New Children’s Story, Photo Haiga, and a Haiku…

Happy New Year to all!

I’ve put up a new children’s story, “Fearless Faith.” Can she conquer her one and only fear on her own?

You can also find some of my previously published photo haiga from Daily Haiga, Haiga Online and Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu.

There’s a haiku on the Japanese poetry page too, recently published by Akitsu Quarterly. What a stunning journal!

I just received a copy of Bruce H. Feingold’s recently released book of beautiful and moving haiku, “old enough” published by Red Moon Press. A must read for anyone interested in the genre.

Just found out Daily Haiga will publish two more of my photo haiga. What an honour to start out the new writing year.

Although this isn’t about writing, it is about the arts, so I thought I’d share it with you. I cut it out of a magazine (Zoomer?) a while ago to put on my fridge. “After having her artistic dreams dashed in 1954, 101-year-old painter Carmen Herrara opens her first gallery show in New York.” Inspiration for us all!

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”  W. Somerset Maugham

Successful launch!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the launch of my chapbook, “Extra Candles.” I am so grateful for your support!


Many thanks to Haiga Online for including my collaboration with Nicole Girodat in your photo haiga challenge. What an honour!

Wishing you all peace, love and joy this holiday season.

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Anton Chekhov

Red Moon Press

I am thrilled to announce that Red Moon Press has published my collection of 24 haiku, “Extra Candles” which will be available on their website on December 1, 2016. As their goal is to “publish the best in English language haiku from around the world”, I am deeply honoured to be included.

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“The true poem rests between the words” Vanna Nonta


So pleased one of my haiku is currently published in Shamrock Haiku Journal, and two of my photo-haiga in Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu. Thanks to editors Anatoly Kudryavitsky and Mike Rehling. Always an honour to be included!

Wild Plum-a haiku journal, also accepted one of my photo-haiga for their next issue March 1. Many thanks to Maria Tomczak. So humbled to be included in such a beautiful journal.

I am over the moon to currently have photo haiga included in the World Haiku Association 146th Contest. I am grateful to Kuniharu Shimizu.

As you may remember, I sent my women’s fiction manuscript, “A Path to the Lake” to some agents. I had some positive feedback, but no bites. So, back to the drawing board for more revisions. I’ll quote Ernest Hemingway for today’s quote. (:

“The first draft of anything is shit.” Ernest Hemingway

Photo Haiga

I am thrilled to say that one of my photo haiga has been accepted in Daily Haiga, “an edited journal of contemporary and traditional haiga.” Many thanks to editor Linda Pilarski. Two of my photo haiga are currently published in Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu. Many thanks to editor Mike Rehling! You can find them on my Japanese poetry page.

One of my haiku will be published in the winter 2016 issue of Akitsu Quarterly. So very honoured to be included. Big thanks to editor Robin White.

Poetry is a language in which man explores his own amazement.” Christopher Fry



September already?

Wow, can’t believe its September already! I was so honoured to find out one of my tanka poems will be published in Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America Journal, in their Autumn Issue.

Two more of my senryu poems were published in Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu, and one of my haiku will be published in the Asahi (Japan) on September 30. Many thanks to both!

I’ve been having fun creating some photo haiga this summer (traditionally haiga is a style of Japanese painting that often incorporates a haiku). So pleased to have two of my photo haiga in the September issue of Failed Haiku and one accepted in the Urban Fantasist.

Will return in October:)

“And if he finds that his goal is the sea, what will become of his fire.”  UNKNOWN


Summer memories….

I’ve added five haiku to the Japanese Poetry page. Hope you enjoy. This will be my last post for the summer. Thanks for your encouragement for my 72,000 word women’s fiction, “A Path to the Lake.”  Of course I’ll pop back on in a heartbeat should any news develop! (:

Thanks for reading these samples of my writing, and I hope each one of you make the memories you dream of this summer.


“If your ship hasn’t come in – swim out to it.” Mary Engelbreit

The Journey Back

Will Holly tell her sister Jenny that she knew the man she is about to marry before she did? I’ve posted a new story, “The Journey Back” on the fiction page.

Three of my haiku are being published today in Ascent Aspirations, Friday’s Poems. Thanks to founder and editor, David Fraser. I’m so honoured to be included.

I read a quote on poet Fay Aoyagi’s website “Blue Willow Haiku World.” She stated it was one of her favorite quotes about haiku, by Takajo Mitsuhasi. “Writing a haiku is an act of stripping scale from my skin. The scale which is stripped from the skin is evidence of my life.” It’s one of my favourites now, too.

Can’t believe summer is almost upon us…

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“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.” Wallace Stevens

New Fiction

If you feel like a tiny bite of fiction with a sentimental flavour, go to my short fiction page and read “An Evening to Remember.” However, if you’re looking for something with a bite to it, scroll down further to “Mama’s Words.”

“High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.”  Mark Twain


Vicarious Pleasure

Yesterday I had the pleasure of popping in to a local author’s e-book launch. Hannah McKinnon’s “Time After Time” is published by Avon UK (Harper Collins). Meeting Hannah was an absolute treat. I’ll look forward to reading her debut novel.

I loved finding the page of useful links on her blog, including ‘Stephen King on Writing Quotes.’ This was one of my fave’s. “By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.” Thank goodness they’re not usually paper anymore. (:

I’ve added some haiku to the Japanese poetry page this week.

“True morality consists not in following the beaten track, but in finding the true path for ourselves, and fearlessly following it.” Mahatma Gandhi


A Path to the Lake