From my desk: 10/31/2022

In 2007 my late husband and I moved the kids from a beach neighborhood to the woods. A lot changed as far as Halloween went. There was only one neighborhood close by that we had to drive to.

This is the first year since then that I have gotten candy and treats for the young trick-or-treaters! I don’t have long, I have to pick Lindsay up at the airport later. I hope I get a few before turning off the lights!

Happy Halloween!

Scared: A Quadrille 10/31/22

writing a poem that includes some form of the word scare: https://dversepoets.com/2022/10/31/quadrille-163-lets-scare-up-some-poems/

Scared

Long, boney fingers push aside
dusty folds
In the hem
on Granny’s couch
Waiting to pull my toes
and hear my cries
Mama wonders why I say “ouch”
I cannot tell her
what scares me
I stare at the tv
in a comfortable slouch
.

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

Book Review: Wasteland

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4 out of 5 stars rating

Wasteland by Terry Tyler, book two in the Operation Galton Series, is amazingly realistic and as you read you get drawn into this futuristic world even though it is decades away. 

Although this is the second book in this series it seemed adequate as a  read-alone book. Characters are fully developed from the beginning of the story so you can relate to them entirely through the plotline.

I am not usually a reader of dystopian futuristic work but Terry Tyler has changed my mind altogether. This story is read in a present tense in the year 2061, in the UK. Tyler has pulled into this book a storyline of residents who now live either in functioning Megacities or as outcasts in lost, barren, and dilapidated Wastelands. In the Megacities citizens are monitored completely and are kept happy and healthy. If rules are not followed, residents may be sent to the Hope Villages as a result, an awful result, but not as bad as the Wastelands. Rae is a girl who seems to have a well structured life within the Megacity and goes throughout her day without incident, contrary to her boyfriend Nash who takes life less seriously. Rae finds out that she was born into a real family and decides to disobey the law and try to find her family. 

What caught my interest the most and kept me wanting to read more was the realistic connections Tyler made between current day ideas and how a government may shape a new world to iron out all of the problems our world is presented with in the 2020’s. It is like a modern day version of 1984, which is actually mentioned in the story. Although all of the ideas are not made to be significant in the story they are mentioned throughout. For example, when it is pointed out if a certain young man could be Rae’s brother she says there is no way because she is white and he is black. This however would not be acceptable in the Megacity because it would be considered racist to bring up any such topic. Also touched upon is the changes the LGBTQ society has gone through since our current day social opinions. 

I give this story four out of five stars for its believability, readability and overall well structured story line. It is the type of story that you might want to go back and reread just to see if you may have missed something in the earlier pages as so many important topics arise throughout.

Wasteland by Terry Tyler, book two in the Operation Galton Series, is amazingly realistic and as you read you get drawn into this futuristic world even though it is decades away. 

Although this is the second book in this series it seemed adequate as a  read-alone book. Characters are fully developed from the beginning of the story so you can relate to them entirely through the plotline.

I am not usually a reader of dystopian futuristic work but Terry Tyler has changed my mind altogether. This story is read in a present tense in the year 2061, in the UK. Tyler has pulled into this book a storyline of residents who now live either in functioning Megacities or as outcasts in lost, barren, and dilapidated Wastelands. In the Megacities citizens are monitored completely and are kept happy and healthy. If rules are not followed, residents may be sent to the Hope Villages as a result, an awful result, but not as bad as the Wastelands. Rae is a girl who seems to have a well structured life within the Megacity and goes throughout her day without incident, contrary to her boyfriend Nash who takes life less seriously. Rae finds out that she was born into a real family and decides to disobey the law and try to find her family. 

What caught my interest the most and kept me wanting to read more was the realistic connections Tyler made between current day ideas and how a government may shape a new world to iron out all of the problems our world is presented with in the 2020’s. It is like a modern day version of 1984, which is actually mentioned in the story. Although all of the ideas are not made to be significant in the story they are mentioned throughout. For example, when it is pointed out if a certain young man could be Rae’s brother she says there is no way because she is white and he is black. This however would not be acceptable in the Megacity because it would be considered racist to bring up any such topic. Also touched upon is the changes the LGBTQ society has gone through since our current day social opinions. 

I give this story four out of five stars for its believability, readability and overall well structured story line. It is the type of story that you might want to go back and reread just to see if you may have missed something in the earlier pages as so many important topics arise throughout. The only reason I did not give it five stars is I felt that some of the chapters were a little too long, making it feel like some situations became overemphasized. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book!

New Book: Defilement (Horror/ Short Story Collection)

Welcome to the book tour for Defilement, a terrifying collection of short stories by Jesse Nolan Bailey! Even the cover will give you nightmares!

DEFILEMENT and Other Stories

Publication Date: October 10th, 2022 (Exclusively through Barnes and Noble)

Genre: Horror/ Short Story Collection (TWs will be provided before each story)

A boy and his father find impossible fossilized bones in their backyard…The disturbing contents and origin of a mysterious magazine conjure paranoia…Neighbors welcome a new couple by bragging about a miracle doctor who works from his garage…Memories from childhood fail to reconcile an old photo featuring an unidentified cryptid…Archaic gym equipment proves treacherous…A teen boy is plunged into a nightmarish realm known as Eden…

In these six stories, evil abounds, ready to defile.

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About the Author

Enthralled by the magic that written stories contain, Jesse Nolan Bailey has always wanted to be an author. With his debut novel, THE JEALOUSY OF JALICE, and his shorter fiction, AMETHYST, released to the masses, he can now claim such title with relief. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he has embraced the equally gratifying lifework of hosting a trio of spoiled cats and two mini-aussies.

Jesse Nolan Bailey

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New Book Coming!: Pulse 2 (Sci-fi Horror/ Thriller)

I have a Halloween surprise for you all! The cover reveal for Pulse 2 by B.A. Bellec!!! Read on for more info and if you haven’t picked up Pulse, you need to get on that right away!

Pulse 2

Expected Publication Date: 2023

Genre: Sci-fi Horror/ Thriller

The fate of humanity rests in the hands of a few.

Pulse: Book Two is the conclusion of award-winning author B.A. Bellec’s dystopian sci-fi horror duology. This time around he is tapping into iconic stories like STATION ELEVEN, CLOUD ATLAS, CONTACT, and THE ROAD to add elite and ambitious scale. Our chaotic journey picks up moments after the first book ends with action from the second you start turning the pages, but if you thought you knew where the story was going, drop your expectations off at the door and get ready for the B.A. Bellec experience. To get an idea what surprises are awaiting, start by asking yourself this one question: how would an autonomous mechanical orb defeat an alien creature?

Coming Soon!

Pulse (Book #1)

Publication Date: December 1st, 2021

Genre: Sci-fi Horror/ Thriller

Pulse is a plot-driven multi-POV dystopian sci-fi horror thriller set in 2040, centered around a corporation, a creature, and a music festival. Think Fyre Festival, Black Mirror, and X-Files combined. The story deals with themes of capitalism, consumerism, business, politics, pandemics, climate change, activism, and technology while bouncing between a diverse group of characters sure to entertain almost anyone. The book is already being praised for its fantastic use of horror, engaging world-building, and genre-bending approach utilizing some screenplay-like formatting. This is the first entry in a new series with the sequel well underway.

  • B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree (Apr 2022)
  • The Wishing Shelf Finalist (Apr 2022)
  • Literary Titan Seal (Jan 2022)
  • Reader Views Seal (Dec 2021)
  • Readers’ Favorite Seal (Dec 2021)

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About the Author

B.A. Bellec writes with a unique, modern, minimalistic voice. He is the author of Someone’s Story, his award-winning debut novel called a masterpiece by multiple reviewers. Never afraid of a challenge, Bellec switched genres to bring you this dark vision that simmered in his mind for years.

In addition to writing, Bellec also creates music. You can find it on his YouTube channel. Follow him on social media or at http://www.babellec.com to stay in the loop on new projects.

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My Neighbor’s A Witch

Amy’s take on her neighbor?!?!?!?! 🤣

Gypsie’s Wonderful World of Words

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

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In response to Stine Writings Simply 6 Minutes Challenge 10/25/22

I tell you true
and this is no lie
My neighbor’s a witch
she really does fly

Sadly for her and for us too
my neighbor needs glasses
Her eyesight’s a fright she lands
each time on her bountiful assets

She practiced and practiced
sticking landings on her broom
Only this time she landed
with a loud thudding boom

Up on my ceiling I now have a hole
where my neighbor she dangles
Stockings, shoes and broken broom
waiting a while before she disentangles

She’s safer where she hangs up there aloft
no more can she thump, bang or crash
All our friends both near and far
are coming soon for a great Halloween bash!

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Does this sound like you?

Sometimes the words just come, sometimes with feelings, sometimes with memories. Poetry heals the heart and mind. ❤️

It is times like these I bow my head
My spirit is bruised, my mood like lead
I cannot recall the last time I felt
the happiness here or felt my heart melt
I’m without the words since I have no strength
to argue again or hear sorries at length
It may be all me, I’m willing to say
But regardless I’m having a crappy day.

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

A Witchy Limerick (Almost)

Brandon gives us a Halloween Limerick

Brandon Ellrich, Writer/Author/Poet

Image shows a broken broomstick along with the legs and feet of a witch sticking out from a hole in the wall, into which she apparently crashed.
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There once was a clumsy witch,
And one day she got an itch,
To go to Dracula’s house to get a view,
But she lost control and broke right through;
When she did she yelled “Son of a–--Goblin!”...?

Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

This poem was written in response to Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 10/25/2022 at Stine Writing, so please visit their page to participate and/or read other responses.

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Well-bred Husband: A Compilation 10/28/2022

“Don’t you patronize me now”, my wife said to me
After the alarm went off, I tried to leave her be
The damp air in the bedroom was enough to drown a cat
It’s the cloudy weather that made my bedroom get like that
I tried to be congenial despite the humid air
It’s like we’re in a rat race, she really didn’t care
So like a well-bred husband I went to the old couch
She didn’t like my taste in art, then said I was a slouch
Now that was two more insults than I could stand to bear
So I turned and with my finger…made a heart up in the air.

©2022 CBialczak Poetry