Wednesday, December 11, 2019

WEP - Footprints



The novel finally published.
I found a new WEP challenge.
But no matter what was tried.
my mind was fried.
So I went for a walk on the beach.
Hoping for inspiration and peace.
The sky was very blue.
The ocean too.
Clouds floated silently by.
Overhead the seagulls flew high.
My thoughts wandered
As I pondered and pondered.
With no success.
My ability to concentrate was a mess.
Frustrated and blank.
My hope to participate sank.
Inspiration via nature had failed.
All dreams and schemes had sailed
No matter the number of prints in the sand.
I’ve no story of love or murder at hand.
So, I hope you won’t care.
That I’ve only two silly little poems to share.

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What if you only got one chance at love?
 Is it your choice or your heart's choice?



Imprint of Love

Chivalrous, my first impression of you.
It didn’t hurt that tall, dark, and handsome fit too.
Our connection felt real.
A true match the deal.
My heart was bound after that first date.
The truth I learned came too late.
We were more than compatible
But your lie was unsurmountable
While the relationship was ideal for you.
Love takes two.
My heart shattered, and my folly upended.
With a shrug, your goodbye was rendered.
Unrequited affection the worst anguish of all.
Because despite my correction.
My heart had permanently defected.
For one love, this life was granted.

Yolanda Renée © 2019

Happy Holidays!



Hi, everyone!

     I wanted to participate sooner, but things just never worked out. Why have I been away for so long? There are many reasons, but the best reason has to do with the complete remodel of our new condo. We got a great deal on an oceanfront view but had to take it down to the studs because everything in it was original to the mid-1980s. Doing so gave us a chance to make it our own, and what fun. Frustration, to the maximum, don’t get me wrong, but now, well, it’s perfect. We’re thrilled and finally enjoying our new home.

        I also finished Murder, Just Because. The 5th book in the Detective Quaid saga. It’s a brutal book, but I hope one where evil is balanced out by the love story.  The monster in this book, despite my reluctance to write him, made his voice heard. If you abhor extreme violence this isn't the book for you, love story or not!

         Hopefully, I'll move on to lighter, more fun subjects. In fact, if it’s possible, I want to write a more humorous book for the next Quaid story. Surely there’s a way to make murder fun/ny? We’ll see.

         I’ve made no goals for 2020 yet. I’m still working them out. An open book for sure—the fun will be in seeing what fills the page.




48 comments:

  1. Hello my sweet Renee! Yes, it's been a long hiatus from WEP, but we never gave up on your coming back with a story for us. Thanks for the poems. And for the giving us a peep into what you've been doing since you left WEP. Glad you've got that pesky book published and yes, wouldn't it be nice to lighten up for the next one, but somehow horror seems to be a perfect fit for you.

    Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy being back for the final challenge for the year and that you'll take a peek at the Challenges 2020 page. I can't wait for February's challenge, and I wasn't even the one who came up with the idea.

    Happy holidays! A prosperous New Year! Many blessings on you and your family and your lovely condo!

    Much love, Denise

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    1. Thanks for the awesome welcome! YOU ROCK!
      I did check out the new challenge page, and it is AWESOME. I tried to leave a comment but it never took. Anyway, you've got things moving smoothly and such great assistants. I'm very impressed and thrilled for all of you.
      I wish you and yours the Happiest of Holidays! And yes a most prosperous New Year for all of us!

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  2. Perhaps take a bit of time of resting at the beginning of 2020. What will all in your life this year, you could use a bit of a breather,right? Love the poems. Have the merriest of Christmases! :-)

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    1. I would but for some reason finishing the next book seems more important and getting back to the social aspect even more important. Something light to make up for such a dark character, and the realization that tackling all things alone, isn't the way to go.

      Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases' too!

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  3. Welcome back. I cannot express how lovely it is to see you here again. And I thoroughly enjoyed your poems - and am thrilled that you have the next installment published.

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    1. Thanks, EC. It feels good to be back. Loved your post. Interesting question, great discussion!

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  4. Congratulations on your latest book! I'm so glad you were able to participate. I could really relate to your first poem. I hate it when I feel burned out and inspiration simply won't come. It can feel so defeating. The second poem was also wonderful! I think most can relate to the hope and excitement of blossoming love leading only to disappointment and heartbreak.

    Happy Holidays!

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    1. Hi, Laura, thanks, it's wonderful to be participating again. It's much more fun than waiting, and waiting, and waiting on a contractor. LOL

      Wishing you the happiest of Holidays!

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  5. Glad to see you again! Renovating tends to suck the soul dry at times - glad you've got your condo at the Just Right stage now!
    Love the poems - enjoy a fabulous Xmas! :)

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    1. That it does! LOL At times it was the most frustrating thing I've ever come up against. But it's over and those highly emotionally draining moments are forgotten.

      Have a fabulous Christmas yourself!

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  6. Hi,
    Congratulations on your new book in the Quaid series. Since it is extremely violent, I don't think I'll be reading it but I do wish you success . I like the rhythm in both of your poems. They flowed for me.
    Congrats also for getting your new home remodelled. I am sure that you are going to enjoy it.
    Have a Merry Christmas and a great crossover into 2020.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G.

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    1. Thanks, Pat.
      My new book is very violent and I completely understand. Sometimes horror is just too hard to read. I'm hoping to write a new lighter one so I can completely put that one behind me. As for the condo we are thrilled with the results and we are enjoying it.

      Have a lovely Holiday! And a bright New Year!

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  7. I loved your poems. The first really spoke to me. Congrats on finishing the redo on your condo. We just bought a new house, and getting it furnished and outfitted is driving me crazy! Happy, productive writing in the new year.

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    1. Have fun and just know once it's done, the stress was worth it. I'm glad you enjoyed the poetry. It's my homage to my grandmother who loved to write and share her poems with us every birthday.

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  8. Huzzah on the book publish!

    I'd choose my love with my thinking. One's heart shuts down the brain.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I'm less practical, LOL My heart always wins the argument. You're so right it just shuts down the brain and all common sense. :)

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  9. Glad to see your name among the WEP participants again. Lovely poems, Renee. Happy holidays to you and yours.

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    1. Thanks, Olga, it's good to be back.

      Happy holidays to you too, and wishing you the brightest of New Year's!

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  10. All of that good stuff and all I can think is I wanna live on the beach too!!

    Congrats on the book and your ability to walk along the sand for inspiration. I'll leave. Pouting.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. We have the loveliest view, but walking where the waves crash is the best therapy always!

      Don't pout, just buy that beach home, now!

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  11. Hi Renee! I can't tell you how delighted! I am to see your name back in the linky list again, and that you've chosen to make a comeback with poetry...well, you know my weakness!

    I'm glad also that you've got the condo sorted to your satisfaction, renos can be so draining! but now it's time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour. The views are to die for...All the very best for the new book and I hope you'll continue to write what comes to you naturally, no matter how dark it feels. You do horror brilliantly and shouldn't feel sorry if a character/story comes out extreme, if it does it was meant to be that way.

    Happy holidays to you and yours and a blessed and happy New Year 2020, in which I hope we will see more of you, here and at WEP.

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    1. Thank you, Nila, you always make me feel wonderful. The poetry Queen, just having you read my silly little efforts are gratifying. And thanks for your kind words about my latest book. I don't even have the courage to ask people who've read the other books to give this one a read. Instead, I just want to move on to the next one. Your words mean the world to me!

      Wishing you the happiest of Holidays and the brightest of New Year's!

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  12. I'm a pantser. Making specific goals is against the Pants religion. ;-)
    Your self-deprecating poem was a fun read. I can relate to that spinning-my-wheels feeling.
    As for the unrequited love poem, I've pretty much never known anything but. I don't tend to make good choices in that department.

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    1. I do both when writing, but I'm very goal oriented. I'm glad you could relate to the poems. Boy, that unrequited thing does cause pain, doesn't it? I hope you find the one!

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  13. How wonderful to have your remodeling project over and to be enjoying your new home. That alone is a major accomplishment. But you also managed to finish another book. You set a high bar, Yolanda. Loved your poetry and the introduction. Well done.

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    1. Thanks, Lee. Not really, I've seen others do much, much more!

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  14. Hi Renee - so good to know you're around again ... congratulations on the dark Quaid murder ... also not for me - never have liked horror; though humour I could manage! Your poems are delightful ... we think we love - yet it's a disaster and we hurt ...

    While walking on the beach can just blow our challenging thoughts away ... leaving a blank canvas. Mind you - you've had enough to think about with the remodelling ... so glad it's complete and you're happy.

    Looking forward to seeing you around in 2020 - in the meantime have a lovely Christmas and end of year season - then a more relaxed 2020 with time to write - if you can tear your eyes away from that magnificent view - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary, no problem, horror is hard to read, and for some harder to write.

      Wishing you a lovely Christmas, too. And a doubly creative New Year!

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  15. A tragic tale of heartbreak. Welcome back,and Happy Holidays Yolanda.

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  16. I love pieces about the writing struggle...a poem about being unable to write a poem. Kind of deep if you think about it. :-D

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  17. Thank you Renee for these two fun poems. Very fitting for the uncertain times and holidays. You did find footprints 👣 and just followed the wind. Well done. Happy holidays see you on Café Terrace for more poetry, I hope.

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    1. Thanks Susan, yes, I did find a way. Hope to see you for Café Terrace too!

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  18. You should be smiling from ear to ear after getting such a warm welcome back to the WEP. :) Ya done, good, kid! I didn't realize you were also a poet. Such talent! Take care, sweetie.

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    1. Thanks. Susan. big smile, yes! I'm not a poet, but I do love to pretend. :)

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  19. First, I enjoyed your 'two silly little poems' - and silly is the wrong word; maybe 'fun' or 'uplifting' would be better. Second, I was going to call you Yolanda but everyone here calls you Renee - so apologies for getting your name wrong on my site.

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    1. Thanks, Roland, I do appreciate that. And Yolanda Renee is my name, so I'll answer to either but Renee is the one I'll answer to the quickest. :)

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  20. Loved your poems and the second one...very relatable although I believe we can have more than one true love. I'm waiting for my second now that first one has passed on. Happy Holiday and a Happy New Writing Year!

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    1. Wishing much luck in finding another to love. I think it can happen too, you just have to let it happen.

      Have a great holiday!

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  21. HI Renee! It's good to have you back. I enjoyed your poems although I must say I was hoping to read one of your fabulous stories. So this latest book is really brutal? That isn't my thing at all but I may just read it because I can't stay away from Quaid.
    Remodelling your condo must have been such fun. And ready just in time for the holidays.
    Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year.

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    1. Hi, Kalpana. I loved your story, but my comment didn't take. I'll try again. I'd love for you to read the story. I think it's one of my best. Definitely dark, but the ending is really the best part of the book. :)
      Happy Holidays and the best and most creative New Year, to you and yours!

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  22. Lovely poems, Yolanda, and welcome back! Enjoy the holiday season.

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  23. Thanks for sharing your poems. Totally relate to the first one. Glad you could participate this time. Congrats on your book. All the best in 2020.

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  24. Wonderful poems! I hope you have a great holiday season!

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  25. So glad you're back with us! I had to take a break this fall as well, as I was getting my book out. Yours sounds good, but I can't handle the nasties, so I'll wait for the funny one :) (And I try to write funny, or at least humorous, murder mysteries, so I hope it's possible!).

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  26. Hi. I enjoyed both the poems and would love to read your horror stories too. Congratulations for the book!
    Sonia
    Https://soniadogra.com

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  27. Sometimes you need a break to recharge. Glad you're back! I liked your poems, too.

    Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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