Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 86, Fantasy & Merry, #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some 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 by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too. Opportunities … Continue reading Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 86, Fantasy & Merry, #SynonymsOnly

COLLEEN’S #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE RECAP, “Hurry & Last,” #SYNONYMSONLY

PLEASE NOTE: I WILL BE ON VACATION FROM JUNE 4 - 14, 2018. THERE WILL BE NO MONDAY POETRY RECAPS FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. AS ALWAYS, PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE IS VOLUNTARY. THANKS FOR YOUR COLLABORATION AND FOR ENJOYING POETRY AS MUCH AS I DO! ❤ Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap … Continue reading COLLEEN’S #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE RECAP, “Hurry & Last,” #SYNONYMSONLY

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Odd Jobs and Characters – Odd Jobs and Characters – The Steak House – Counting Peas and a Ghost Story by Sally Cronin

Bloody Good

Sally Cronin is a prolific writer with enough fabulous life experiences for two people. Read about the time she worked in a steakhouse… if you dare!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

This series shares some of the jobs I have turned my hand to over that fifty years, and some were very odd. Not many have sat at a table between two teams of champion dairy cows, selling bull semen!  Over the years I have accumulated a massive dossier of characters and events that now take centre stage in my short stories.

If you have read my novel Just an Odd Job Girlyou will have met some of them but over the next few weeks I hope to bring you some of the others that inspired and stimulated my imagination.

Not all these posts appeared on Smorgasbord as some fantastic blogging friends allowed me to guest post. If that is the case of course I will include their books and links.

You can find the previous odd jobs here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/short-stories-odd-jobs-and-characters-2018/

This week’s episode was kindly hosted by Sue Vincent on…

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The Impact of Narcissistic Parents

My dear friend, and Sister of the Fey, D. G. Kaye, has been quoted in this article, with the reading link below. What an honor! D.G. Kaye has written memoirs about her experiences. Check out her books here: https://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO. “Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try and do the right thing by her because … Continue reading The Impact of Narcissistic Parents

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 85, Hurry & Last, #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some 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 by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too. Opportunities … Continue reading Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 85, Hurry & Last, #SynonymsOnly

Colleen’s #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE, “Dignity & Success,” NO. 84 RECAP, #SYNONYMSONLY

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. Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the … Continue reading Colleen’s #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE, “Dignity & Success,” NO. 84 RECAP, #SYNONYMSONLY

“The Litha Celebration,” A Garland Cinquain

This week I thought I would give you a tiny sneak peek into a project that my dear friend and Sister of the Fey, Wendy Anne Darling and I have been working on called, Fairies, Myths & Magic, Volume One - Summer Solstice.  We've created our first collection of short stories and poetry that will … Continue reading “The Litha Celebration,” A Garland Cinquain

Colleen’s Coming Attractions – “The Yak Guy Project,” by C. S. Boyack

C. S. Boyack has a new book out! I'm a great fan of C. S. Boyack's books. I know many of you are already acquainted with Craig, the prolific speculative fiction writer who features Lisa the Robot Girl on his famous Lisa Burton Radio. What? You don't know who that is? Here's the scoop! Lisa … Continue reading Colleen’s Coming Attractions – “The Yak Guy Project,” by C. S. Boyack

Charisma of Cranes

I love the Carrot Ranch community. This challenge helps your writing grow. Check out these stories – 99 words. You’ve got time for that! ❤

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Fossil records suggest cranes have existed for over 35 million years. Today, 15 species of cranes still grace the world, and the near-extinction of Whooping Cranes inspired action to protect these large, beautiful birds capable of dance.

Writers explored the charisma of cranes — their ability to capture our imaginations through art and preservation. As usual, the phrase remained open to writer interpretation.

The following are based on the May 10, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story defining “the charisma of cranes.”

PART I (10-minute read)

Sarus Crane by Irene Waters

Hearing the engines of the American F-4 jets we scattered but there was nowhere to go. The bombs fell, followed by huge explosions. A fireball engulfed everything for miles. The burning tar clung to the skin of those in the open. Those undercover coughed from the deadly carbon monoxide cloud that robbed the…

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