IVD 5: My Journey in Haiku

Indievengence Day is a yearly event in or around Dallas, Texas. Indie authors gather from across the state and sometimes continent to hangout and sell books to the public. This year was my fifth year attending. I decided to do something special and haiku my journey from Ohio down South.

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It’s an adventure,

Bilbo Baggins would be proud

Smaug flies United.

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Look at me awake

Before the airport crawls to

Life, ha, ha, ha, ha.

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Coffee with a shot

Of espresso wakes me up

Before I go go.

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Aggressive pat downs

And judgement for my wallet

Left outside the bin.

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She carries a small

Generator, her home lost

To the hurricane.

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A boat captain ret-

Urns to the Virgin Islands

Bringing them supplies.

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They handed me a

Cookie in the dark and I

Ate it willingly.

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Turbulence tells me,

“Welcome to the friendly skies”

As the light turns down.

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The stars at night are

Big and bright deep in the heart

Of Dallas, Texas.

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The prairie sky is

Wide and high deep in the heart

Of Dallas, Texas.

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I bounced on the bed

And promptly rolled off, because

I’m a Hufflepuff.

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No hot water but

I get to see my friends and

They think I’m Batman.

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Orange sherbet sassy

Pink hair attitude rocks that

She’s got on cape cod.

(Written with Susie Clevenger)

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Blood sugar was all

Right despite a breadstick scare

Now I can drink juice.

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A shot of orange juice,

Quesadillas for breakfast –

Makes it old fashioned.

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Grumpy bear needs Ad-

Vil PM before his C-

PAP or he’s cranky.

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Books are ready to

Sell but I’m thinking of clash-

Es in St. Louis.

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It’s on with bells and

Scattered inky residue

Conveying mischief.

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Searching for Mc. D’s

Hoping for a bagel sand-

Wich or a coffee.

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Discussing landscapes

Of Yosemite makes the

Day more interesting.

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Let’s go, poetry!

Reading, sharing, loving it?

That’s the money shot.

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Behind the scenes, yo

Slaying rhymes up at a desk.

I’m that freaking cool!

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It isn’t shots of

Kamikaze or Sex on

The beach, but what is?

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People are flying

To Chicago but I hear

It might be windy.

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Attention, there will

Be a prayer service across

From D-22.

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#NEWRELEASE People Are Strange

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I am excited to write that Book 5 in the Mind’s Eyes Series is finally published! I have several poems included in this collection and collaborate with world-class writers and photographers such as Helle Gade, Maria Savva, Darcia Helle, Kim Stapf, Martin David Porter, J. Michael Radcliffe, Julie Elizabeth Powell, Thomma Lyn Grindstaff and Maria Haskins.

The idea was to look at photographs of people and interpret them creatively. I think one of my own favorites was a picture of man walking down a road. It reminded me of a Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken and I wrote a kind of tribute:

Lonely Road

If I could travel down that lonely road…

I might ask about his suicide that never

was, his lover’s quarrel with the world,

two roads diverged with burning paper

and an accidental fire

long walks where green was gold

before her heart attack,

knowing way leads onto way,

has it made the difference?

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The Spider by Maria Savva

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Maria Savva has a new novel available for pre-order! I’ve collaborated many times for the Mind’s Eye Series with her and this is definitely a book you want to read.

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‘No one’s ever come out of that house alive…’

What lurks behind the door of 8 Goldfern Road?

Are you brave enough to step inside?

By entering the sinister house, George and Glen become entangled in a dangerous battle of wills.

“The Spider” is a story of obsession, infidelity, and broken dreams.

This darkly humorous mystery will appeal to fantasy and romance readers as well as those who love to hate spiders!

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Lost and Found by Maria Savva

Maria Savva has a new book of short stories coming out on March 18th and it’s currently available for pre-order. You will definitely want to check it out. Let’s face it, the Ben Ditmars seal of approval goes a long way 🙂

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Lost&Found_FB Cover_V1“Human nature is not neat and predictable.

What makes us betray a loved one?
Can isolation lead to irrational behaviour?
Why do other people’s lives always look more appealing?

Ordinary people living ordinary lives, torn apart by regret, remorse, and deceit. We’re all stumbling through life together. This collection of stories shows you the Lost and Found among us.”

The book is currently available for pre-order on Kindle.
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IndieVengeance Day 2015

Last week I traveled to Dallas for an annual book signing known as IndieVengeance Day. We get together, the indies and I, once a year and hang out. We also sell books: small books, big books, books that climb on rocks. Okay, none of them climbed rocks, but a couple have ghosts, and that’s just as good.

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The journey started in the air…

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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

But quickly involved books and stress cubes.

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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

Hey, poetry!

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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

The books and their Davros. Muahaha.

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Scott’s fortune cookie predicted a photo bomb.

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And there was this yummy croissant.

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Photograph by Claudette Peercy

The Justice League prepared to fight evil… and sell books.

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Photograph by Claudette Peercy

After Red Lobster. Don’t we look full?

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I found this steer at the airport.

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My last view of Dallas.

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It was an incredible event filled with my favorite people on earth. Once more, my deepest thanks to Amber Norrgard for all the hard work she did setting everything up.

You can find information on the authors in attendance here:

Julie Fraynhttp://juliebird.ca

James Peercy: http://www.jameswilliampeercy.com

Amber Jerome-Norrgard: http://amberjeromenorrgard.com

Stacey Roberts: http://www.trailertrashbook.com

Paula Walker Baker: https://paulawalkerbaker.wordpress.com

Jacqueline E. Smith: http://jackiesmith114.wordpress.com

Debbie Watts Reece: http://www.beebopbooks.com

Susie Clevenger: http://www.susieclevenger.com