Archive for December, 2014



A friend shared

some food art, so

we incorporated

built enthusiasm

for the family BBQ.


Until the carols

I was too busy

feeding guests

to notice them

not here to share

~ to sing with joy.


Then I saw

the faces of Ryder

and Tais light up

watching their Dad

play guitar and sing.


And I smiled.


#FrancesMacForde  @FrancesMForde  #5Sleeps’tilChristmas

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Last year’s tree

looked so forlorn,

standing neatly,

a few pressies,

lights off.

No mess with

the stress, less

because grand-kids

away in another country.


No reason for Santa…


#FrancesMacForde  @FrancesMForde  #6SleepsBeforeXmas


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Jessica McCallum © 2010

Jessica McCallum © 2010  ‘All the pretty ones are…’


With a Naturists eye

Infinite care, such

considered placement

A fern fond here

A gum leaf there


Pink & yellow

Dried petals

Delicate veins

Like a wedding veil

Placed in the center

of our two-tiered cake

an orchid appears

A most exotic,

rare orchid

like me.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2007

@FrancesMForde  #ARTIST:JessicaMcCallum #CreativeConnections  #ArtIsTheSpark   #Romance  #POEM:Orchid

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Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin

“…like a dinner plate.”


In a hotel room awake

as dawn


the moon

like a dinner plate


from the slit

between the curtains

hazy mists of morning light

coast in,

like blood from a wound


All the birds and sharks

have started

to sing.

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#FrancesMacaulayForde  #PoetryPostcards  #PP:HeadMusic  #Poetry

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Will have to trawl the bookshops, too late to order some of these on line for pressies…

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Words from the very wise…

Alayne Kay Christian

ALL ABOUT PLATFORM BUILDING V2This month’s ALL ABOUT PLATFORM BUILDING guest blogger is the one and only Julie Hedlund. Thank you, Julie, for taking the time to share your thoughts on platform building.

Before I move on, I want to mention that registration for Julie’s 12 x 12 picture book writing challenge begins next month. If you don’t know about this wonderful writing community and challenge, it would be worthwhile to give the 12 x 12 page a look.


Now, here’s Julie. . . .


BY Julie Hedlund

Thanks Alayne for hosting me today! I’m a big fan of your blog, so it’s an honor.

Never has a word inspired so much fear and angst into the heart of an author. Part of that fear, IMHO, is based on myths about platform that I want to bust for you today. My goal is that by the end of this…

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