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A Majestic Bird… (A Haiku)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Based on an actual event. We always get the powerful Santa Ana Winds near where I live, and they have been known to carry out any number of objects. One year, they carried off a parrot-shaped kite we had accidentally left unattended outside. Goodness, that made for an interesting andContinue reading “A Majestic Bird… (A Haiku)”

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Journal Entry #32–Writers of the Future Contest

Has anyone here entered the Writers of the Future Contest? It is an impressive event where writers can submit fantasy and science fiction tales, which get judged by professional authors and can really help to launch your career as a writer as well. I’ve entered pieces on occasion, but a few days ago I gotContinue reading “Journal Entry #32–Writers of the Future Contest”

During the Rain (A Haiku)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: We’re getting a significant storm front coming through my area right now. The rain has been a blessing, in more than one way. It has been easier to fall asleep at night and has inspired some creative inspiration. What are your favorite things to do when it rains?] When rainstormsContinue reading “During the Rain (A Haiku)”

Halloween Cheer (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Based on an experience I had this Halloween, where I realized just how much fun it was to even just be out and about for errands on that special occasion. It makes me think that maybe I should get dressed up next year. The connections that people can make basedContinue reading “Halloween Cheer (A Poem)”

The Unknown (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: A small experiment with “the unknown.“] Waiting just around the corner to pounce everywhere In all things found within each flicker out of the corner of one eye It is there and gone again between moonbeams and bursts of sunshine reaching out as if for warmth and recognition– like aContinue reading “The Unknown (A Poem)”

The Phantom Stagecoach (A Haiku)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: The Butterfield Mail Trail used to run through my area, with its stagecoaches that ran between any number of stations to deliver mail and even people to various destinations. As such, a few stories related to them have popped up over the years, including that of a stagecoach once delayedContinue reading “The Phantom Stagecoach (A Haiku)”

Before the Rain (A Haiku)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: During the last few days, my countryside home has been blessed with rain and a few surprises. On the first day, I saw a pair of hawks lock talons and spiral downwards a bit, right before a rain and thunderstorm really got underway. What are some of the instances whereContinue reading “Before the Rain (A Haiku)”

Book Review: The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

Walter Moers’ The City of Dreaming Books is a novel-length declaration of adoration to the writing craft and all its creative possibilities. This fantasy, written in a humorous spirit reminiscent of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, takes us to the vast world of Zamonia, and follows a young Lindworm (basically a dinosaur-like being) named OptimusContinue reading Book Review: The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

A Royal Hotel March (A Story)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Based on the wondrous Peabody Hotel, where a singular march reportedly takes place on a daily basis for some very special guests.] He is a gentleman who dons a fashionable red suit with brass buttons and a golden braid. It is his daily routine to assume the role of aContinue reading “A Royal Hotel March (A Story)”

The Stories We Weave (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: I love the way that we can take most situations that we face and use them as inspiration for all kinds of stories.] If you are unwell on a day when murky skies loom overhead  allow me to transport you   with a little tale of gnomes   who rideContinue reading “The Stories We Weave (A Poem)”