Monthly Archives: March 2017

Ronovan writes #142

Springtime melody

disturbing the canopy,

as the breeze freshens.

Flute, recorder, piccolo,

in  speckled, feathered mantle


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Ronovan writes Haiku #142, a tribute to Greenwich Mean Time, once more in hibernation

Life will be refreshed

in the springing of the year

but one hour later

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Writespiration#108 52 Weeks in 52 Words The switch

Arnold was ready. At sixteen, this was the last time he would feel this shame. His father raised the switch. Arnold turned, snatched it from his hand, struck his father on the cheek. A thin line of blood showed. His father’s eyes opened wide, as did his mouth in a loud Oh!

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Age of innocence,

the burden of his childhood,

a monochrome life

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Ronovan writes Haiku #141

Once golden tresses

reddened by a single blow

fluttered in the breeze


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An Art Experiment: Designing My Own Ads for Garrett’s Bones

An interesting experiment for what looks to be a book worth reading

K. D. Dowdall

I was an art major my first year in college, so I considered that perhaps, “be that as it may”, I should “give it a go” to use “Paint Box” and “practice makes perfect”, so… I am doing my own twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and WordPress Advertising, just to see if I can do it, for my fiction novels, especially Garrett’s Bones.  So…I am going to put three of them here for comments and honest feedback. Next, I am joining KDP and I can make my book FREE for honest feedback as well! So, this first attempt is not too bad. A rebellious teenager who might just be a murderer!

Number 2

                 Number 3

Feedback greatly appreciated!  And, thank you!  Karen

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The Woods, the Trees, and The A3

The opportunities keep coming in. Without submissions, the written words of the many will not be printed and therefore available for digestion by the many. Keep them well-stocked so that we can introduce ourselves to the best.


We’re busy as beavers here aTree Map SIDE B NEWt The A3 Review, assembling Issue #6 and choosing the overall cash-prize winners. The issue will be out in early April, and we’re wild about the fact that ShortStops’ own Tania Hershman will be our Guest Writer!

Meanwhile, talking about wildness, Issue #7 is already, ahem, logging up entries for our March contest on the theme of Forests and Woods (deadline is March 25th).

Woodlands have inspired writers and artists for hundreds of years – now it’s your turn. Submit stories, poems and art inspired by the arboreal! Whether it’s tropical, mystical, tundral (is that even a word?!), or your own backyard. So many folktales and fairytales happen in forests. Find a story you love and update it. Think “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Hansel and Gretel”, and Baba Yaga. Think: Robin Hood or Tarzan. Be outrageous. Be controversial. Surprise us with new…

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Dashing daffodils

replace retiring snowdrops

pastel season shades


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Ronovan writes Haiku prompt #140

“A twist of lemon,”

I shout to the bartender,

“your gin is too dry.”



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Guest Post by David Barker

This is an interesting interview, I would not normally advertise a book that I haven’t read, especially one not yet published but I feel that I will be reading and hopefully enjoying this one, on the strength of the hints and observations herein

A Lover of Books


I would like to introduce you all to David Barker.  His debut novel, ‘Blue Gold’ is being published on the 11th May of this year.  There is a blog tour being planned for David’s book which I will be taking part in.

David has written a really interesting guest post which I hope you enjoy reading.

Publishing Routes

Over the past nine months I have witnessed my wife self-publish a children’s picture book, a good friend get published by Penguin and my own debut novel comes out in May with Urbane Publications, a proud member of The Independent Publishing Guild. Each route has advantages and drawbacks. I attempt here to highlight the main ones, as I see them, to help you think about the trade-offs involved in each.

First, the traditional publishing route. You write a brilliant book, submit to an agent who’s interested in your genre, and get signed up. OK…

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