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Thursday's Thoughts: Two Years of Disrupted Writing - and an Update on Mack 'n' Me: The Wolves of Alpha 9

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Mack 'n' Me: The Transporter's Favour is Book 4 in the Mack 'n' Me 'n' Odyssey series. Mack 'n' Me: The Wolves of Alpha 9 is Book 5. According to Transporter's, Wolves was supposed to be released in January 2019, something it was on track to do, until my world slid sideways and then got busy in June 2018...
...which was when I went in to have a skin lesion checked - and then removed. It turned out to be precancerous, with me receiving that news on the same day my mum told me she'd been diagnosed with terminal cancer and wasn't expected to see Christmas. That was pretty devastating.
A week later, the doctor called and told me they hadn't removed the lesion properly and would have to reopen the nearly healed wound. Fantastic... especially when the second incision almost healed only to reopen a couple of hours after the stitches were taken out.
Not so great.
I followed that with a week of the flu and then gave myself a case of Tennis Elbow …

Wednesday's Verse - Best to Shun the Mermaid's Tail

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This week’s verse moves from  a science fiction verse about grollups to a fantasy verse about mermaids. It is taken from 366 Days of Poetry, a collection of mixed-genre poetry released in 2016.
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Best to Shun the Mermaid's Tail


Far below where the tall ships sail,
in the mermaid deep where the fish don’t sleep,
beware the hungry souls that wail.


If you see a mermaid’s tail,
if you that wonder seek to keep,
far below where the tall ships sail.


Condemned, will all your efforts fail,
and no profit will you reap,
beware the hungry souls that wail.


Do not seek the mermaid’s tail.
Do not seek the treasures deep,
far below where the tall ships sail.


If you do your soul will ail
at each tidal ebb and neap.

Wednesday's Verse - The Mating Dance of Grollups

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This week’s verse moves from  a slightly eerie verse about a houseful of secrets to a science fiction verse about alien creatures. It is taken from 366 Days of Poetry, a collection of mixed-genre poetry released in 2016.
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The Mating Dance of Grollups

Helicon the grollups rise,
shining star paths to the skies.
I watch them lift with wondering eyes,
and whisper them a fair goodbye,
for every year the grollups bloom,
and transform themselves from bride to groom,
weaving another pattern on life’s loom,
as skyward, dancing, they zip and zoom,
and once they have attained the height
that every grollup bloom deems right,
they explode in a coruscating flash of bright,
and set the sky with spores alight,
and I watch them drift and fall
onto the female grollups, all

Wednesday's Verse - A Houseful of Secrets

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This week’s verse moves from  a science-fiction verse about a corporate debt collecting take-over to a slightly eerie verse about a house with secrets. It is taken from Another 365 Days of Poetry, a collection of mixed-genre poetry released in 2019.
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A Houseful of Secrets

I would not whisper if I were you; I would not even speak.

I would close my eyes tight-shut, and I would not risk a peek.

I would not risk a peek, no matter what I heard,

not even when something touched me.

I would pray that it passed by.

For this old house is ancient.

This house its secrets keeps,

and I would keep my eyes tight-closed

in the hope that I would wake, when once I’d gone to sleep.



----------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can find the first two poetry collections at the links below - although there are plans to reissue them with more genre-appropriate covers in the future. The third collection will be…

Wednesday's Verse - Corporate Take Over

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This week’s verse moves from  a science fiction poem about future colonists to a science fiction verse about debt collection in the future. It is taken from Another 365 Days of Poetry, a collection of mixed-genre poetry released in 2019.
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Corporate Take Over

The planet fell beneath the rain

Of fire from foes and friends.

It fell beneath the tramp of boots

The gleaming armour trends

But they were but the final straw,

The last invading curse

The planet had fallen long before

To the greed of man and worse

To his treachery and betrayal

As he pursued his fortune own

At the expense of all he’d brought

With promises of wealth shared and owned

The planet fell without a cry

To the corporate debt collectors

For the people who had followed him

Were not the only victims he’d selected

But he had chosen poorly

Those he wished to scam

And when they brought the big guns

He left the world and ran

The planet fell ‘neath corporate tread

And the people…

There's supposed to be a release today...

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...but I haven't seen it yet.

If you find it before I do, please let me know.


In the meantime, you can find the rest of the series here: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Below-Paris-Book/dp/B08593M92B/

Wednesday's Verse - Sing a Song of Colony

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This week’s verse moves from  a fantasy verse about monsters in a mine to a science fiction verse about future colonists. It is taken from Another 365 Days of Poetry, a collection of mixed-genre poetry released in 2019.
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Sing a Song of Colony

Sing a song of sixpence,
sing a song of flying high
sing a song of airfares
of dreams up in the sky.
Sing a song of pennies
of dollars not well spent
sing a song of dreams lost
of hulls swift-breached and rent.
Sing a song of credits
of cash in bits and bytes,
of journeys made at long last
of planetfall in sight.
Sing a song of new homes
of colonies ‘neath stars
people making new lives
who from