Lauren The Poet

At the age of thirteen, I was charged by a teacher with the task of writing poetry. I came up with something that expressed my anxieties about the process of growing up. I liked it then, and I like it now. I hope you do too.

 One Soul Divided

One soul divided, grasping hands.  Both confused and afraid as they stand looking down separate roads, not knowing where to go. Each struggling to take the other with her.

One looks behind at the happiness they had – at the love and warmth and security. The other looks forward into the unknown – at the joys and perils that lie ahead.

As the days go by the soul grows apart. The sorrow that she feels tears at her heart. A world of shelter and care slips away – the soul now separate, one going on her way.

Treasured memories are all that she takes with her. Glancing back at the friend and the life left behind, uncertain of her choice, she turns again and faces the long, winding road, taking the first few steps of her journey.

Good Old Fashioned Horror

The MonkI am not a fan of horror. Wish I was. But sinister plots give me panic attacks.

So why did I once consider the $900 purchase of a second-edition gothic novel written in the 1700s? First off, I collect antique books. More on that in a subsequent post. But this particular book piqued my interest since it is mentioned in Jane Austin’s Northhanger Abbey, and the idea of holding a copy of the original (or close to it) book that had all of England in a tizzy at the time – well it had me in a tizzy.

In the end I couldn’t justify the purchase, but I did read the book. Well, half of it. Until I started having trouble sleeping at night.

What book is it, you ask? It’s The Monk, a Gothic novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis. And if you like horror but have never read it you are doing yourself a great disservice. This book evidently scandalized the literary world upon its publication as it is fraught with murder, witches, ghosts, romance, sex, evil monks, tragedy, vicious nuns, live burials, and even the devil himself. Mr. Lewis had an imagination that laid the groundwork for modern horror, and although written over 200 years ago his book is very readable. For more opinions on the subject, visit Goodreads.

And now that I’ve followed my own advice and read the reviews again, I think I might get sucked back in. This book is worth a few more sleepless nights.

Thank you Lori L. MacLaughlin!

Lori L. MacLaughlin nominated me for the Liebster Award!  Thank you, Lori, for noticing my blog and for selecting it for recognition.

For those of you who don’t already know Lori, please visit her blog.  Lori blogs about her own writing, especially her new novel, Lady Thy Name is Trouble.

The current rules for accepting this award are:

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Lori had some great questions!  Here are my answers:

1.     What is the best place you’ve visited?  Venice.  Hands down.  You have to go.

2.     What’s the most unusual thing you’ve done?  Hmmmmm.  Still thinking.  I’ll get back to you when I come up with something.

3.     What’s your favorite song?  You Are The Answer To My Question by Kishi Bashi

4.     What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?  Belgian Chocolate by Hagan Daz

5.     What fictional character do you like best?  Elizabeth Bennett

6.     What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year?  The Tiger’s Wife

7.     Do you have any phobias?  Claustrophobia.  No coffins for me.

8.     Morning person or night owl?  Morning

9.     What’s at the top of your bucket list?  To visit Cape Town, South Africa

10.  What do you consider your most important personality trait?  I have a strong sense of right and wrong.  I’m a good girl by nature, and there’s not a thing I can do about it.

11.  Have you ever performed or been the recipient of a random act of kindness and what was it?  I’m sure they happen more often that I realize.  Recently a co-worker stopped in my office to ask if everything was okay.  It was – I had my share of stresses that day, but nothing terrible.  But it was kind of him to pause and check in on me for no other reason than because he cared.

Eleven random facts about me.  Gee whiz.  This is hard work!

1.     I’m very thin.

2.     I once composed an award-winning song on the piano.

3.     I met my husband on e-harmony.

4.     I’ve never done drugs (remember – I’m a rule follower)

5.     I cried when I saw ‘Titanic’.

6.     I had a shrine to Joey Lawrence when I was a teenager.

7.     I like antiques.

8.     I was meant to be wealthy.  Not sure what happened there.

9.     I get motion sick in the car.

10.  I enjoy going to plays.  Not a fan of operas, though.

11.  I like The Britcoms on PBS.


But enough about me!  On to my nominees.  I know that some have under 200 followers, but I’m not sure about all of them.  Here they are, just the same:

1.     James Derry

2.     Mark Victor Young

3.     Anna Bayes

4.     Nicholas C. Rossis

5.     Cassidy Frazee

6.     Mbarkersimpson

7.     Joseph Pinto

8.     Eli Glasman

9.    Jorobinson176

10.  Alittlebirdtweets

11.  Annie’s Muse


And my questions for those who accept the award:

1.     Do you ever splurge and fly first-class?

2.     For a vacation – mountains or beach?

3.     What is one thing you would try to fit in to your daily routine to improve your quality of life?

4.     Are you an introvert or extrovert?

5.     Do you prefer the idea of self-publishing or going the traditional route?  Why?  And, if the later, how many rejections would it take for you to consider the former?

6.     Who is your favorite author?

7.     If you were a Kardashian, which one would you be?

8.     If you had a big wedding, would you spend the money on something else if you could do it over again?  Why/why not?  If you’re not married, well, skip to question 9.

9.     You’ve decided to change your name.  What will it be?

10.  Share an accomplishment for which you wish you’d been more recognized.

11.  No one will ever read your book/short story/poetry.  Was it still worth writing?

That’s it.  Thanks again to Lori and to everyone who reads my posts!

Re-Naming My Baby

What happens if you screw up when you name your kid?  Can you change the name a few months or years down the road?  Once you get used to calling him ‘Eugene’ it isn’t easy to switch to ‘John’.  I mean, you know the kid as ‘Eugene’ – even if you can appreciate that it might not have been the best choice.

I knew darn well that the title of my book, ‘Who Is Like God,’ might not be the best.  Some have liked it, but others in the publishing industry have argued that it might turn off would-be agents.  Now I’m all for sticking to my artistic guns, but the last thing I want to do is turn off would-be agents.  So the name has to change.

But to what?

I’ve wracked my brain and searched my prose for some enigmatic phrase.  I’ve reviewed biblical phrases since the book does have an element of religion in it.  I’ve considered the setting and how I could name the novel after Mont St. Michel itself.

Nothing has stuck yet.

So stay tuned for some brilliant new title.  I’m sure I’ll think of something.