Thursday, February 28, 2013


               A DREAM AWAY

Spring bursts upon us
in a joyous song
Totally disrupting
Winter's deep & quiet calm.
Deep & dreamy woods
sunlight patches shining through
Animals scamper across your path
They all live here too.
A knee deep wade in leaves
each had their private fall
In generations of Autumn
From trees reaching & growing tall.
Surround me in my mountains
now I've come home to stay --
I'm tired of living far from home
Though it's only a dream away.
     --Shayla Kwiatkowski, 1987

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


     So strange being in Florida again. It is so busy and noisy after being in the isolated quiet north Georgia mountains. I was looking forward to riding around today, but it is pouring rain! NO FAIR! But I still love it here. I just hope it stops raining long enough for me to enjoy it!

Thursday, February 21, 2013


     Another Writer's Digest prompt.

               CUPID'S CLOWN

Chocolate, wine, and roses red
Satin sheets upon my bed
Romantic dim lit candle light
Again, alone, on such a night.

Laughter comes from all around
Here I sit like such a clown
I've almost gotten through this day
Tomorrow I won't know what to say.

Lonely is as lonely does
Though all around me smile and buzz
I smile as well, but not my eyes
I've known those lips, I've known those lies.

Oh well, I know it's just one day
I suppose after all, I'll be OK
Because you know I have my pride
I don't need anyone by my side.

So, wine and chocolate just for me
I'll find an interesting book to read
I hate the sound of turtledoves
I'm comfortable with this frozen love.
  --by Shayla Kwiatkowski

Saturday, February 16, 2013


   Hey ya'll. Just wanted to stop by and send out a hi to everyone. I have been buried in a spate of writing lately-- trying to gear up for the A-Z challenge, and digging out and polishing up old stories. I even have been writing some more short stories (wrote one this morning & have another trying to spit its way out). I love being a writer. The internet makes it easier for us these days to have an outlet. If not self-publishing, then there's always the good old blog. I held off on doing a blog for the longest time, because I valued my privacy--- but have learned to love it for being able to post my work that otherwise would languish in file folders... That then frees me up to write more and ease the congestion of creativity. I feel that once I get all these stories in order, I can concentrate more on writing my novels. It is nice to have a plan and free flow in your creative juices. I wish that for you all as well.
   And how many of you are discovering other blogs with the
 A-Z coming up? I am sure enjoying the exploration.

Monday, February 11, 2013

A to Z

   I have just signed up as #653 for the April 2013 A-to-Z blogging challenge! It sounds really interesting, & I am working out my lists of posts now. Basically, you start on April 1st, and post everyday following the alphabet, starting with "A" on the 1st. You take Sundays off. For more info, follow the badge-link to the right, or the link below. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 10, 2013


I just found a funny new blog I wanted to share. It is crack you whip. I just sat & read every post on there and laughed like a hyena! My cats think I am insane (they might be right, but don't tell them that, or I will lose all credibility as House Mother).
I am just sitting up here in north Georgia bored, truck packed, waiting for the call to Florida-- decided it would be interesting to check out random blogs & follow links. WOW! at all the cool sites out there! I usually just get online & check things, then go on with my day, but I am being sucked into the Black Hole that is the internet. And I like it!
Anyway, check out Miss Tracy of Louisiana. (For a good time call...)

Sunday, February 3, 2013


MOUNTAIN MEMORIES by Shayla Kwiatkowski
a collection of 4 short stories; also suitable for children. 
February 10-14

Saturday, February 2, 2013


     I am trying to ignore the FREAKY MASSIVE SNOWFALL today (I am thisclose to being in Florida!)- so I have been looking up different styles of "-Punk", since it seems to be all the rage now. Here is a VERY SIMPLISTIC GUIDE.

   SteamPunk is pretty popular. (Check out Award Winning Steampunk author Rae Gee).It's set in the Victorian Age & is a sci-fi world as imagined by Victorians - steampowered. (Think Jules Verne).
   DecoPunk is a sci-fi world set in the Art Deco period of the 20's.
   DieselPunk is a sci-fi world set in the 40's, between WWI & WWII.
   AtomPunk is set in a Mid-Century Modern sci-fi world in the 50's of the Atom Age paranoia, waiting for the Big One to fall. It has a lot of cool Mid-Century furniture styles that I grew up with & love.
   There's also ElfPunk(elves in an urban setting), which sounds cool.
   BioPunk (genetic modifications to humans).
   EcoPunk - eco-warriors, environmentalists.
   CyberPunk -the information age, rapid technological change & invasive modifications of humans. (I can't help but think of Bladerunner).
   StonePunk - Think the technologically advanced Flintstones.
   ClockPunk - Set in Renaissance, run by clockwork.
     There are all kinds of "-Punk" derivatives; use your imagination. Basically, it is a retro-futuristic alternative history set in different eras.  (I just bit my tongue!)
     I do want to stress that these are VERY BASIC DEFINITIONS, so if you are interested, do your own research & find (or create!) your own niche.
     I found this AtomPunk picture which totally fascinates me. I've always wanted one of those boomerang shaped coffee tables!
     Which "-Punk" interests you?

Friday, February 1, 2013


     It's always more than you think you have. I can't help laughing at myself. I have tried & tried to downsize. I know I would be able to haul everything in the van, but this little pickup? And that aggravates me. I don't want to have this much stuff that I can't get it in one load! And, truly, I don't have that much. There's not TOO many boxes by the door waiting to be loaded. I think it will be the miscellaneous stuff that will get me. I will just have to pack what I can loose around everything. Also I need to be tossing in the canned goods. So once I get moved to Florida, will come another serious evaluation. We are totally downsizing, so it will be a miracle to get through this. It just makes me nervous to think about whether or not I can fit everything of mine in this one load. Whay am i holding off on packing the truck you ask? (well someone must have! Or maybe it was my own inner voice). The answer is because it is supposed to get down to 25*F here tonight, uh huh. I don't want it to damage anything. Hopefully today I will get the Siren call to "come on down!" Until then- I will be putting things by the door & awaiting Fate's crooking finger..