“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but…”

When I met him, it was by chance in a quiet bar in 1940 Hollywood. I can still remember it as clear as if I were looking him square in those energy filled blue eyes right now.

He was a bit too shiny for the place, if that was possible, but no one seemed to pay him any attention. It was as though he was part of the furniture. He belonged there.

I slid onto a stool as Eddie walked up to take my order. “What’ll you have? Bit early for you isn’t it?”

“Just a beer today, Eddie. I got a date later.”

Bushy eyebrows rose and tobacco stained teeth showed behind thick lips. “Bring her by here, I’ll set you up nice.”

I smiled but didn’t commit to anything. Figaro’s Bar was fine for a few with the boys at night, but a dame didn’t belong here. I took the mug of amber liquid and took a sip. My smile was the show appreciation Eddie had waited for. He was one of the best in the business. He remembered what people liked, and I liked my beer warm. You can’t taste an iceberg. If I wanted something cold, I’d ask for milk.

Leaning against the bar, I checked the mirror that ran above the length of bottles and glasses. I didn’t see any of the boys around to talk with. That’s the first time I saw him. Like I said, he was shiny, shiny on the outside of a worn out inside. He had sheets of paper in front of him and the glass he had wasn’t for beer.

“Guy’s a writer,” Eddie said, following my eyes. “Comes in here around this time every day. Says it helps him escapes life. I asked if it was the wife, he said she wouldn’t be caught dead in here. I get the feeling he wishes she would be caught dead somewhere.”

I didn’t like the chuckle Eddie gave. Maybe it was the amusement in his eyes. He thought he was being funny. Death wasn’t something I played around with, even in jest.

There was something about writers that intrigued me. Writers were strange people. They could make you believe things by using words and nothing else. It was like magic without the tricks. Everything was laid out in front of you but you still got fooled. No film or sound effects, just words, and you would swear you heard explosions, music, and you felt the girl in your arms and smelled the perfume as you kissed her.

He saw me coming. I guess it’s hard to miss me, being a big six footer with red hair. Hollywood wasn’t overrun with my type yet, but I wasn’t ever mistaken for Leslie Howard or Spencer Tracey.

He laid his pencil down about the time I reached his booth. “Is there something I may assist you with?”

He had class. The man was educated for sure. Better, even than the people I met though my work, and I met a lot of people up and down the money living line.

“Eddie said you were a writer and I wanted to ask you something.”

He smiled and leaned back stretching his shoulders. “Have a seat and ask away. I might even answer, if I have one. Writers don’t really know much about writing. We’re too busy being in the middle of it to think about it.”

I slipped into the booth. “So, how do you do the magic that you do with words? How do you take something so simple and turn it into something people, thousands of people, will breathe heavy over rushing to turn the page?”

“Be a whore.”

That wasn’t what I was expecting. “A what?”

He emptied his tumbler and signaled to Eddie before answering. He laughed. “It’s an old joke between me and a friend of mine, Ernest. Write your guts out and lay it all on the page. That’s art, that’s writing. If you want to eat, then you add the tits and ass, the sex and crime the public these days want to read about.”

I remained silent. The illusion I had of a writer was gone in under two minutes. I don’t think I’d ever heard anyone sound so bitter. “Then why do it at all if you hate it so much?”

Eddie set another glass down filled to the rim with something dark and dangerous for that time of day. “I don’t hate writing, I hate money. I hate having to have money. Money ruins a creation, art. All it does is create demons and evil.”

“Then write what you want to and live different.”

A smile spread across the handsome face. “Too many responsibilities for that. I knew what I was getting into when I became a writer. Writing a novel . . . you become famous after you are dead. To make a living you write for the magazines or film. You copy yourself and repeat the process over and over again. What works once will work again. I still write for myself, for after my death’s success.” He tapped the pages in front of him.

I shook my head. I couldn’t understand why stay in such a business. “Looks to me like this job would wear you down, instead you still look like you’re enjoying it. Why not try something else? How do you find the ability to keep going?”

The man stared at the glass on the table, cupped between his hands. “You need to find the energy to keep going in any business. Where do you get the will power to keep going? Some think I find it in this.” He picked up the glass and took a sip.

“Do you?”

He set the glass back down and looked at me. “No. I find numbing escape from certain parts of my life. I will say that much. To the subject of energy when faced by time after time of compromising your work to make a living, I have one thought that comes to mind. Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

“Hey, Scott, telephone.” Eddie’s voice echoed in the quite bar.

“Excuse me a moment,” Scott said as he slipped from the booth.

As he went to the phone at the bar, I glanced over at the first page he’d been working on. Across the top was scribbled The Love of the Last Tycoon. Maybe it was going to be a movie or something.

Scott rushed back to the table. “Sorry, I have to rush out.” He gathered the pages into a stack. “I completely forgot about a movie premiere I’m to attend tonight.”

“Oh, which one?”

“Something with Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas. I think it’s called This Thing Called Love or some such.”

He reached out one hand and I stood taking it. “Nice to have met you,” Scott said.

“You to, hope you keep that vitality going. Oh, and have a Merry Christmas.”

“You to.” He smiled, turned, and headed for the front door.

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

I guess that goes for people like me. I take hit but I keep coming back to be hit again or maybe dodge the punch next time.

Sitting my empty mug on the bar, I fished into my pocket. “Scott took care of you,” Eddie said.

“You’re kidding?”

“No, he’s a good guy, especially when he’s not around those society types. He likes being a normal guy. I don’t treat him like nothing special except keeping people out of his business when it gets crowded in here.”

“He was working on a book. I can see how this would be a good place to do that.”

“He’s good too.” Eddie stepped away to the cash register and came back. “Here, you can borrow this. And I mean I want it back. He signed it for me and everything. Got it?”

I did. I looked at the cover. The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald Vitality Quote

 

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)
Fitzgerald was living in Hollywood with gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, when he died the morning after attending a movie premiere with her.

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10 #Quotes of #Respect for #BeWoW Positivity.

Quote about Respect by Ronovan Hester

Combining events across two blogs can bring inspiration. I’ve always been a quote person in my writings. Quotes naturally lead to positive thoughts, and positivity is what #BeWoW is all about. If we write positive words to share across the blog community, instead of rants, hatred, and veiled animosity that fools no one (check politics these days), we then promote a positive atmosphere.

Too many people get their kicks writing about junk. Too many people get their kicks reading about junk. I avoid junk as often as possible. One friend recently asked me to read a satire about Donald Trump in regards to his accepted role in the Republican Party in the United States. I refused. I waste no time with reading about Donald Trump, or any other candidates all that much.

“There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.” Charles Baudelaire

French Poet and essayist, Baudelaire named the three beings correctly, but these days each takes on a different guise. Those committed to revealing the world, bettering the world, and saving the world are encompassed in those descriptions above. If you are or know someone with those characteristics . . .  respect them.

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Bryant H. McGill

It is difficult to discover what a person is without listening. We have conversations buy how often do we listen? You my have several exchanges but points are completely missed. Each side is colored by their own opinion and thus interpret the other side of the conversation with that opinion. We are often so wrong.

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect. Edward Gibbon

By listening you discover a great deal. One is when not to waste time. If someone won’t listen to you, then move on. There is a give in take in the world. There are no time limits or deadlines to the understanding of opinions as long as each are actively attempting to understand.

“It is so important to get respect for what you do and at the same time give it.”  Estelle Parsons

People are so concerned with obtaining respect for their own opinions or accomplishments they forget there are two sides of the situation in many cases. In order to obtain respect, you must give respect in return. I know that can be difficult when you perceive others as not giving you respect, that’s where listening comes into play . . . true listening.

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.” Laurence Stern

For me, when I am well centered and focused on what is important in my life, I have a set of beliefs that allow me to respect myself and when I respect myself, I’m able to respect others  more easily. When you can’t respect yourself it’s almost impossible to find how to respect others.

“As all human beings are, in my view, creatures of God’s design, we must respect all other human beings. That does not mean I have to agree with their choices or agree with their opinions, but indeed I respect them as human beings.” Stockwell Day

It can be tough at times to keep respect in mind. Sometimes you feel disrespected or ignored. Then when you are respecting you must push through those times when other people continue to ignore you, don’t listen to you, and disrespect you.

“I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.” Julius Erving

One thing to keep in mind is, no one has to like you. You don’t need like in this world. Society has because a click away from acceptance and popularity or depression and suicide. If we share something with people we look for a response. Since there is less and less face to face interaction, we now look at clicks for ‘likes’ on updates and posts.

“That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.” William J. H. Boetcker

People are going to disagree with you. The important thing is to stick to your beliefs. If you do that, stick to what you believe, you can always hold your head high. We all slip at times, but the important part is getting back up and moving forward and beyond whatever we allowed to influence our slipping in the first place.

“This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Looking around you can see divisions everywhere. People demanding respect by not giving respect. You respect us, we’ll respect you. That’s not how it works. You want something, you be something. Communication is one of the most important tools we have as humans, and one of the least utilized ones.

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” Lao Tzu


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RonovanWrites 84th #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry #Links

 

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AUTHOR CENTRAL

To view an author’s books on Amazon, click either the word Author in red, or the book image beside their name.

If an author does not have a comment, as do the entries, that means they did not have an entry this week, but I left their place here. Is it for the benefit of advertising their work? No, it is for the ease of my formatting their next entry in the challenge. It’s a bear to do those. (And maybe there is a little heart felt type thing I have for authors.)

BLOGGERS ABOUNDING
Must Reads
Fantasy
Humor
Inspiration
Life
Literature
Moments
Nature
Storytelling
Thinky
Wisdom

New Offenders!

Darkfire Pheonix:  White Flow | Pheonix Feathers and Dragon Eyes.  One of my favorite themes running this week. “This blog is my attempt to get myself back into the writing. I used write alot when I was younger but as life got more hectic and busy I stopped doing it however the ideas never stopped coming. In fact, they still are. I have set myself the challenge of writing at least one piece a week, be it a short story, drabble, poem or whatever and post here…[Click to Read More].”

Emma Major: Yum! | MS Calling (Thanks brain; I don’t think you’re funny!). Okay, the title I gave it should at least begin to give y’all some ideas of the subject. Best I can tell is she is a “Brit”, a Mum, and an MS Blogger, AND appears to be very involved and connected. AND has a cool name.

Elsie Hagley: Smooth Milk | Ramblings of a Writer. A smart message delivered. You have to think that how we got to exist in the first place. My name is Elsie Hagley, I have been on the internet for some time now and enjoy writing. Was writing lens at Squidoo for nearly four years until their closure September 2014. [Click for a lot of interesting stuff on her about page.] @KiwiNana

Srivi: Icing on the Cake | The Piscean Me. Nice first entry. Tasty! Love the image of the Haiku itself. Very well done. Ola! Hello! A very warm welcome to my blog 🙂 Why I am here: I am here mainly to express my thoughts and my views about any topic which I really feel needs to be shared. Something about me: To be honest mine is a very boring story. And it goes something like this: A workaholic software engineer from a decent engineering college whose … [Click and Read the Rest]!” @ThePisceanMe

Sri Sudha K: Venus ilk | Naa Prapancham, My World. The prompts she did rhyme, in order to be sublime. Also entered last week but on a participantes blog, Haiku title-Pretty gal. Please don’t mind to find these words in an alien language,they are of my mother tounge Telugu., I just love to write and converse in it.. What i said is…
I have been penning down for years now..
But, I just found a new way to store it all..
My blog is the way that entices all in this digital world..
this is me and my world…. [click to see a great family photo]”
Gotta love that sense of humor.



First to Offend this Week!

A Haiku Perspective 2015 by Annette Rochelle AbenAnnette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): Dude . . . Really? | Annette Rochelle Aben. She used a word you never thought you would see in a Haiku.  Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert




Must Reads

MUST READ Mira: Eden | To Wear a Rainbow. Nice. Sensual. @BediMona

MUST READ Ken G.: Brew Debate | RIVRVLOGR. Purest may take issue with this one.

MUST READ Mahatma Kasireddi: Smooth As Milk | MagyKars. OOOO, it heads in a direction … and then … WHAM! Just like it should be. 

MUST READ Sandra: Home | Wild Daffodil. Very interesting. I loved learning something today. Go check it out! I need one of these. You can find the list of this years photo challenges, from her and Melissa, on Daffy’s blog by clicking here. And information about the challenge in her post.

Swan Mothers by Natalia ErehnahMUST READ Natalia Erehnah (Author): Ghost Plant | Weaving Gold. Okay, great Haiku and an amazing learning lesson. Also nice to see where she took the photograph. Wow. @swanmothers

MUST READ 1000hoursleft (Mek): Within the Milky Way | Work In Progress. Love these. Story of parenting and children.

Must Read Kat: As Smooth As A Milk Maiden’s Skin | like mercury colliding. Wow, I had no idea. I won’t be using that description in a book anytime ever. @kat_myrman

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Mankind Limited by Scott BaileyScott Bailey (AUTHOR): Milk | TheHouseOfBailey. Ode to Antecedent. As you may notice Scott is an Author, by clicking HERE or the AUTHOR link above you may visit his UK Amazon author page. Click the IMAGE for Amazon.com. 

The Dark Citadel by Jane DoughertyJane Dougherty (Author): Pearls Like Silk | Jane Dougherty Writes. Imagery filled, as we come to expect, and a great use of the words in their original prompt form. Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above. @MJDougherty33

Like a Child to Home by Bill EnglesonBill Engleson (Author): Winter Gem. A heart felt offering inspired by terrible real life events. Click the Author Link for Like a Child to Home. 

Swan Mothers by Natalia ErehnahNatalia Erehnah (Author): Ghost Plant | Weaving Gold. Okay, great Haiku and an amazing learning lesson. Also nice to see where she took the photograph. Wow. @swanmothers

The Dragon Tempest by D.B. Mauldin and others.D.B. Mauldin (Author): Warning! | mama bear musings. Bit of storytelling in this one. All you men read and heed. Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.

Room in Hell: Book 5 by Greg PierceNagrij or (Greg Pierce). (Author): -Volcanic- | Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed.  .  You can check out the list of books on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.

Christine Randall: Easter Egg Warning | Christine R (Trying to keep the brain cells alive.)  Drink fruit smoothies or/Get a dumpy derriere/Drink malted milkshakes. Also visit her Author site, CJRANDALL.COM.

Bleeding Heart by Elizabeth RawlsE. Rawls (Author): Book Nerd/Sweet Dream | Rawls E. Fantasy. Why would she not write about the two things that define her? Muahahahaha.  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_

The Basement by Vashti Quiroz-VegaVashti Quiroz-Vega (Author): Paradise Lost | The Writer Next Door. Vashti has a nice pair this week. Enjoyed by all her fans. Go see. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV

The-Mystical-Hexagram-Sue-VincentSue Vincent (Author): Morning | Daily Echo. Very nice imagery supported by some great photography. Love the scene in that top photo. I may have to save it to write about one day. Click the Author link for Sue at Amazon and her many books. @SCVincent

Resume for Love by Steven S. WalskySteven S. Walsky (Author): Chocolate Mint Day | Simplicity Lane. Now that’s a fresh idea. My mouth is kind of tingling with the idea.  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.

Dilemma by Baheya Zeitoun. Baheya Zeitoun (Author): Waiting in the White | An Artist At Heart. A good story with this one. Excellently done. She has one nice looking blog. Love it.



Not participating this week.

Silver Lightning by Wendy Anne DarlingWendy Anne Darling (Author): See-through Eyes | Wendy Anne Darling. .  Wendy’s book Silver Lightning is on Amazon at the Author link above or the image.

After the Ruin by Harriet GoodchildH. M. Goodchild (Author): | Folksong and Fantasy. . H. M. Goodchild is found on Amazon as Harriet Goodchild, yes, we have another author joining us. Click the Author link above to go to her Amazon Author page. 

black-swanMarigold Deidre Dicer (Author): | Versus Blurb. An outlook on the New Year. Check out her book at the Author link above. One I keep trying to find the time to read. Grrrr. @MarigoldDicer

Spiritshine by Janni StylesJanni Styles (Author): Where Home Resides | JanniStyles1.  . 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!
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FANTASY

Colleen Chesebro: Fairy Dance | Silver Threading. Can you imagine, Colleen wrote about fairies? Really? No way! Click HERE to check out her Author Spotlight here on RonovanWrites that came out Saturday. @ColleenChesebro

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HUMOR

Judy: Smooth Operator? | Edwina’s Episodes. Judy gives a taste of the English culture with this one, I think. (Pun intended.) @EdwinasEpisodes

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INSPIRATION

Mira: The Perfect Recipe | They, You and Me. Nice poem. Good advice as well. @BediMona

Nato: Falling in Love | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams. Nato wrote a Freku this week. Not sure what that is? It’s a Haiku Poetry form I created. Nicely done. Good rhyming and of course, Romance and Love. @MichelleLunato

Must Read Greg Wolford: The Big Reveal | Potholes in the Road of Life. Okay, the Haiku is good, but the reason behind it is even better. Go and congratulate the old geezer.  @greg_wolford

Don Massenzio: Flawed | Don Massenzio’s Blog Independent Authors Unite!   The Haiku is in the comments, and his blog is the other link.

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LIFE

MUST READ Mira: Eden | To Wear a Rainbow. Nice. Sensual. @BediMona

jazzytower (PR): Paradise: Lovers’ Style | Thoughts and Entanglements. This could have been in NATURE but I can see this one so well in  my mind and I just love the setting.

Willow: Love Along the Way | Willowdot21. Two I combined into one title. Both great and stand alone.

Ritu: Charm Offensive/Latte Angel | But I Smile Anyway. Milk it, baby! That’s what first came to my mind as a title for the first one, she already named both. Then the second one could fit the title as well. Very nice. @PhantomGiggler

Geetha: Like milk and honey. | Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog. Did you know you can listen to the reading of her poetry on her post? @geethap2007

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha: Perfect | A Cooking Pot and TwistedTales. Three this week. She couldn’t make up her mind which she liked best.

Janice: Even sun stars die | Ontheland. Two this week, with the second using milk as I was wondering if people would. @ontheland1

Al: Deep Milk  | A Certain Point of View. He wrote Five Haiku. I had no idea what else to call them. He’s deep in the milk. I think I just gave him a name for his new Rock Band. @AlistairLane

MUST READ Ken G.: Brew Debate | RIVRVLOGR. Purest may take issue with this one.

Mira: Milky Way| They, You and Me. Hmm, makes you think. @BediMona

MUST READ Mahatma Kasireddi: Smooth As Milk | MagyKars. OOOO, it heads in a direction … and then … WHAM! Just like it should be. 

Meredith and Martha: Milk Bath/Milky Way from Meredith and Opal/Warning from Martha | Meredith’s Reveries. Very good selections with a nice family picture shared. @MeredithLBL

Teresa Smeigh: The Milk Bath | Always A Writer. This must be a thing. Maybe she could use Meredith’s formula. @TeresaSmeigh

OBA: Smooth love milk | The king’s oracle. Another tasty treat for you to partake of. @obapathway

MUST READ Sandra: Home | Wild Daffodil. Very interesting. I loved learning something today. Go check it out! I need one of these. You can find the list of this years photo challenges, from her and Melissa, on Daffy’s blog by clicking here. And information about the challenge in her post.

Frances: Dripping Lips/Beware | imanikingblog. Two Haiku. Smooth operator advice. @imaniking

Jen (JK): Cold/Cheek| The Secret Keeper. Interesting images fitting so well with each Haiku.  @occultguardian

Must Read Kat: As Smooth As A Milk Maiden’s Skin | like mercury colliding. Wow, I had no idea. I won’t be using that description in a book anytime ever. @kat_myrman

Melissa: BINGO! | The Aran Artisan. I am so misleading you this week. It’s a game, not Bingo, but you could spell it. Melissa and one of our other Haikumily members, Sandra the Daffy one, helped compile this years list of ‘photo word of the week‘ challenge. @TheAranArtisan

Elusive: Accounts Receivable | Elusive Trope. Days of selfishness /Breed walls to creative souls/And destroy life’s hope.

Olga:  Curdled Cover-up| Stuff and what if… Speaking the truth here. Sad to say.

Florence: Smooth Transition | Meanings and Musings. Florence goes headlines with her Haiku this week. @FTThum

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LITERATURE

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MOMENTS

Kim M. Russell: Embers | Writing in North Northfolk. Ah, a different take. Good one. @kim88110

Crow: Poem 20160219b (Noisy Love Making) | Caw!.  My title may be misleading, but not for long. mmmmmm. @Crow

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NATURE

TJ Paris: Moon in the Pond | La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. Great Haiku. Interesting photo to go with it. An odd photo in a way, not a bad way, more an interesting way. Very much an art piece. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Pat B: Pudding River | A season and a time. An awesome title I  had to use from words in the Haiku. A real place.

Lizl : Star Treks, Anyone? | Quilted Poetry. That’s the title of the post, with the name of the Haiku, I think, being Enjoy an Extended Vacation. Very well done. Makes you smile.

Marie: Opals | The Syllabub Sea. I think someone has jewelry on the brain lately.

Clarence: The Beauty of Just Born | PrairieChat. Awww, so cute. I wish there had been a photo with this one. Anyone else enjoying the headers he’s been sharing?

Cathy: At Home on the Stage (or Take a Bow, my title) | Rambling in the Garden. Beautiful words and the photography is excellent.

Denis: 5 Milky Smooth Haiku | HaikuHound. His title this week. I have to say, I had a title in mind as I headed into the third Haiku then flush, it was gone. Great variety of photography this week.

VronLaCroix: Suckling Calf | Simply Snapshots. Sometimes you gotta wonder about calves. How many get the fool kicked out of them? Nice photography. By the way, I am the one that capitalizes her name that way. I may be wrong, but I like it.

 

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STORYTELLING

Alice: Her Experience | Boomerang Zone. Whoa. Go one of two ways with this one. One obvious and one you have to stretch for, but you can get there. @Vidocq_CC

Garima Jain: Confined! | PERFERVIDDREAMS. Very good story in this one. The bad thing is it is so real and true. @perferviddream

MUST READ 1000hoursleft (Mek): Within the Milky Way | Work In Progress. Love these. Story of parenting and children.

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THINKY

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WISDOM

R. Todd: Milk Does A Body … | A Flash of Fiction. Good advice, and if you are nosy you can see a photo of him. He has a chin like mine, one you can hang on to. Good for thinking moments. @psibrone

Neel Anil Panicker: Milking life’s joy. | NeelWritesBlog. Good advice with this one. @PanickerNeel

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Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling available now on Amazon. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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“The artist produces for the liberation of his soul.” #BeWoW #Quotes

I was led to my author today by a man named Martin Gabel, an award winning stage actor from the mid 20th Century. I’m not positive the quote I went looking for was correct, but I ended up in some great ones anyway.

W. Somerset Maugham was a British writer who wrote in just about every form you could at the time: Plays, Novels, Short Stories. He served in the Red Cross during WWI and was recruited into the British Secret Service in 1916.

The man’s views on writing are solid. Other aspects of life are a bit more fragile. Due to the time he lived in there were secrets he kept and veils he hid behind that could only do damage to the man within. I’m giving you today his thoughts about writing with a few thrown in that influence you as a writer

13 Quotes from W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham Imgatination Quote
It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.
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The crown of literature is poetry.
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It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.
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The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
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The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.
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When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
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There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
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It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
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It wasn’t until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say, ‘I don’t know.’
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Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
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People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
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Writing is the supreme solace.
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Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.

W. Somerset Maugham Poetry Quote


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Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling by PS Bartlett and Ronovan HesterRonovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling , now available on Amazon. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has led to the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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RonovanWrites 83rd #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry #Links

Comments are bit skimpy this week. With the book launch of today for Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling now live on Kindle as well as Paperback, I may be able to get back in the swing of things. But after only links last week I felt I needed to get back to a normal review this week. Not that I ever am normal in anything I do.

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AUTHOR CENTRAL

To view an author’s books on Amazon, click either the word Author in red, or the book image beside their name.

If an author does not have a comment, as do the entries, that means they did not have an entry this week, but I left their place here. Is it for the benefit of advertising their work? No, it is for the ease of my formatting their next entry in the challenge. It’s a bear to do those. (And maybe there is a little heart felt type thing I have for authors.)

BLOGGERS ABOUNDING
Must Reads
Fantasy
Humor
Inspiration
Life
Literature
Moments
Nature
Storytelling
Thinky

New Offenders!

Don Massenzio: Flawed | Don Massenzio’s Blog Independent Authors Unite!   The Haiku is in the comments, and his blog is the other link. Like my character, Frank Rozzani, I was born in Syracuse, New York to first generation Italian American parents. I’m an avid reader. Some of my favorite authors are Harlan Coben, David Morrell, Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, John Grisham, and Hugh Howey. My favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird.
I started writing as a way to combat the long hours of travel and numerous hotel stays that are part of the ‘glamorous’ world of corporate life. I use writing as a therapeutic outlet to combat my homesickness...[more on his author site].”



First to Offend this Week!

The Dark Citadel by Jane DoughertyJane Dougherty (Author): Inflamed Promises | Jane Dougherty Writes. Three Haiku with comments split beween which one is favorite. Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above. @MJDougherty33




Must Reads

Must Read TJ Paris: Hidden Gem | La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. This is one of those ones where the story surpasses the Haiku. It’s one that gives you a perspective on life.@Roccoco_a_GoGo

Must Read Kat: Passion’s Planes | like mercury colliding. The title may or may not make sense after reading the Haiku. For me it does. If you think of the end results of what she’s saying in the poem, you’ll get my meaning. @kat_myrman

Must Read Janice: Stories of Chocolate | Ontheland. Obviously some good Haiku here, but also something we all need to know. Seriously. @ontheland1

Must Read Greg Wolford: The Big Reveal | Potholes in the Road of Life. Okay, the Haiku is good, but the reason behind it is even better. Go and congratulate the old geezer.  @greg_wolford

Must Read Melissa: Sweet Gems. | The Aran Artisan. Seriously go visit this one, not only for the Haiku but for the recipe. Melissa and one of our other Haikumily members, Sandra the Daffy one, helped compile this years list of ‘photo word of the week‘ challenge. @TheAranArtisan

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AUTHORS CENTRAL


A Haiku Perspective 2015 by Annette Rochelle AbenAnnette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): Precious Process | Annette Rochelle Aben. Annette gives us how it all happens. Better than the idea of someone being so uptight if you put a piece of coal … um … never mind. I just being cheeky. Muahahahaha.  Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert

Like a Child to Home by Bill EnglesonBill Engleson (Author): Winter Gem. If I said this was poetic, would it sound a bit redundant. Click the Author Link for Like a Child to Home. 

Swan Mothers by Natalia ErehnahNatalia Erehnah (Author): Black Opal | Weaving Gold. I oddly looked at the image here to try and figure it out and then did a big duh thing when I put it with the title. Yeah, it’s been one of them weeks. @swanmothers

The Dragon Tempest by D.B. Mauldin and others.D.B. Mauldin (Author): The Moment… | mama bear musings. Another process Haiku on the theme but not the same process. Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.

Room in Hell: Book 5 by Greg PierceNagrij or (Greg Pierce). (Author): -Volcanic- | Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed.  Diamonds and flames and licking. Sounds a bit, um, out there.  You can check out the list of books on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.

Christine Randall: Happy Valentine | Christine R (Trying to keep the brain cells alive.) A Haiku and the image was made especially for the Haiku Challenge. Check it out. Also visit her Author site, CJRANDALL.COM.

Bleeding Heart by Elizabeth RawlsE. Rawls (Author): Betrayal/Rule | Rawls E. Fantasy. When I saw the title of these Haiku in the link I had an idea of what the topic could be, I was wrong. Whew.  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_

The Basement by Vashti Quiroz-VegaVashti Quiroz-Vega (Author): Girl-Power! | The Writer Next Door. Mhmm, she done use the Haiku for gender promotion. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV

The-Mystical-Hexagram-Sue-VincentSue Vincent (Author): Gems | Daily Echo. A very imagery filled Haiku leading to all sorts of thoughts. Click the Author link for Sue at Amazon and her many books. @SCVincent

Dilemma by Baheya Zeitoun. Baheya Zeitoun (Author): Flaming Gem | An Artist At Heart. An interesting one with your own interpretation to go with it.



Not participating this week.

Mankind Limited by Scott BaileyScott Bailey (AUTHOR): House of Dreams | TheHouseOfBailey. . As you may notice Scott is an Author, by clicking HERE or the AUTHOR link above you may visit his UK Amazon author page. Click the IMAGE for Amazon.com. 

Silver Lightning by Wendy Anne DarlingWendy Anne Darling (Author): See-through Eyes | Wendy Anne Darling. .  Wendy’s book Silver Lightning is on Amazon at the Author link above or the image.

After the Ruin by Harriet GoodchildH. M. Goodchild (Author): | Folksong and Fantasy. . H. M. Goodchild is found on Amazon as Harriet Goodchild, yes, we have another author joining us. Click the Author link above to go to her Amazon Author page. 

black-swanMarigold Deidre Dicer (Author): | Versus Blurb. An outlook on the New Year. Check out her book at the Author link above. One I keep trying to find the time to read. Grrrr. @MarigoldDicer

Spiritshine by Janni StylesJanni Styles (Author): Where Home Resides | JanniStyles1. A story of the heart perhaps? 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!

Resume for Love by Steven S. WalskySteven S. Walsky (Author): The Decades Dance. | Simplicity Lane.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.
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FANTASY

Willow: Raven Queen | Willowdot21. Two that tell a story. Good one that could be a full story if expanded.

Elusive: Phenix | Elusive Trope. I think the title pretty much says it.

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HUMOR

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INSPIRATION

Must Read TJ Paris: Hidden Gem | La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. This is one of those ones where the story surpasses the Haiku. It’s one that gives you a perspective on life.@Roccoco_a_GoGo

Must Read Greg Wolford: The Big Reveal | Potholes in the Road of Life. Okay, the Haiku is good, but the reason behind it is even better. Go and congratulate the old geezer.  @greg_wolford

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LIFE

Nato: Flames of Love | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams. 4 Haiku based on Nato’s favorite subject … Romance. @MichelleLunato

Alice: Lasting Love | Boomerang Zone. Some romance action here. It does take time. @Vidocq_CC

Mira: Everlasting Love | To Wear a Rainbow. She is telling it like it is in so many cases. @BediMona

ShidaTahirah: Lit | 876LoveR. The island lady returns. She is going on the theme of romance. Hmm … now who would have thought when I came up with the prompt words for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day that they would inspire romance Haiku? (I’m raising my hand.) @Rebel_Shida

Mira: Hidden Flame | They, You and Me. More romance. Mira does romance well. Sometimes it’s the end results of a romance that’s gone bad, then she does the inspiring moments of being in the good times of romance. @BediMona

Judy: Kindled Fire | Edwina’s Episodes. Even though she went all sweet and romantic, I could not help myself but do a word play with the title. I knew she had it in her. @EdwinasEpisodes

jazzytower (PR): Fireside Memories | Thoughts and Entanglements. Thoughts go where they may when caught up in where the mind leads.

Sandra: Zero | Wild Daffodil. She had to get creative with this one to fit in with her Photo challenge. You can find the list of this years photo challenges, from her and Melissa, on Daffy’s blog by clicking here. And information about the challenge in her post.

1000hoursleft (Mek): Conflict Resolution | Work In Progress. A group of Haiku with a touch of trivia. Makes you want to go check the trivia out.

Al: Under Pressure  | A Certain Point of View. Think the dude is still throwing back to Bowie for a bit of inspiration. Okay, maybe not, but you know when you see those two words together you have to think it. @AlistairLane

Ken G.: Flame Afloat | RIVRVLOGR. Love story time.

Ruby Manchada: Flaming Gems | Whispering Thoughts. Seems like a commentary on someting.

Olga:  From the Ashes | Stuff and what if. This one has two meanings if you like.

Diedre Blake: Road Map | Toward the Within … A bit of down to earth title for this one, that is down to earth but doesn’t sound like it.

Ritu: Ignited | But I Smile Anyway. I don’t think this one says what I think it says but it says what it  might means to say in a very odd sort of way. @PhantomGiggler

Geetha: Conflagration of Senses | Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog. A whole bunch of cool Haiku. @geethap2007

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha: Tried | A Cooking Pot and TwistedTales. Two Haiku, both giving some good advice.

Crow: Poem 20160209 (Aftermath) | Caw!.  Not exactly the word I am looking for to give the Haiku, but the one I have at the moment. @Crow

Mahitha Kasireddi: Soul Searching | MagyKars. The name is mine but not what you might think. 

Must Read Janice: Stories of Chocolate | Ontheland. Obviously some good Haiku here, but also something we all need to know. Seriously. @ontheland1

Frances: Out of the flame | imanikingblog. Two Haiku. Some good synonym usage. @imaniking

Jen (JK): Incandescent | The Secret Keeper. Definitely some signs going on here.  @occultguardian

OBA: Flaming Gems | The king’s oracle. Personal achievements? @obapathway

Florence: Chilled Desire | Meanings and Musings. Well, she did the opposite thing quite well. @FTThum

Neel Anil Panicker: Love moves and heart grooves. | NeelWritesBlog. Someone is not into the season me thinks.

Becky: A Hidden Flame | Becky G? Oh, That’s Me! She got all mushy with this one.

Clarence: A Gem of an Arm | PrairieChat. Not sure if he’s hoping for spring or thinking back to a week ago.

Must Read Melissa: Sweet Gems. | The Aran Artisan. Seriously go visit this one, not only for the Haiku but for the recipe. Melissa and one of our other Haikumily members, Sandra the Daffy one, helped compile this years list of ‘photo word of the week‘ challenge. @TheAranArtisan

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LITERATURE

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MOMENTS

Kim M. Russell: Embers | Writing in North Northfolk. Ah, a different take. Good one. @kim88110

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NATURE

Clarence: Nova | PrairieChat. I like that photo he used with this one. Fits very nicely with the Haiku.

Peter: Crocus | Wherever I lay my pen, that’s my home. Hope is near in this Haiku and photo.

Teresa Smeigh: Twinkling Bright | Always A Writer. A gem of a Haiku. I couldn’t resist it, it was there. @TeresaSmeigh

Pat B: Chandalier | A season and a time. These have always been some of my favorites.

Marie: Gem Fire | The Syllabub Sea. That’s how it happens. Did you know they grow?

Denis: Gem of a Sunset | HaikuHound. When you have a built in model, why not use it, right?

Lizl : Smoldering | Quilted Poetry. Gems and sunsets and things like that.

Janice: Cocoa gems sent from the gods. | Ontheland. A good lesson about a favorite subject. I bet most people didn’t know this is where it came from. @ontheland1

Cathy: Synonymical Liberties | Rambling in the Garden. I think this is a nature one. I’m pretty sure it is.

DrKottaway: Pressure | KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog. Interesting the different was people can describe something.

R. Todd: Over the Rhone | A Flash of Fiction. A very nice and imagery filled one. Also kind of funny when you think of what we consider as being pretty to look at. @psibrone
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STORYTELLING

Wesley Hollifield: Pure/Wicked | NearlyWes. A good story of advice to a lot of people. But advice almost never taken.

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Thinky

Must Read Kat: Passion’s Planes | like mercury colliding. The title may or may not make sense after reading the Haiku. For me it does. If you think of the end results of what she’s saying in the poem, you’ll get my meaning. @kat_myrman

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Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling available now on Amazon. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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