Spring and All

Keeping with Tanya’s Marigolds theme, –visit Soul Symphonies Marigolds in May–and my failed attempts to hurry Spring along, I decided to torture myself by writing a sonnet, the first I’ve ever attempted. Flowering   Sunflower staggered under mass of suns Shoulders the weight of a solar hour Forlornly lusting over meadow runs Tournesol to shun the cosmic bower   Shedding the burden of the sunflower … Continue reading Spring and All


via Obsession  originally posted on Illusive Road on May 22, 2016 I am adrift, but my fellow bloggers help ground me. I appreciate their comments and encouragement, especially when they come from someone who’s work I admire and respect. Such is the case with Illusive Road author Dawn to Dusk. Her poetry is genuine and without pretense, raw emotion expressed in simple, yet musical language. … Continue reading Obsession 


I have so much information floating around in my head, much of it of dubious value. This assemblage has been collected, coalesced and distorted by fading memory, so that even the formidable powers of Google fail me when I try to reconnect the original source. Such was nearly the case for a quote I would likely have attributed to one of many famous existential authors. Instead, said quote helped me rediscover other … Continue reading Redemption

How to Submit Your Manuscript to the Big 5 US Publishers in 2019 — The Cat’s Write

This one’s a keeper, so re-blogging for easy reference: Hi Everyone! Here’s a recently updated list of the Big 5 US Publishing Houses, their submission requirements for unsolicited manuscripts and links to submission details. I’ve also added a bonus publisher at the end for you. I spent hours (quite literally) researching and updating this list for all of my wonderful blogging friends. You know how … Continue reading How to Submit Your Manuscript to the Big 5 US Publishers in 2019 — The Cat’s Write

Somebody’s watching…

WordPress sent me a notification that I reached a milestone of sorts. My little counter button that tallies my followers finally hit 100. I actually surpassed that number a short time ago if you count the handful of Facebook friends and e-mail subscribers that follow my blog. I have amassed this enormous following in less than three years.   If this number was the only … Continue reading Somebody’s watching…

New Year’s Resolution

My blogging buddy Kunal of random rants ruminations ramblings will get a kick out of this: I had a dream, a couple nights ago, about Priyanka–likely because I saw a news report about Nick Jonas–and the dream included my wife. Don’t get so excited; it’s probably not what you think. We were sitting at a counter, or table, with Bibi on my immediate right, between myself … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution

Poison Deconstructs Karma

Credit to The Girl From Jupiter for the inspiration for this post, based on her poem Reverse Karma and the resulting conversation linked here: Excerpts from the comments section are in bold italics. I was born and raised a Catholic, so my viewpoint has a Christian slant. However, my wife is Muslim who grew up in Guyana where Islam was practiced in a relatively moderate … Continue reading Poison Deconstructs Karma