D. G. Kaye’s Sunday Book Review – Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump

D. G. Kaye, aka Debby Gies, has written a riveting book review! I think it’s important to share the facts, whether you accept the politics or not. It’s something for all of to think about. Click the link below to read Debby’s review. I’ve turned off comments for this post.

Source: Sunday Book Review – Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump

A Message From the Sisters of the Fey…

It’s time to notify our readers of the changes coming to the Sisters of the Fey blog. In the months ahead, you will see the blog and the posts migrating to the personal blogs of the authors. Once that process is complete, this blog will cease to exist.

The Sisters of the Fey blog began as a grand experiment. Never in my wildest dreams did I think our collaboration would grow so large, so quickly. Your response to our choice of topics has been most satisfying and gratifying. Thank you for your support.

Each of the Sisters of the Fey is an author with their own blog and writing schedule. Some of us also have outside jobs within our communities. We all wear many hats as working wives, mothers, care-takers, writers, bloggers, book marketing specialists, and social media experts. Collectively, we’ve made the decision to let this blog go.

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But that won’t be the end of the “Sisters of the Fey.” I’m currently outlining a paranormal mystery involving a group of magical women tasked with investigating a series of strange occurrences between the otherworld and the human realm. Look for that book releasing in the future.

Facebook: @5SpiritualSisters

We have renamed our Facebook Page: Spiritual Sisters, @5SpiritualSisters: https://www.facebook.com/5SpiritualSisters/ where we will continue to share our spiritually inspired posts from our blogs. Please consider following us there, too. ❤

Look for Our Future Posts on our blogs:

Adele Marie Park Author & Personal Blog: Firefly465

Annette Rochelle Aben Author & Personal Blog: Annette Rochelle Aben

Bee Halton Personal Blog: The Bee Writes thebeewrites.com

Colleen M. Chesebro Author & Personal Blog: Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry colleenchesebro.com

Debby Gies (aka, D. G. Kaye) Author & Personal Blog: D. G. Kaye, Writer

Karen DeMers Dowdall Author & Personal Blog: Once Upon a Time karendowdall.com

Marjorie (MJ) Mallon YA/Paranormal Author: mjmallon.com

From all of us,

Thank you for your love and support.

Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary to D.G. Kaye – A Review of “Twenty Years: After ‘I Do:’ Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging”

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When I heard today was D.G. Kaye’s, (aka Debby Gies) twentyth wedding anniversary, I knew the perfect way to celebrate. Below I’m sharing my review of her lovely memoir to commemorate her special day!

Please stop by and congratulate her on this special occasion.

May/December Memoirs

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

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MY RECOMMENDATION

Canadian author, D. G. Kaye has written a heartwarming memoir in “Twenty Years After I Do,” detailing the ups and downs of marriage to an older man. I was eager to read this book because I am married to a man who is older than me by a decade. I wasn’t sure what I’d find, but having read other books by this author, I knew I was in for a treat.

Kaye shares how she met her husband, Gordon, chronicling how he swept her off her feet with his captivating personality, and how he made her laugh. With a sense of intimacy, the writing draws you in, as if you are listening to a good friend. Their connection, a true love story, (so rare these days) was a joy to experience through her words.

This book is a memoir in the real sense of the word, where the author details her relationship with her husband based on her knowledge of his battle with prostate cancer. As time trudges along, and more health issues crop up, this couple finds themselves confronting their mortality head-on. Most people would crumble under the stress of these burdens, but not Kaye. Because of the love that she and Gordon share they discover that they can overcome whatever life throws at them.

What I enjoyed was Kaye’s willingness to share the innermost details of her life experiences so others could learn from her example. There was no glossing over here, and she does tell it like it is. Ultimately, she leads the reader to the conclusion that love and humor conquer all. I’ve taken many of her insights and tucked them away for future reference.

A quick read, “Twenty Years After I Do,” will touch you with warmth and sincerity, as the phrase “…till death do us part…” takes on new meaning.

MY RATING:

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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About the Author

D.G. Kaye was born and resides in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Conflicted Hearts – A Daughter’s Quest for Solace From Emotional Guilt, Meno-What? – A Memoir, Words We Carry, Have Bags, Will Travel, P.S. I Forgive You, and her newest release – Twenty Years: After “I Do”. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer and writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

Kaye writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life and the lessons that were taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcomes some of the many obstacles that challenged her. From an emotionally neglected childhood to growing up with a narcissistic mother, leaving her with a severely deflated self-esteem, D.G. began seeking a path to rise above her issues. When she isn’t writing intimate memoirs, Kaye brings her natural sense of humor into her other works.

D.G. began writing when pen and paper became tools to express her pent-up emotions during a turbulent childhood. Her writing began as notes and cards she wrote for the people she loved and admired when she was afraid to use her voice.

Through the years, Kaye journaled about life, writing about her opinions on people and events and later began writing poetry and health articles for a Canadian magazine as her interest grew in natural healthcare. Kaye became interested in natural healing and remedies after encountering a few serious health issues. Against many odds, D.G. has overcome adversity several times throughout her life.

D.G. began writing books to share her stories and inspiration. Her compassion and life experiences inspire her to write from the heart. She looks for the good and the positive in everything and believes in paying it forward.

“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return, Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

D.G.’s Favourite Saying: “Live. Laugh. Love… and don’t forget to breathe!”

When D.G. is not writing, she’s reading. Her favourite genres of reading are: biographies, memoirs, writing and natural health. Kaye loves to read about people who overcome adversity, victories, and redemption and believes we have to keep learning–there is always room for improvement! She loves to cook, travel, and play poker (when she gets the chance).

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How to Connect with the Author

Blog:  dgkayewriter.com

TWITTER:  @pokercubster

FACEBOOK D.G. Kaye

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Help me spread the love today! Read a “real” love story!

Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 129, #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 in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

Join us every Tuesday for Tanka Tuesday!

Life has a way of stepping in and giving us a good shake up every now and then. This past week was my turn. We’ve lived in Colorado over three years, and since last fall I’d developed some strange health issues. The verdict is finally in, and the doctors have advised me to move to a lower elevation (we’re at 7,000 ft) – pronto! Our house goes up for sale on April 3rd. By the following Monday, we will be on our way to Albuquerque, NM on a house hunting expedition where I’ve found some amazing homes around 5,000 ft or below in elevation.

When the universe speaks… I listen. The gypsies are on the move again. The next few months are going to be busy, and I tire easily. If one Monday you notice that I didn’t complete the recap, please understand that I did my best to get it done. I’ll continue posting the challenges as they are quick and easy to set up. I’ll keep you all posted on my moving progress.

SO… please email your poem to me if you believe the submission form failed. This post takes close to 4 hours to complete. Help me showcase your work. If I don’t get an email from you, I won’t be adding your poem. It takes too long for me to search through ping-backs and the web to find your work. I hope you understand. ❤

The Poet of the Week will be published in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone will be able to grab as a FREE PDF in January 2020.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown 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.

This week, I’ve chosen D. G. Kaye, aka Debby Gies and her Haibun, double Senryu (with video) called “Humanity,” as the Poet of the Week. Not only did her poetry speak to me but the video is moving beyond words. Sometimes, we need a reminder of who we are and what is at stake. ❤ (The video can be found further down in the post).

Not sure of the difference between a Senryu and Haiku? Read the links to learn more.

“Humanity,” by D.G. Kaye

I believe with all the madness in the world, these moments in times of 
turmoil serve as reminders of ongoing world struggles we live through
and somehow overcome. But the past has a way of resurfacing. This
video is a quick refresher course on some of the biggest things in life
that can happen to us – things we often take for granted thinking 
they’ve been eradicated – things we think won’t happen again.
But they do.
 
Life is like a sport
We keep on striving to win
Winners and losers
 
Keep sight of the wins
The alternatives are dire
Lives become the game
when you watch the video – Even though I did…

We had an amazing selection of poetry this week and some of it was political. Real life events bleeds into our own worlds often. Some of you poetically voiced your opinion and whether you agree or not, please mind your manners. Political poetry is some of the most powerful prose in the world often filled with an individual’s specific passion and fervor. Politicians could learn a lot from their constituents if they read their political poetry. And, for those politicians who can’t or don’t like to read… maybe someone could read it to them.

Because politics is HOT and we are split between two factions in this country (and many other countries in the world) please do not force your viewpoint on the other poets. I endeavor to give both sides a voice but I don’t want anyone attacked for their political views. ❤

CONGRATULATIONS Debby Gies – Poet of the Week
Mar 26 – Mar 31, 2019

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR THE POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR “Hobby & Play”


Sprouting Seeds, #Etheree by Linda Lee Lyberg

With 
patience 
planting seeds 
an obsession 
of joyous delight 
to see tender green shoots 
pushing their way through rich earth 
basking in fresh spring's sunshine glow 
dancing in the cool rains, swaying to 
nature's music wafting on fragrant breeze.

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“Ball,” #Haibun by Holly Fister

The ball bobbed along, backspinning. Eager water surged over a long, 
flat rock - the last barrier - and shot out into open air. The ball, of course,
followed as captive. It plummeted down the length of the falls toward a rock
that cut the water’s descent, sending spray and mist all directions.
Sploink! The ball compressed and exploded up into blue sky. What glorious
hang time! The runaway sailed through the air, past cherry trees and fresh
green grass until gravity yanked it down with finality. Plunged into the water
once more, the ball’s buoyancy wouldn’t let it stay under, so it popped back
up, this time in a pool of calm water.

Discarded after a long season of sport, the once red ball had lain
dormant under the summer sun and later a blanket of snow, slowly fading
with the passing months until spring rains dislodged it. Now, though, it
gleamed brightly in the sun. “Mommy, look!” A shrill voice pierced through
the roar of the waterfall. Small hands scooped the ball up, promising more
days of fun.

puddle reflects sun
evaporates, congregates
down again as rain

***

Audacity, #Nonet by Kat

it’s
passion,
risking all
against the odds,
spring calling, that
seduces buds to bloom,
a labor of love, despite
the lingering threat of winter, 
for one glorious day in the sun

***

Child’s Past time, #Haiku By Ruth Scribbles

Digging in the dirt
Building roads for little trucks
My favorite craze

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“Enjoyment”, #Haiku by Hélène – Willow Poetry

leisure engender
child within…amicable
sane entertainment

***

Emotions, #tanka by Elizabeth

spinning emotions
harmonizing my movements
obsessed with the tracks
the scratches being buffed out
only pleasure and lightness

***

“Life,” #Tanka by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Life is but a game
Sometimes it may seem unfair
But we must all learn
Frolic and find diversion
When you change the game changes

***

Shadow Games, #tanka #haibun by Trent McDonald

I am going along, getting on with my life. I hear a voice, stop and look, You are 
having fun with your favorite diversion, or so it seems. You behave like
you’re in a show, but are acting only for yourself, for you do not see me
here. And then it hits me, and I have to wonder, do I really see you?

I see your shadow
Absorbed into your pastime
I want to join in
I’m not really part of it
I’m on the outside, looking in

***

Walkies – #Senryu by H. R. R. Gorman

Dogs frolic on hikes.
Humans withstand the pastime.
At least floors stay clean.

***

Dress Up, #Shadorma by Annette Rochelle Aben

Pretending
Gussied in sparkles
Feathered shoes
Neon nails
Twas magical amusement
For a five year old

***

Butterfly-sipping, #Etheree by Jane Dougherty

In 
the field 
butterfly-
sipping we dip 
from scented flower 
to deep riverside shade 
as if summer never ends
and it is not winter we hear 
trumpeting in its jackbooted dance 
to the martial beat of the turning year.

***

The Devil Dances, #Shadorma by MyForever77

Hall of Shame
Mainstream ruse — passion 
Pursuance
Not of Truth
Still, flirt with conspiracy 
The devil dances!

***

Hobby & Play, #Tanka by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Reading a good book,
a pleasurable pastime,
I have fun with words,
words that take me far away
from the stresses of the day.

***

A Bishop’s Walk – Haibun by theresaly520

Take a lonely path 
Beyond the arch, his refuge
The grand post brings hope

The bishop’s robes glide across the cobbled stones dragging a layer of snow
as he leisurely walks across the courtyard. He takes enjoyment in basking in
the simple pleasures of the oil lamps warm glow that give the cathedral an
inviting presence during a cold winter evening. He just got back from a
prayerful hike in the mountains behind the cathedral, one of his favorite,
pleasurable avocations. He can’t wait to perform a few hymns on the organ
listening to the melodies echo in the ideal room acoustics of the main hall
before he leaves for his journey in the deep north. It helps keep him young
at heart despite all the white hair brought about from the hardships he has
aced this past year.

***

Pastime, #Senryu by the Dark Netizen

In Heathen Chapel,
I Indulge in My Pastime,
Torturing Men’s Souls…

***

The Game, #Senryu by Tina Stewart Brakebill

trick or treat, she said 
a silly game to pass time 
but the trick felt real

***

“Dream Job,” Senryu by Ritu

Childhood past-times can
Evolve into fruitful jobs
Work can be fun too

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“Shells,” #Haiga #Senryu by Ethan Dale Eagar

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A Hudson River Sojourn: a #TankaTuesday #TankaProse by Frank J. Tassone

Plush-plush, say the double-headed paddle, as each head pulls 
the brackish water of the Hudson river. Our kayaks flow with the tidal
current of New York’s mother river; our strokes adjust our course more
than propel us.

We break for lunch on the shore of Pollepel Island, beneath Bannerman
Castle. Then we return to the river, where we traverse the Tappan Zee, the
river’s widest point.

The shimmer of afternoon sun on the ever-rippling water; the seasonal
breezes that rise and fall; the refreshing cool of the late-summer water:
I breathe deep and savor the joy of being in the heart of the lower
Hudson Valley.

Oh, what fun
this watery diversion
from life closing in
Oh, that every day
I could flow with the current

***

Fields of Dreams, #Haiga by Kerfe Roig

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Vital Ingredients, #Tanka by Robbie Cheadle

 In order to succeed
You must have a strong passion
and desire to learn
The one other requirement
An ability to rest

***

“This Monastic Life”, #Etheree by Violet Lentz

No
burlesque
vocation,
this monastic
life. Avocation
of rule in silence tread
whilst physical pursuits renounced,
spiritual devotions invoke
mercy, since prayer and meditation
fail to squelch- the itch of woolen robes.

***

Play & Hobby, #Double #Etheree by Anita Dawes

The
game is
made for two
no easy hobby
challenge met game on
I have played once before
remember, small also wins
guard your King, for I have Castled
the game is mine, today I shall win
Lay down your King now you must surrender
I fear I may have played my hand too soon
I forgot the small but mighty pawn
my sudden thought of winning dashed
the challenge has been renewed
I have not lost all yet
pleasure still remains
my Bishop strikes
he must move
his king
falls

***

I wander down Memory Lane #Haibun by Sally Cronin

I wander down my memory lanes, searching for a distraction. It is a pleasant 
pastime to dredge up events and people from distant years. To remember
the childish laughter, to frolic again in summer sun and winter snow. I strive
to recapture that love of life and sense of fun. And there it is. I am ready to
face the real world again.

Life is a circle
Seasons come and seasons go
back to whence we came

***

The Slide, #Shadorma by Antonia Sara Zenkevitch

Bone weary;
this drama has me
soul fatigued;
diversions
perform faux democracy;
facts erased; side-lined.

***

“To Dance in the Soft Breeze”, #Cinquain by Dorinda Duclos

To dance
Like the soft breeze
Puts a spring in your step
Creates diversion from the norm
Let loose!

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“Ullassa” #Nonet by Donna Matthews

moonlight finding us ready for bed
leisurely strum of guitar strings
spilling quiet melodies
sleepy eyes say goodnight
teddy bear on guard
enjoying you
ullassa
sweetness
life

***

“Love of Music” #Haibun #Senryu by Miriam Hurdle

I loved music, photography, and drawing as a kid. If I had a choice of a 
different career, I would prefer to do something with music. The popular
vocations for girls were being teachers or nurses at that time. For the practical
reason, I chose to be a teacher and took part in music as an enjoyment at
leisure. I have had fun singing all my life. My two sisters, Yolanda and Queenie,
and I sang in Mercy’s wedding in 2011. I sing in chorale groups and Messiah
concert on an ongoing basis.

Live a balanced life
Keep a reasonable job
To afford pleasure

***

Humanity, #Haibun #Double #Senryu by D.G. Kaye

I believe with all the madness in the world, these moments in 
times of turmoil serve as reminders of ongoing world struggles we live
through and somehow overcome. But the past has a way of resurfacing.
This video is a quick refresher course on some of the biggest things in life
that can happen to us – things we often take for granted thinking  they’ve
been eradicated – things we think won’t happen again. But they do.
 
Life is like a sport
We keep on striving to win
Winners and losers
 
Keep sight of the wins
The alternatives are dire
Lives become the game

***

Gamer, #Etheree by WillowDot21

Game
Pastime
interest
Engaging fun
Diverting obsessed
All Consuming passion
Spinning the big wheel of time
The opposite of employment
Fiddling with the knobs, in your free time.
Be it craft or an obsession, it’s dark.

***

Network of Strings, #Haiku #Senryu, #Tanka network, by Above the Cylinder

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See you tomorrow for the challenge post!

Are you looking for more writing/poetry/photography challenges?

H.R.R. Gorman has created a comprehensive list on his blog. Click HERE to learn more. ❤

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 108, “Afraid & Grave”, #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: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

What a fabulous collection of poetry this week. We had horror, humor, romance and plain old Autumn magic! Thanks for celebrating Halloween with me. I can’t wait until we can do it all over again! ❤

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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. ❤

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This week, I’ve chosen D. G. Kaye (aka Debby Gies) and her poem, All Hallows Eve, as the Poet of the Week.

She embraced the Double Etheree form by building on the syllables and words with her definition of Halloween. I love the rhythm and the way her words flowed through to the end. The challenge in writing a Double Etheree is to convey some special meaning with the words. I think Debby hit on the meaning of Halloween in a couple of different ways.

The Etheree format has proven to be one of the favorites of this challenge. ❤

 

Halloween

It’s

That time

Of year when

Spirits unleashed

Rising from their crypts

Making their presence felt

Witches celebrate Samhain

As the veil thins – some find this day

Ominous while ignoring the spirits

Of the dead – decked out in ghoulish attire

More focused on the trick and the treat

Petrified by looming spirits

But eager to fill their bags

Children in for the hunt

Costumes made to scare

Witches unite

Halloween

Sacred

Night

Happy Halloween

© 2018 D. G. Kaye

“Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity—it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.” — John Keats, from On Axioms and the Surprise of Poetry. (Mentalfloss.com)

 

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 108th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: “Grave & Afraid”

Afraid & Grave | Bob Fairfield.org

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 108, “Afraid & Grave,” #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

#Tanka Tuesday: Afraid & Grave – Jane Dougherty Writes

A Halloween Adventure #haibun #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge… #Etheree | anita dawes and jaye marie 

Absolution | Dorinda Duclos

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Afraid & Grave | Annette Rochelle Aben 

Haiku Tomb Explorer | The Dark Netizen

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge #108 – Afraid & Grave #MicroPoetry #Etheree | But I Smile Anyway…

The Undead | Willow Poetry

Once Upon a Halloween Horror: a #TankaTuesday #TankaProse – Frank J. Tassone

Dying To Be Alone (Etheree Poem) – ethan dale eagar

#Halloween #Poetry Challenge #Tanka Tuesday – Trick or treat

Lies Silent – #Tanka – Let Me Tell You the Story of…

Folly | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Dream – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Black Midnight Sky – Charmed Chaos

Smorgasbord Poetry – #Tanka for Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 108, “Afraid & Grave,” #SynonymsOnly | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Nothing to Fear (Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Afraid & Grave | The Showers of Blessings

Halloween | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

“A Norse Halloween,” A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Faery Whisperer

Friday Fun Poetry Challenge: Afraid and Grave (Synonyms Only) | Abbie’s Corner of the World

Tanka Tuesday – choice | Twenty Four

Afraid & Grave | Roberta Writes

Solemn Moment | Stuff and what if…

Calling on (Better) Angels | like mercury colliding…

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY NO. 108, “AFRAID & GRAVE,” – The Secret Letters to Timbo

Poetry Friday ~ Afraid & Grave | The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

Possibilities | method two madness

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: AFRAID and GRAVE – Afterwards

Vita – Aweni 

Future – thehouseofbailey

All Hallows Eve | D. G. Kaye, Writer

coldIt’s cold here in Colorado… how about where you are? STAY warm and read some great poetry! DON’T FORGET – Tanka Tuesday fires off with a new challenge tomorrow! See you there! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, D. G. Kaye, (aka Debby Gies)

Conversations with ColleenThe October Edition

Hello everyone! This week I’m happy to share with you, my dearest friend and Canadian author, D. G. Kaye, (Debby Gies) as my guest. Debby puts up with my silliness every day, so when I begged asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE she was willing to give it a go.

We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. Debby has answered so many of my questions about book publishing that between us, we could write a book!

As many of you know, Debby also shares her goodwill through our blogging community by sharing our posts across the web and in the various Facebook groups, she belongs to, and by always cheering us on. I don’t know what I would do without her love and optimism that she sends out into the universe every day. ❤

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Debby is also a member of the Sisters of the Fey blog, a group of eight authors who came together to share their love of all things magical. Debby’s specialty is writing about angels. Check out this post HERE and see if your angels have been connecting with you!

Please welcome my dear friend, D.G. Kaye:

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Author, D. G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, sharing the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.

Thank you so much, Colleen, for inviting me over today as a featured guest on your beautiful blog. I know I always enjoy reading about how other writers started out writing and the bumps in the road they’ve encountered along the way and how they succeed in overcoming them, so I do hope some of my answers will inspire others. 😊

Hi, Debby. I’m glad you’re here. Now, I have to know… Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?

 

Absolutely not! My writing life is similar to my real life – I’m a packrat, lol. I learned early in my writing career to never delete anything. There’s a space for everything . . . eventually.

We should never delete our unused work because there are always valuable morsels we can use at a later time. I have many journals filled with writing ideas and articles I haven’t yet published, as well as many deleted parts from early drafts in my books which I keep in a file. I’m a hoarder when it comes to keeping original earlier drafts of my manuscripts too. I’ll usually highlight parts that weren’t used in the final drafts and copy the passages on to a Word doc for future considerations. One never knows when there’s a nugget of value from past work that can fit in somewhere else!

A packrat? I would have never guessed. Great plan, though to recycle what you’ve previously written. So, what does the word ‘retirement’ mean to you? Do you think writers ever retire?

 

Retirement means we’ve finished working – time to relax and not have to get up and go to work anymore. It’s a time where we’re free to pursue our hobbies and anything else we feel we want to be able to do that we couldn’t when we had our 9-5 jobs. But writing, for me, and most writers, I suspect, is a lifetime hobby or job.

Writing is a passion, not a job. It feeds our soul and we hope that our words and stories continue to feed the souls of our readers. It’s one of the few jobs that have no retirement age limits. In fact, I believe that some of our best writing comes as we age and acquire more knowledge and experience.

I agree. I think we become better writers as we age. How do you think your writing style has changed over the years?

 

I believe like anything else in life, practice makes perfect. Although us writers are often our own worst critics, always seeking perfection, there is always room for improvement and growth. We don’t always notice as time passes, our writing naturally evolves.

As writers, we are readers too and everything we read becomes our teachers. We learn from reading different author’s writing styles, words, and genres. In doing so, we tend to subconsciously pick up fresh ideas which we incorporate in our own writing, ultimately making our writing better as time passes.

I know from my own books how my writing has changed with each consequent book. A few of my regular readers have even commented to me that they can notice how my writing has grown with each of my books. It’s like everything else in life – with each new experience we grow.

Debby, do your novels carry a message?

 

I sure hope so! By writing about real-life situations and revealing personal wounds and experiences, and conveying how I overcame various obstacles in life from low self-esteem, emotional neglect, and over-coming some life-threatening issues – there are lots for readers to take in.

I hope my stories leave something for readers to relate to in their own lives encountering similar issues. My stories always include resolutions I adopted to overcome my issues, and I hope they can help someone else. So yes, regardless of which book I’m writing, there are always nuggets of wisdom passed down in my stories.

Many of your books talk about your difficult childhood. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you have done?

 

Hindsight is always 20/20 vision, showing us what we’ve missed along the way until we look back. I loved writing as soon as I learned my alphabet and could read. I wrote little family stories for myself and cards for people I cared for and admired.

I wasn’t ever good at expressing myself verbally as a child because I was afraid to speak about my feelings, and I was never asked. I wasn’t afforded a platform to speak. But I knew inside I was very expressive and needed an outlet to express my feelings so writing became my method of communication.

Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a journalist, but I never shared my aspirations with anyone and nobody helped to guide or encourage me to follow my passion. As I grew from a child to a teen, my family life grew more dysfunctional, and my goals became solely focused on moving away from home as soon as I could get out. Then I had to work for a living while also enjoying the experience of socializing with new people in new circles. My writing aspirations went on the back burner.

With no encouragement to pursue my writing, and convinced then that only famous people could write, I knew nothing about how to go about pursuing a writing career. I wished my parents had ever asked me what I wanted to be or do when I grew up or helped to steer me in the right direction. But I was never asked.

So, I discovered life on my own and went back to writing about my feelings and observations on life in journals and through writing poetry. My urge to tell stories never left. Thankfully, the writing bug never went away, and better late than never . . . I found my way.

Have you ever hit a rough patch in writing where nothing seemed to fit or make sense? How did you move through that period?

 

I sure have! When I was writing my short stories for my book – Have Bags, Will Travel, I felt as I continued writing some of my stories, they were becoming off theme. After first draft I printed out my MS several times and separated each chapter, looking for parts to delete or move around to try and make everything fit. But I knew the stories didn’t all fit in, and I had difficulties separating what can stay and what should go. It all became so overwhelming.

Thankfully, a few author friends who I’d discussed my dilemma with offered to beta read and help me out with their suggestions. After all was said and done, my book became half the size. But I kept all the deleted parts for material to consider for future writing. That’s why it’s so important to have other eyes on our work for feedback and discover blatant errors and wonky passages we often become blind to and stuck in.

I think my biggest problem when writing books are that my thoughts are always two steps ahead of myself. Too many ideas come to mind while writing, often resulting in straying off topic for me. Staying cohesive to the topic has been more of an issue in my earlier years of writing. And although I’ve come a long way in learning how to tighten up my writing, I’m still always learning.

I loved your book, “Have Bags will Travel.” It was a hilarious read. Here’s my review.

 

Debby 2018

Why I Write

I love to tell stories that have lessons in them and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences hoping that others can relate and find that we always have a choice to move from a negative space to a positive. We need only the courage to take the leap.

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Debby’s Favorite Quotes

                 “Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

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Please feel free to connect with D. G. Kaye on social media and any of her author and blog pages at: 

www.dgkayewriter.com

www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (Of course there’s a story to this name!)

www.facebook.com/dgkaye

www.about.me/d.g.kaye.writer

www.linkedin.com/in/DGKaye7

www.google.com/debbydgkayegies

http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye

www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

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D. G. Kaye’s Books 

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Conflicted Hearts 

MenoWhat? A Memoir

Words We Carry

Have Bags, Will Travel

P.S. I Forgive You

Twenty Years: After “I Do”

k luv u bye Thanks for stopping by to meet D. G. Kaye. If you are looking for someone to follow and learn from, she is definitely that person. I guess I’ll have to share her. 😀 ❤

Memoir Bytes: – Escaping a #Sexual Predator – #WhyIDidntReport

I’ll be joining Debby Gies This Thursday. Read her memoir byte by clicking the link below. Then, join the discussion this Thursday. ❤

Debby says:

“This Thursday, October 4th from 5pm EST to 10PM, some author friends and myself will be hosting a Facebook Event – Authors Against Domestic Violence where each author gets half an hour to post and chat with visitors about issues that arise in shared conversation.

Some come to read and listen, some come to connect. This is the second year I’ve been invited to participate, and I know last year I met a few women who sent me messages and emails thanking me for helping them in some small way.

I’m happy I could do that because if I can help just one person I know I am making a difference.”

Join the discussion. ❤  Here is the link to join the event. In order to come by the event, you must have signed up to join the group ahead of time so please join up. Thanks! 😊

via Memoir Bytes: – Escaping a #Sexual Predator – #WhyIDidntReport

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Twenty Years After I Do,” by Author, D. G. Kaye

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Title: Twenty Years After I Do ~ Reflections on Love & Changes After Aging

Amazon Author Page: D. G. Kaye

Publication Date: November 29, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Marriage & Long Term Relationships, Memoirs, Marriage & Adult Relationships, Personal Growth, Spirituality

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

May/December memoirs.

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

Canadian author, D. G. Kaye has written a heartwarming memoir in “Twenty Years After I Do,” detailing the ups and downs of marriage to an older man. I was eager to read this book because I am married to a man who is older than me by a decade. I wasn’t sure what I’d find, but having read other books by this author, I knew I was in for a treat.

Kaye shares how she met her husband, Gordon, chronicling how he swept her off her feet with his captivating personality, and how he made her laugh. With a sense of intimacy, the writing draws you in, as if you are listening to a good friend. Their connection, a true love story, (so rare these days) was a joy to experience through her words.

This book is a memoir in the real sense of the word, where the author details her relationship with her husband based on her knowledge of his battle with prostate cancer. As time trudges along, and more health issues crop up, this couple finds themselves confronting their mortality head-on. Most people would crumble under the stress of these burdens, but not Kaye. Because of the love that she and Gordon share they discover that they can overcome whatever life throws at them.

What I enjoyed was Kaye’s willingness to share the innermost details of her life experiences so others could learn from her example. There was no glossing over here, and she does tell it like it is. Ultimately, she leads the reader to the conclusion that love and humor conquer all. I’ve taken many of her insights and tucked them away for future reference.

A quick read, “Twenty Years After I Do,” will touch you with warmth and sincerity, as the phrase “…till death do us part…” takes on new meaning.

MY RATING:

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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About the Author:

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Author, D. G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye was born and resides in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Conflicted Hearts – A Daughter’s Quest for Solace From Emotional Guilt, Meno-What? – A Memoir, Words We Carry, Have Bags, Will Travel, P.S. I Forgive You, and her newest release – Twenty Years: After “I Do”. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer and writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

Kaye writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life and the lessons that were taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcomes some of the many obstacles that challenged her. From an emotionally neglected childhood to growing up with a narcissistic mother, leaving her with a severely deflated self-esteem, D.G. began seeking a path to rise above her issues. When she isn’t writing intimate memoirs, Kaye brings her natural sense of humor into her other works.

D.G. began writing when pen and paper became tools to express her pent-up emotions during a turbulent childhood. Her writing began as notes and cards she wrote for the people she loved and admired when she was afraid to use her voice.

Through the years, Kaye journaled about life, writing about her opinions on people and events and later began writing poetry and health articles for a Canadian magazine as her interest grew in natural healthcare. Kaye became interested in natural healing and remedies after encountering a few serious health issues. Against many odds, D.G. has overcome adversity several times throughout her life.

D.G. began writing books to share her stories and inspiration. Her compassion and life experiences inspire her to write from the heart. She looks for the good and the positive in everything and believes in paying it forward.

“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return, Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

D.G.’s Favourite Saying: “Live. Laugh. Love …and don’t forget to breathe!”

When D.G. is not writing, she’s reading. Her favourite genres of reading are: biographies, memoirs, writing and natural health. Kaye loves to read about people who overcome adversity, victories, and redemption and believes we have to keep learning–there is always room for improvement! She loves to cook, travel, and play poker (when she gets the chance).

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How to Connect with the Author:

Blog:  dgkayewriter.com

TWITTER:  @pokercubster

FACEBOOK D.G. Kaye

http://www.about.me/d.g.kaye.writer
http://www.google.com/+DebbyDGKayeGies
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7

heartsThanks for stopping by to meet D. G. Kaye. I loved this book and how this couple overcame adversity with humor and a steadfast love for each other. It’s pure inspiration!

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Writer’s Tips: #Editing, #Formatting, #Bookdesign, helpful links

Author, and Sister of the Fey, D. G. Kaye (Debby Gies) shares some helpful tips and links for writers for book design, self-editing and repurposing our unused writing.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – #Summer Sale – D.G. Kaye, Stevie Turner, D.Wallace Peach and Colleen Chesebro

Sally is sharing a great collection of books that are on sale. Take advantage of these sales now. ❤

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Welcome to the last in the Summer Sale posts with books in the Cafe and Bookstore that have been reduced on Amazon or Smashwords.

Some of the books from Monday 9th may still be on sale so worth checking:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-brigid-p-gallagher-hugh-w-roberts-jacquie-biggar-and-victoria-zigler/

And from Friday 13th (lucky for some): https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-99p-99c-children-ya-poetry-african-adventure-lucinda-e-clarke-darlene-foster-natalie-ducey-and-annette-rochelle-aben/

Some may still be on offer from Monday 16th: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-childrens-books-thrillers-fantasy-charles-e-yallowitz-john-w-howell-jemima-pett-m-j-mallon-and-diana-j-febry/

Now time to showcase the last of the books in the summer sale beginning with D.G. Kaye who has reduced her latest memoir – Twenty Years: After “I Do” : Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging. 99c/99p until July 31st

About Twenty Years: After “I Do”.

May/December memoirs.

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional…

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