Poem A Day Challenge: April 24-26


With only a few days remaining the  2015 April Poem A Day Challenge, this blog should be back to regular programming soon! Thanks for following along as I navigate through National Poetry Month.

April 24, 2015
Prompt: moment

fallen flowers
float for a moment
morning breeze

clouds roll overhead
gravel crunches
beneath my feet

rainclouds break apart
just in time
for sunset

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April 25, 2015
Prompt: across the sea

Queen Mary’s Garden

June’s first rain
settles in the center
of a white rose

Triton’s fountain
sprinkles the pond
along with the rain

grey clouds loom
over a path covered
with rose petals

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April 26, 2015
Prompt: Shakespearean Words

I. Blush

clouds blush
at the sight
of an early moon

II. Moonbeam

midnight rain
drops catch the glow
of a full moon

II. Radiance

black water
reflects the stars
flickering fire

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c.b.w. 2015

Making Changes!


After more than two years of the same image for my gravatar, I decided it was time for a change. The black and white road that has defined me on like buttons and comments was special to me as it had a special connection to my first novel.  While that image is still important to me, it does not represent my current obsession with Novel #2.

For long time blogosphere friends, I might look like a stranger on your sites, so I thought I’d introduce my new identifying image. As I gear up for WriteOnCon and the next steps for Novel #2, I wanted to create an image that not only reflects the novel, but also serves as a beacon of inspiration. The compass has always been a strong symbol to me personally, which is why it’s only natural it ended up in my novel. It’s only fitting that it should become my new gravatar:


My new gravatar image.

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What do you think?

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c.b.w. 2013

Book Review: How I Got Published


How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell You in Their Own WordsHow I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell You in Their Own Words by Ray White

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The title alone is enough to grab the attention of any writer dying to get published. Famous and not-so-famous authors share their stories of failure and eventual success in the brutal business of publishing.

Organized into short essays, a number of authors write about their experiences with query letters, rejections, agents, deals gone wrong, and the unpredictable nature of the literary scene. It’s a tough industry to break into and they are very honest about the fact that publishing is not for those with paper-thin skin or a gelatinous spine. As horrible as that sounds, each author’s story has a strong sense of optimism brought on by a taste of success. The odds of snagging an agent or a book deal may be small, but anything is possible.

Two pieces of advice dominate How I Got Published from start to finish. First, there is no perfect tried and true method of getting published. Second, persistence is a writer’s greatest weapon. The only way to find the right agent or get your work in front of an editor is to put it out there and do so relentlessly. Send query letters even when nothing but rejections follow. Keep revising and writing until no word goes untouched. What it all comes down to is hard work, a little luck, and a great story.

The only flaw with an otherwise highly motivational and encouraging read is a problem with repetition. While every author has their own unique story, they all start to blur together about halfway through the book. Furthermore, most of the writers showcased are mystery and crime fiction writers. Little attention is given to writers in other genres, thereby limiting the inside perspective on agents and publishing houses.

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c.b.w. 2013



Watchful scholars,
cure vacant minds
Hands open wide,
catch empty thoughts
The portal opens,
welcoming all
Leave ignorance
standing outside


Entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Photo by: c.b.w. 2005

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I hope it can be forgiven that this week’s Sunday Abroad is a day late.

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c.b.w. 2013