He Needs a Gentle Touch

pre-Witches in Fiction Giveaway, 1: Groovy Crow, sponsored by Little Gothic Horrors

The Crow wears lace made of night. He perches on the most flexible branch of Imagination’s tree, watching the world through the crimson of one eye… He hungers not for carrion. Since his wings bloomed, beaded and black, the Crow yearns for… other things. He needs a gentle touch. He wants song and dance and the warmth of a heart, willing to join him… in a murder of two.

Sir Groovy, the crow,
dreams of autumns full of love
and soft eyes to peck


a wee note on healing…
– Healing and humor have been known to dance as one. So I hope Sir Groovy the crow, and his need for a gentle touch (and soft eyes), brings a grin to your face. Isn’t a smile (or 13) a great way to start our countdown to Witches in Fiction 2016: Spelling Healing into a Rotting World?

to enter this giveaway (the mandatory entry)
– Leave me a comment sharing your thoughts about the crow and the haibun.

for extra entries…
– 1st extra: Write a wee tale (in 31 words of fewer), which includes the words: healing and crow.
– 2nd extra: Share this giveaway (on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter) and tag me.

5 days until Witches in Fiction 2016: Spelling Healing into a Rotting World. Have you joined?

Giveaway Rules, details and stuff…
* I need to be able to contact the winner. If you don’t have a website or social media profile, through which we can interact, please add your email to your comment. If your name comes up, and I have no way of contacting you, I’ll choose another name.
* To my Canadian Luvs, before you can claim your prize, I must challenge your math skills by asking you a very obscure question, such as… what’s 13 + .5? Yeah, as obscure as the law
* This giveaway ends on October 24th, 2016, at 10:13 pm, EDT. The winner will be selected using Random.org, and her or his name will be shared on October 25th.
* This giveaway is open worldwide, excluding any place where prohibited by law.

Tim Burton à la Peculiar

A year or so ago, I saw Tim Burton’s name and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in the same sentence. I’m pretty sure I had a joy-induced heart attack. The novel is perfectly creepy. Our dear Señor Burton makes creepy delectable. Well, he does it for me. So yes, I’m thrilled and then some about the movie… which will be out today. My nephew and I will watch it tomorrow. Until then, I shall celebrate the occasion with a trio of illustrated haiku… obviously.

tim-burtons-miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-1murder on the brow,
the peculiar acolytes
of Miss Peregrine

tim-burtons-miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-2an eyeball ablaze
and crimson wings at his back—
Horace or a Borg?

tim-burtons-miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-3the heart of a bird
gripping wood, rope and metal
for the eyeless Wight

This is my entry for the Tim Burton Blog Bash, hosted by Little Gothic Horrors and Holly’s Horrorland; stop by their blogs to delight in more Burton yum. And if you haven’t done it yet, I hope you consider joining Witches in Fiction 2016: Spelling Healing into a Rotting World.