A Belle on Writing

A proper belle
does not dismiss as pathological
the voices

she calls out their names,
and bids them join her
in tea.

She plies them with juleps.

Once acknowledged,
gracious ghosts
of imagination
gift in kind
with whispers of secrets
and scandals
translated to the tongue
of story.

–Gentry Lee Burke (who doesn’t massacre poetry often for a reason, but I think¬†this one worked.)

Coloring Books, not just for kids.

Finally, someone up there in the big city speaks to my inner child (and former Diana Gabaldon stalker, but that’s a story from another life.) ¬†Grab your crayolas, ladies! (From Oublisher’s Weekly)

Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER COLORING BOOK, a new adult coloring book featuring 45 original black-and-white illustrations inspired by the characters, scenes, and other iconic imagery from Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander book series, to Anne Speyer at Bantam Dell, for publication in October 2015, by Russell Galen at Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency (US).