enlists the help of an overbearing lord who desires the flower as a cure for a disease he’s suffered from his entire life.

Trusting no one, Alice plots a way to preserve the plant, but thoughts of war are sweeping the land. Soon, Alice and Richard find themselves immersed in the conflict. They are sucked in by the trickery of the greedy lord, while Alice’s maid works her intentions on Alice’s husband and wealth.

There was sex in the book, so be prepared for the author’s portrayal of the raw realities of life during this time period which underscores the people’s affinity for believing the worst in people. This also illustrates the power their religion held over them. The story reads like a tragedy, although karma brings the story to a satisfying close.

I found “The Lady’s Slipper” to be entertaining and a real page-turner. If you love Historical Romance filled with intrigue, this is one book you will enjoy.


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

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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61N8-wvGZdL._US230_Author, Deborah Swift

About the Author:

Thanks for visiting my author page! As you read this I’ll probably be writing from my tall stone house which was once a school and built in 1902. This is a house that is “new” in English terms, as many of our local villages date back to the 1630’s or even earlier.

I write historical fiction, a genre I love. I loved the Victorian classics such as Jane Eyre, Little Women, Lorna Doone, and Wuthering Heights. As I child I loved to read and when I had read my own library books, I used to borrow my mother’s library copies of Anya Seton and Daphne du Maurier. I have loved reading historical novels ever since; though I’m a bookaholic and I read widely – contemporary and classic fiction as well as historicals.

In the past, I used to work as a set and costume designer for theatre and TV, so I enjoy the research aspect of creating historical fiction, something I loved doing as a scenographer. Each book takes about six months of research before I am ready to begin writing. More details of my research and writing process can be found on my website. I like to write about extraordinary characters set against the background of real historical events.

I live in North Lancashire on the edge of the Lake District, an area made famous by the Romantic Poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge.

I took an MA in Creative Writing in 2007 and now teach classes and courses in writing, and offer editorial advice from my home.

The Lady’s Slipper (shortlisted for the Impress Prize)
The Gilded Lily
A Divided Inheritance
Past Encounters

The Pepys Trilogy:
Pleasing Mr Pepys
A Plague on Mr Pepys
Entertaining Mr Pepys

The Highway Trilogy for Young Adults:
Shadow on the Highway
Spirit of the Highway
Lady of the Highway


How to Connect with the Author:

Twitter:  @swiftstory

have a good week Thanks for stopping by to meet Deborah Swift. See you next week. ❤


follow me on bookbub If you have your book listed on BookBub, I will add my review there also! ❤ Click HERE to follow me! (Colleen M. Chesebro) Let me know in the comments.

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Are you looking for more great reads? Join author, D.G. Kaye, and myself in our Facebook group, The Literary Diva’s Library to find book reviews, book promotions, & special deals on books from authors you love.

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Don’t forget to join us in the #ABRSC, Author Blogger Rainbow Support Club on Facebook. See you there! ❤

4th Halloween-Poem Contest

OHHH… This looks fun! Who’s in? Halloween? My favorite time of the year. ❤

Writer's Treasure Chest

It is a great pleasure for me to announce the
4th Halloween-Poem Contest
on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’.

Every author and poet are invited to participate and deliver a “Halloween-Poem” to my email address:, together with their picture and a link to their blog/page.

There are a few rules to follow:

  1. Your poem needs a Halloween theme.
  2. Your poem needs a minimum of 99 words.
  3. Your poem has to be delivered to my email address between October 10 and Halloween, October 31, 2018, 9 pm Central Standard Time.
  4. Your poem has to be delivered together with your picture and a link to your blog/page.
  5. Please avoid violence, bad language, and sexual content within the poems. It would be disqualified.

Every poem that meets the rules and is delivered within the deadline will be published here on “Writer’s Treasure Chest” together with the provided picture.

End of this month…

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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 103, “Fall & Try,” #SynonymsOnly


Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


PLEASE NOTE: This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤



NotedPlease note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables 

This site even has a link so you install the extension on Google Chrome.

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

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.


You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A.

This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the Recap I publish on Monday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// 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 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 taking part 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 Recap published each Monday.

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

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As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

I have also been sharing your poetry on my Facebook Page here: Please follow me so that I can tag you in my posts.  FOLLOW, LIKE, & SHARE from my page. ❤

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

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Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Fall & Try,” #SynonymsOnly

Have fun and write some poetry!

Do it

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 102, “Energy & Vigor”, #SynonymsOnly

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Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.

I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms of poetry.

This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. ❤

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤

Poet of the Week

This week, I’ve chosen Daniel C. Julian, from his blog, Word Florilegium to be the Poet of the Week, for his Crown Cinquain entitled, “With Relish.”

A Crown Cinquain consists of a sequence of five cinquain stanzas functioning to construct one larger poem. This a clever use of the Didactic cinquain and the flow is as pleasing to the tongue when the poem is recited.

When I’m writing longer poetry like this, I like to think of the message I want to express in three scenes, just like you would when writing a short story. Dan’s poem has this form.

Have fun with these Cinquain formats. They have great rhythm because of the syllable count. 😀


“With Relish”

tasty, hearty
burning, taking, taxing
surplus unto surfeit, surcease

gainless, adrift
dreading, stewing, ruing
a paucity of potency

nascent, ginger
starting, swelling, broaching
realization of resource

focused, willful
feeding, guiding, coaxing
bringing results into being

joyous, rightful
choosing, reaching, plucking
fair fruits of labor’s providence

© 2018 Daniel C. Julian



Image Credit:

WHO was Cesare Pavese?



gusto – syncwithdeep

a crown cinquain entitled “with relish” – Word Florilegium

Tanka Tuesday: Cinquain – Jane Dougherty Writes

Dragonfly – Charmed Chaos

When the Force is With Me – #Haibun #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Senryu: Work | The Dark Netizen

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge #102 – Vigour & Energy #MicroPoetry | But I Smile Anyway…

Youth – thehouseofbailey

Tai Chi Logos: A #TankaTuesday #TankaProse (9/18/18) – Frank J. Tassone

Weekly Poetry Challenge: Vigor and Energy | Abbie’s Corner of the World

Ringling | method two madness

I Am A Nuclear Reactor – Let Me Tell You the Story of…

Grounded, but Ready to Soar – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Inside Out | Willow Poetry

Asleep #Cinquain #Poetry #TankaTuesday – Poems for Warriors

Vigor & Energy | thoughts and entanglements

Hidden Vibrancy | Stuff and what if…

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Vigor & Energy

A marvelous Tanka poem by the lovely Miriam. I’m honored to be included in this group of bloggers and authors who make a difference in our blogging world. Thank you for your kindness. ❤

The Showers of Blessings

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge this week, the prompt is Vigor and Energy, Synonyms Only.

I was invited to do a PowerPoint presentation on Thursday, September 20, 2018, to a group of writers and authors. Some members of this group have published many books without many sales. The coordinator of this group asked me to demonstrate how to create a blog as part of networking and promotion of their book.


In addition to the process of creating a blog, I included some websites from WordPress and some blogs provide blogging tips and support, networking, and promotion. These blogs have been a personal help to me. I was able to answer their questions regarding the following blogs.

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