RonovanWrites 71st #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Challenge Review

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UPDATE about the FREE eBook Project!

I’ve been looking into the Amazon ebook idea. I’m not 100% positive they allow a book to be FREE all the time, so I am also looking at Smashwords which does do FREE all the time and is a author friendly site. Smashwords is a great platform, much like Amazon, but with even more ways of reading eBooks. Once things get to that point, I will let you know what all we’re doing. If you have any qualms with Smashwords and have signed up to be part of the FREE eBook Projects then fill out the form to say NO to that question that is in there. Smashwords is a way for those without any apps or e-readers to read by using pdf, or even txt formats. You may see an eBook free all the time on Amazon but it is possibly part of the price matching program they have. So if the item is free elsewhere then Amazon eventually price matches it. But I never want there to be money involved in this. I don’t want anyone thinking I am trying to make money off of another person’s intellectual property. I am thinking of this as a neat way to get everyone’s name in a book, share your blogs, and have a nice thing to show our friends and families.

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Haiku Challenge Review 71

New Offenders!

NEW! Willow: Cover Colour | williowdot21 (An insight to a heart mind and soul.) A Haiku with nature running through it but with an image you can take a number of ways … if you put your mind to it. We have the pleasure of a new friend by way of Kat of Like Mercury Colliding, one of our veteran members.This is my chance to display my poetry and pros . In a way it is mainly for my own expression of the pent up feelings and stress that usually pins me into a corner on a daily basis! My profile tells you all you need to know about me , my poems I think tell you even more. I hope you can enjoy my work, feel free to drop in at any time you are always welcome.And more on her About Page.

NEW! Christine Randall: This Old Woman | Christine R (Trying to keep the brain cells alive.) I wanted to call this The Colour of Girl, but there was already a title. You’ll see why I wanted that name when you visit. “I was born in South Australia a bit less than 60 years ago. I have a daughter and son from my first marriage, and 3 step-sons from this one. I live in Victoria, Australia. Many years ago I took up Family History. Lots of surprises in store there, least of which was the startling revelation that my husband and I are 6th cousins, with our children and grandchildren blood relatives to each other too!” And more on the About Page. Also visit her Author site, CJRANDALL.COM.  

NEW! poeticfootprints: The Color of Lies | poeticfootprints. Synonyms galore in this entry, and rhymes too, although not intentional. A comment on part of some human nature. “About a year ago, I had some intense personal stuff happen that jump started this creativity in me again. I’ve found it a way to voice, vent and work through my thoughts, feelings and problems. A form of therapy. I never shared my writings, I am shy and my poems are very personal, like diary entities.” And much more on the Why I Write page.

NEW! Dorn Simon-Sinnott: Sudden Raindrops | The Writer Behind DornDryad’s Blog. A very first attempt at a Haiku and nailed it. Was nice to see some of the Haiku community welcomed here in and appreciated the Haiku as well. And Clarence let us inside that mind of his a little more with some of his comedic likings. …was born in the ‘oldest recorded town in Britain’, the Pre-Roman town of Camulodunum, now known as Colchester in 1968. (The earliest record of the town’s existence is a reference by the Roman writer, Pliny the Elder in AD77). Dorn and her family lived briefly in New Jersey, USA. before returning to the East Anglian region of England whilst She still a child. It was there that Dorn began writing as early as Seven years old, mostly writing poetry. This developed into all forms of writing during the following forty years.” And you know you want to know the rest by clicking HERE.

First to Offend this Week!

Juliette: Blue Skies | Battered Wife seeking Better Life. Using a synonym of sorts, we have a Haiku of nature canvas. @BWseeingBL

Annette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): A Haiku Perspective 2015 by Annette Rochelle AbenColor Me Ginger | Annette Rochelle Aben. Not sure if I was watching Gilligan’s Island when I came up with that title or it has something to do with her Haiku. You’ll need to click to find out. Although if you’ll notice I didn’t say Cover Me Ginger. Maybe that’ll give you a clue. Click the image for the story and the great purpose behind her endeavor.  Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert

Peter Bouchier: Plea(se) | Wherever I lay my pen, that’s my home. Two things here about Peter’s Haiku, the first being the image is by his brother. The second is the message delivered is one of universal sentiment at this time. Although I chose the prompt words before I knew about recent events, there was an obvious reason they found their way to my mind.

TJ Paris:(2 Links) Covered by Color |La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. Where the mind goes when seeing two words is interesting to see. TJ went to another country for this one. Sea Eagle is a Haiku inspired by a rather unique photographic opportunity. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Greg: Life’s Colors | Potholes in the Road of Life. Greg went a little different this week. But changing up and going with what you got is what you  @greg_wolford

Shida: Cover Me With Your Love | 876LoveR. Go gaze with your reflective surfaced orbs upon this vessel of sensuality. @realrebel_r

Jane Dougherty (Author): Color the Day | Jane Dougherty Writes. A theme, as normally Jane gives us when she provides multiple Haiku in one post. With this one you have the day discussed. Discussed through the poetic talents of the Author Jane Dougherty. Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above. @MJDougherty33

Judy: Sailor’s Warning | Edwina’s Episodes. There’s an old saying about the weather. I’ve always wondered if the Farmer’s Warning would be the exact opposite. @EdwinasEpisodes

jazzytower (PR): Forrest Canvas | Thoughts and Entanglements. A Haiku is supposed to involve two things outside of the syllable structure and two formed sentences. One, it is to be about nature, and two, the two sentences formed should have opposite meanings. PR gives a very subtle and almost missed opposite here. Very well done.

Ronovan We Color the World | RonovanWrites. As I’ve said above, the prompt words were chosen before the awful weekend events in Paris. This was my honoring of those now gone and for those left behind to mourn and fear. @RonovanWrites

Alice: Terror | Boomerang Zone. Don’t use your imagination too much on this one, or you’ll not be able to sleep tonight. @Vidocq_CC

Kat: Nature’s Stained Glass Window | like mercury colliding. I was going to go with a more humorous title, being there is a touch of humor and play on words in Kat’s explanation this week, a brief explanation, but the Haiku deserved better than my attempts at levity.

Clarence: Cover The Spectrum | PrarieChat. Five Haiku this week. Clarence covers a broad range of topics here. We have nature, mythology of the Aboriginal people of Australia, and social commentary of daily headline events here in the US.

Colleen Chesebro: No Meaning | Silver Threading. Colleen has returned after a journey to a new home across the country. Check her bright Haiku. @ColleenChesebro

Mira: (2 Links) Undying | They, You And Me. Love and romance. Gold | To Wear a Rainbow.  Commentary on society and life. And she needs to get back to posting earlier in the week. I get worried when she comes in this late. I’m accustomed to her early posts. @BediMona

Michael Erb & Company: Inner Tellings | Me and the Boss Poetry. I know I chose an odd title, or at least it sounds as such, but once you peruse the poetic you’ll see the method of my madness. I believe these are among the best I’ve seen in regards to their subject. Very nice.

Ritu: Rainbow & Butterfly & Sunglasses Needed | But I Smile Anyway. Very colorful offerings this week. Two from nature. Loved the photography in the first one. The first two Haiku are excellent nature ones. That last one for giggles? Warning, wear your sunglasses. @PhantomGiggler

Meredith & Martha: Play Dead/Symbols by Meredith and Allies/Invocation by Martha | Meredith’s Musings. Inspired poetry from recent events. @Meredithlbl

Dr. Kottaway: Safe Harbor | KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog. Not the same event of others so far. Very well done and I like how she shares her path to her poetic output.

Melissa: Silver Linings | The Aran Artisan. This week the Haiku play second fiddle to the rest of the article. You’ll find the Haiku itself midway down the page. The article itself gives a look into a life of an Irish, and I will say American, as we still claim Melissa as our own, farm family. Beautiful pieces to see from our crafty and talented friend. @TheAranArtisan

Lizl: Mouse Dreams | Quilted Poetry. Story of winter and a mouse’s dream during it. Along with the Haiku we have a story from years gone by and the cause for affection for mice.

Tessa: The Color Red | Writing is my life. Hmm, this could be a tragedy in many ways, or purely nature with poetic license in the autumn.

Claudette: Faithless | to search and to find happiness in every day. As one comment stated, Claudette does ‘tell-it-like-it-is’.

denis: goodbye for now | Haiku hound. A Haiku from my feature post this week of A Blog Worth Knowing. And no, he’s not leaving us, at least I hope he’s not.

VronLacroix: Tints of Autumn | Simply Snapshots. A gorgeous imagine for a Haiku with wonderful use of words.

Florence: Transformational Smile | Meanings And Musings. A Haiku purely inspired by the image shared. You’ll notice the copyright provided for the image. Make certain to compliment the art and artist. @FTThum

Al: Three Color Concoctions  | Al the Author’s Blog. Three serious and socially conscious Haiku this week. @AlistairLane

D.B. Mauldin (Author): Frost/Angels | mama bear musings. Two this week, one of nature and other of, hmm, a more personal nature. Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.

Prakash: My Life is Brightened | Its PH. Still wrapping my mind around this one. Not trying to hard or I might get slapped. @itsPHTweet

Elusive: Media Media | Elusive Trope. Definitely agree with this one. Always have.

Janice: Stained Cloak | Ontheland. Social commentary provided with this one along with explanations and reasons. Well thought out and written.  @ontheland1

J Lapis:   Haiku’s Newest Color and Cover | DarkLight Harbor. The first is a topic I, a fair one, am jealous of, and the second a nature piece that’s a bit unique in description. I liked it..

Sue Vincent (Author):  Sleeper | Daily Echo. Ah, she speaks of a moment of beauty lost to a certain kind.  Click the Author link for Sue at Amazon and her many books. @SCVincent

Alka: WHuge Solidarity/Crying Jacaranda | Magnanimous Words. A recognition of tribute and a beautiful mess of a Haiku that describes the image used perfectly. @girally

Patricia: Nature’s Covering | A season and a time. Two haiku, both of nature. That first one is a half truth. Depend on who has to clean it up. And the second is nicely done as well with the use of quilt for cover, and it’s still a nature Haiku.

Daniel Schwamm: Dream Weaver | Musing Life’s Mysteries. See if you can decipher the Haiku without looking at the comments.

Steven S. Walsky (Author): magic colors dance | Simplicity Lane. A very nice autumn Haiku. We didn’t get much color here this year so it’s nice to see people sharing photos of some.  Click the Author link above to go to Steven’s blog where you will find all the available places for each book. He’s varied.

Ruby Manchanda: Taste of rainbow | Whispering Thoughts. Okay, when I first saw the name of the Haiku, I think some of you knew what I would be thinking. But of course Ruby went more original than that. One of our Blogger blog friends.

Marje:  Sea Dreams| Kyrosmagica. Three Haiku about something Marje loves. With explanation given and even an Author’s Quote as well. @Marjorie_Mallon

AC Elliott New Growth Allowed | File Cabinet Ramblings.  Gives us a reality check here. The reason why things are they way they are. @elliott_ac

Jen (JK): Terror Rips | The Secret Keeper. I think the title speaks for itself. @occultguardian

Sandra: Grey | Wild Daffodil. An excellent entry. What she speaks of and the image reminds me of the same type of thing here that we have. Very few people even notice it. This was her first attempt at a Tanka and I do believe she did quite well with it. Let her know what you think.

Sarina Joy of Support | Shining Seeds A Haiku I believe in the vein of the theme this week of so many toward those in need.  @shiningseeds

Vashti Quiroz-Vega (Author): Beloved | The Writer Next Door. Vashti went a bit on the passion side of life this week. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV

Nagrij or (Greg Pierce) yeah, I snooped. (Author): The Collection | Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed.  Okay, this is my favorite. Why? Kicked me back to fun times and simpler days.  You can check out the list of books on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.

Tolulope Sanusi: Covering Our True Colours | rubys polaroid. An interesting Haiku with something to think about. One each person needs to come to their own comments about.  

R. Todd: Crimson… | A Flash of Fiction. A deep Haiku here. A universality in the message.

E. Rawls (Author):  Shine Out/Mist | Rawls E. Fantasy. Some spooky nature stuff going on with these two. Check out Bleeding Hearts, a collection of short stories, poems, and riddles, at Elizabeth’s Author page on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.  @VChronicles_

Becky G: Blanked Out | Becky G? Oh, that’s me! Sad but also cool too, at least for someone from the South.

Nato: Spiral of Love | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams.  OoooOOOooo Romance.  Visit Michelle Lunato Photography as well. @MichelleLunato

Janni Styles (Author): Color and Cover in 3 Haiku | JanniStyles1.
She’s a rule breaker in the second one. The other two are a bit more serious in tone. And even the second one has some somber tones if you choose to look at it that way. Check her author page and books out on Smashwords by clicking the Author link above. One is a “wee collection of verse” and one is a collection of short stories and BOTH are FREE for now! 

Olga: Undercover | Stuff and what if. Sounds like a mystery or suspense story. The image is her own creation this week. A photo she took herself.

Ronovan HesterRonovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in December of 2015. He shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as

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10 thoughts on “RonovanWrites 71st #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Challenge Review

  1. So great to see how this Challenge is growing, although it makes it harder to keep up with all the reading.
    Not sure that “telling-it-like-it-is” is a compliment, but I’m going to accept it as such. 🙂

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  2. Hi Ronovan. “The Colour of Girl” is a much better title. I wasn’t expecting such a great welcome when I decided to join in – so much for sneaking in. Thank you very much for pointing to my author platform, too, that’s still a work in progress. I still haven’t got around to read everyone else’s poems, but I will.

    To get a book always free on Amazon, you publish on Amazon and one other place, like Smashwords, then you price match the Amazon one to the Smashwords book. Amazon always wants to have the lowest price going. It’s sneaky, but that’s how it is done by authors who have permafree books on Amazon.

    Thanks again for the warm welcome.


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