Grandmother from my novel isn’t called Nana

CCO Public domain photo by Linnaea Malletta

Note: this is a blog post version of a book chapter. Thus, I’ve not added section dividers or more photos.

Jemima Cornflower turned to look one more time at the garden she had planted. It was too early for most of the food crops to show if they were growing…

A new way to develop greater depth in your characters

Photo by Kyle Bushnell on Unsplash

Any of you who read my Medium poems and articles on a semi-regular basis have noticed that I sometimes mention my novel-in-progress, currently titled Burnt-Over Memories. I had planned to spend more time working on it this Fall and spending less time on Medium.

I certainly don’t write on Medium…

Beware the bears

Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič on Unsplash

“What do you mean, we’re going to eat him?”

“Relax. No one will ever know we did it.”

“But I don’t like the taste of humans. They’re greasy and way too salty. …

A tanka

Photo by Thomas Bormans on Unsplash

I seem to have lost

My list of what I control

Maybe I was wrong

I only had some control

When outcomes didn’t matter

Maybe I have misunderstood the meaning of the word ‘control’ forever. Silly me.

When I was younger I thought control meant, by one definition, the assurance…

My computer did it this time, not me

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As I write this, I am waiting for the repair-person from my cable company/internet provider to arrive. But I can’t wait any longer before issuing an apology to one person and an explanation to anyone else who read a bizarre short “article” from me yesterday.

I thought I wrote a…

Relationships and time

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

I left when I shouldn’t have
We’d been arguing for months
We started accusing each other
Of the usual worn-out couples’ sins

Finally the night came when
One of us was bound to say “Enough!”
In this case it was me who
Decided to give up and call it quits.

Hoping to be part of the solutions to global warming

Photo by Iulian Pana on Unsplash

May my female power grow
Strong enough that I help
Change the world when united
With divine female energy
Focusing our strength
To cool the planet
Extinguish the fires
Let the polar caps begin to refreeze

May all human energy begin healing
Humanity and all life on Earth

In this…

A second visit from one of my novel’s characters

Photo by Esther Ann on Unsplash

My name is Louisa and I’m an older life striver
I no longer plan to spend my time trying to decipher
Whatever is meant by the Universe’s endless palaver
I want to find someone new who is still a high-lifer.

Time unfortunately is not on my side
So I’m going to…

Haikus to salute the latest space mission

Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash (This is a stock photo, not Inspiration4; it’s too soon for SpaceX to allow downloads. Sorry. I wanted to feature a landing video)

They did it! They’re back!
Four youngsters brought space closer
For the rest of us

They’re up! They splashed down!
Will SpaceX hire some Xtras
With much, but not youth?

I love outer space! To be more accurate, I’ll say I love the idea of outer space. I’ve mentioned this…

Anne Chisom

Writing on whatever strikes my mood, from politics to humor (or a combination of the two), to spirituality, or whatever else shows up. Retired, not in retreat.

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