Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Love is in the air! But so is something else…

Hi, y’all! If you’re a newsletter follower, then you already know about the Mobile Writers’ Guild’s third annual anthology that recently released called Valentine’s Day Pieces. It’s a collection of short stories, creative non fiction, and poetry. Some fun-filled and loving, others chilling when love goes awry.

AnthologyGiveawayPicAnd because this Valentine’s Day I want y’all to know how much I appreciate the time and attention and positive thoughts from you to follow my tangly journey to publication, I’m giving away a copy! And it’s not only signed by me, so that’s pretty cool.

All you have to do to enter is SIGN UP HERE for my newsletter. If you’re already subscribed, you’re already entered, easy-peasy. I’ll have the kiddos draw Sunday evening and announce the winner on my facebook author page so you can get it before February 14th.

Thanks so much! Y’all enjoy the upcoming chocolate and king cake season that will soon be upon us!

I also want to thank my critique partner, Carrie Dalby, for walking me through all things newsletter-ish. Like this giveaway for instance, lol. If y’all like Southern Gothic family sagas and/or YA historical fiction, go check out her books!

A Fall Frenzy & Sunflowers

The temperature was 84 degrees the other morning so I’m pretty sure that was Fall. Maybe? It’s still my favorite season even if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

This year, I’m getting in the Fall spirit with a contest to spark creativity by my writing buddy, Kaitlyn Sanchez. I’m a judge too, but am told I can play along as well ’cause y’all know I can’t resist a reason to write. Check out all the rules here so you can enter too. You have until the 11th.

The image I chose from the many gorgeous ones listed: Sunflowerpexels-photo-2901913

Some people say
sunflowers—whose cheerful,
many-petaled face follows the sun—
will face each other
when skies are grey
to share their energy.

I don’t know if that’s true. But
I do know
if my eyes are grey
I can press my face to yours
nose to nose kiss
forehead to forehead
and your sunshine
and warm delight
in the world lifts
my face from the shadows.

Sunflowers–and kiddo snuggles–are the best.

I hope to see your entry too. Good luck!

Haiku & Magical Implantation

Have you seen the meme floating around facebook of how words are magic? How a few sounds we make with our mouths can create images in others’ minds?


To me, nothing does this better than a haiku. So few words that make such a complete picture. I’m a purist when it comes to haiku (and pizza. Only pepperoni and cheese will do. If I get fancy with the sauces and the toppings, its good, but it just doesn’t satisfy that pizza craving. You feel me? But I digress…). Haiku are now accepted in all syllabic form, with greater flexibility of subject and style. And that’s fine. But for me, I like traditional. I like the restraint, the magic created from the rigidity. What does that say about me? Umm…

So what is a traditional haiku?

First, the structure. Three lines 5-7-5 The first line needs to have five syllables, and so on.

Second, the subject. A traditional haiku is usually about nature.

Third, the images. It includes a word or phrase called the kigo which symbolizes or implies a season (usually using nature themes). Then there’s also the kireji (which is my favorite, I have no idea why? Maybe because I adore juxtapositions?) which is a cutting word that resonates and causes the poem to end reflectively. Wikipedia calls it “a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.” Isn’t that lovely? Here are more random fun facts about haiku.

And here’s my haiku that I’m excited to have published in this month’s issue of Haiku Journal.


Blue filters through oak

leaves, catching the green on fire

like copper burning


My kigo is the oak leaves, green, implying spring or early summer, while my kireji is the juxtaposition between the images of new, fresh leaves and burning copper.

This one didn’t make it into the journal but it’s my absolute favorite so I want to share it with you guys:

The red snapdragon

growls at the chirping cricket:

No one can hear me!

There are many beautiful poems in the latest issue of Haiku Journal and they have them online for your viewing pleasure here. Mine is in Issue #44. They don’t charge reading fees so why don’t you submit one too?

So how do you feel about haiku? Are you a traditionalist or do you embrace the modern form? Tell me what you think about mine or comment with your own haiku. And then submit it to the journal and you could be as awesome as me and take bookshelfies with your copy, hahaha.