Haiku: Alien Dawn

alien planet
dark trees ignite with firelight
eerie dawn chorus



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Pure Haiku’s theme this trimester is “Celestial Bodies”. I have to admit, I struggled a bit with this one. My haiku tend to be inspired by things I’ve experienced in the natural world – and, well, I’ve never been to outer space. I did however manage to spit out an acceptable haiku 🙂


alien city

a golden moon embraces

needles of black glass

© Isabel Caves 2018

Isabel Caves is a poet and fiction writer who loves to share all the weird and wonderful things that tumble from her mind. More of her writing and information about her published books can be found at Isabel’s blog.

The image of the “needles of black glass” haunted me from the first reading.

This haiku is part of our Celestial Bodies theme!

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May 2018 #AltRead Book Cover Award Nominees! Have you voted yet? #BookCover

Sassy Brit’s running a monthly book cover contest over at Alternate-read.com. I’ve entered Strange Beings for May. There are 9 other beautiful covers to choose from, so head on over and pick your fave !


The “Alternative” Sassy Brit Book Cover Award 2018

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The “Alternative” Sassy Brit Book Cover Award


A celebration of talent! Thank you to everyone taking part and all your entries. If you do not see your cover here, it is most likely going to be up for voting next month. Enjoy these beautiful covers!

The Fed Up Cow


Hilda is FED-UP with being a cow so she decides to be a sheep, then a pig and even a chicken. Is the grass any greener on the other side?

Buy Now! Amazon UK / Amazon USA /  Goodreads 

Visit Artist / Designer Website : Maria Dasic Todoric (Website not provided).

Strange Beings


23 flash fiction tales of mages, witches, demons, faeries, ghosts, and those beings for which we have no name.

Buy Now! Smashwords / iTunes / Author Website

Visit Artist / Designer Website : Lindsay Tiry

Eyes Don’t…

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A short break…

Just letting you guys know that I’ll be taking a short break from blogging. I won’t have access to a computer for the next week so there’ll be no posting, replying to comments, etc.

See you all in a week’s time!

Come feed my Pinterest addiction!

A couple of days ago I signed up for Pinterest. And let me tell you, it may have only been a couple of days but it feels like a hundred years. I’ve developed an addiction. I just can’t stop pinning. (I’m not exaggerating – I’ve deleted and re-installed the app on my phone twice.)

There’s just so much inspiration out there. Not just poetry and writing-related stuff, but  art, photography, travel, fashion, wildlife…

I have just one rule for Pinterest: I only pin things that light a fire in me. I see plenty of things I like but I don’t necessarily want to make them “mine”. They have to set off that spark.

So come enable me, share the love of little things, feed my addiction.

You can find my Pinterest page here.

Haibun (Kikobun): Wanderers

I spent two days and two nights with the gypsies. They were camped at the foot of the mountains by the lake. The air was crisp here, like autumn leaves. Come evening there was a distinct chill to it. The first night I sat huddled next to the campfire, unused to such biting cold. I began to regret coming here.

Then the dancing began. The dancers moved swiftly, their bodies twisting and swirling, bare feet stamping out a lively beat. The air became hot and energetic, filling with the quick notes of Manfri’s guitar. I watched the dancers move, mesmerised, until they became part of the natural world, shadows flitting in and out of the firelight.

The barrier between nature and mankind had disintegrated. I saw the moon dancing in the water, heard the wind laughing in the brambles. Even the trees had eyes.

There were no more seams. Everything had a soul and everything was my soul. I knew then that we could never truly be alone in this world.

guitar strings
the music
in her smile