Sunshine Blogger Award #4


This nomination came from Kritika of Undressed Thoughts. Thank you so much for the nomination, Kritika! This was so kind of you to think of me. I appreciate it! Readers of IWH, please go visit her lovely blog.

These nominations are thrilling to get but sometimes very difficult to put into my schedule. This is one of those times so I won’t participate fully but I will answer all of Kritika’s questions. I’ve said it before on many occasions that this is a great way for us to all get to know each other a little better. 🙂

Kritika’s Questions for me

1. Do you search for difficult words in your writing? like I do. I have to search for meaning.

Search, no. They actually find me! I have an app that sends me a Word of the Day. If it’s one I don’t know and it’s interesting, I will try to use it in my writing.

2. What do you prefer tea or coffee? any specific flavor, please mention the same.

Both! But usually more tea and that’s daily. I prefer White Tea.

3. Most of the time, I am found writing while walking to and fro in my room, on my phones notepad. Do you like writing on phones or tablets or laptops?

I prefer writing on my desktop or laptop but I will use my phone if I’m out and about when a thought strikes me for a potential post. Then when I get home I elaborate more and evaluate if it would be a good piece to post.

4. Where would you like to live, if not the current country?

Any country which has a beautiful white sand beach with palm trees and crystal clear blue water.

5. How many books do you have in your own library?

Currently, 127 but my guess is there have probably been close to 500 at one time. These are just the absolute favorites. I’ve probably read into the thousands! LOL

6. Have you participated in any protests for any social cause? Which one and why?

Demonstrated in protests – Women’s rights & LGBT equality – but I support a variety of other causes. Whatever is unjust must be called out, and I do that frequently. 🙂

7. A motivating line of your own, if this was an award given to you on stage.

Sometimes life is just putting one foot in front of the other and going in the direction of a good day. 🙂

8. What genre do you prefer in movies?

Comedies are my favorite but I can get into a good drama with raw emotions.

9. Are you a bathroom singer?

Nope, more like a car singer.

10. How do you spend your Sunday?

First, it’s completely necessary to languish in bed for a bit, then usually writing and reading. And laundry.

11. Do you like watching TV? What do you prefer watching?

Yes, but usually just as side noise. I frequently read blogs when I have the TV on. I adore Survivor, Mom and Madame Secretary. Found another one recently called The Masked Singer. Very entertaining.

Thanks, Kritika! 🙂

Published on Spill Words Press!!


Language of Woods is getting noticed!! Thanks so much, Dagmara K. and the editing team for picking it up for publication, I’m thrilled to be featured on Spill Words for the third time! If you’ve not had a chance to see some of the words represented there, please do as they feature many talented writers.


*Image from Spill Words Press

Yoo Hoo!


Came home to some good news in my email – SpillWords has picked up another piece and so has Three Line Poetry. Posts to follow! Looking forward to getting back to the prompts as well as my weekly challenge! Plus LOTS of blogs to catch up on. I’ll try to read everyone’s work as quickly as possible. I’ve not forgotten all my favorites, promise! 🙂

Writing Hiatus – I’ll Be Back Soon :)


Hi everyone! I will be taking a writing break for the next couple of weeks as my focus needs to be elsewhere. This means the IWH Interpretations Challenge will be on hold until  December 3rd. But I will continue to have daily posts of previously unpublished pieces for you to enjoy which I scheduled in advance. Feel free to comment, I’ll still check-in and respond.

So for now, I will leave you with the recap of the Interpretations submissions from last week. Please go check out the authors!

Be well!


Ruth – The End – Ruth Scribbles

Jen Goldie – Otherworldly – Starlight and Moonbeams and the occasional cat

Matt Snyder – Neo Eden/Days of End – A Prolific Potpourri

Deborah – Future Hope – AWISEWOMANSJOURNEY

Lisa Tomey – Energies for the World – The Prolific Pulse

Eugenia – Lurking of futures – BrewNSpew

Von Smith – Ball – Above the Noise

SMITTEN on Kindle and in Print!

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SMITTEN – This Is What Love Looks Like was released on Kindle today! The print version should go live in the next 48 hours but if you’d like a sneak peek, stop by Amazon!

So proud to be a part of this anthology!! Doing the happy dance! 🙂

10/28/19 UPDATE – You can order the print version on Amazon now!

Liebster Award!


I was nominated by Sadje of Keep It Alive. Thank you, dear Sadje, for thinking of me as one of your nominees. How very thoughtful! Please, everyone, take a moment to visit her blog. She is a prolific and talented writer!

I wish I had the time to follow through on the whole idea behind these types of awards but these next three weeks are crunch time for me on several different fronts. I’m incredibly honored to be nominated for this award by Sadje though and will definitely answer the questions! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the people in our WP community with these awards and appreciate the opportunity to share a little bit of me as well.

Sadje’s Questions

Are you a serious blogger or just having fun here?

Serious as a heart attack!

What was the reason that made you start a blog?

Initially, it was to signal a change away from the previous two blogs I’d started, promote my book and have it become like an “author page” but the more I wrote, the more invested I became in expressing my thoughts. In a relatively short period of time, I wanted this to become my main repository of writing.

Take a while to think and let us know: what object that is in your reach right now, influences you? ( eg a tv)

My computer definitely because it is the conduit to so many things which touch me – the news, reading other’s thoughts, communicating directly with my friends and even getting to know new people.

How do you relax?

Good friends, good food, good beverages, and my loves.

Are you superstitious?


Loyalty to the one you love, or one who is right?

Hmmm. Loyalty to the ones I’ve committed to; they happen to be people I love and are right for me. But maybe that’s not what you were asking? In the case where the one I love is wrong about something, they still have my loyalty. I don’t think that’s being loyal to one is right, it just means I’m loyal to the truth.

How can we improve the environment of our planet? Do you take any practical steps towards it?

Improving starts with caring about the environment. I try to be practical by not wasting water, walking instead of driving as much as I can, recycle plastic bags when they are given to me, utilize reusable cloth bags when shopping, eat less meat and anything else I can do that will impact the environment less.

What is one habit you have that you or your family think is childish?

Being German, I’m loud and expressive. Well, at least that’s my excuse! 😉 My husband, although German as well, thinks that is childish since he apparently has outgrown some of his traditional behavior. LOL My children will probably tell you I dance in public too much. I’m an embarrassment to them. 🙂


Sunshine Blogger Award #3


I was nominated by Jeshea Lim – blogger at Critically Royal for this latest Sunshine Blogger Award! Please check out her website where she has learned to “immortalize her inner self into being.” Thank you, Jeshea! You do it very well. 🙂

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Sunshine Blogger Award Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
  2. List the Rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  3. Answer the 11 Questions the Blogger has asked you.
  4. Nominate 11 New Blogs to receive the award and notify them by a comment on any of their posts.
  5. Ask the Nominees 11 New Questions.

Jeshea’s Questions for Me

  1. Why did you start blogging? After being inspired by a gentleman younger than myself, I decided I had a voice that needed to be heard. That began back at the end of 2010. Two blogs followed – Susi’s Soap Box and PhiloSusi – then came the idea for the first book, Feeling Human. My next blogI Write Herwas a way to introduce myself to the WordPress community but it became so much more! It’s my happy place now. 🙂 A year after the first book, came the second – Every Day I Pause. So long story short, I needed to write and this became the perfect platform for me!
  2. What’s is your best experience in life so far? I would say it’s the privilege of being alive. There just isn’t a single best experience as every good one feels good for its own reasons.
  3. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why? Right now, The Isle of Tiree in Britain. Something is drawing me there, probably the peace and quiet as well as the landscape.
  4. What’s your comfort food and why? Anything that doesn’t upset my stomach. 🙂
  5. What is your greatest fear? That after trying to live a decent and honorable life, I would be rewarded a slow, painful death. That would suck and be indecent.
  6. What inspires you? People who know how to love, express themselves well and think critically. All those attributes in one person, well that’s a triple threat!
  7. Who is your role model? See answer #6
  8. If you could choose an imaginary place to live, where would it be and why? It would most certainly have to have two landscapes – a forest on one side and a beach on the other. A Yin Yang look and feel, one being open and the other a closed environment. This clearly demonstrates what life is – opposites but for me, it would be what I need in my life. There are times I’m very open and wish to feel small in an awesome, expansive world and other times when I just want to be hidden, secluded and hugged by my surroundings. Ideally, it would be invisible and floating around in Earth’s atmosphere where I could also continue to observe the inhabitants below me. Naturally, all my favorite people would be welcome to join me if they need an escape from the rat race.
  9. What are you favorite books? The ones which have meant something to me beyond the words on the page are: Far From The Tree – Andrew Solomon, Arrow Smith – Sinclair Lewis, Looking Backward: 2000-1887 & Equality– Edward Bellamy, The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  10. If you could have dinner with someone who is dead, who would it be and why? My grandfathers. I never got to meet either of them and would like to know more about them as well as our screwy family from their perspective.
  11. How do you spend your past time? Curled up with a good book, thinking, going out with my friends and family, walking.

Questions for my nominees

  1. What style of writing do you prefer?
  2. When you were a child, were your dreams encouraged?
  3. What event has had the most influence on you?
  4. Stick shift or automatic?
  5. What genre of movies do you watch the most and why?
  6. Do you keep up with climate change events?  
  7. Do you know who Greta Thunberg is?
  8. Chocolate or Vanilla?
  9. What is your favorite B Movie actor and why?
  10. What is the most pleasing season of the year?
  11. What is your favorite part of the house?

I nominate the following people for the award

Kitty’s Verses
Hearing The Mermaids Sing
Cat Nap Revue
Pennings… One Woman’s Journey
The Free Spirit Soul
Sharing Thoughts
Mat Aru Poetry
Esme’s Cloud
The Bag Lady

I’m looking forward to your responses! This is such a great way to connect with the WordPress community. 🙂

Piece Accepted For SMITTEN Anthology!


This is the SMITTEN cover – a breathtaking collection of superb poetry by women for women. Please consider supporting this worthy project when SMITTEN is released this Fall and purchase a few copies. SMITTEN transcends the boundaries of gender and sex and is a collection about love that everyone can appreciate, as well as shining a much-needed light on the unforgettable bonds between women.

Oh, and a piece of mine was selected to be included in this collection of 120+ poets! 🙂 So proud to be a part of this wonderful anthology!

SMITTEN – This is What Love Looks Like – Poetry by women for women – an anthology of poetry published by Indie Blu(e) will be out OCTOBER 2019 and available through all good booksellers. Please consider following SMITTEN’s FB page at

If you are interested in supporting this project in any way please contact me @ All LGBTQ projects are a little more challenging to succeed and we want the 120+ poets who have work in SMITTEN to be read by many! Indie Blu(e) and their submissions rules can be found at

OCTOBER 2019!! Stay tuned here for the release date.