Excerpt from Poet Joanna Gale’s book – Grains of the Olivewood

Ebb and Flow with Fever and Fervor

An excerpt from poet Joanna Gale’s book Grains of the Olivewood:

Grains of the OlivewoodDETOUR

This is a detour I must take,

a crossing forced upon me.

Random thoughts bob like boats

in a carnival game popped off by

the next sharp shooter.

A cup of tea tastes like another

reminder of my father — something

good always tasted like another.

Food stuffs me.  My eyes are heavy.

I ache to write the designs I lean into

like well-crafted books.  Instead

I stumble slipshod around words

in short-cut sentences sagging

like steps on a rung-ladder bridge

about to fall into the reality

i’s dot and t’s cross

closer than I want.

*    *    *

Be sure to stop by Archtop Cafe in Bolton to hear Joanna read at the JUZDIZRTS Author Event this Saturday November 8th, starting at 2pm.


Advertisements

Excerpt from Author Douglas Owen’s Collection – Inside My Mind

Life, Levity, and the Search for Latitude

An Excerpt from YA, Fantasy, & Short Story writer Douglas Owen’s collection:

Inside My Mind – Vol. 1

x-defaultExcerpt from “End of the World”

I can’t believe how easily Julie transitioned from our small office to the big one in this new facility. The lack of windows unnerves me, personally. How people could work with the walls looming over them baffles my understanding.

Several other astrophysicists help me deal with all the details concerning the plan. This is beyond me. How did they think I could handle all the details involved? So much to do and so little time to do it in. Why couldn’t we have found the 42 sooner? It really wouldn’t have made any difference. We would have just pushed with less ferocity than we are now.

The piles of requisitions scream at me for attention. One finds its way in to my hands, and I read it with disinterest. Toilet paper, really? There has to be something else to ask for. Three tons, that’s how much they’re asking for. They must be elephants or something. What the hell would they be using that much for?

“Julie,” I call out, hoping to pass on the need to investigate.

“Yes, doc?” she says when her face pokes into the room.

“Here.” I hold out the requisition form to her. “Find out how many times section seven flushes the toilet and see if they really need so much ass-wipe.”

She grabs the paper from me and chuckles. “I’ll look in on it.” I can see the question in her eyes.

“What?”

“Are you okay?”

“We’ve worked together for about twelve years now, right?” My fingers run thought my hair, scratching at an imaginary itch at the back of my
skull.

“A little over, I’d say.” Her eyes are full of concern.

“Have you even known me to be an administrator?” She starts to giggle.

“Sorry, doc. It’s just that for the last few days you’ve shuffled more paper and administrated this facility better than anyone. There’s no one
I could point to who would have done a better job.” She flourishes the requisition form in front of her. “Most would have just signed off on
this without even thinking.”

My mind pictures Carl behind the desk with crates of toilet paper stacked behind him and I start to laugh.

“Carl, right?” Julie says.

“Yes. It’s stacked—”

“—Behind him.”

The headache starts to disappear. The levity is enough to break the ice. Standing, I make my way around the desk and take the requisition from
her. “I’ll take care of this.”

She giggles her way back to her desk.

*    *    *
Be sure to join Douglas at the JUZDIZRTS Author Event where he will read from his short story anthology at Archtop Cafe in Bolton this Saturday November 8th. The event begins at 2pm.

Excerpt from Poet Joanna Gale’s book Grains of the Olivewood

Ebb and Flow with Fever and Fervor

An excerpt from poet Joanna Gale’s book Grains of the Olivewood:

Grains of the OlivewoodDETOUR

This is a detour I must take,

a crossing forced upon me.

Random thoughts bob like boats

in a carnival game popped off by

the next sharp shooter.

A cup of tea tastes like another

reminder of my father — something

good always tasted like another.

Food stuffs me.  My eyes are heavy.

I ache to write the designs I lean into

like well-crafted books.  Instead

I stumble slipshod around words

in short-cut sentences sagging

like steps on a rung-ladder bridge

about to fall into the reality

i’s dot and t’s cross

closer than I want.

*    *    *

Be sure to stop by On the Bean in Aurora to hear Joanna read at the JUZDIZRTS Author Event this Saturday April 26th, starting at 3pm.

Excerpt from Contemporary Writer Donna Thompson

Meander a Moment and Muse About Life

An excerpt from Contemporary Author Donna Thompson’s newest full-length work in progress:

The Concentric Circles
~1~
Wireless Fidelity

Donna Thompson's Widget

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow,” said Albert Einstein.
Accept the past, manage the present and work hard towards the future, #inspiration.

Overseas or unemployment, it’s a no brainer. Thursday, I am still indisputably Elena Lambert. 2C or not 2C is the apartment door of it all, upon my return from the Asian continent. I am stationed at my computer wearing the latest style of face, Eleanor Rigbyish, “All the Lonely People,” but with quite a few contemporary upgrades. I have successfully avoided a rhinoplasty for the horn that is my nose. The jar, for the visage, has been replaced by a cloud as I upgrade my portrait pics across the range of social media from the grinning selfies in my photo stream. Yesterday, the Face had been carefully raised, without the use of botox but with a revitalizing facial waxing, a kind of thorough vacuuming of the porous surface that has left a healthy hairless sheen to my skin, despite a sleepless night.

“Elena” feels authentic to me despite the long list of words and identities, Helens, Elainas, Eleanor, Eleva, Els, Aliena, Es, and even a few Alans that cling to it. These names, though beautiful in themselves, constitute the trail of cracked or morphed misnomers of the naming journey that I have experienced from birth. Despite this, my assigned letters E-l-e-n-a are firmly affixed to me like a label on the inside of a stylish new jacket. I give thanks to the data base, a birth certificate, and a perfect stranger for this name. This measure awards stability to an eroding sense of self, mine.

*    *    *

Be sure to catch Donna reading from her first release The Glitch Factory at On The Bean in Aurora on April 26th, starting at 3pm.

Contemporary Author Sheila Horne

Contemporary Author, Short Story Writer, and Poet Sheila Horne has joined the JUZDIZRTS Author Event!

Sheila Horne started writing short stories as a teenager in Bryan, Texas. She graduated from the George Brown College Creative Writing Program and participates in various writing workshops. She designs and facilitates writing programs in the Toronto area. As a member of The Markham Village Writers and The Writers’ Community of York Region, she enjoys inspiring others to write. Her poems, articles and short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines. Sunshine Girls is her first book.

Sunshine GirlsSunshine Girls

It’s 1973. As Toronto loosens up, four young women must navigate the shifting social currents put in motion by the ‘60s. Ella realizes everything she trusted as a child is a lie. Raynie believes marriage is the easy way out and thinks nothing of having sex with any guy she meets. Jessie would rather face life stoned, while Meg still desperately wants a husband and family. But childhood values and friendships are tested when a car accident sparks a series of life-altering events.

“The JUZDIZRTS Author Event is a wonderful opportunity for writers to promote themselves and their work. It’s also nice to meet other writers, hear what they are writing and to network. We need more of these types of events.”

Website: http://www.shorne.blogspot.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sheilahorneauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/19429581-sheila-horne

Bookstore: http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000011538015


Young Adult Author Mark Koning

Young Adult, Fantasy and Fiction Author Mark Koning has joined the JUZDIZRTS Author Event!

From an early age a creative imagination turned into a passion, and it eventually made Mark decide to further enhance his skills by working toward a Creative Writing diploma through the Stratford Career Institute. Graduating with highest honours and with support from family and friends, he began developing his ideas and dabbling in short stories.

Mark has always enjoyed the art of Creative Writing, telling a story, putting it to paper, and sharing with others. Living in a small northern town near the shores of Lake Simcoe, surrounded by the beauty of nature, it is not hard to find inspiration.

Chronicles of a GirlChronicles of a Girl

In a promising new land a war, made from greed, breaks out separating the population that inhabits it. Chaos ensues, lives are lost, and barbaric fighting lasts for months on end while this once civilized nation is cut off from the rest of the world.

The Socialites, some of the most rich and powerful, make a desperate (but sinister) plea for assistance from the outside world. An army is formed to separate the two sides; the rich and proper versus the poor and criminal. The main city becomes forbidden, off limits, and the two sides move away from each other while the army is left to patrol the borders and the city; indefinitely.            

Chronicles of a Girl tells the tale of a very capable and spirited young girl, Chloe Anderson, who is born under unfortunate circumstances. But this young girl is determined to get through any obstacles thrown her way in order to find a life of happiness. Her only problem is that the degrees of difficulty achieving this, seems never ending. Every day she wakes up wondering what nightmare lies ahead, and questions whether or not there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. Regardless of her own dreams, though, for the sake of others she keeps hope alive and vows to never give in.

But with the haunting of a war before her time, the gruelling and unyielding present, and an unknown future, is she in fact capable enough?

“Being involved with the JUZDIZRTS Author Event is like an exciting new adventure for me! I simply love the idea of doing a reading locally, getting the opportunity to share a little of my creative imagination with a community of peers and book enthusiast. I hope to learn, engage and meet new people as much as I hope to provide interest and wonder.”

Links:

Website: http://www.markkoning.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mark.koning

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mark_koning