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Monday, 20 February 2017

Monday MishMash and Poetry Corner: February 2017

Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme created by Kelly Hashway for sharing what's going on in your life and noggin. You just grab a button and post your business...I mean thoughts online. No biggie. Have fun!

1. I have decided to not take part in 2017 A to Z Challenge. Plus from April 1 - 14 I will be taking a full blogging break. Will be back April 15 and in time for April's WEP Challenge.

2. Happy with progress in freelance work. Things are going well and I'm guarding writing time even more now.

3. So excited about upcoming book reviews. Arcs, Netgalley and past book buys have left lots of options.

4. Moving forward with author websites and will bring more news in March.

5. Working on poetry submissions and happy with some intriguing options. Flash fiction too.

6. Happy with online reaction to a new WIP idea involving fairies (Tinkerbell type not Fae...things).

Poetry Corner

 I submitted a poem called Bugs to Bookends Magazine in 2012. It was rejected and recently I saw some faults and edited it. Now it has a new title and other changes. But I'll post both and let you tell me what you think.


You crush them.
You burn them.
You kick them off your rug.
You scream at them.
You chase them.
You let them know who’s in charge.

You clothe them.
You bathe them.
Whisper sweet nothings
in their ear.

They hug you.
Say I love you.
And are your darling angels.

Until you treat them like bugs again.

The Bad One

You shout at them.
You slap them.
You kick them off your rug.
You scream and chase them.
The brats need to know who’s in charge.

You clothe them.
You bathe them.
Whisper sweet excuses in their ear.
Tell them being good is everything.
Never step a toe out of place.
Hurt only comes to the bad ones.
Good kids are treated with kindness not hits.

They hug you.
Say 'I love you'.
Promise to be good.
They are your darling children again.
You let them go play and life is good.

Until they do something to displease you.
A shout, a thud, a laugh you dislike.
Time to remind them who's in charge.
Only the bad ones get hurt.
You are doing nothing wrong.

Thank you for stopping by and see you on Wednesday.


  1. Glad your freelance work is going well. My contract work is too. And I like the revisions to your poem.

  2. The A to Z is a lot of work. With blogging where it's at right now, it's not worth the effort.

    It's a shame NetGalley is only viable to the bigger publishers with lots of money to burn.

  3. I've never done the A to Z, but did do another 30 day blog challenge a while back. They are lots of work. Glad to hear that freelancing is going well, as well as your new wip.

  4. poor bugs! I never scream on my bugs

  5. Nice and disturbing, especially since people like that do exist.


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