coming – a poetry reading from Ghosts and Graves Anthology

I've been meaning to record and post this poem for awhile now. It hasn't appeared on my blog, though I expect to include it when I release my own Ghosts collection, possibly in 2022. This poem is not the chronicle of a true event, although each of its component parts or elements are as real … Continue reading coming – a poetry reading from Ghosts and Graves Anthology

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Children’s Reading Room – New Release – #Dragons Janice Spina,- Reviews – #Turtles Cynthia S. Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange, #Bears Frank Prem

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the new Children’s Reading Room with books for ages up to twelve years old.

Delighted to share the news of the recent release of Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 4: Delfina Solves a Problem by Janice Spina.

About the book

This is a continuing fun series of adventures with Drystan the dragon and his friends. Follow Drystan and his friends as they meet a new dragon named Delfina. Her scales are many shades of purple and pink. She can solve any problem with just a blink. She may be small but is stronger than you think.

When the other dragons meet about a problem with another dragon called Drago who is a bully, Delfina comes to their rescue and promises to help them deal with the bully.
Read what happens when Delfina meets Drago.

An early review for the book

Michele Rolfe5.0 out of 5…

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Thrilled. Two books finished.

In the last 2 days I've final-edited and re-uploaded 2 books. A Fading Voice and The Cielonaut. Both of these are important collections to me, for different reasons and it's wonderful to have them in what I hope is final form. Both deal with loss and being lost, so there is some natural association between … Continue reading Thrilled. Two books finished.

Shifting Perspectives: Orion is Upside Down!

Chris Hall has been true to her word and written a lovely blog post to speak of her South African night sky and the differences between Southern and Northern hemisphere star visibility and constellation arrangement. Particularly Orion the Hunter.

It came as something of a shock to me to contemplate the stars being differently oriented, even when visible in both hemispheres. I’d never considered it and on my one visit to the Northern, many years (and moons) ago I had taken no notice whatever. The callowness of youth!

Pop over to Chris’ site and have a read. Do feel welcome to write your own perspective and link back so we can all share. It’s a wonderful topic, I think, and something we can delight in during such troubled times as these.

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What do you see when you look up at the stars?

A chance remark I made the other day in response to Frank Prem’s illustrated poem, Southern Stars for Christmas, raised a question or two about what we see in our night sky, depending upon where we are in the world. If you follow the link you’ll see the thread, and as a special bonus, you’ll get to read Frank’s poem and see his southern star pics.

We can all see some of the same stars

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you can see all of the constellations in the northern part of the sky and some of what is visible from the southern hemisphere. As you travel downward towards the equator, you’ll be able to see more of the sky from the southern hemisphere’s perspective, while also losing more of what you’d normally see in the…

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Results coming in . . .

Well over 1,000 copies of Walk Away Silver Heart have been downloaded, as freebies. I'm tickled to find that almost all Amazon marketplaces (eg Italy and Japan and (especially) Indonesia have been active. Some actual sales have also been happening - which is the area of my skepticism. However, the UK market has stars uncounted. … Continue reading Results coming in . . .

Love Poetry Trilogy – a promotion.

Starting roughly now (4th December in the US) I have a little promotional activity happening that you may be interested in. On Kindle (US only, I think, though maybe UK too. I get confused), My Love poetry trilogy (Lowell, Whitman and Eliot are going to be discounted in sequence over the next couple of weeks. … Continue reading Love Poetry Trilogy – a promotion.

A WW 1 Playlist on YouTube

Just a quick update. I think I've gotten the hang of converting audio foiles and attaching images, so have uploaded a couple more videos. I've included: The Glutton poem. One of 3 Mouquet Farm poems - the other two seem a bit grim, even for me to inflict on the unsuspecting. Ivor Margetts and his … Continue reading A WW 1 Playlist on YouTube

Ich Liebe Dich – a memory

As you mist likely know, I've started the job of putting all of my archive of poetry into book form. As I go along I'm encountering some wonderful memories and moments from the past. Some years ago my Uncle Nic and his lovely partner came to Australia, from Germany, for a visit. This poem is … Continue reading Ich Liebe Dich – a memory