Weather: Mindlovermisery’s Menagerie Friday Faithful

Respond to this Friday Faithfuls challenge by writing anything about the weather, or you can go with whatever else that you think fits.  

Plain Weather

When its hot and I sweat
I stay grossly wet
when its cold and its dry
I just want to cry
I just like it plain
with no wind and no rain
not hot and not cold
not brisk and not bold
just warm to my skin
is what I’m comfortable in

©2023 CBialczak

Book Review: Julia & Bo Bo (Children’s story)

Julia & Bo Bo

Julia & Bo Bo

bySherry Lynn Dooley


A friendship between a shy, lonely girl and a lonely, forsaken dog which was destined to bring happiness to both.

Julia is a little girl who feels as though she doesn’t belong. She is lonely and because she doesn’t have what all the other kids her age have, she remains isolated and alone. When she sees a dog who seems to have no owner and nowhere to call home, Julia names him Bo Bo and a friendship is formed. 

I give this children’s story four out of five stars for the lesson it teaches and its relatability for any child who has ever felt alone. If reading this story to young children there should ensue a discussion about approaching strange dogs, but overall this is a heartwarming story. Even though Julia didn’t have what the other children had, she still had enough love to give. Also important is the fact that Julia’s mother works at an animal rescue so proper care is touched upon. Children wanting to adopt a stray animal should do so only with the proper education and the help of an adult. 

I received a free copy on Booksprout

New Book: The Father of Monsters (Dark Fantasy)

Another beautiful cover for the Season of the Runer series by Abigail Linhardt. This one is called The Father of Monsters. 

eBook - Season of the Runer Book IV The Father of Monsters

The Father of Monsters (Season of the Runer IV)

Expected Publication Date: November 10, 2023

Genre: Dark Fantasy

With the wildling Signar in tow, Tzarik and Sybal track Tarkan to Alika only to find he’s in a race to the mythical Mahit’Nomicon against the would-be sorcerer Abigor Sharar. Now on the hunt for two of the most dangerous sentients to have ever existed, the Runers come closer to finding out that their paths might not have crossed with Sharar’s entirely by chance and the hunters may have in fact been the hunted.

After two decades of study, Sharar finally believes he knows the resting place of the Mahit’Onomicon. Just before he’s sure, an old nemesis appears, stronger and more vengeful than ever before. Armed with the djinn he enslaved long ago, protected by a sell-sword Runer, and informed by a traitorous necromancer, Sharar sees no way he can possibly fall to the revenge-bent Necro’Khan. He will be a sorcerer before the winter cools the desert sands of Alika.

Tarkan is gathering not only Apostles to his side but also unearthing spells and magic that Ishmael began to create one thousand years ago–long before Tarkan thought his father even existed. The more powerful the Necro’Khan becomes, the less he fears Sharar. In fact, Sharar as a sorcerer might be the missing piece he needs to become truly free and enthrone himself as the most powerful sentient on the map.

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About the Author


Abi has been a writer all her life, but is a mentor at heart. When she is not writing, you can find her slaying enemies online or hunting for the next bohemian adventure. She has published works of fiction, poetry, academia, and even won awards for her short stories in science fiction and horror.

Abi is also a proud mom of two…ferrets! She live streams on Twitch where you can enjoy her terrible gaming skills and join the live discussion. She works part-time as a freelance ghostwriter, editor, and audiobook narrator, hoping to one day make these passions her full-time job. She currently resides in Kansas.

She is one of nine children–all who share the creative spark.

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We – Christine and David – Couplets – D’Verse Poets Pub

Well this is up my alley as I always love to rhyme
and so I sit and think real hard, but I will take my time….

The task is to write a poem about “We”:

So for today’s prompt we are writing a poem about:-
We as a pair, a couple (not a group)
It can be any real or imaginary friendship
It might be a significant other, a relative or a pet
But the poem’s stanzas MUST BE WRITTEN AS COUPLETS

Christine and David

We met on the web, simply by chance
We wed on the beach, but had no first dance
We stated our love under God and the sun
We vowed to stay loyal, we vowed to be one

The days have gone by and still its a “we”
Our love still continues as strong as can be
We’ve had all our ups and some of the downs
A true royal couple sans golden crowns

The future burns bright for our firey bond
Both of the hats of a couple we donned
No need to rethink or return to the “I”
We vow to remain “we” until the day that we die.

©2023 CBialczak

The Bicycle: A Poem (Villanelle form) – W3 Prompt #58: Wea’ve Written Weekly

Braden’s prompt guidelines
Write: A) sonnet, OR: B) villanelle on the theme of: an animal, plant, or object, describing its qualities or what can be learned from it.

The bicycle wheels turn round and round
getting you further away from the world
Leaving no trace, not even a sound

New adventures with stories abound
the distance bringing you closer together
The bicycle wheels turn round and round

Treasures lost by others are found
in places most unexpected to be
Leaving no trace, not even a sound

Passing by homes, cars, and a hound
a blurry sight as you race quickly by
The bicycle wheels turn round and round

The winner of the race will soon be crowned
For everyone has their own finish line
Leaving no trace, not even a sound

There is a world to be discovered
if only you put yourself forward to find it
The bicycle wheels turn round and round
Leaving no trace, not even a sound.

#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 323, 6/6/2023

  • From the chart: choose a color and use the color in your syllabic poem.Also: Choose ONE word from the descriptions under the color you chose, and add it to your syllabic poem.Remember, if you write a freestyle poem, please include a syllabic form along with it.
  • Mangos – Tanka Poetry

    Red-ripe mangos hang
    In a tree full of treasure
    Hoping they will fall
    Strength of the tree gives me life
    A reminder to grow free

    ©2023 CBialczak

    I wrote this because there are three trees, in different yards, that I walk by in the mornings. The trees are so full of ripe mangos and I yearn to jump up and grab them or bring back a broom and whack them out of the trees. I don’t know the owners so I won’t be doing either but there is so much there it pains me to watch them go to waste. A few months ago, in a different yard, there was a tree full of grapefruit. I wish I could pick any of them. If my fruit trees start to grow so much fruit I will put it out by my mailbox to share with others for free.

    Aunt Betty’s Gift: It’s Thursday’s Six Sentence Story Link Up!


    Milly held the box out in front of her, excited to see what was inside but fearful of her reaction to Aunt Betty’s gift. Aunt Betty was known for her extremely inappropriate gifts, even though everyone knew she had no idea they were so bad, she really did mean well. Milly felt everyone’s eyes on her, anticipating the opening of this precarious gift. Milly pulled off the bow and laid it to the side of her on the bench. Lifting the top off the box, Milly was surprised to see that Aunt Betty had given her the best gift ever, a gift card to Walmart! The other party-goers stared in awe, wondering what had changed in Aunt Betty and hoping when it came to their birthdays she was still in this mood!