To Wish Upon a Star












If you wish upon a star,

For true love’s sake,

Please don’t tell it,

Where you are,

For stars are fire,

Burning bright,

And it will surely,

Take your sight,

For if your love is true,

No star can ere replace,

The light of love,

Upon your face,

Should there be,

The darkest night.

K. D. Dowdall

Copyright 2016

Autumn fall

Fauxcroft writes some of the most meaningful and beautiful poems and prose that I have read. And, this is one of them. This poet writes on a wide range of subjects from the most earthy to the deeply sensual to the metaphysical and deeply philosophical poetic miens that capture deeply held beliefs and feelings that are existential life experience we all may experience in our lifetimes.


fall leaves

I saw a leaf float past my window

and it reminded me that the autumn, fall,

is on it way, as summer begins to peel away

and those lovely warm evenings fade to grey

and those green leaves, at least those that remain,

will turn into a fiery red display

and those that fall start going brown and crisp,

ready for decay.

As autumn, fall comes natures colours put on a resplendent display,

in an effort to try and brighten up darker days,

and echo warmth in times of cold,

many are striking and many are bold,

it reminds me that I must pay

more attention at natures array,

that contrast to the chiaroscuro sky,

showing that this is not a time when all flowers die,

some in this time truly strive and invigorate,

the scene before my eyes

and leaves me happy and full of hope.

in a way…

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J.K. Rowling on Writing

J. K, Rowling so very creative and original with her writing and yes, the more transporters the merrier! Thank you for a great reminder, Charles, of what writing and reading does for the soul, the heart, and for the joy it brings to the writer and the reader! K D.

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“Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading.”

“There’s no formula.”

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”

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Stone Hearts

Reblogging: Stone Hearts, by poet, Delia. . A real, tell-it-like-it-is poem about the social jungle and trying to find authenticity where there is little to none. Delia often writes, real, raw and authentic prose and poetry that will catch you unawares, and reach inside you, grab you, and make you see beyond the obvious. K. D.

Curated Content for Writers August 25th

Wow! This blog is a gem, not to be missed, and it is now my go-to-site for so many writing issues. Curated Content for Writers at

Story Empire

Happy Friday, SE Readers. It’s time for another round of writing tips we’ve found around the web. If you haven’t read Mae’s post, Understanding Tribes on Triberr, and Staci’s post, Classic TV as an Inspiration for Contemporary Fiction, be sure to check them out.

And now, for this week’s curated content.

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Beautiful Writing: Part I: Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s beautiful metaphors in his opening chapter, is stunning and I love this kind of writing, so poetic in nature. Thank you Charles for another great literary post! K D 🙂

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One of the reasons that I love to read, in addition to experiencing other worlds, walking in the path of other characters, learning about the world around us, and escaping from reality for a short time, is to enjoy the beauty of words. Some writers are able to elevate their writing to a level of poetry and beauty that is exhilarating and joyful to read.

One writer, whose use of words, reaches poetic levels is Ray Bradbury. He is a writer not easily confined to one genre and whose work is defined by love of story. I have taught his work in several college classes in both Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University, and his writing has been an influence on me as a novelist.



I will offer two passages from his brilliant novel Dandelion Wine, a BildungsRoman or coming-of-age story, set in late 1920s in Green Town…

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Hurricane Irma

Kim, thank you so much. We have relatives in Tampa. So, your lovely, thoughtful, and caring post means so much. Karen 🙂

By Hook Or By Book


As many of you already know, after decimating several Caribbean islands, and killing at least 21 people, the monster known as Irma is about to descend upon the Keys as a Category 5 and then Miami and Southern Florida as a Category 4, before moving up the rest of the state. For any of our fellow bloggers and their families who are in the path of this incredibly destructive storm and haven’t or are unable to evacuate, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. 

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