I can’t be too lazy today
for I’ve got a book to write
it’s needing some major attention
bugging me to finish it day and night

I’ve already written a 100k words
what more can one do?
oh, but there’s this thing called editing
and it’s all making me sad and blue

for there’s also this thing called ex-po-si-tion
even I had to to look it up
it’s a bit about telling too much instead of showing
and apparently, how overflowing is thy cup

And so I’m stuck with rewriting
starting with Chapter One
Even all the naughty bits will have to wait
till all the darn exposition is gone.

To Kathryn


“When a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.”
Mik Everett

I guess when someone you love dies naturally
everything just slows down –
today her heart rate slowed, her breathing stopped
and just like that, she was gone

but in my heart she’ll live on forever
even immortalized on the page
I just can’t help it for she was always there for me
the sweetest woman, a gentle sage

and in all my books, I always see her
sometimes unintentionally
but she lived such a life, and without fear
that writing her in just comes naturally

and as imperfect as my stories are
typos still left unnoticed on the page
it doesn’t matter now, not anymore
she’ll live forever; she’ll never age


The Daily Prompt That Became A Novel

Yup, and that novel is on sale!

My novel, LOVING ASHE, is $0.99 for a limited time and that’s for both the US and UK!  So if you haven’t yet gotten yourself a copy, please do check it out!  And if you do, a thousand thanks!


Did you know that Loving Ashe began right on this blog as Elevator, a DAILY PROMPT  in May 2013 that began with:

Fiction writers: You’re stuck in an elevator with an intriguing stranger. Write this scene.  

So I did.

It’ll never get old telling that story because I just love how a simple short story became a novel!  And I am quite proud of it – if you can’t tell.  But that’s just me!

So please go and buy Loving Ashe and spread the word! Oh, and that name, Liz Madrid, on the cover?  That’s me :)




Put Down That Phone

Once upon a time, I swore I’d never be
like these people I saw having dinner,
every one of them staring at their phones
instead of talking to each other

but now, what can I say,
but I’ve become just like them,
too busy to look up from my phone display
as I wait for another notification.

We’ve lost the ability to speak,
too immersed in our virtual worlds
where we chat in emoji,and swap pictures of cats
even as reality around us unfurls

to reveal nothing but emptiness ,
no more of the connections that used to matter
the way souls become real by being present
for we’re too lost in all the technological chatter.

Daily Prompt

My Real Name is David Jones – Letters of Note

When I called in this, my manager’s office, a few moments ago I was handed my very first American fan letter – and it was from you. I was so pleased that I had to sit down and type an immediate reply, even though Ken is shouting at me to get on with a script he badly needs. That can wiat (wi-at? That’s a new English word which means wait).

I’ve been waiting for some reaction to the album from American listeners. There were reviews in Billboard and Cash Box, but they were by professional critics and they rarely reflect the opinions of the public. The critics were very flattering however. They even liked the single “Love You Till Tuesday”. I’ve got a copy of the American album and they’ve printed the picture a little yellow. I’m really not that blond. I think the picture on the back is more ‘me’. Hope you like those enclosed.

In answer to your questions, my real name is David Jones and I don’t have to tell you why I changed it. “Nobody’s going to make a monkey out of you” said my manager. My birthday is January 8th and I guess I’m 5’10”.

Via Letters of Note

Today we lost a legend
and I’m truly saddened by his passing
he taught me to always be myself
even if it’s a lesson I often keep forgetting

He was always true to his artistic vision
never seeming to care what everyone else thought
he was one of the few artists I truly admired
his unique and giving soul hardly bought

but his legacy will live on
and I hope this and next generations will know
that there will never be another David Bowie
may all copycats come…and go.

Daily Prompt

A Writer and Her Muses


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