Assume: FOWC with Fandango

If you assume you make an ass out of u and me! (unknown creator)

Written for Fandango’s Daily Challenge:

No one owes me

So common in life people assume 

That the world owes them more than they get 

I like to think that the things that I have 

Are because of my hard work and sweat.

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

#Haikai Challenge #147 (7/11/20): smoldering [hot] (moyuru) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Written for Frank Tassone:

Looking left to right there is nothing but sand. The wind picks up a layer and swirls it to make new designs. Heat can be seen laying closely to the sand, almost touching the earth. Life is limited and sparse.

Desert is smouldering
Life lives in a different way
Dryness and heat here

©2020 CBialczak Poetry Haibun

I was nominated!

Thank you ikwords!


Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

I was nominated for another award today called the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award. This is my second award, my first one being the Sunshine Blogger Award. I was nominated by S. G. Baker, creator of the blog Word Nerd Scribbles, which has AMAZING fantasy/horror flash fiction, as well as book reviews and writing advice. If you like my blog, you should definitely take a look.


  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  6. Provide the link of the award creator of Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award as Rising Star from

My Questions For You

Since none of my nominees are the same as mine for the Sunshine Blogger Award, I’m going to reuse some of my questions.

  1. Why do you blog? I blog because I love writing and “talking” to people and I hope that maybe my blog will reach at least one person and help them in some way.
  2. What things are you interested in besides your blog niche? I love building my miniatures, binding journals, drawing, and many other crafts.
  3. Which of your posts has been the most popular? Reflect on this… why, do you think? Do you agree? Is it really your best work or is it just what seems like would appeal to readers (in your opinion)? My home page and About page are the most visited. Besides those, one of my Friday Fictioneers posts is the most read. I think this is for two reasons: 1. so many other people are involved in Friday Fictioneers and 2. people like reading fiction.
  4. What motivates you in life? Happiness and peace
  5. Do you ever feel nervous before publishing a blog post? Only when I think I may have given too much information about myself.

“Return Addresses” Book review

Written by Michael McLellan

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“Return Addresses” by Michael McLellan is a fast-past, highly engaging read with many unexpected twists and turn giving a true depiction of life on the street for an orphaned young teen. . I couldn’t put the book down! 

The constantly moving plot revolves around a fourteen-year-old boy who loses just about everything he’s ever known. The author has depicted a true-to-life plot which moves swiftly, giving quick, deep glimpses into some of the worst scenarios a kid who has become an orphan can face. Each chapter is engaging, and the main character is constantly thrown into new situations. The author doesn’t drag anything out too far, so you never get bored with the read. All the characters are completely believable, as are the events in the story. Upon reading this I thought it was perhaps a Young Adult novel, but there is some adult content that parents may not want younger children to read. The idea of what Sean goes through is a good lesson for kids who “think” they have it bad.  

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. There were no spoilers and each event had a satisfying beginning and end. I recommend this book, especially to parents of teens who are going through the typical turbulent teenage years. Some good life lessons are depicted throughout the story.