Through the Skin of Another

I’ve watched your eyes believing to think they can divine true glimpses of me in runes you’ve dreamed were made of bone that once covered my flesh. And I wonder, wonder, wonder… Can’t she see I dance with all my limbs? Hasn’t she noticed her phantom thumbs, those missing bits of her own self that keep her mind’s eye from grasping the runes life has crafted out of her breakings? 

trying to feel me
through the skin of another
leaves your heart alone


the (not really) wee (but slightly hysterical) notes…
– after reading, “Sweet Poison” and “If We Forget…” someone felt the need to let me know that she was “heartbroken for [me] and disappointed in [my] husband because”, according to her, the poems told her that my Piano Man “is showing his true man-colors by pushing [me] to doubt his commitment.” My shock, sense of WTF(ness), and respect for irony, figured that perhaps a poem about reading/interpreting poetry would be apt reply for her madness.

– for those of you on Instagram, Kerry O’Connor (@skyloverpoetry) is giving away 3 handwritten poems. Find her there. Tag a friend. Win great poetry.

– want to win prose? Then you are in luck, my Wicked Luvs, Rommy Cortez-Driks (Kestril’s Rhythms and Groove) is giving away copies of her book, The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales. You can enter her giveaways here, here, here, and here she’s giving away all sorts of extra yum.

– linked to Poets United.


Bone runes talisman, by ArtofElorhan

If We Forget…

“…if you stop loving me little by little
I shall stop loving you little by little.”
~ Pablo Neruda


you forget
me, all things
inside you will collapse,

I forget
you, my whole
being will lose meaning,

our hearts
forget our love,
you and I will




the wee notes…
– linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.
– Rommy Cortez-Driks is giving away a copy of her new collection of short stories, The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales, click the link to enter the giveaway. If (like me) you can’t wait, get it here or here.


What’s a Little Blood to a Mother’s Heart?

When my dear Rommy asked if she could tell my Wicked Luvs about her new book on my blog, I… squealed. Then, I begged her (yep, there was begging) to use my cyber-home to introduce everyone to a character that births the most delightful grins right out of my heart. So… here is Rommy (and her Rowena):


Firstly, let me thank Ms. Wicked, Magaly Guerrero, for not just being kind enough to agree to let me guest blog, but also for kicking my butt encouraging me to write a book. I can say with great certainty that it never, EVER, would have gotten done without her support.

This blog has never shied away from dark or unsettling things. Neither does Rowena, one of the characters in my short story, “What’s a Little Blood to a Mother’s Heart?”, in my short story collection, The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales.

In Rowena’s world, situations sometimes call for a warm chat over a cup of tea, and sometimes… well, sometimes they call for a little something more. Have you ever been in a situation that required a bit more than niceness to resolve?

Tell me about it in the comments, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win the e-book. The contest closes on November 25th midnight EST. The winner will be selected by me and announced on the 26th back on my blog. Magaly will also add the name of the winner to this post. Good luck, everyone!


The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales
is available for purchase now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Cover art by Michelle Kennedy,
find her on her blog, Facebook, and Instagram
(Shelle, you’re a master at the art of capturing expressions. Wow!)


a wee note (from Magaly):
– in celebration of her book release, Rommy is hosting a book-tour giveaway on her blog (tea, bookmarks, incense), follow this link to enter.
– my review of the book.