Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Challenge #Review 64. 50 #Poets & over 70 #Poems

With words like Tide & Flesh you kind of wonder where people would go this week. One reason I didn’t put an Opening Haiku in the actual challenge post was so as not to influence people’s thoughts. My personal contribution this week can be viewed as being of a human nature or from that of those of an animal in nature. The image gives one a thought, but those thoughts may be wrong. That’s the great thing about Haiku.

Haiku Challenge Review ImageClosing Haiku

Waves of hunger end,

With the potato  now gone,

The skins can be baked.


Brand Spankin’ New this Week!

Tessa: Writing is my life is the name of her blog for the challenge. The other is Advocate for Mental Illness, although the URL says I kind of like that, I think it encompasses the Advocate title as well. Her first blog title pretty much matches what my blog title means. Seems we have a few things in common, especially why we blog. But I don’t have grandchildren yet. Thank goodness. Otherwise my 11 year old would have a lot to explain, or some old girlfriend of mine would have even more explaining to do. How did I get to talking about my old girlfriends? O,O Before I go anywhere else, let’s go to the Haiku. The Waves! Okay, she kind of made me think about sand and stuff, and if you read the comments you’ll see what I mean. 

J Lapis:   Yearning For the Tide | DarkLight Harbor. Ah, a very insightful message. Very people actually think about the truth of this. Awesome. Couldn’t find information to share. But we have a definite poet. How do I know? Well the name of the site has the subheading of Poetry to it. I sort of take that as a sign, plus all the poetry that is on there. 😉

Daniel Schwamm: Redeeming Flow | Musing Life’s Mysteries. Great Haiku. Seriously. And from the comments and just the general feel of the blog I get an energy from this guy. I’ve taken select parts of his About page to share, but you click HERE to see the rest. Seriously. “A human being in all the complexity and uniqueness that being human involves. Think with me. Share your thoughts.
Let’s explore together. If this is your cup of tea, or coffee for those so inclined, feel free to follow me and walk this journey together.” And there was more in the middle. Where is he from? Where did he go to University? And what is his blog about? Click that HERE up THERE and find out.  

Annie: Cleansed | Gentle Kindness. Love that middle line. “This is my blog and I have become quite attached to it. I think that bloggers come alive and discover their true inner voice when they nurture and water their blog on a regular basis. It takes on a life of its own that you could not have foreseen when you wrote that very first post.” So that’s part of her About page and I agree with what she says. If you’ve read my blog long enough you know that already.

Peter Bouchier: Drifting | Wherever I lay my pen, that’s my home. The title is mine, of course. And it fits what I saw the two events occurring. Or at least I saw two events, but then I am a Gemini, whatever that means. Peter comes to us through Jane Dougherty, as he reblogged her offering this week and provided one of his one at the same time. Thus I decided to throw him into the mix.

cbhanek: Returning Evil  and Love, Crocheted |Quick Thinks about Literature & Life (Redundant?) At first I was a little concerned my past was coming back to haunt me, perhaps that old girlfriend I mention in a review further down in the review but was technically entered before this one. Fortunately I was wrong . . . maybe. About cbhanek: “As you might not have guessed, “cbhanek” is the pen name of a mother-daughter team of teacher-authors. Between us, we have taught language arts-literature to every grade from preschool through adult school.” And there is a lot more, of course. Click HERE to read the rest of the story. 

Nagrij or (Greg Pierce) yeah, I snooped. (Author): Halloween | Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed. (Coffee infused it seems.) 🙂 Swarming flesh? Well kind of. OOoooOOooOOOoOO. Okay, I’m better now, back to normal. Okay so no info on the Nagrij. 🙂 But, apparently a person of their word. They said they would give the challenge a shot and they did and they did it well. So I snooped and found some stuff. You can check out the list of books on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.


First to enter the Flesh Tide this week!

Annette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): Talkin’ Dirty Laundry | Annette Rochelle Aben. She’s stuck in the pun zone since last week. It’s a scary thing. Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert A side note here. I was able to catch her Friday show and connected with her author guest. Very intelligent guy and I now have a book to review, a friend on Twitter, and an enemy in College Football, especially after Saturday’s game results. Very nice man by the name of And you can catch his interview with Annette by clicking here, and I’m the one in the chat room that asked the question Annette asks him.


Greg: Grace | Potholes in the Road of Life. I somehow knew he would go there. 🙂 @greg_wolford

TJ Paris: The Fleshpots! |La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. When I first read the intro to this Three Haiku offering, I was almost expecting a vegetarian trio, but nope. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Judy: Bone | Edwina’s Episodes. Oh just wait until you see this one. Was I surprised? Does anything this woman does surprise me? @EdwinasEpisodes

jazzytower: Feeling Beachy | Thoughts and Entanglements. Well, when you don’t think of the prompts in a certain way and then read a Haiku the word DUH comes to mind. So, DUH.

Alice: Water Erosion | Boomerang Zone. You know, considering Alice’s background, I have to say I am not overly surprised at this. But then you take a look at this nice, sweet, pleasant looking lady and think, “No way she would think like that.” @Vidocq_CC

Liz: Tide of Light | Quilted Poetry. This one had some nice reactions in the comments. And some confessions by moi. I think that last word was French, without the funny thing over the funny things over the letters.

Meredith & Martha: (Meredith) Attraction and Undercurrent, (Martha) Hang On and Melancholy | Meredith’s Musings. Cellular? Cool. I like the alternate of tide in Hang On. @Meredithlbl

Kat: Boxed Out? | like mercury colliding. I dare you to count ’em all. She pen the med oh, against the times.

Mira: Ghostly Night | They, You And Me. oooo Spooky. And a new use for the prompt Tide. indifference | To Wear A Rainbow. You know, that is one interesting way of putting it. And she is so very correct. @BediMona

Clarence: Lovers Touch | PrarieChat. oooo Clarence, you devil. And a second one would be Dream Catcher. Ah, nice take on the flesh prompt. Good turn there, dude.

Ritu: Need | But I Smile Anyway. Oh . . . my . . . Ritu. O,O. @PhantomGiggler

Melissa Barker-Simpson (Author): Pound of Flesh | M Barker-Simpson. Who thinks it’s cool how Mel relates the Haiku challenge prompts back to her Work In Progress? 🙂 I think I might be scared. Click the Author link above to visit her on Amazon.

Khor: Waverings | Project Prose. Oh those thinky people.  

Elizabeth: feelings | Tea & Paper. Feelings, wo-o-o feelings,
Wo-o-o, feel you again in my arms. @teandpaper

Jen (JK): Endless Cycle | the secret keeper. Oh this is a fun one. Childlike in nature and the image is very appropriate and not in the normal way. I can actually see certain images in my mind this describes perfectly. Thank you for this one. @occultguardian

Sandra: Numbers | Wild Daffodil. o,O Only Daffy the Wild One would do something like this. Tsk tsk tsk. (Some of you may have read my recent post Make the Most of Your Post. Well, Delicious Daffy does exactly what I talk about in that post.

Dr. Kottaway: I gotta say it up front. I always  want to say Mr. Kotta when I see her name. Don’t sweat it, I’m not a hog. (How many of you got any of that?) 😉 Okay, now to the Haiku. Fresh flesh | KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog. Some of you may not be familiar with the good doctor, but well, that blog title should tell you a lot. This is one disturbed doctor. I so am not going to her. Nope. And such a nice photo too. But then that makes even more disturbing. So actually excellent! Had to give her a difficult time there. It’s been a while.

Al: Sleepless Nights Remedied | Al the Author’s Blog. Now some of you will go and read the two Haiku this week and think, “Where did that title come from?” Then some of you are thinking now, “Where do any of his titles come from?” So read and enjoy AND he has a link to a short zombie tale for you to start off October right. @AlistairLane

D.B. Mauldin (Author): Jelly Fish Mornings | mama bear musings. Not sure what exactly her image was when writing but this is what came to my mind from when I spent about 2 months the year after high school during the spring break season in Florida on the beach. I would take a walk each morning before the heat and crazies came out. Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.

Olga: Ever Lasting | Stuff and what if. I at first read the final line incorrectly. That’s what I get for doing these Reviews when tired and in the middle of the night, but then I’m always tired and there is no day or night for me. If you know me then you know what I mean. But that incorrect reading is why I read the Haiku several times before I type anything. Then I think about it, and then I dig when the words warrant it. For this one I feel a personal connection to it in that no matter what happens to me in my ailments, that last line is something I hope is real for me.

Elusive: Powerlessness | Elusive Trope. Back to nature with this one. And I mean that in many ways.

Janice: Nature Rebounding | Ontheland. You know, I haven’t done a study yet, but I should of my personal situation and see what the phases of a certain orb does in conjunction with my said situation. Funny how a Haiku can set your mind to thinking. 🙂 But then y’all know my mind gets to thinking a lot. @ontheland1

vronlacroix: Tidal waves | Simply Snapshots. Ah, a great take on the prompt words but also a nice play on words with the title of the Haiku and then the meaning. Surprise there and very true. Great. On a funny note. I love the image and when I pass my cursor over it and off it looks like it’s a lightning storm. Very appropriate with the image. Very cool. (I’m a guy. Things amuse me.)

denis1950: Feeding with the tide | Haiku hound. As always we have some great photos with the Haiku and I like the explaining of what is in the photos. By the way, he continues with the 3/5/3 form of Haiku here.

Jane Dougherty (Author): Food for Fowl | Jane Dougherty Writes. Took a little freedom by using the painting she shared and combing what the Haiku could mean. She said there might be another, and as any author knows, always bring the sequel when you have success the first time out. The Sea Provides Needs. And actually there are 2 Haiku there.  Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above. @MJDougherty33

Pat B.: A Mother’s Tide | A season and a time. Well I do believe I came across the most unique take on the prompt words. This one never would have crossed my mind. 🙂

Nato: Tide of Love | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams. Girl got some Romance going on over there. O,O And the comments seem to agree. @MichelleLunato

The Jane Dougherty Gang:  Click HERE for the Haiku post. And the poets’ names below for their personal blogs. Yes I know she has an entry above but this is for other poets who posted in her comments. She wanted to share their efforts with us. From Published Author Harriet Goodchild there is The Tideline Taking and from Peter Bouchier  we have Drifting. Peter appears in the New section at the beginning of the challenge, as his Haiku appeared on his blog. And wouldn’t you know, Jane also joined in for a third go with Crab Delight.

R. Todd: Objects | A Flash of Fiction. Wow, right to the point, and he nails it for so many. Chesapeake Bay. Bit of a history lesson of sorts, what with the image used. But then it is appropriate. I love old images and history. I wonder why. 😀 

Sue Vincent (Author): Waning | Daily Echo. Where in the world did she come up with that six syllable word in the second line? Wow. This could be the Haiku of the week. Seriously awesome use of words. Click the Author link for Sue at Amazon and her many books. @SCVincent

Colleen: Family Relations | SilverThreading. Not having read the comments to this one, as I don’t until after I review, much like when I review a book, I think of how Colleen is moving and her life is somewhat starting anew. @SilverThreading

Vashti Quiroz-Vega (Author):  Cosa Nostra | The Writer Next Door. She went HIT us with one that left is stone cold. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV

Ruby Manchanda: Tides rush in | Whispering Thoughts. Ruby got some praise this week. I see, I can’t exactly say what I see imagery wise with this one, but I think that sort of actually says a lot. Once you read it you might get what I mean.

Steven: Flow | Ramblings of a Drabbling Mind. Ha, not creepy unless you do “at your own peril”. Muahahahaha.

Melissa: Come Out Of Your Shell | The Aran Artisan. Okay, the um header is new. No but heads about it. I just want to know how they turned into those things, one blonde, one brunette. Awesome but kind of creeps me out thinking about it. Ireland has lots of ‘splainin’ to do. Melissa writes about something her families has to do for the winter and it’s something you just don’t think about nor do you consider the thought you must put into it, the planning. Very interesting.

Alka: Ebb and Flow of Poetic Challenges | Magnanimous Words. SIX Haiku in this one? Wow. 😀 And I loved her self portrait at the end. 😀 @girally

Marje: Spookapaloosa | Kyrosmagica. Why? Because she wrote 5 spooky haiku, that’s why. Another Wow! @Marjorie_Mallon

Florence: A Rotten Time | Meanings And Musings. Yes, I said it and I mean it. Rotten! And a rare occurrence, a second one. Non-Fiction. She went all emotional and stuff with this one. Making up for the previous one I think. But I have to give her props for the first one, she didn’t to typical route that many could have. @FTThum

Juliette: Pheromonial Dance | Battered Wife seeking Better Life. Yeah baby! I think I just channeled Austin Powers. o,O @BWseeingBL

E. Rawls (Author): Erosion & Man Eaters | Rawls E. Fantasy. Very interesting. That first one was so excellent and then the second with the two nature creatures. Awesome. 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_

Mine (Ronovan): Tide to Love | Ronovan Writes. Some say it’s about people but oddly it is also about nature and what tides bring in and take out of the lives of those dependent upon it.

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Female Focus Friday: New blogs that I found this week.

Female Focus Fridays: Female Bloggers I Met This Week


Here are some people that we followed each other on Twitter and/or WordPress. They all have WordPress blogs and I follow them all. I me each one this week and wanted to share them with you. There are more I am sure but these are the most recent. This will become a regular Feature on Fridays. Enjoy!


Life With Rossye

“At first I had many ideas, plans for my blog. I wanted to write about everything: fashion, makeup, fitness, healthy eating, recipes…But I had no way or opportunity to write about these things. Because I am really obsessed living and eating healthy, I decided to write about that.”-From Rossye’s Post “What having a blog means to me“.

Y’all know I love young people, and I love to encourage. Definitely encourage this young lady by following her blog. She really seems to have the enthusiasm and desire.


Single Strides

“My story begins somewhere between “sweet dreams” and “happily ever afters.” I’m a hopeless romantic who wears her heart on her sleeve as my favorite accessory. I’ve been told it’s my biggest strength, and my biggest weakness. I believe in love so fiercely that sometimes I force it more in my head than in my heart. So follow me along my single journey – whether personal or international. Now I am just a girl out looking for love and adventure. A girl who likes peppermint coffees, rainy days, rooftop bars and good reads. A girl who realized her strength only after being broken. Ready to take on the world with me?”-From Sonya’s About page.

I like the attitude and spirit of this blog, the person behind it. The story of course hits me close with the hear to n the sleeve.


Natacha Guyot-Science Fiction. transmedia & Fandom

Natacha Guyot is a French independent researcher, writer and public speaker. She holds two Master’s degrees: Film and Media Studies (Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Digital Culture and Technology (King’s College London).

What will you find on this blog?

  • Discussions: Science Fiction, Feminism, Diversity, Children Media, Online Communities, Transmedia.
  • Reviews: Books, Movies, TV shows, video games.
  • Status Reports: Bits and pieces about her works in progress.
  • Fannish Content: Graphic and Vidding creations.“-From Natacha’s About page.

I loved this site and person the moment I clicked. I like to follow a site that is different for me and science fiction is really something I haven’t found much of so far. I am really looking forward to this. And of course the intelligence of a blogger always hooks me in deep.


Alana Munro Author

Born and raised in Scotland, I acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from an Edinburgh University before jumping head first into motherhood, and then moving to sunny Australia.

After five years upside down in Aussie land fighting dangerous spiders and facing off cyclones, my young family and I headed back to the relative calm of the frozen north. Although, I do wonder what I will do with myself.“-From Alana’s About page.

I have to add more here. There is just too much to to Alana and what she does to limit it to just a few blurbs. Go to her About page by clicking her name and just see. She even runs a writing community.


Olgan M-Just Olga

I’m a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice versa) and a forensic psychiatrist. I was born in Barcelona and moved to the UK in 1992 to train in psychiatry. After a few years I decided to go back to full time education and completed a BA in American Literature at Sussex University (it included a year in Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and a PhD on ‘the Films of David Mamet’. As I never tired studying I also did an MSc (Distance Learning) in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Leicester University). Now decided to try and focus on writing, translating and exploring interesting stuff.“-From Olga’s About page.

Fascinating! That is the word that came to mind when I first read Olga’s bio. Intelligence, talent, and a spirit all in one. Fascinating!



The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic

THIS BLOG ISN’T ABOUT FASHION. THIS ISN’T ABOUT FOOD. OR TRAVEL. THIS IS ABOUT ME ^^ AND ALL THE THINGS I LOVE… WHICH ARE FASHION, FOOD, TRAVEL. i’m a writer and post a lot of short stories, haibun and fun poetry in my own free style 🙂 that’s fresh hot off the oven fiction, so feel free to read on 😉 i also post haiku daily ^^. ( update: i now post my micropoetry and haiku only on twitter. check me out @“-From KZ’s About page.


What hooked me was her book of short stories each consisting of no more than 100 words.





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How Long Should Your Chapters Be?

How Long Should Your Chapters Be?

by: Ronovan


Pick up any two books you have and you’ll likely find they vary in chapter length. Each author has their own style and preference.


To be honest this article isn’t about telling you which length is best. The story itself tells you where the cut off points are for a chapter. Don’t listen to a teacher or whoever about that. Sure an editor can help but when you are writing, get out of the way of the story.


I’ve written chapters 19 pages long and there wasn’t a place to break it up because everything needed to continue in order to flow properly. But then I’ve written chapters three pages long . . . maybe even less.


How do you pick a length? I mean there has to be some idea, right, some method?


As I’ve been writing for over 20 years now, I won’t mention that includes three different decades . . . uh oh, almost four, I’ve discovered methods are like opinions, and to paraphrase an old saying; “Methods are like belly buttons, everyone’s got one.” Okay, so there is another version of that old saying but I went with this one.


Let’s discuss briefly how you would approach determining chapter lengths before you begin writing.


The way I look at it, I would say this, if the action is fast, the short ‘em. If not and perhaps a lot of emotion and all that lovey-dovey stuff, then long ‘em.


The thing is, you’re going to have some of both in a novel. And that is what you really want. Chapter lengths that are uniform throughout a book can lead to boredom. It’s kind of like when you write an essay, or if you write a blog, keep the lengths varied, but not too long.


This doesn’t mean to intentionally alternate between the two, just let the story dictate it. That would be like sing-songing it. Don’t get pitchy dog. Word.


In conclusion?


Action-Short Chapters for me. This keeps the pace quick and exciting.

Suspense/Horror-Longer Chapters to bring in all the nuances that you need to pull a person into the scene. Chapters can be shorter once you’ve established character and made the reader comfortable.

Romance and Mystery-It all depends on what you have going on in the scene. Often times you may want to pull at the heartstrings with Romance more so you may need longer chapters at times. A good writer may not need to do it, but don’t short cut it. Mystery has a lot of examination involved thus longer chapters as well.

Ultimately, the story will tell me when to stop a chapter. It almost jumps on you and says STOP! You just have to learn how to listen.

What’s my personal preference? Good question. But the real question is this; What’s your belly button on the chapter length debate? Share.


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