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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Flash Fiction Festival: Saturday 24th June & Sunday 25th 2017, in Bath.

Arts council sponsored opportunity to attend workshops fascinating talks in a classic inspirational setting


The first literary festival in the UK entirely devoted to Flash Fiction. Happening on the weekend of National Flash Fiction Day UK 2017, our first year will be taking place in Bath. Our venue, The New Oriel Hall, is a short bus ride or a twenty minute walk from the town centre, with wifi, disabled access and a hearing loop.The whole building is available for the festival.

The Flash Fiction Festival is for beginning and experienced writers who want to learn more about flash fiction – an exciting and continually emerging short-short form of prose, growing in popularity around the world. Come and be inspired by the UK’s leading flash fiction practitioners and to immerse yourself in writing, reading and listening to flash fiction throughout the weekend. All sections of the community, from all corners of the globe, are welcome.

Workshops and talks generously funded by The Arts Council…

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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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