The Short Edition Summer Contest Winners!

I want to thank each and every last one of you who voted on my piece – White Washed. It didn’t win but the fact it made the top ten with your help was incredible! The last I saw, it actually reached the top 5. So thank YOU again, for your love and support. It is deeply appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

Take a moment to check out the winners of the contest – America: Color It In. You can see why they won!

The Importance Of Thoughts

I’m embarrassed to say this; I don’t know who prompted these thoughts as I’ve somehow managed to lose the link where I read their opinion piece. I usually try to be very good about giving a hat-tip to those who have inspired me but not this time. Perhaps, I initially saw the post on WordPress or maybe Facebook, but I can’t remember now. So, if it was one of my readers, please comment below so I can thank you properly for this inspiration, and link them back to your post!

Reviews are honest feedback from the reader’s experience, which allows the writer to benefit from praise and constructive criticism. It also gives those seeking a new book to read to decide whether they would enjoy the book. I can’t tell you enough how important this is for the writer’s psyche but also sales! People who are earnestly reading the reviews want to make sure they aren’t wasting their money and know what they are getting themselves into with their purchase.

The piece I read prompted me to remind everyone about these critical aspects of purchasing a book. The obvious positive is you are creating revenue for the writer, but you are also doing the author (usually your friend too) the kindness of reading their valuable thoughts. It’s a win-win.

But by reading their work and leaving them a review, it’s a win-win-win situation!

Which brings me to my situation; there are two books which I self-published on Amazon – Feeling Human and Every Day I PauseWith heartfelt thanks, many people have purchased the book from me directly or online. But they need some love and attention. So many of those who bought a book never left a review. Maybe it’s because they haven’t read it yet. I can understand as I have a mountain of books to get through myself. It usually takes me a few months to even read it before I can leave a review. But then there are those for whatever reason, bought it, read it, and then didn’t write one. I wonder, are they just too shy to come forward and don’t feel comfortable reporting their opinion publicly? Or maybe they didn’t like it as well as they thought they would and don’t want to hurt my feelings? I don’t know, and perhaps, will never know. But I definitely would like to know what they thought.

So, what I hope to convey to the people who read my blog, please ALWAYS leave a review if you’ve bought someone’s book. They will be very thankful for it. And if you need to convey some issues with it, be diplomatic but be honest. If it’s harsh but something the person still needs to hear, you can, after all, even talk to them directly. Please and thank you.

Ok, now to the shameless plug to sell my books! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m running a special on them if you buy from me directly. You’ll receive them gratefully signed by me in my unique handwriting! AKA as Dr.’s handwriting. LOL

Feeling Human $12 and Every Day I Pause $15 each or BOTH for $25!!
Shipping $5 in the US, $8 International

If this interests you, please send the appropriate amount to my PayPal account –

Thank you!

Ps. And if you make a purchase, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reminder – I’M A FINALIST!!!

They will be declaring the winner in the next few days, so if you haven’t voted for my poem yet and you want to, please do it now!!! Thank you, I’ll be eternally grateful! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

I Write Her

Iโ€™m beyond ecstatic! This is the first online voting Iโ€™ve been a part of and I made it to the finals. Woot Woot!! So exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is where the magic happens. If you want me to win and deem this poem worthy, please click this link and cast your vote or votes if you are allotted more than one. Youโ€™ve gotten me this far, please help to take me over the finish line. Whether I win or not, as always, Iโ€™m so happy for your love and support! โค xoxo

Letโ€™s do this!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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3 Pieces Accepted By Indie Blu(e)!!

Today I received notification that my three pieces – Status Quo, Shame On Us and Emptying will be included in the anthology – As the World Burns!

I am so grateful to the team at Indie Blu(e) – Kindra M. Austin, Candice Louisa Daquin, Christine E. Ray, and Rachel Finch – for selecting this pieces for an important anthology speaking to the times we are facing now. It’s wonderful to have my voice heard but also to share the spotlight with the voices of so many other wonderful writers.

Stay tuned for more information about the release of the book!

Great News – I’M A FINALIST!!!

I’m beyond ecstatic! This is the first online voting I’ve been a part of and I made it to the finals. Woot Woot!! So exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is where the magic happens. If you want me to win and deem this poem worthy, please click this link and cast your vote or votes if you are allotted more than one. You’ve gotten me this far, please help to take me over the finish line. Whether I win or not, as always, I’m so happy for your love and support! โค xoxo

Let’s do this!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Calling all Female Indian Poets!!

I’m thrilled to share this news from my friend, Candice Louisa Daquin! She has made me aware that she has the pleasure of working with a new publishing company who will be publishing an anthology of Indian Female Poets writing in English beginning later this year. This is in response to the powerful movement toward emancipation and equality by Indian women. And how despite this, they are still having to face issues around inequality, sexual identity, LGBTQ, family violence, overcoming oppression, sexual assault survival and gender identity. This anthology will highlighting the fight for equality Indian women are experiencing, it hopes to help bring awareness to the rest of the world and celebrate the talent of Indian women writing poetry in English.

If you are an Indian female poet and are interested, please email Candice ( There are so many talented female Indian poets I follow on WP, I hope to see you participate! It would be awesome!

Thank you!

Finalists Being Selected For America: Color It In!

A reminder that my piece โ€“ย White Washedย โ€“ was accepted for the contest and it has received 42 votes so far! They will announce the finalists on September 4th so if you wanted to vote for me and just haven’t gotten around to it, do it soon! Please and thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Reblog – Memoirs of Susi Bocks by Barbara Leonhard

I’m grateful to Barbara for her platform to discuss the important topic of generational trauma, one I feel has impacted not only mine but so many other lives. Life is hard enough, but when those we lean on during our vulnerable years for support do the exact opposite, it sets us up for so much more negativity. Thankfully, we can escape our past and live a good life. I hope being open about it can help others. Thanks again for sharing, Barbara!

Extraordinary Sunshine Weaver

I have a new poetry podcast on the Memoirs, of Susi Bocks. You can find it here โ€“

This episode features the memoirs of Susi Bocks, who courageously shares her painful upbringing by a dysfunctional and abusive mother. Grief and anger hide in wait for illumination when Susiโ€™s heart opens to reveal her self-worth, which was so beaten down over the years. Susi shows us that we can come to terms with our past and overcome parental abuse, which often results from transgenerational trauma.

Susi Bocks, writer/author/poet, has self-published two books: Feeling Human and Every Day I Pause. You can find her work atIWriteHer.comor follow her onFacebook at, where she invites you to read her thoughts and get to know her. Bocksโ€™ work has been published in the anthologySMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Womenand inVitaBrevis

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Still Here!

Guess what? It’s my birthday today!  

It’s almost unbelievable that I’m 58 years old but that is the reality. It brings to mind the old cliche’ –ย Time flies when you are having fun. That or it just flies! LOL

Regardless, I am grateful to have come through it, even those moments which left some scars. For the most part, I would say that it’s been a life filled with just the right amount of all the ingredients necessary to reflect back on it and still be able to smile.

My wish for all, especially those who have stood by me, is that you enjoy the times with people who value and care for you and understand YOU are so very important. Always be kind, and when necessary, give of yourself to those in need.

I don’t need anything, really, but I do want a whole lot – not things, but feelings. Most days, I want to feel joy, comfort, love, support, excitement, fun, pleasure, and contentedness, but also to see those I care about having and feeling all those things that leave them satisfied with their own lives. If you’re going to give me anything for my birthday and every day I still have left on this planet, try to remember that I’d like you to be happy. It will impact my life positively. So be kind, be loving, and have the back of those you value.ย 

That’s all anyone can ask for because the rest is up to us. โค

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

PS. If you do want to give me a gift, please consider voting for my poem – White Washed – to make it into the finals in the America: Color it in Summer contest of The Short Edition, “a French publishing house of short literature: poetry, short stories, and flash fiction. In addition to their online platform, they publish fiction around the world via their Short Story Dispensers for the public to enjoy a serendipitous literary experience, free of charge.” Please and thank you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

To those who have already voted, a big shout-out to you!! Your love and support is greatly appreciated!! Hugs and kisses to the nth degree, you have warmed my heart!! โค

Summer Contest – The Short Edition!

My piece – White Washed – has been officially accepted for the contest –
America: Color it in. Please check it out and vote! For me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you like it!

And maybe you’d like to participate too? Click on the link above for more information about submitting. Here’s a breakdown of the timeline below. You’ve only got a few more days to enter!