MLMM ~ Wordle #263 ~ #Poetry

My weltanschauung is no secret
I love the world and all its continents
I would remove most of the population
 while I travel to see the sights
Leaving my admirer at home
He would disturb my peace
The trip would end in turmoil
Leaving my blessings on my best writing paper
On his pillow, I took off for two weeks
I hope he remembers the word honour
when he sees my PS, no phone calls
I need this time out
I cannot wait for my eyes to take in all the beauty
So far, seen only on television
Remembering to keep my yin yang in balance
Toss out preconceptions
The overall tone is one of peace
Don’t take the high road, stay centred
A slight nod of the head, hands clasped
Say Namaste…

© Anita Dawes 2021

#Thursday Throwback ~ Review for Examining Kitchen Cupboards by Stevie Turner @StevieTurner6

Jill Hayes discovers that not all is as it seems in her new post as a college examinations administrator. When she turns whistle-blower and tries to report her findings to the authorities, she is horrified to discover that some people will stop at nothing to ensure her silence.

Our Review

Starting a new job is always fraught with tension, you worry whether you will be liked, and more importantly, are you able to convince them of your competence?

Jill Hayes is met with total disdain from her new superior, so when she questions something that doesn’t seem right, she is met with hostility on many levels.

If you discover something is wrong, could you be a whistle-blower, or would you hope that someone else would do it instead?

This story has it all, corruption and greed, and an interesting cast of fascinating and true to life characters. Although Examining Kitchen Cupboards is a work of fiction at its finest, you could be forgiven for thinking it seems far too real to be comfortable, and I’m sure some of it must be based on fact, which of course, makes it all the more chilling…

About the Author

Stevie Turner is a British author of suspense, paranormal, women’s fiction family dramas, and darkly humorous novels. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and ‘A House Without Windows’ gained the attention of a New York media production company in December 2017. Some of Stevie’s books have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Stevie can be contacted at the following email address: stevie@stevie-turner-author.co.uk
On her website http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk you can find a free suspense novella to read so that you can check out her writing style. You can also find her blog at the following link: http://www.steviet3.wordpress.com and you can sign up to her mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dvNklL

A Bonsai post from Bonsai Sanctum

Are Bonsai Trees Hard to Keep Alive?

Written by Blot in Uncategorized

Many believe that taking care of a Bonsai tree is challenging and that it requires special attention. But is it really hard to keep? Well, this article elucidates the Bonsai plant maintenance and how best to grow it. Also, if you are a beginner, you have just found the right guide to take you through the process of growing the Bonsai correctly. 

Read the rest of this interesting post over at BONSAI SANCTUM

#Writephoto ~ Emerging ~ #Poetry

#WRITEPHOTO – EMERGING

Emerging - Image by Geoff Le Pard
Emerging – Image by Geoff Le Pard

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a green man (with the traditional leaves for his hair) emerging from a bricked up tunnel.

Blessings

I am not who they think I am
They think I represent nature, WRONG
My heart, if I had one would be black, torn
Created by a curse
No one can hide from me
Walls do not a prison make
I cannot be caged by thought or deed
I collect tears to mix with rain
To keep emotions in the world of people
Other planets have their own methods 
of keeping feelings alive
Not all are as gentle as my ways
Count your blessings, including the rain…

© AnitaDawes 2021

Remembering my first Encounter with a Mobile phone…

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Remembering my first Encounter with a Mobile phone…

It’s not often that I give up on anything. Being one of the most stubborn people on this planet, means that I usually persevere or (drive myself and the rest of my family insane) until I master whatever it is I want to do.

But giving up doesn’t happen often, and I am ridiculously happy to be able to say that. I gave up on a job once. It was well paid but strenuous, and after two weeks, I was forced to admit that it was slowly killing me. I gave up on my marriage for roughly the same reason.

What this usually means, is I regard it as a personal failure, rather than the acceptance that it was a mistake and not for me. It has to be my fault, you see, that I had to run away/or give up.

And today, I gave up on my first mobile phone.

Sounds silly I know, when you consider that I have tackled the world of computers, the internet, self publishing and the vagaries of Twitter, to mention but a few.

I had wanted a mobile phone for a while. Everyone I knew had one, so they couldn’t be that difficult to use, I thought. What I didn’t realise, was that you are essentially looking at a computer system in a very small box.

“Just charge it up and switch it on…” the attractive young man in Carphone Warehouse told me. Adding, with a smirk, that I could return it inside two weeks, if I changed my mind. And that should have alerted me. For if it was that easy to use, why would I need to change my mind?

I chose a Samsung, nothing too fancy, assuming it would be easier for me. It had a nice big touch screen, and I remember looking at it in the shop and wondering how on earth it could be operated with just the one button.

The first day, I opened the box and stared at the phone for most of the morning before switching it on. I was at once assaulted by several messages – all requiring me to do various tasks. I tried to understand what they wanted, but after just one hour of insanity –I switched it off in disgust and not a little frustration.

I had been assured it had an instruction manual, but a small leaflet explaining how to change the battery did not cut the mustard!

On the second day, I tried again. After several attempts to enter the required information, I gave up again. Mainly because it logged me out after two attempts. I moved on to more interesting subjects, installed a few apps and explored a bit. But even with my stubborn streak running at full throttle, I ended up switching it off again.

The damned thing goes into stand-by mode every time you stop to think.

It also makes countless annoying bleeps, for as yet unknown reasons.

None of the menus appear to work, switching you to other screens as and when it feels like it.

I eventually found the help screen, but even following the advice to the letter, nothing helped. The instructions were concise but didn’t seem to be referring to my phone. And even when I found something to actually try, it didn’t work.

I was beginning to feel increasingly more stupid than usual, so I decided to quit. I didn’t really need a crazy, non functioning nightmare accessory to highlight my faults, so I put it back in the box and went back to my regular means of frustration, most of which had already learned who was boss…

The trouble with being super stubborn, is that you never really give up, and of course, I hadn’t. Sometime later, I was introduced to an Apple iPhone and fell in love with how easy it was to use. Makes me wonder if I would prefer an Apple computer too as they are so user friendly…

This was written for me!

The First Thing you See…

Todays screensaver

The First Thing You See…

There has long been a standing joke in our house, that it is impossible for me to leave anything alone.

Never satisfied, that’s me.

They just don’t understand. I constantly wonder if a creation, doesn’t matter what it is, could be better. It’s not really my fault if something inside of me instinctively seems to detect less than perfection in almost everything I do.

This habit, unfortunately, does include people, but on this occasion, I am talking about those things I can possibly improve!

If you have followed my trail at all, you will probably know all about the countless changes I keep making in my endeavours to create the perfect book/cover/blurb.

Again, not my fault if these improvements present themselves to me. I have never been one of those ‘that will do’ people, and my antics drive me just as insane as anyone watching.

But there is one thing I constantly change and I love doing it. Not because I am looking for perfection mind you, but simply because I can.  And as it is a constant source of inspiration, it is well worth the bother. I am talking about the screensaver on my PC.

I found this site on the web called ‘WallpapersEveryday’ that allows you to change your screensaver image every five minutes if you wish. You can even have a slideshow of all your favourites, but these tend to make me giddy.

They have thousands of images, something for everybody, and I have found some truly beautiful images on there to inspire me. Like this one!

I firmly believe that one of the first things you see every morning should be beautiful and inspiring… No peeking in the mirror then!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, and see you on Monday!

#FFFC #Poetry ~ Your Inner Eye

The image is from Sarolta Bán Photography.

For the visually challenged writer, the surrealistic image shows a man and a boy walking among large trees that are crowned with paint brushes with bristles covered in white paint dripping from the clouds above.

Your Inner Eye


This forest of trees my son
Is a tribute to all the great artists
who walked the earth many years ago
There are those that paint 
The star filled skies
Jewels that dance above our head
Like Van Gogh's Starry Night
Monet painted the ground
Gardens to dream in
So many of us do not have the inner eye
To see the beauty
To have the desire to capture on canvas
Without the hands that held paintbrushes
The world would be a duller place
Not forgetting, the many that decorate 
The churches, cathedrals, places of worship
With a little added inspiration of coloured glass
If you can feel it in your heart
You might find your inner eye…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #137

The Sunday Whirl ~ Wordle 520 ~ #MyFamily ~ #Poetry

Good morning and a happy Tuesday to you all!

Today we are posting one of our favourite writing prompts, The Sunday Whirl’s Wordle…

The chosen words always manage to conjure up different worlds and emotions. So much so, we have been thinking of creating writing prompts for your delectation!

What do you think?

My Family

My mind clear
No longer feeling drowsy
I seek my way
Under blue spacious skies
Thoughts open 
a new room in my mind
Simple waves of delight
Wash over me
I am taken back to a time
When folk would say Grace 
For the food on their table
I wondered if I could bring it back
To my own family
The more I thought about it
The more I knew it wouldn’t work
My family are too technical
They would rather pray to the internet
Or Nintendo
I wanted to stay longer
To share supper with these people
Of gentle ways
When I have children of my own
I will try to remember to say Grace…

© Anita Dawes 2021