A Sonnet for Tim: Reading (Sonnet)

The rhyme scheme for the Shakespearean Sonnet is as follows a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g.

From Tim’s Sonnet Workshop # 1 on the 13 Floor.

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Reading (Sonnet)

I love to read but there is a time for everything,
For when my life is sad, I’d never read political biographies,
The lives of tyrants and past difficulties are to me a sting.
I’d prefer to stay away from works on these people’s qualities.
Our world, is often full of strife and endless tales of death,
To me these works are knelling funeral bells to man’s past.
It’s like a poison that fills my heart and steals my breath,
Injecting into my weary brain this unhappy gloomy blast.
So tyrant’s tales are taboo, my need is for something funny,
Or a few well-placed lines of poetry that can make me smile,
I choose my readings well and look for something sunny,
Maybe bright limericks from the lovely emerald Isle.
‘A time for everything and to everything a season.’
I take this wisdom and read humor and with reason.

Just a Note: September 2, 2013

Hello world!

As I’m running late this morning, let me just jump right into this note!


This week I was nominated by Canadian Travelbug’s for three awards!  They are: The best Moments Award, Reader Appreciation Award, and Semper Fedelis Award.

Her nomination for me read: for poetry and a weekly photo challenge she sets. She also posts some great photos.  You may also recognise her from putting me on her Saturday Close Up :)

She also gave a description behind the meaning of each award!  let me quote her here:

“The Best Moment Award… This award is given to a blog that has a literary piece defining a specific moment that is thought-provoking, creative, honest, and or inspiring.

Reader Appreciation was created by my blogging friend Jennifer at My Sardinian Life for people who read and commented on her blog and gave a worthwhile contribution by doing so.

The last one Semper Fidelis shows appreciation for fellow on-line friends who you consider part of your ‘wolf pack’ (that is their words not mine ;) )”

I’d already received the above awards except for the Reader Appreciation award, so I’ll just show you this award, which I appreciated very much!


Thank you so much for you expression of appreciation!

And as always, I’d like to dedicate these awards to my faithful readers!  It’s great to have a lot of followers, but what is really special is to have faithful readers and commenters, like Canadian Travelbugs!  So for you who read, here’s a warm hug and award.  Thanks for existing!


As those of you that read me on Saturday discovered Sahm King from We Drink Because We’re Poets finished editing and published the first anthology which also encluded 10 of my poems!  I’ve already written a whole post dedicated to this, for me, wonderful event.  You can go and look at it here!  On both pages you can find the link to Smashwords where you can download your free copy!  Yes, it’s free…this one is an introduction to our different voices in poetry.  Go get your copy and tell us what you think!


I had a melancholy week, only to be expected when the season begins to change, as you can see from Bastet’s Pixelventure’s 27 August 2013.  The middle season, can be a time of great inspiration, but alas it can also be a moment melancholy reflection.

However, in my lifetime I’ve faced melancholy over and over again, and I’ve found what works for me is accepting that it’s there and then move on.  So, I’ve decided to participate in a daily Haiga challenge!  Here’s the first Haiga:

footsteps in cement

The initiative has been taken by The 19th Planets Art Blog 210/2013 if you want to participate go to the link and get the instructions!  This is the second prompt, which you may or may not want to use.

I was so very happy this week, when one of my favorite writers participated in Wordless Wednesday with her photographs!  Cranky aka ME McMahon related her fantastic adventure trying to photograph her first progressive sunrise…I think it was fantastic!  Have a look: “Shh…It’s Wordless Wednesday!” and as any great writer would do on her other blog she wrote of the adventure it was to get those photos “A Wacky Walk“.  Take a few minutes if you haven’t done so yet and have a look.  You’ll love the Wacky Walk 🙂 !

Well, I actually have lots of stuff to tell you, but not much time left, as I woke up late this morning!  I’d just like to indicate a few great bloggers that i think you might like to read and follow:  Cubby did a great blog on the Ghazal, which has inspired me to try another of those great poems.  Ese’s Weekly Quote and Shoot Challenge is another inspiration, and its through her I discovered the Haibun at The Ligo Haibun Challenge!  Have you ever wondered what would happen if a famous poet or author were to be edited in our day and age…I do often, this is a very funny post: “What if Emily Dickinson Attended a Writer’s Workshop?” some food for thought!  And, as we’re all getting ready for autumn, I thought that this blog kind of puts everything in a Zen perspective: Spring from My Dogablog, Monty reminds us that in Australia the seasons are really very relative!  And last but not least a special word for the 13th Floor Paradigm…there are some pretty interesting workshops that have recently opened up, go have a look into writing sonnets and mythology, just to name two…oh and I do something from time to time about Japanese Poetry and Literature 😉 .

Have a nice week everyone and see you in blogosphere!

Bastet (via Georgia)

Thoughts: The Thirteenth Floor

On Friday, with my son Sisko, I watched the movie the 13th Floor.  Basically I’d come across the title whilst discussing the name of the new blog (The 13th Floor Paradigm)  that was in the makings with 12 other blogging friends and so I got curious.

I found the movie on an on-line tv site, called Dare TV, that my son had told me about.  So if you want to have a go, try the link.

The film was made in 1999 and was directed by Joseph Rusnak and loosely based upon Simulacron-3 (1964), a novel by Daniel F. Galouye.  It was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, losing to The Matrix in 2000.  I think, that that was really a shame.  Oh, I love Matrix, who doesn’t.  Great effects, fantastic story and of course there’s Keanu Reeves.  But this has meant that a good film has been nearly completely ignored by the public.

The story takes place in Los Angeles in the 1990s.  A group of computer software artists under the guide of Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stah), owner of a multi-billion dollar software enterprise and inventor create a complete virtual reality replica of 1937 Los Angeles, a world where the people inside the program believe that their world is real.  Hannon Fuller is murdered after having returned from a trial run of the program, and his heir, friend and protégé, Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko)is suspected of having killed him for profit.  The twist is Douglas Hall himself, though he has no memory of doing so, also begins to believe he killed his friend!

This movie, not peopled by big names, should have had a lot more success than it actually had.  The story is well written, there’s violence, but where it’s logical that it should be.  Discussing it with Sisko, we concluded that there were a couple of things that worked against it.  One being, that there were no big names, two, people want a lot of action in their movies now days, so this wouldn’t have attracted the public, three, Matrix came out the same year, poor film didn’t have a chance.  I’ve since read some of the critics opinions, and they seem to think that the script was poorly written and confusing. I had no trouble following it and it kept me in my seat straight through the end.

I’d invite you all to go have a look at this film.  What I’d really like to know is what you think of it.  Did it merit being forgotten, or would you agree with me; if that film had been released maybe just a year earlier, it too may be one of those little cult movies one goes back to see over again.

Just a Note: August 19 2013

Hello World!

Well here in Italy, the past week was one of those weeks that seems like a passing year…so much pushed into 7 days!  I hardly know where to begin.


This is always a good starting point.  With another 12 persons and thanks to the organization powers of Sahm King, a new community blog was born this week.  It started out as a group of us chatting about the need, in our opinion, of something that might create a movement of ideas.  You’ve seen my poems about the ideas as they came up, if you’ve been following the blog.  The blog is entitled the 13th Floor Paradigm and it took us a few days to come up with it.  The constant was 13th Floor, but we went from Bards to Troubadours….and finally we voted the name we now use on the new Blog!  We talked about the theme, but it was Sahm who put it together for us.  Lilith has created our email, where you can write to us: 13thfloorparadigm@gmail.com and this is the twitter address: https://twitter.com/13FloorParadigm.  I don’t think though that I will actually use either…never twitter and my present e-mail is already a shambles!

So…that means I now participate on yet another blog, besides Bastet and Sekhmet,  l also write a photo prompt blog with its feature pages for We Drink Because We’re Poetsand I have a personal project or two I want to work on, including a private blog where I’m trying to put up publishable stuff…as in for e-zine or magazines, book publishing or contests.  Basically I’ll have to do a bit of weeding and figuring out how to organize my time.

Recently, my e-mail inbox is so full that I can’t possibly read what everybody writes.  I know you post and sometimes I can read something and do that.  But…basically over the last week, I’ve replied to you who comment and like on the three blogs and look at your blogs!  There is so much to do and so little time.  I guess this is a lesson to be learnt…how to give and still create.

My projects though are the reason I blog…I didn’t realize when I began blogging that there was a community!  In fact if I just did my own stuff, I could manage much better…but I also have come to love and appreciate your various slants on writing and photography.  I’ve got to re-organize my blog too.  I want to do some weeding and fix up my categories…maybe transfer some of my work to a page, rendering the original individual posts private.  So…stuff to do, people to see etc.

For the moment…I’ll just close this by saying thanks to you all who’ve kept following through the thick and thin…love you all and keep blogging, I sure will!  Oh and by the way, if you want to follow everything that I publish in one fell swoop…there is the Bastet Facebook fan page.  Everything I publish or reblog goes directly there, just push the like on this page with the black cat icon and you’re in.

Have a great week!

Georgia from Bastet and Sekhmet!