#GuestDayTuesday – Summer Magic by … ME!

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This could be considered cheating, I suppose, but since I had no one scheduled as a guest today, I decided to feature myself. I started writing poetry as a child of five, believe it or not, and I’ve never lost my love for it. The second book I published, right after Wake-Robin Ridge, was Summer Magic, my little “chapbook” of poetry, and I’d like to tell you a bit about it, if you’ll indulge me.

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Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love is a collection of contemporary poetry about exactly that–life and love. The first part of the book features poems about the magic a young boy discovers while camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The second part of the book has a sampling of poetry about love, life and death, autumn, and dreams coming true.

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While I truly loved writing the poems featuring my WRR hero, Mac, as a young boy enjoying his summers in my favorite place in the world–the North Carolina mountains–there are several poems in the second part of the book that really came from my heart, too. Today,  I’m going to share the longest of those, a poem that has a bit of an autobiographical nature to it. Hope you enjoy it!

ON THE RIVER

Crystal green flows beneath me,
Leafy arches rise above,
Dip, glide.
Dip, glide.
Slide.

Duckweed parts as I float by.
I wonder where they went,
Those ducks?
Gone overnight, it seems.
Another parting, another loss,
And I slide by,
Under all that green.
Dip, glide.
Dip, glide.

Just there, in deepest shade,
Sleeping emeralds cling.
Tree frogs rest in their
Smooth, damp skins
Waiting for the silver moon.
They’ll open their eyes for the silver moon.
Sleeping now,
As I pass by.
Dip, glide.
Dip, glide.

With arms raised to that same moon,
I once danced along the shore,
Young and wild and full of joy.
Moving to music
That stirred my soul,
And washed in that pale light,
I danced.
Years ago, in that pale, pale light.
I remember it all,
And so much more,
As I slide by.
Dip, glide.
Dip, glide.

A scaled ribbon of vivid lime
Scribbles across my bow,
Curving by in his own silent slide.
I smile at Dickinson’s “narrow fellow”
Tasting the air with his tongue of flame.
I feel no “zero at the bone” for him,
For I have known far worse than he,
And survived.
With a nod of my head,
I pass him, too.
And on I go.
Dip, glide.
Dip, glide.

Time and time and time goes by,
And still, green fronds protect me from above,
Green water lifts me from below,
Carrying me ceaselessly on my way.
Slower, now that Youth is gone,
Yet, sometimes a froth of foam and spray
Reminds me of those early days,
When all the water rushed clear and cold,
And teemed with Promise so bright
You could almost catch it in your hands.
That bubbling spring where it all began,
Now lies so far behind.
Far behind, and long ago,
While I move on.
Dip, glide.
Dip, glide.

Always forward,
One stroke at a time,
The only path from Here to There.
One stroke following another,
And I, all the while,
Still cherish the trees above,
The water below.
I wonder as a turn grows near,
What adventures wait beyond the bend?
Will they make my heart beat fast again?
How many shimmering curves lie before me yet?
How long does my river flow?
Dip, glide.
Dip, glide.
Dip, glide.
Slide.

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Buy Summer Magic HERE

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MYSTERY, SUSPENSE,
AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

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Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years and four big cats.

When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?

marciameara16@gmail.com
Twitter: @marciameara

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MARCIA’S BOOKS

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

Wake-Robin Ridge Book 1
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3
The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella
The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody 
The Emissary 3: Love Hurts

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

#ReblogAlert – Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Weekly RoundUp Post

Once again, it’s time for Sally Cronin’s Weekly RoundUp Post. If any of you folks haven’t discovered Sally’s fabulous Smorgasbord blog, you owe it to yourself to check these out. Once you have, you’ll see just how much you’ve been missing, and you’ll be glad you did. 

To check out this Week’s Smorgasboard Round Up Post, go HERE.

Happy Reading!

#ReblogAlert – This Week on Story Empire

Another super week with the good folks over on the #StoryEmpire blog. If you’ve missed anything, you’ll want to check it out. As always, it’s truly good stuff!

MONDAY:  Happy Independence Day Greeting HERE

WEDNESDAY: Mae Clair has a super post entitled What I Learned from High School History that really struck home with me. Check it out HERE.

FRIDAY: Jan Sikes is starting a new series on marketing that you will not want to miss. Read her first post entitled Every Author’s  Four-Letter Word #Mktg HERE 

And there you have it, folks! Enjoy!

Whew! We Were Spared!!

NOTE: Just after I posted this, Elsa made landfall near Cedar Key. (A good distance north of us. 65mph winds, and from the map, it looks as though Gainesville (where my son lives) is now being hit by those eastern bands. We are “officially” in the clear here.) 

Just a quick note to let you know that Hurricane Elsa was once again downgraded to a tropical storm, and didn’t come ashore yet. It barely missed a direct hit on Tampa, apparently, and has continued northward up the coast.

Here, we were greeted by torrential rains  from one of the wicked eastern bands at 6:00am this morning , but any serious wind must have blown through overnight. Thus far, we seem to have escaped any damage, and I think my son & family did, as well, though an hour or two ago, they were getting a LOT of heavy rain. But nothing dire.

I believe we are out of Elsa’s reach now, unless she does a sudden U-turn, but please keep the folks still in her path in your thoughts and prayers. It can gain strength again before finally touching land, and even as a tropical storm, can cause a lot of wind and flood damage. 

And a HUGE thank you for all the well wishes, prayers, positive thoughts, and encouragement. It really helped me deal with the prepareation and stress involved over the last couple of day. I’m going to try to catch up with some comments, but bear with me if it takes a while. In the meantime, I must say, you guys ROCK!

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Sue Rovens

Happy Wodin’s Day, everyone! Please join me in giving Sue Rovens a big welcome to The Write Stuff today. Sue is another brave soul who is sharing ten things about herself that we may not know, so without further ado, let’s get started. Take it away, Sue!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sue Rovens

  1. After 30 years in Milner Library (at Illinois State University), I’ve finally retired!
  2. The Graduate is my favorite movie of all time.
  3. I love all animals…except spiders. They are headless monsters with too many legs.
  4. I collect old radios, clocks, and advertising signs (love retro stuff)
  5. I have a master’s degree in Kinesiology and Recreation.
  6. I don’t eat meat…except White Castle once a year. (mmm, sliders)
  7. I’m learning how to play French Horn.
  8. I love all things TEA!
  9. I don’t drink pop or coffee, ever.
  10. I’m “that person” who will point out cows, goats, sheep, and hawks on road trips.

Sue in 2015

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Author Sue Rovens

Sue Rovens is an indie suspense/horror author who hails from Normal, Illinois. She has written three novels and two books of short horror stories, with her latest book, Rage, due out sometime in late summer 2021.

Track 9, her second novel, snagged a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly (May 2018), her short story, “Coming Over”, from her book, In a Corner, Darkly (Volume 1) was turned into a screenplay and short student indie film by the theater department of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and another short story, “When the Earth Bled”, won 2nd place in the Support Indie Authors short story contest earlier this year. Her two most recent books (Buried and Rage) are under Plump Toad Press.

Sue owns a blog (suerovens.com) which includes interviews with authors, musicians, podcasters, and artists. She is an Executive Producer for an indie (short) horror film which is currently in production called “Let’s Do Things that Make Us Happy”. Sue is also a co-host and story writer for the new horror podcast, Ye Olde Terror Inn, which is currently in pre-production.

Sue is a member of The Chicago Writers Association and the Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi). 

BUY BURIED HERE

Sue’s Social Media Links:

Buy Links (Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Rovens/e/B009PCPQUS
Blog – https://suerovens.com
Contact Info: srovens@yahoo.com (email)

 

Hurricane Elsa Update …

Yep, it looks like Elsa will be a hurricane when it hits Tampa, which means those folks over there could have all kinds of things to deal with, even if it’s a mild hurricane, including possible storm surge, etc. And it definitely means we be getting the outer bands of the storm, so it might get pretty unpleasant over here, too. I’m hoping not, but there’s nothing to do at this point but to wait and see how it plays out. Will get back with you folks on the other side, which could be a day or two if we have much damage or lingering power outages. But I’ll let you know how we fared as soon as I can.

Thanks for understanding why I may not be able to take part in tomorrow’s Ten Things post, but again, I do hope you’ll enjoy it, regardless. And I’ll join in as soon as possible!

Thinking of everyone in the storm’s path, and hoping you ALL stay safe! 

Tropical Storm Elsa Update

As you can well imagine, we’ve been tracking the progress of Hurricane/TropicalStorm/HurricaneAgain(?) Elsa since the trajectory began indicating we might take a hit from this one. On the plus side, it’s not a storm as significant as many we’ve lived through, including Hurricane Irma (which is the one that brought an enormous tree down on our house.) At least, not so far. It started as a hurricane, got downgraded slightly to a tropical storm with 70mph winds, and has now crossed over Cuba to enter the Gulf of Mexico. This is the point at which storms often build up strength again, and it looks like that might happen at any time now. 

The storm is currently predicted to come ashore in Florida at Tampa (that big yellow dot in the middle of the pink area). The two blue dots represent Orlando, where Mark works, and Sanford slightly north of it, where we live. As you can see this projected path means we could get significant wind and rain, though nothing is certain. And it also looks like it could pass directly over my son’s home in Gainesville. So this is why we’ve been doing a lot of prep work, clearing up things in the yard that can become flying (lethal) projectiles, etc. 

I’ve lived through many, many hurricanes during my life, sitting hunkered down in the living room all night, listening to loud thuds on the roof as limbs and debris rained down upon us. I’m not unduly afraid (generally) but I never, ever scoff at possible consequences. Especially after Irma smashed our garage and car. I’ve always been of the mindset to prepare for the worst, and pray for the best. Once we’ve done all we can to be ready, it’s out of our hands. 

Thankfully, we just had the last of the dying laurel oaks removed from our property, so 100′ tall trees falling on us are unlikely, especially during a less powerful storm like this one appears to be. But then again, we didn’t expect our neighbor’s huge oak to fall on us, either.  (And when I say huge, I mean the trunk was about 6′ THICK, and the canopy engulfed our entire house, though the weight rested primarily on the garage, thankfully, or we wouldn’t still be here.)

The bottom line is, winds are expected to begin picking up today about 2:00pm, and the storm looks like it will come ashore at Tampa sometime Wednesday morning. Hopefully, it will still be a tropical storm and not a full hurricane, and the damage will be minimal to those in its direct path. But there is a high likelihood of power outages so if I disappear for a bit longer, that’s probably what’s going on. 

I do have a Ten Things guest tomorrow, and I HOPE I’ll be able to access the internet so I can welcome her, but if not, I’ll join in the conversation as soon as possible.

Thanks, folks. Any and all prayers and/or positive thoughts will be greatly appreciated and welcome, and hopefully, Elsa will mind her manners and go on her merry way without wreaking too much havoc.

Stay safe, folks, wherever you are! See you on the other side!

Happy Independence Day!

If I disappear for a day or two, you can probably blame it on Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa, which appears to be heading straight for us. The biggest question is, how strong will it be when it goes over our area. It has been losing some power, so we are hoping it will not gain back up to hurricane strength, and instead,  will get weaker and weaker–but you never know with these. If the “winds” of Fate are kind, I’ll see you on the other side! 😊