Thursday, August 24, 2017

AUGUST 2017 -- Eclipse Haiku

Almost to Totality - Eclipse 2017 L. Rizzuti

If you saw any part of this spectacular event, you will understand that I couldn't let August go by without some tribute. Thus the following haiku:

Thirsty shadow feeds
Gnawing daylight from the sky
Holding sun captive.
Shadow swallows sun
A cold, dark veil flows eastward
Speckled with day stars.
If Moon's shadow drinks
All the sunlight from the sky
Is Earth's refill free?
Note: Photo taken with the camera on my Kindle Fire aimed through 10-power binoculars with a solar filter mounted on a camera tripod--a job that took 4 hands. 👍👍 👍👍

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 2017 -- My Muse Is On Vacation

When the weather’s hot
My muse is not
In the mood
For motivating. 
So until it cools
My muse refuels
By mentor

Monday, July 17, 2017


       The Fall Conference for the Inland NW SCBWI region is coming Saturday, September 16, 2017. I hope to see some of you there for a fun and fabulous day of talks, networking, and recharging our writing batteries. Follow this link for more information: Plotting Your Course

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

JUNE 2017 Writing Prompt -- Curiosity: A Drabble

Telling a story in exactly 100 words? That would be a drabble. I was first introduced to these little nuggets years ago in the fan-fiction world. I liked the challenge of brevity, of trimming the fat. Of making one word do the work of many. Perhaps that's why nowadays I challenge myself by writing children's picture books.

The Pinterest pin that inspired this post can be found here: Curiosity


     “Angels in heaven! It’s ginormous!”
     “Precisely why we are here.”
     “It’s gotta be as big as a cook stove!”
     “A shade bigger, I think.”
     “How long do you think it took?”
     “To reach those dimensions? Several years.”
     “But why?”
     “Does it matter?’
     “You? Not curious?”
     “The curiosity of cats is over-rated. However, there is one trait that is not.”
     “Hey, where are you going?”
     “To do what any cat must do.”
     “But it’s ginormous.”
     “We’ve covered that.”
     “Just be careful.”
     “I have nine lives.”
     “Yeah, well that big old ball of yarn you’re aiming to play with probably has ten!”

Sunday, May 21, 2017

MAY 2017 Writing Prompt - Recharging

Truth be told, I wrote this pair of haiku and then found a picture I felt matched—well, perhaps lightened is a better word—their mood.

That picture prompt can be found here: Recharging

Some days my soul sits,
A pool of stagnant water
Tainted by life’s noise.
Eyes closed, mind static.
My spirit is recharging
On peaceful silence.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 2017 -- Another Spring Haiku

Rain coaxes, sun charms.

Tiny sprouts rise, seeking sky,

Unfurling their green.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


              With lion’s claws sheathed,                               
             Gentle lamb frolics and plays
                   Amid spring’s magic.