Poetry 15th-September Edition

Hello everyone!
 I know it's been rather quiet on here of late, but I promise you, another post is on the way. I've been wrestling with words lately, (they're not behaving themselves), and so I'm almost done with the next post. In the meantime, it is:

 With Summer on the wane and Autumn on the way,  things are changing. The leaves are changing, hopefully the weather is getting cooler (not hotter), and I get to change things from Summer decor to Fall decor. Which leads me into this month's theme:

You can use this as a poetry prompt, a journal prompt or a jumpstart to kick you out of Writer's Block.  If you post your result in the comment section, please be mindful that this is a PG environment. (Please, no language or sexual content.)
Here's my result:

  If you liked the poem or just want to say hi, please let me know in the comment section below.
Happy writing!

Poetry 15th-August Edition


 Another month has rolled by and it's the fifteenth once again.

Just a reiteration of the rules here: every fifteenth of the month I will try to post a poem I've written recently. You can post your own in the comments section or just use the prompt to write your own off-screen. If nothing else, I hope that this will fight any bouts of Writer's Block you might encounter.
This month's prompt is:

Please be mindful that this is a PG environment. If you place one of your poems in the comment section, no language or sexual content. 
Here is mine:

Now go write and have fun!
If you liked the poem or just want to leave a comment, please let me know in the comment section below. 

What "Going Back to School" Meant for Me

"Did we get any mail today? Are the books here yet?"
 Not your typical back-to-school questions, am I correct? Yet these were mine as a child.
 School was great fun for me. It meant lots of books, researching bygone eras until I daydreamed of Romans and Carthaginians, lots and lots of math, and English. Most of all, it meant books.
 I can remember when the UPS man came to the door with large brown boxes stuffed with books. I could scarcely wait until my mom dragged them to her room and unboxed them.
 Once she cut the tape, my hands were in the boxes first, picking up every book, studying the back covers and flipping through the pages. My mom explained to me that these would be part of my literature program that year.  I couldn't believe it. Could I read them all now?
 It disappointed me when she said I had to wait until school started. She further explained that I couldn't read them all at once and I had to answer questions as I read.
 This would dampen most childre…

Program Review: The Novel Factory

The Novel Factory is a writing software that takes your story from "Brainstorming 1.0" to completion. Granted, I haven't got that far personally, but I'm confident that with this program, I'll be able to finish up my novel. 

Here are a few things that I love about The Novel Factory.
1. The Roadmap

The Roadmap is a step-by-step guide that takes your ideas from conception to final draft and beyond. If you're a plantser like me and the thought of plotting has always intrigued you, but putting it into motion has paralyzed you, you might want to give this a try. I'm a visual learner who learns by example.
 I've tried Scrivener, but the learning curve is steep and the layout did not appeal to me. *Disclaimer: I am not bashing Scrivener and saying you shouldn't check it out. By all means, do. Just know that The Novel Factory also exists and check it out too!
 With the Roadmap, The Novel Factory makes plotting a breeze. Each section is listed. Simply clic…

Poetry 15th

Hello again!

 It is the fifteenth of July and as promised, I'm starting up Poetry 15th.

 On the fifteenth of every month, I will try to post a poem I've written recently, and you are welcome to post your own in the comments. I will try to post a prompt as well.

                                        Today's prompt is:

So, here are the rules: every month, I'll post a graphic advertising the prompt to be answered by the end of the month. You can post your own in the comment section and as long as they're appropriate (think no more than PG rated. Please, no language or sexual content.), I'll approve them. Also, no pressure to post anything, I just thought this would be a fun exercise of our imaginations and if you're experiencing a bout of "Writer's Block", this might help unlock it.
Here is mine:

Now, go write and have fun!
I'll be popping in later this month with the review that I promised and possibly another update. If you liked the poem…

When Life Gets Away From Me...

It's been awhile since I've written on here, so there are quite a few new things I've done in the past couple of months, but for time's sake, I'll try to focus on just a few of them. I'd originally planned to post this last week, but life got away from me. I'm sorry. In view of this, I will be posting the review I told you about next month instead of this month. I still want to explore the program a little further before writing the review and next month should give me ample time to do it. So here are a few things of import. First we have:

Last month I got to read a few awesome books that have been sitting on my TBR (to-be-read) list for who-knows-how-long. Here are some I read:
I did write reviews for most of them, and you can find them by going to Goodreads and selecting the book. My username is Aristae Henricus on there, but you can also read the reviews of many other people who have read these books as well.
Here are the books I'm currently …


I wanted to pop in and say I haven’t forgotten this blog. Life has been a storm of busyness these last couple months with birthdays, weddings and other events. That being said, I’ll probably be putting up a post sometime in mid-June with some further bookish updates, writing updates and possibly a review on a writing program I've been trying out.
Hope to talk you all soon!