A special Just a Note: Blog of the Year Award 2013

A month or so ago I was nominated by three great bloggers for the Blog of the Year Award 2013.  As everyone knows I don’t do awards but I said I would do this one…in my own time.  And that time has come!

First of all to the the dear bloggers who nominated me I’d like to thank you very much for your kind mention…and you who are reading this post can go and visit them here:

Morgan: In the Spirit of the Season

Amreen Shaikh: Feeling Elated


The rules:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

The blogs whom I would consider blogs of the year stuff are:

The Paperbook Blog by Jayde Ashe  Its been fascinating watching this blog grow and how Jayde has worked so hard to create her e-zine.  I love her posts and enjoy her reviews.  Thanks Jayde for a great blog!

The Poet’s Corner by Harry – Here is a blog that has been opened by Harry, a fantastic blogger and poet.  The blog is administered by Harry but each poet who writes directly for the blog have their own category and write directly for the blog.  It’s been a great experience to meet and write with so many great people!

Friday Fictioneers by Rochelle A wonderfully simple prompt write:  100 words for the photo that is presented each week…Rochelle leads the way writing her 100 words, and they are usually very moving!

We Drink Because We’re Poets by Sahm King this blog is not only a blog that inspires writers and photographers wot do their thing , but it is also a blog that features poets, has a daily quote that makes me smile very often and places I’ve never even been to but are there to be explored!

I’ve chosen to nominate service blogs…blogs that promote bloggers.  There are really so many that I’m sure that some of the greatest blogs have been forgotten.  I’d like to also mention here:  The Speakeasy, Trefecta Challenge, Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, and  Ese’s Voice: Ligo Haibun. In fact there are really so many that I would invite you to link here your favorite service blog!

Do you have a favorite prompt site…feel free to write the link here in my comments…I’d like to meet them too!

Happy New Year!




Just a Note: December 23, 2013

Hello World!


The winter solstice has happened…whether you put it at the 21st or the 22nd it has come about.  The Longest Night of the Year has just passed us by and the new cycle has begun!  Of course, we still have to get through three months of cold, ice, fog and all that jazz, unless, like Leanne Cole or Summerstommy some of you live in the land down under!  So, for me it’s kind of like New Year’s Day and so I’m going to try to thank at least some of you for a wonder year!

Most will be reading this in my tomorrow, some will perhaps read it in my yesterday, like Eric Alagan or Canadian Travelbugs (which reminds me I have a photo prompt to do!) in China!  Some will be reading from England like Barb Taub, who was one of my first readers actually and the lady that introduced me to AWARDS…but I still love her.  Some may pop in from Florida, like dear Cranky, another of my first readers and award givers.  These two ladies have been ever so busy lately…publishing and an added feature for Cranky studying, as she’s gone back to college!  One of the great bloggers I met in this period was OM for whom I wrote a haiku, I think it was, and learnt how to ping by accident 😉 and Christian Mihai.  Two of WordPress comets who’ve since flown high in the sky of blogosphere!

I got “into” poetry around the middle of March. Thanks to Sahm King from whom I learnt about Papizilla (then with We Drink Because We’re Poets), Charles from Windemere fame, King Midget, Lilith Colbert, MT Blu and many, many others who came later, who soared in my life and mind, sometimes briefly sometimes intensely, always leaving something of their passing.

I also became interested in Haiku (this was my first haiku) and followed Betty Generic’s year-long effort to write a Haiku a Day looking out her bedroom window! Haiga thanks first of all to Sahm and then Rick Daddrio and Wabi Sabi and Haibun through the Ligo Haibun Challenge and Ese’s Voice.   I wrote power shorts, short fiction, and 100 words a week for the Friday FictioneersThe Trifecta (which I seem to have missed last week…hmmm) and The Speakeasy people, and – and – and….I could go on and on.  So many to thank so many who stimulated me.  I can’t even begin to thank some of you for whom I’ve written over the Poem a Day Month back in October and other random blogs I chanced upon and for whom I felt inspired to write.  Go through the blog by category or date if you like.  I always mention who inspired me…except once…that Bltz Poem still haunts me!

Thanks to the Daily Post:  Weekly Photo Challenge (the star up at the top of the blog is for you), I came across such lovely blogs and blogger’s like: What’s in a Picture, Chronicles of a Public Transit User, Patchwork Ponderings , Frizztext and so many more I really can’t link you all…

I’ve written posts for We Drink Because We’re Poets, Poet’s Corner, 13th Floor Pardigm, We Poets Show It and a Paperbook Collective (and maybe for something or someone else that I’ve forgotten).  Wow…I’ve been a busy beaver folks!  Many of you have followed through poetry many other’s photography…and some of you liked my stories.  You’ve all been very supportive in one way or another and it’s been a pleasure to have met you, blogged with you, chatted with you (a special thanks to The Dragon Don for a great talk about computers by the way…still fighting with Ubuntu, but may try Mint in the not too distant future!)

So in the end…this is a lot of ramble… I haven’t mentioned even a fourth of the people who have had an influence on my life, like T.J.Therien (who often inspired me to try different poetry form, like the Ghazal, Sonnet, Kyreille Sonnet etc), Running Son, Belinda, Traces of Soul, My dearest Cubby of Reowr, Oloriel, Ye Olde Foole, Idiot Writing, Rarasaur, HA who is now Anmol, Sun, Al, Nerd on a Bridge, Lexborgia, Words of Birds and heaven forgive me and you if I haven’t written your name!  I now follow 476 blogs (whom I sometimes have to refollow because they disappear) and am followed by a little over 900 people thanks to my two blogs and my Facebook link to the blog (don’t know about Goggle + etc.) no big time blogger but I feel that’s a pretty respectable following after nearly a year of blogging.

But here I really have to mention a blog which very few of you have ever heard of.  It’s administered by a formidable Italian lady of a very fine intellectual cut, her name is Elena…and she blogs at Elena e Orlando if it hadn’t been for this dear friend, I wouldn’t be blogging at all.  It was upon her instigation that I created Bastet and Sekhmet last January.  If you like the blog thank her…if you don’t blame me.

I better go and write something interesting!

You all have a wonderful holiday: serene, peaceful and safe…A hug to you all.

and when all is said and done
whether I’ve mentioned you
or what you’ve done
the memories of a year together
writing and reading
laughing and crying
may all just be an ephimeral moment
of cyberspace and loneliness
I’ve loved some of you to heartbreak
and other’s have been my muse
the point of all this is just to say
that I’m happy I’ve met you
and look throughout the day
to find you and read what you’ve got to say.

Oh well…you know what I mean 😉


Just a Note: May 6th 2013


Good morning World!

Once again it’s Monday, and as I’ve decided that Monday is the day when I’ll publish a short note on last weeks events…here I am.  To begin with, now you can go to the header menus to find a Category labeled: Haiku, Photographic Reflections and Guests…the first itwo are self-explanatory, the third houses my re-blogs.

My first piece of Science Fiction Satire

It was a full week.  I was able to write my first ever long short story, thanks to a prompt by We Drink Because We Are Poets.  It’s wasn’t what I’d been expecting as a writing prompt: Justin Bieber and his monkey…my first reaction (ahimeh!) was to ask what  (my apologies to all you Bieber fans) a Justin Bieber was and if the monkey was part of some kind of fantasy plot…but by clicking the link you can see everyone’s reaction…which told me, alas, both Justin Bieber and his monkey are part of our current reality…my only alternative, outside of not writing anything at all, was to figure out how to write intelligently about something I know nothing about.  I though about three different scenarios before I decided upon a science-fiction satire.  If you have time give it a look and tell me what you think. A special note here for Barb Taub, who not only gave me some useful advice for this story, but has also launched a challenge of her own…and fun it has been too…click the link: it will take you to her post so you can find out more about “We Fight Crime!

Fellow Bloggers

Going through the reader I’ve come across some really marvelous people! A very short list follows of just a few of the many blogs I’ve looked at and commented last week (yes, I’m a commenter, my philosophy being “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”):

The Daily Informant I’d actually read a few articles by this author…it’s tongue in cheek satire of the finest quality!

The Jittery Goat interesting razor-sharp humorous posts about daily life.

Ragandboneshop1 a versatile poet (whom I’ve liked since first I came across the post thanks to Betty Generic.)

A Word a Day is just what it says…a wonderfully humorous post which defines a word a day…fantastic idea!

Genetic fractals is an interesting thought-provoking blog with a hint of Zen.

Have a look at them, they’re really great I’m sure you will love them too!


This week’s photo challenge, which has become a part of my blog life, was dedicated to looking from above…there are some very beautiful and interesting photos this week roaming the web…have a look at the links to other participants (either of the links, the first being my contribution the second the challenge), you’ll be fascinated as I have been.  This weekly challenge is really so inspiring and has helped me look at my photos in a new light…I can only express my gratitude!


Another regular event is a daily Haiku that I’ve decided to write inspiring myself from one of my photos…and posting them together.


I thought I’d be smart this week and write about the awards I’d been nominated for on a separate blog, absolving my debt of gratitude to those who have thought of me…alas…this was not to be!  Lovely Tazeinmirzasaad at Transcendingbordersblog has nominated me for the ABC award…thank you very much indeed!  If you want to know what it is about…have a look at the link or read my blog about this award and the Sunshine Award that I wrote yesterday.  I would dedicate this one to all those who post and delight us daily!

Alas, it had
Been but half a day
Certainly my
Duty had been completed! When
Even before I closed down my computer, I should
Find, yet another delightful Award!

“Gosh,How can this be?”
I said, “I’ve
Just finished writing about this special
Kind of award!!!”

Low and behold…
My fate is
Not to visit the
Onirico land of
Peaceful sleep…

Quietly within my head
Rhymes wanted to be
Said for

Unite us in
Virtue and
Wisdom in the land of
Yin and Yang together in,
Zen meditation!

See you next week!