For Robert Shipp: https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2020/08/26/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2020-week-35/

yellow boat

Boat Trip

Taking a trip in the big yellow boat 

Finding a vessel that will stay afloat 

No sharks around 

No evidence found 

Make sure you leave me a note. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry


Sunset Cruise

Marcus looked at the boat. This is not what he had in mind when he booked a sunset cruise for him and Veva. He was completely confused. How would he and Veva fit in that boat with a… a captain? Is that even what you call someone who rows a rowboat? Did that boat even have a motor? He was starting to feel a pit in his stomach. Maybe this was only the boat that took them to the sailboat. Marcus chuckled to himself, feeling foolish for jumping to such a silly conclusion.  

Veva arrived at the marina on time. Marcus had told her he had a surprise and that she should get to the marina by six. Walking from the car, Veva saw Marcus talking to an old man. They were pointing at a yellow rowboat. Was Marcus going to row her out onto the open ocean. What had he planned? How was she going to get out of this? 

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #27

Written for Fandango: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/08/27/fandangos-dog-days-of-august-27/

Today’s theme is “your favorite beverage.” 

Let’s see…

In the morning I like a cup of coffee with Almond milk creamer. I used to use regular creamer but there is quite a bit of artificial junk I don’t need.

I like to drink iced tea. I like the Crystal Light kind, fresh brewed, bottled…I like a light amount of sugar and a splash of lemon.

I love a good, cold Jack n’ Coke every so often, but love love love Margaritas. I am also very partial to Beefeater and Tonic with lime.

I drink water all day, every day. With the heat I have been using Propel powder in my water with Electrolytes because I constantly feel dehydrated.

Thanks for reading!

I almost forgot, and don’t ask me how I could forget this, but I love going to local wineries! A nice, sweet white is so delish!

Simply 6 Minutes – Escape

Trish’s contribution to Simply 6 Minutes.



There is only one way
To escape this cell
These planks of pain
Their own form of hell

The light beckons
But the light kills
Many have risked
Its radiant kiss

It sloughs off skin
Melts through flesh
Inhales each scream
As limbs fall away

Like a helpless babe
You cry and crawl
There is no escape
Passed that white maw

Too late one sees
The rot that seeps
At the edge of light
Sucking greedily

There is only one way
Only this chance
That traffic through agony
One person will advance

But will it be me?
There is only one way.

  1. https://christinebialczak.com/2020/07/14/simply-6-minutes-writing-challenge
  2. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  3. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  4. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it!…

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OLWG #169

This week’s prompts:

  1. let them go
  2. bulbous
  3. bandit cash

Written for: https://aooga.wordpress.com/2020/08/23/olwg-169-evander/

The Crime

When the cops went by 
and saw the glass 
they wondered who 
had no class. 

Was it the guy at night 
who lost his way 
or the teenage kid 
that got away? 

Did the fat man blow 
his bulbous nose 
and take out cash? 
Nobody knows. 

The cops finally said 
just let them go 
We’ll find them someday 
that we know.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

#writephoto: crescent


Ode to the tree that stands high on the hill 
holding the moon in its branches. 
Ode to the clouds that float right by the tree  
holding the moon in the sky. 
Ode to the setting sun that sets in the west 
holding a bit of sunlight for the moon. 

Layers of darkness 
Life moves slowly around us 
Sharing the sun’s light 

Darkness only hides the beauty from our eyes.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Written for: https://scvincent.com/2020/08/20/thursday-photo-prompt-crescent-writephoto/

Dead After Midnight: Book Review

Dead After Midnight by C.P. Daly is a riveting, fast-paced thriller that will keep you page turning. The twisted plot leaves you guessing at every turn; when you think you know what is coming…think again! 

Lucy and Suzanne have a hard life, but nothing is going to stop them from leaving this life behind and soon! Two women brought together by their jobs as prostitutes learn that leaving this old life behind won’t be as easy as it looks, but it will happen as soon as possible. The plot brings you through different worlds; life on the streets to small town living, but you will never guess what the simple life has in store.  

The characters are believable; you almost feel like they are people you know and the situations they are put in are equally authentic. From one setting to the next, Daly moves the plot seamlessly, tying up the loose ends as she sends you on a spiraling journey.  

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for its captivating, page-turning suspense. If you enjoyed The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, you are sure to enjoy Dead After Midnight by C.P. Daly. 

©2020 CBialczak Book Review

Dead After Midnight: Book Blitz!

Welcome to the blog tour for Dead After Midnight, a Kelsey Woods Thriller!

Dead After Midnight (A Kelsey Woods Thriller Book 1)
Publication Date: May 16th, 2020
Genre: Thriller
Suzie Q is a prostitute and determined to get out of her current line of work and excited for a fresh start with best friend Lucy by her side. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt, when, during a night of turning tricks, she stumbles upon Lucy’s brutally murdered body. Fearing for her life, Suzie runs to her neighbor, Luke’s, to regroup, where she discovers he’s not just a creepy client, but an undercover FBI agent. He blindsides her when he reveals that she’s mixed up in an FBI investigation, and that she’s been unknowingly working for Johnny Stone, New York’s notorious crime boss. Suzie flees from New York, hiding in a quaint seaside town in Maine. She changes her identity and her life. Now she has to survive, to keep the life she has come to love.
This is the first novel in the Kelsey Woods thriller series.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53438841-dead-after-midnight?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=KgOX8JxBLX&rank=2

Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Dead-After-Midnight-gripping-deception-ebook/dp/B088Q4GTKK/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=c.p.%20daly&qid=1589826249&sr=8-1

About the Author

CP’s reading tastes are an eclectic mix of thriller, crime, romance, and the occasional fantasy novel. But, when she puts pen to paper, she can’t resist the intrigue of a thriller.

CP has written two novels in The Kelsey Woods series, Dead After Midnight (debut novel, released in May 2020) and Dead Before Sunrise – which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2020.

A true east coaster from beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada, CP is happily married to her high school sweetheart. She’s been blessed with a wonderful family, including six adorable grandchildren.

CP loves hearing from readers, connect with her via email or Twitter.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CP_Daly

Website: https://www.cpdaly.com/

Twitter Tags @CP_Daly @RRBookTours1 #DeadAfterMidnight #RRBookTours #Thriller

Giveaway: Win one of three print copied of Dead After Midnight!

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Tittynope: Word of the day 25th August

For: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/08/25/its-really-not-obscene-tittynope/

Grandiloquent Word of the Day: Tittynope | learningtogether2012

The King and Queen

Once upon a time ago 

There was a little king 

He had a little wife 

Who would do a little thing. 

She’d pick off all the edges 

Of peanut butter toast 

And leave those for her husband 

Tittynopes she would boast. 

But soon the king got tired 

Of all her little scraps 

He sent her on vacation 

On her butt he left three smacks. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Three Things Challenge #338

Written for Di at pensitivity101: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/08/25/three-things-challenge-338/

Your three things today are:


That Cat is Back!

And so the cat came back again  
To tempt the boy and girl.  
He wanted just a silly game  
not for a problem to unfurl.  
He told them both to grab the fish  
Inside his tiny bowl  
The fish he yelled he was just fine  
And then his eyes did roll  
He knew what was in store for him  
He’d been here once before  
The last time that the game ensued  
It backfired more and more.  
The kids they took the poor old fish  
And put him in the sink  
The cat he was a crazy thing  
And took the bowl to drink  
He wanted to just taste the fish  
But not let the kids find out  
Luckily the kids were faster  
They saved the fish no doubt.  
And so the cat he left again  
And took his mess and game  
The children often look for him  
Of course they know his name. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry