Cupped Petals Smiling

Orchid Haiku don't complain Maya Angelou

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” ~Maya Angelou

Today’s Haiku:

rouge delicacy
poised for raindrops and sunlight
cupped petals smiling

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!

~Nicole

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Seaside Secrets

vacation haiku

Today’s Haiku:

shirking my duties
dreaming of sandy beaches
and seaside secrets

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This month I have another article published in Rochester Women Magazine, a lifestyle publication focusing on women of all ages and ethnicity. You can find the article Unleash Your Inner Picasso here.

What are your vacation plans this summer? 

Enjoy today!

~Nicole

A Bit of Bubbly

Wednesday is finally here! I think this is the longest week of my life. OK, maybe a slight exaggeration, but seriously, hurry up Friday! I find it difficult to be back to the grind working that 40 hour week after having three day weeks the last part of December.

But, I have some great news. I am excited to announce the January/February issue of Rochester Women Magazine is now available. I wrote about sparkling wines and hard ciders for this issue. I had lots of fun tasting with my friend Kathy and my hubby!

The article is called A Bit of Bubbly and it’s located on page 25.

And, for today’s haiku I had a little help from a fellow blogger, Ryan Lanz. He provides weekly prompts, although probably not for haiku, in his Ten Quote Tuesday Installments. I used this prompt:

Life’s recipe—
encourage happiness, add love
and a smile

If you have a prompt you would like to share, send it to me and I’ll use it for a haiku.

Do you use poetry prompts?

~Nicole

November is in Full Force

What’s up November?

A few days behind…

My first piece for the Rochester Women wine column is coming out in November. The article features Dessert Wines. The latest edition hasn’t been posted on the website. When it’s available I will share it right here at The Whispering Pen.

My first article for Radish Magazine, a healthy living magazine, is available today. The article is about the healing power of Reiki.

I donated a painting to a foundation called Hello Gorgeous. It is a non-profit organization that provides complimentary, professional makeovers and cosmetic education to all women battling all cancers.

A woman from St. Charles is getting a make-over and the ladies hosting it wanted to have a painting for her friends and family to sign.

Hello Gorgeous painting I donated to the non-profit organization.

Denise and I are hosting another Wine & Canvas Event on November 15th. This is our fourth event! We are painting a Rustic Tree. Here’s a sneak peek!

Wine & Canvas Rustic Tree

Rustic Tree Haiku

Off in the distance
a tree is drenched in rich hues.
Winter skies are near.

I’ll be traveling to a few local wineries for the next edition of Rochester Women Magazine. We are featuring Sparkling Moscato and Sparkling Cider.

And finally, what am I reading? A true crime book by Anne Rule, The Stranger Beside Me: The shocking inside story of serial killer Ted Bundy.

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

I literally went to Barnes and Noble and asked an associate for a book that would scare the bejeezus out of me. I told her that I wanted to be scared to go to sleep at night! I love all things creepy.

Oh, there will be several haiku poems to round out the month! Here’s to a great start to the week!

What’s everyone reading?

~Nicole

Are You Ready to Publish a Book?

Wherever you are in the writing process, I have a podcast that may be of interest to you.

Several weeks ago, after I exhausted my interest in Ted Talks, I started searching for a podcast relevant to writers.

My search on itunes led me to the podcast produced by Ani Chibukhchyan from Armenia, she goes by the pen name Ani Alexander. Ani interviews authors who have been through the process of writing and self-publishing books. Her interviews include topics about the writing process in general, what inspires writers, book covers, editors, pricing the book, self-publishing books on Amazon and many other topics.

These podcasts are a wealth of information and I recommend any author at any stage to visit her podcast.

Ani Alexander is a best selling author, podcaster and storyteller. Her podcast is Write 2B Read.

Tell me what you think about the podcast Write 2B Read and Ani Alexander.

~Nicole