The Poetry Corner featuring Grace Augustine

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner, featuring Grace Augustine! Her poem is from her collection titled, Fragments of Reflection. 🙂

Icicle Tears  by Grace Augustine

Porcupine quills

Puncture the sensitive tendons

Of the soul

As the precious life blood

Seeps through

The pin hole openings

Draining all energy and emotions

Traumatic transformation occurs slowly

One in which all systems shut down

Only to become

Stony grey and cold and hard

My heart and I cry

Icicle tears

Awesome poem, Grace! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

Keep up with Grace by following her on:

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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The Author Hideaway Dealership: WiFi Not Always Included

So cool! I love this. 😀 One of my dreams is to create an author’s retreat at some point.

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Welcome to . . . Oh, I see you’re in a rush, so I’ll get right to the pitch.  We provide authors with private locations that they can escape to after periods of stress.  These can be for work or just to relax, but we guarantee that nobody can intrude upon your personal haven without your permission.  Our products range from fortified offices to isolated cabins, but we do draw the line at pocket dimensions.  Yes, people tend to jump to that idea when we give the guarantee.  The problem there is that the rents are high and you never know when an interdimensional cataclysm will strike.  Last thing you want is to be stuck and gradually starve to death.  I will also tell you that we cannot build entire worlds.  It’s a single room or simple structure that can be no bigger than two floors.  At…

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In the Books featuring Patch 17: Epic LitRpg by G. Akella

Good morning and welcome to In the Books!

Here’s to reinstating this segment, so here we go! 🙂

This week I’m reviewing Patch 17: Epic LitRPG by G. Akella.

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About the Book: A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer’s dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone–Demon Grounds. Playing, or rather living as his character Krian, it’s not just about survival for Roman. He longs to exact revenge for his banishment to the virtual world where the sensation of pain has reached one hundred percent…

My Review: To be honest, I never heard of the LitRPG genre until a couple of months ago when a friend told me about it. For those that don’t know, Lit RPG features stories told about people who are not only in a game, but are aware of it. Pretty cool, if you ask me.

Of course, as a fan of RPGs from table top to PBP (Play By Post) and PBEM (Play By Email) games, I fell in love with the concept behind the genre and searched for my first book, which happened to be this one.

As introductions go, this was perfect one to grab (It was free, too. You can’t ask for more than that to try something new). The writing is fast paced ad engaging. I was surprised at how well the backstory led from the real world to the game world and found myself unable to put it down. The author did a perfect job of mixing in an enormous amount of detail of the game world while keeping the story flowing and engaging.

As I’ve come to expect for this genre now, there is a brief pause or slow down period when the character picks up an item or experience points, those are listed as they would in an actual game. While this could be distracting normally, I thought they were placed perfectly to slow the story down and give me a breather.

The characters are well done and relatable, as well as complex. As we follow the main character, he gives us a combination of seriousness and comedic take on the fictional world around him. I seriously loved the part where he first entered the world and the “little assassin.” I would explain it in greater detail, but I have a zero spoiler policy. Sorry. 🙂

Thanks to this author, I’ve found a new favorite genre and can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Audrina Lane

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner. Please join me in welcoming the awesome Audrina Lane! 🙂

The real me

Awesome poem, Audrina! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

Keep up with Audrina by following her on:

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner with Vic Tomlinson! This week, his poem, “The Mountains”, comes from his poetry book, An Odyssey of Love, Nature & Life (available on amazon.com),so please, sit back and enjoy. 🙂

The Mountains by Vic Tomlinson

The mountains are

so tall and steep.

I stare in awe as they

stair-step into the sky.

I want to reach out

and touch them and stick my fingers

in their sculptured trees.

If only I could stand on top of them,

and look down on the world.

If only I could dwarf them,

the way they dwarf me.

 

Awesome poem, Vic! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

Keep up with Vic by following him on:

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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What Is This Thing Called Writer’s Block? – Guest Post by, Jaq D Hawkins…

Good article

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What makes me a writer is the need to write. It’s an incessant driving force characterised by a series of scenes from stories constantly animating through my mind. Not just one, I always have several stories playing out in my head. So when articles come out talking about what to do when you get writer’s block, I wonder how that can work with a host of characters continually clamouring for attention in a creative mind.

We’ve all faced the blank page. There are times when words flow quickly and other times when they take a little more plumbing, but once an idea has manifested, the words to express it fully exist somewhere in the aether, we just have to access them. Sometimes they can be elusive and the person who panics will hit a block.

Take an article like this for example. What could a person who doesn’t suffer from…

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The Poetry Corner featuring Jamie White

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner, featuring Jamie White! 🙂

Eclipse by Jamie White

Wonder of nature,

filled with such powerful energy.

I am renewed.

Awesome poem! Thanks for sharing Jamie! 🙂

If you want to learn more about today’s guest, contact Jamie at:

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com.

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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