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Warmth #Haibun #Nonet

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Painting by Jim Warren

Warmth

It is a dark and cold November day. The clouds are dragging grey across the dull sky, faded dead leaves litter the ground. Even the fire doesn’t provide warmth. I need something to spark my flame. I need you.

You beckon, drawing me into the bedroom. Beneath the sheets, you cuddled in my arms, I see lovers in the vibrant clouds. The setting sun glints rainbows on the tropical waters with horses dancing in the waves. A warm breeze over the cool, majestic mountains makes me forget the forecast of snow. Waterfalls near and far pulls me more into your allure.

I search you out on a cold dark day
Your agile tongue speaks in my mind
I follow your elegance
Dreaming with open eyes
Bewitched by your tone
Another land
On your pages
A book
You

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This is a double Challenge.

I decided to participate in Sadje’s What Do You See challenge, which she recently started to host.  She provided the painting at the top (Painted by Jim Warren, found on Google) as this week’s prompt.

This was also written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge.  This week’s key words are Grace and Style, but only synonyms can be used.  I chose a Haibun with a nonet.

I hope you enjoyed this love poem to books and reading :)

Books to This Point…

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My time for writing and blogging disappeared half way through the week, but I wanted to do a post.  Hey, why don’t I talk about my books?! So here is a list of books with their blurbs in order of publication:

Seasons of Imagination

Trent P. McDonald’s Seasons of Imagination contains an eclectic mix of stories covering many places, times and even different genre, yet they all hold one thing in common, they are all about people.

Be they silly, serious or speculative, all of the stories are about us.  What makes us tick?  Why do we say the things we do?  Why do we react as we do?

So whether it seems the stories are exploring outer or inner space, in reality they’re always exploring the human space.

Here is an invitation to open the page and come with me to explore the
Seasons of Imagination Continue reading

An Excuse to Post Two Pictures

I recently took two photos that I want in my “Media” on the blog so I can refer back to them in the future.  What better way to get them up than to just write a post with no reason to exist except to put these photos up? ;)

Here is a new “Weekend Coffee Share”, i.e. “If We Were Having Coffee”, photo to be used when I want coffee outside.  This is the backyard at the new house on Cape Cod.  See the hammock in the background?

The second is a photo of all of my books to date.  I didn’t have any with all of them together sine the two novellas came out.  Now I do.

Need a book to read?  I have a recommendation or five ;)

Seasons of Imagination
The Fireborn
The Halley Branch
Embers
Two Novellas: Towards the Light and The Mad Quest

 

Book in Hand (or at Home, at least ;) )

 

embers-on-brickI received a copy of Embers yesterday.  Of course the first thing I had to do, after a quick leaf through to ensure my formatting changes worked, was take a photo.

Later I took out a copy of all of my books and did a new coffee share photo.  Here it is:

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I will start using it on occasion for New Hampshire.  I’ll have to get a photo of them on th Cape with a coffee mug for my Cape Cod coffee shares ;)

Anyway, just making an excuse to put the photos on line.  And, of course, to plug the book one more time ;)

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Meeting at that corner of time where day and night become one, where dreams and reality mix, let’s stir the coals of that fire called ‘imagination’ to discover an eclectic mix of short stories.  Each story is a bit of frozen flame, an ember, that can flare up in your mind.

These embers form a collection of “tales that cover a wide range of genres, moods, and characters, from heartbreaking and heartwarming trials of love and family to thought-provoking journeys into the future. Most importantly, the stories are peopled with richly-drawn characters gifted with unique voices, emotional depth, and the power to capture the imagination. They’re stories that will stick.” – Author D. Wallace Peach

So whether you only have time to warm yourself with a very short work of flash, or you want to get cozy and lost in a novella, there is a story, an ember, in here for you.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 21st of July, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  We can go out back and and sit on our brick patio and contemplate the hillside.  It is a lovely morning so there is no reason to be cooped up inside.  Oh, were are we with a nice woods view out back?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire.

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My back yard, looking across the driveway.

This is one of those weeks when I look back and don’t remember anything.  Work was busy.  Some good news there, but also some setbacks.  I did several training courses, which was good. Continue reading

Does Size Matter?

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They say size doesn’t matter, but I do have questions.  I want your opinion about the size of books.  What?  Hey!  Get your mind out of the gutter! ;)

Both The Fireborn and Seasons of Imagination are printed at 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ (see photo at top of page for how big that is).  It seems to be a great compromise.  But then, I do see a lot of books at 6″ by 9″.  In fact, 6″ x 9″ seems to be the most popular size in self-publishing, though I do have a few tradition published books in that size.  And it isn’t a huge difference.  The smaller size seems to be easier to take with you when going to the beach or whatever, but reading them, I don’t see a lot of difference.  Well, you do get more text per page with the larger, so less page-turning.  But I don’t really notice while reading.

There are actually a lot of smaller sizes.  I have a whole shelf full of traditionally published books that are 5 1/4″ by 8″.  And the old-fashioned paper back is even smaller – 90% of the paperbacks I have that are more than 10 years old are 4 1/4″ by 7″.  That, to me, is too small, but it was a very popular size for a long time.  On the bigger side almost every computer book I have (30 or more) are 7 1/4″ by 9 1/4″.

What are your opinions about the size of books?  Does it make a difference to you?

Cover Reveal – The Halley Branch!

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It is still several months out, but I thought you all might like to see what the cover for The Halley Branch will look like.

What do you think?  Like it?

Here is a rough draft of the front and back together.  This is subject to change.  (I will have a second post with some conversation about the cover later): Continue reading

A Question of Short Stories

I like to write short stories.  I guess you can tell since I write quite a few of them, perhaps an average of two a week, if we count the 100 word Friday Fictioneers stories.  Sure, 90% of the stories I write and post here are very 1-dimensional “flash fiction” stories.  They are quickly written, very short and have very little meat as far as characterization, plot depth, sub-plots, etc.  That doesn’t mean I can’t take them and flesh them out.

Back at the beginning of the year I self-published my first book, Seasons of Imagination.  It is a collection of short stories.  All but 4 had been “published” in some form on my blog, but they were all also greatly revised before making it to print.  That is, what I posted on my blog was little more than a first/rough draft while I went through at least five more drafts in the nine months between the time I made the final decision on which stories to include in the book and when I clicked “publish”. (FYI – After deciding on the stories, I deleted them off of my blog)

Since the cutoff date back for stories to include in Seasons of Imagination at the beginning of April in 2016, I have written some of my favorite works of short fiction.  I think my writing has grown.  I hope so, at any rate! Continue reading

Mystical Lands

West Dennis Beach, Halloween

We go to mystical lands
Beneath the cover
Bright shining world
Fairytale lover

Visit exotic shore
Dreamscape land
All in our head
With you in my hand

We reach the stars
Just with our feelings
Fly without bounds
No heed of ceilings

Cuddled with you in my arms
We are safe indoors
But our feelings and minds
Takes to the skies and freely soars

You take me there
As no other can
You take me away
When I am your man

In the end we must part
You return to your shelf
Me, in the mundane world
Am left by myself

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An ode to a good book.  Or is it? ;)