Robin Hawke

January 3, 2013, 8:08 PM
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Was it the cat’s sudden snore or a moving sliver of moonlight?  Lyla woke with a start.  If the curtains opened, she might have seen the meteor shower before her eyelids drifted down.

Easy Or
April 6, 2012, 4:24 PM
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Where three rivers met, three brothers fished. They filled schoolbags with crawfish on the days they chased their bus. And wallowed in ditches with frogs.

April 4, 2012, 9:05 PM
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The siblings talked about digestive tracts and concerts. They filled blanks in each other’s memory. When the evening was over they forgot to say good-bye.

April 3, 2012, 9:36 PM
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Every thunderstorm reminded her of a night visiting relatives in Georgia. Then, there was a tin roof and no electricity. The lightening was so close the trees crackled and fear jumped.

Elbow Grease
April 2, 2012, 9:28 PM
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The kitchen was clean—even old refrigerator coils were vacuumed. Wood cabinets gleamed. The grease of fifty years dispersed under old-fashioned, rubber-gloved scrubbing.

April 1, 2012, 7:41 PM
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The fans creaked and the dog panted. Inside, with curtains closed, it was possible to escape the humidity.  They played with the thermostat trying to find a balance between hustle and grind.

Work Clothes
March 31, 2012, 8:46 PM
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The box shuffled from the back bedroom to the den to the garage to the back porch. After a yard sale, the box of size 32/30 polyester pants went back to the attic. Ten years later, the box came down from the attic and its contents were dumped, though cleaned and pressed, into a black garbage bag.

Property Line
March 28, 2012, 9:59 PM
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They stood on each side of the chain link fence and gabbed. They pondered and gossiped and smiled. An observer wondered if they would be so comfortable talking over clipped hedges.

That first sentence is a mess, confusing. Feel free to rewrite it for me! I’m tired of fussing with computer commands. The speed of my thoughts and my writing is–for once–faster than the hourglass.

May 19, 1982
March 27, 2012, 9:54 PM
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The letters—keepers?—nestled between family pictures. When I read them I learned the weather was sunny yesterday, rainy that morning. A description of a haircut  provoked a giggle and a glance at the date.

A Lab Named Cane
March 26, 2012, 10:25 PM
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Two guys named a chicken joint after their dog. The chicken was good; the fries were not. The dog died; the business survived.

I had connectivity problems today. I like writing first thing in the morning, as close to waking as possible. It’s late in the day and my second trip to McDonald’s. Fries are on the brain-fried mind.

March 25, 2012, 4:12 PM
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Theirs, the gruel of tough times. A sprinkling of brown sugar and raisins rarely made it better. Or worse.

Deep South
March 23, 2012, 7:01 PM
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Blooming redbuds lined the highway.When their presence fizzled, wysteria, ropes of it, took their place. The deep south with its faded romanticism and mauve draperies hid its iron red clay under tangles of vines.

I dislike blogging on the road. It challenges my established processes. If I were at home, I’d play with lined and fizzled. I’d try to make the last sentence dance by figuring out what it is about wisteria vines that reminded me of an entire culture. But I’m on short cut road.

Versatile Award
March 21, 2012, 6:45 PM
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Ohhhhhh. Receiving awards is a mixed blessing. I love receiving. Not so recently, Pam Young and KD both awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you and apologies for the late acceptance.

Hem, hem. I’m blushing as I accept the award because this blog has been mired with a problem many of us face, too little time. I write my posts as quickly as I can, try not to think of taxes and dishes, and, to tell the truth, hope that someone is paying attention because I’m not reading the blogs I care about. I’ve missed opportunities to support others, but I’m going to take this one and pass it on, even if I haven’t fulfilled its requirements. I’ve run out of time as I’ll be blogging from parking lots for the next few weeks; I must pass it on now or be totally uncool.

Interesting info about me? Pending. Ask Robin. (Still uncool.)

My nominations—these people have supported me through recent lean times, showing they are versatile:

1) jmmcdowell

2)  Mythrider

3) Write a Book with Me

4) Word by Word

5) Woman Wielding Words

6) Ironwoodwind

7) My other book is a Tolstoy

8) Write Am I

9) 4amWriter

10) Postcard Fiction

11) hyperbatic

12) columbibueno

Nominees: please feel free to pass over or pass on the award. Thank you for your visits.

Yoshino Cherry
March 19, 2012, 5:10 PM
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March 10, 2012, 4:29 PM
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I’m about to tweak my blog: lately, I’ve devoted less time to it (more on this in a coming post) resulting in a lack of variety. I’m committed to a three sentence story every day, but I’m wondering how to generate more interaction between writing visitors.  Any suggestions? What would you like to see here? Trials of a writer, or lessons learned, or critical endeavors? I’ve many loyal visitors and I want to thank you by keeping this place shiny and worth a visit. I appreciate all feedback!

February 19, 2012, 8:32 PM
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The cheesecake cooled on top of the stove; the dishwasher hummed; the clothes in the dryer tumbled. An afternoon siesta began. Four egg whites, quite forgotten, nested in a bowl.

Award Season, is it 2012?
February 3, 2012, 10:59 PM
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I’m finally picking up a few awards. These are my supporters, who have waited patiently:

via Whitney Carter

via jmmcdowell
via Cheesecake Summer


Please visit these folks. They shouldn’t pay for my tardiness.

I’ve shared new stuff on my Interview Robin page. Thank you everyone who has asked a question. I’m indebted to you, too.

I’m departing from tradition and recommending one site for all three awards. It may be lazy of me, but Indigo Spider is attempting a mighty job and needs a mighty following. Check it out:

Indigo Spider (and for my deep cobalt arachnid, pick up any, all, or none of these awards at your leisure.)

Finally a plug for DIY Romance, also in the process of reaching out to writers. It’s a project site I share with you, also deserving of a visit and, perhaps, your own diy romance stories.

Mind the Gap
January 29, 2012, 5:06 PM
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There’s a gap, I’m going to call it January and thank you January is almost over, between the sides of my brain. If I spend too long on one side, the gap gets wider. It’s quite lovely on the right, energizing and relaxing. The left is full of shoulds and would yous and couldn’t yous. I’ll mind January (two more days!) and tick my shoulds.

In the meantime, I need help. I’m behind on a few blogging awards. If you would, leave me a question or two. Some whats, whys and hows. Leave them here and I’ll be so grateful for you and February.

A Not So Kreativ January
January 19, 2012, 4:12 PM
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I’ve lost my rut. Between NaNoWriMo, painting, holidays and the paper cluster that is end-of-the-year January, I’ve thrown a switch. I’d like my writing rut back, please. If I could linger with a beautiful word, turn a sentence five ways, take risks with punctuation, I know my rut will reappear in the criss-crosses of doing. Instead, I find myself stressing over events next summer or a desk littered with last year’s receipts.

I’m reminded of something Robert Redford said. I’ve researched, but can’t find the exact words, so must paraphrase and regard my memory as adequate:

“You can’t do your best work unless you are relaxed.”

This may be why I enjoy writing when I first wake up, before the morning bowl of cereal, after the warmth of coffee—it is when I’m most relaxed, before the day’s activities have reminded me of how much I’ve left undone. I’ve rushed over this time this January, but an award has come my way that reminds me to dig in.

And, now, to do,  the Kreativ Blogger Award:

Thank you jmmcdowell.

To learn ten (or more) new things about me, visit this page.

To receive (at your leisure):

1) hyperbatic

2) the yellow kite

3) chriswhitewrites

4) A Side of Writing

5) Scriptor Obscura Writes

I chose these five because they’re working their ruts into pleasant byways, enjoy!

7 by 7 Award
January 5, 2012, 7:22 PM
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Thank you Janece, another award! Chain letters get consigned to trash, but blogging awards are accepted with warm gratitude. It’s nice to be noticed. It’s a welcome pleasure to visit the blogs recommended by the donor.

This award is particularly appreciated. It directs me to stories that fell off into the archives. In retrieving these chestnuts, I’ve noticed my fondness for them even though they could all do with more editing. And after I laugh, I respond, “Leave them alone—let them be—onward! Stay with the future.”  These are my choices; you might disagree:

Most Beautiful

Most Helpful

Most Popular

Most Controversial

Most Surprisingly Successful

Most Underrated

Most Prideworthy

As I part ways with these stories once again, my 7 nominations send this award on ahead. (I’m closing blog eyes in case you’ve received an award recently. And, never mind if the award is not accepted; know that I like hanging out on your blog with or without awards.)

girl walks in


Linda Cassidy Lewis

The Authentic Life

embrace and evocative

My Other Book is a Tolstoy


Versatile Update
January 4, 2012, 12:03 AM
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Remember this?

Click if you don't...

The Rules

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.

Thank you Leila… again.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

See Interview Robin.

3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.

If you’ve received this award before, or do not want to pass it on, I understand! No worries. My 15, some more recently discovered than others, but all recently blogged:




The Literary Mom

Articles of Absurdity


Short Stories

Bubba’s Blog

C. M. Marcum Writing Fiction

Practically Creative


There’s A Story In Everything

Lily White LeFevre


RillaWriter— I’m sparing you, noticed Kreative award, so my last is:

Write a Book with Me

4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Yes, it’s on my list for 2012. First I pick up another award from The Wild Pomegranate. Then maybe, I’ll circle back to #4. LOL. How long have I been working on this award?

Versatile Update
December 17, 2011, 6:12 PM
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Remember this?

Click if you don't...

I’ve trolled only to discover the award has visited many, many blogs in recent weeks. So, I’m hanging onto it for now, until after the holidays. In the meantime, interview me.

The award celebrates the recently discovered. I’m celebrating recent subscribers by dividing them out of The Write Stuff on my sideboard. While you wait for me to pass out The Versatile Blogger award, give these folks a click. Or if you want to grab this award for yourself, feel free.

December 15, 2011, 7:11 PM
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I haven’t picked up my NaNoWriMo Winner badge. I finally made it back to Inspiration Mondays, crossing fingers for Flash Friday Fictioneers. I’m getting something written every day for the Buddha Rocks Project, but only because I’m keeping it short. In the midst of my December madness, I received another blog award.

Thank you Leila…visit a warm voice, another chocoholic and a fellow work-it.

After visiting Leila’s blog, come back and click Interview Robin on the sidebar. Ask me any question. Seven answers will get me halfway through the following rules and some time to procrastinate with rules 3 & 4.  (I haven’t even notified the recipients of the last awards I’ve received.)

The Rules

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Take the Legs off Flies, Blog Awards, and Writing

I promptly forget something the minute I write it down. I looked at one of my many to-do lists and discovered Take legs off flies. It took a long while before I realized this note was a reference to the insects that fly across my blog. Since they’ve flown for six months without incident, they can wait to have their legs removed.

Graced with two blog awards this week, I can’t wait any longer to convey my appreciation, or to accept and pass them along.

I received the Liebster Award from Woman Wielding Words. Lisa has been a familiar presence on my blog, encouraging me with her support and frequent visits. Because we met through a writing challenge, I’m passing the award to blogs that offer weekly challenges. These are busy people; I don’t expect them to pick up the award, but offer these names up as sites for creative growth: Julia’s 100 Word Challenge, Inspiration Monday, Velvet Verbosity, Madison Woods, and The Writing Reader. Join in, you’ll be glad you did.

Mushy Cloud passed me the Kreativ Blogger Award. Pam has been following my blog a mere three weeks. To honor her presence, I pass this award to my most recent followers: Feliza Casano, My Words Whisper, Zombie Chimp, Kaye McCormick, Write a Book With Me.

Now that I’ve chased the newcomers off with the blogging equivalent of a chain letter (please stay), here are the pesky rules:

Liebster Rules

  1. Thank the blogger that gave you the award AND create a link back to their blog.
  2. Leave a comment on the blogs you have chosen.
  3. Post the award on your own blog.

Kreative Blogger Rules

  1. Thank the blogger that gave you the award AND create a link back to their blog.
  2. Leave a comment on the blogs you have chosen.
  3. Post the award on your own blog.
  4. Share something about yourself.

It is time for me to share more than a short story. Prepare, this may be the longest post I ever write!

Every second of every life is a story. It has a past, present and future. While many writers awe us with unique situations and fertile imagination, I try to settle plain moments into a context that lifts them out of ordinary but doesn’t necessarily make them extraordinary. I didn’t explain that well.

I believe there are no failed stories, just failed contexts. Anything can work, any idea, any choice of words. If the story isn’t working, communicating, we have to change the context. The context is: the idea before and after, the paragraph before and after, the sentence before and after, the word before and after. If the whole piece is subject to change, then aren’t I contradicting myself? No, even if I haven’t explained well.

I believe all creative offerings have value. Who are we if we think bad/good instead of discovering/sharing?

Yet, I often call my own work bad. Ahh, but I believe in plodding and pushing words around. See, I know my words won’t be bad if I can discover a successful context…

Only experience teaches. I know I can be wordy. I’ve been told. I loved, loved, loved adjectives when I wrote my first romance novella. I still love a simile. I’ve been told both adjectives and similes are weak. (Two passive sentences in one paragraph, when will I learn?)

If I don’t write words down, full of my love for them, then they can’t pass through my system to be examined. Eventually, after enough self-examination, I’ll plod up to a level of writing where I will love other words.

Every writer has an arc. We start simply, get complicated and then simplify. Right now, I embrace lots of commas and beautiful words and many phrases. At another developmental stage, I’ll have learned other complications. But I must allow myself to love my own words, even excruciatingly bad adjectives. If I dismiss adjectives, because I’ve been told, I’ll never discover how an adjective should be used, when it is the right word—given the context. By the way, if you didn’t laugh as you read excruciatingly, I did.

Tell me adjectives signal bad writing and I’ll tell you they are a sign of a maturing writer. Read past them, find what lies underneath their context. Is that worth your while? If we value tolerance, it is. I don’t think growth is possible without tolerance.

I’ve challenged myself to write two stories a day. One is six words; one has three sentences. If I plan to keep up, I can’t wait for perfection. I have to let myself stumble without worrying whether someone is watching. If you’ve been watching, you’ve seen me fall down. You’ve also helped me get up and continue my word by word progress. Thank you for your tolerance. For example, this writing needs healthy revision, but I need to cross this post off my list to do. And take legs off flies.

Punctuation Rant (em dash)
October 6, 2011, 3:37 PM
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Oh, the em dash!

It’s not a hyphen; it’s not a dash, or the length of the letter ‘n’.

It’s longer, twice ‘n’, one ‘m’.

I want an em dash on my keyboard.

Used properly, there is no space before, no space after, like xox, not x o x.

It’s absent from comment boxes—I’m forced to use a dash dash or space dash space, or rewrite. Don’t tell me there’s a number code or html snippet I can use. Have you seen them? Can you remember them? Do they ever work, except when coding?

Devil take the empty box that signifies unknown character; I want the em dash to appear in emails with all its linear beauty.

The em dash is a long jump. Its length communicates the distance between phrases: positioned to tickle the word before it, to scratch the word that comes.

Oh, the em dash!

Tagging Award
October 4, 2011, 3:41 PM
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The Liebster Award is given to blogs with fewer than 200 followers. Thank you Liz Shaw of The Writing Reader. It took me a while to respond–I’m trying to write!

As part of the honor, I choose five more blogs that deserve kudos and more readers. I didn’t look far, these kind writers (in no particular order) have commented frequently on my blog giving me support and incentive:



The Wild Pomegranate

Out of Woods

Thin Spiral Notebook

Liebster Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger that gave you the award AND create a link back to their blog.
  2. Leave a comment on the blogs you have chosen.
  3. Post the award on your own blog.

Last of Blog on Fire Awards
August 31, 2011, 4:26 PM
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9)     Javajune’s Blog

10)   The Book Whisperer

More Nominations for Blog on Fire Award
August 18, 2011, 7:44 PM
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7)    A Piece of Lisa

8)    Lunch Bag Art


More Blog on Fire Nominations
August 10, 2011, 7:23 PM
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I’ve been slow to post these:

3)    Coloraddictions

4)    The Writer’s Guide to ePublishing

5)    Inkygirl

6)   Once Upon a Time

Four more to go! Check back.

First Two Nominations
August 3, 2011, 8:05 PM
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I’m blog-hunting; it is taking longer than I thought it would. I have a tentative list, but am ready to share only two of the blogs I’m nominating. The first two I’m nominating for a Blog on Fire Award are:

1)    Girl Walks In

2)   I Love Typography