Matt Meola surfing at home on Maui.
This edit features the first ever landed spindle flip 540. Enjoy!

It’s more than just surfing. It’s meeting a new breath with each wave Matt joins with in spirit and body.

Please don’t ask what a spindle flip 540 is. I don’t usually get into surfing.
This film is an exception. I was impressed, not just by the feats Matt performed.
I felt he was one with the waves. A natural. Riding smooth. Being completely ZEN with the water. Trusting it to keep him safe and to give him the greatest ride.

The water changes color and intensity. The waves are higher than one can imagine.
Wanting to take the chance and trust them is a serious consideration.
They are overwhelmingly Powerful. Each a unique ride.

The background music is haunting but makes for the complete experience.
It is AMAZING! Care to be lifted up and carried away?

“Awareness of…” #11

'a' to 'z' writing prompt poster #11

A – Z Writing Challenge #11
“Awareness of…”

Careful What You Wish For by Mike Parillo #11


Awareness of the mind
Breaking thoughts free from inside
Courting freedom’s sound

Desire reflections
Effectively face new goals
Find the dreams returned

Great awakenings
Heart mind and soul combining
Infinite power

Jammed mind – blind thinking
Killer of the self – murder
Lose feeling to live

Mentor guides t’ward light
Numbness is all consuming
Opposite is life

Possible changes
Quietly meditating
Rational release

Study eyes’ blackness
Trips the pain sticking the heart
Under it all is fear

Victory achieved
Waiting to scare ghosts away
X-rated thoughts – deep
Yesterday’s darkness – grabbing
Zapped by lightning – thunder roars

© jk 2015

First Seven Verses – Haiku  5 – 7 – 5
Final Verse – Tanka  5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7
Haiku [younger form] & Tanka [older form]
Not Usual To Appear Together – An Experiment

Thunder Roars

Carterlion – Filmmaker Shawn MacKenzie [Our Kitten Now Our Cat]

Anne Rice: The Writing Process [Part 6]

Anne Rice – The Writing Process [Part 6]

But, what is her writing process? Does she plan out her stories or let the characters take her where they will? The “Anne Rice Examiner” decided to ask the author these questions and more. Her answers, as always, are honest, insightful and provide the reader and fledgling writer with a treasure trove of useful information and a greater sense of Anne Rice, the writer.

And now, Anne Rice:

6 – Do you believe the indie author is under more or less pressure to produce a perfectly edited book or do you think there audience doesn’t expect the same standards that they do from a mainstream author?

anne_riceIndie authors have to produce a perfectly edited book. Readers require a near perfectly edited book for them to sink into it and enjoy it or accept it as a professional product. If readers are confronted with errors in spelling, grammar, formatting etc., they simply cannot enjoy the book. They begin to see it as unfinished, not professional, etc. They can’t get swept up in it, can’t believe it, can’t love it. So indie authors have to manage to do what the big New York houses do, and that means hiring a skilled editor to do the copy editing, and skilled people to get formatting perfect. There are so many little things. Like do you cap H for heaven and hell in casual speech? Do you cap “S” when you refer to the sheriff, or p for policeman, and so forth. Have you spelled all the names of cities right? Have you been consistent with the hair and eye color of your cast of characters? You want your manuscript to look absolutely professional. I think indie authors know this now, and they’re taking the time to get their work into perfect shape. More and more indie editors are offering their services. —– Nevertheless errors still pop up in New York published books and in indie books. And the great thing about indie work today is you can catch those. You can correct your kindle version after you get an email from a reader on a problem. You can correct your print on demand book. It’s kind of wonderful.

“Awareness of…”

The A-Z Writing Challenge I recreated a writing challenge I found on a fellow blog mates Post. I modified the Challenge. The First Challenge was ‘A’ to ‘Z’ Writing Challenge #1 – ‘A dark and stormy night…’ A new phrase will appear every Monday with a new #. With the new weekly phrase write a [Story, Poem, Essay, Flash Fiction, Letter*, etc…] using the prompt as the beginning of the first sentence and each following sentence is to begin with the next letter of the alphabet.’B’ and ‘C’ and so on. I hope you will find this a fun Challenge and a Good Time Playing with the alphabet and awakening the creative in all of us. [If you decide you want to write in the form of a letter, the Dear Whomever does not count as part of the A-Z first line].

'a' to 'z' writing prompt poster #11

The ‘A’ to ‘Z’ Writing Challenge #11 – “Awareness of…”



A new Writing Prompt will appear on Mondays on ‘the secret keeper’ & posted in your email early Monday @2:05am EDT East Coast USA. The Challenge will close Late Sunday Afternoon @5pm NYC Time. Then the next Challenge will be Posted at the above day and time.

CHALLENGE #1: The first of The ‘A’ to ‘Z’ Writing Prompt Challenge #1 – “A dark and stormy night…”and all others will be Posted on ‘the secret keeper’ Available on Mondays @2:05am EDT East Coast NYC USA Time.


“I think I fell in love with her…”

Kroyer, Severin - Les Roses

Kroyer, Severin – Les Roses

“I think I fell in love with her, a little bit. Isn’t that dumb? But it was like I knew her. Like she was my oldest, dearest friend. The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they’ll still love you, because they know you. I wanted to go with her. I wanted her to notice me. And then she stopped walking. Under the moon, she stopped. And looked at us. She looked at me. Maybe she was trying to tell me something; I don’t know. She probably didn’t even know I was there. But I’ll always love her. All my life.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 8: Worlds’ End